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Rappin' on Throwback Thursday

Rick Steves | Posted 07.02.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

Here's a Throwback Thursday musical interlude for a little inspiration. The first line -- "I'm goin' to Europe in just a couple of days" -- has been m...

Thought-Provoking Posts Fill Our Travelers Café

Rick Steves | Posted 06.30.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

Enjoy these as a traveler's amuse-bouche in my Travelers Café before I fly to Germany to begin part two of my 2015 travels. Coming up: 45 days of travel in Germany and England with daily posts from the road. Thanks for traveling with me!

Bemused in Bali

Rick Steves | Posted 06.26.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

It's cat-poop coffee and monkeys looking for hair lice in humans as my daughter Jackie and son Andy continue reporting on their Southeast Asian advent...

Selfies in the Recording Studio

Rick Steves | Posted 06.25.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

I am really committed to our Rick Steves Audio Europe app -- to be honest, probably more committed than I should be. It's free to our travelers, but e...

Nicolina's "Hearts of India" Tour Is Wrapping Up

Rick Steves | Posted 06.24.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

My niece, Nicolina, is just finishing a three-month, 7,500-mile trip around India. Her life's mission: to bring young people in humble villages a chance to explore their inner worlds through the meditative act of painting.

Cassoulet Must Be French for "Bowl of Farts"

Rick Steves | Posted 06.23.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

While I don't read much "travel literature," I love to read other travelers' blogs and journals. And at the Travelers' Café on my website, we've lots...

More From Jackie Steves in Bali

Rick Steves | Posted 06.22.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

My daughter Jackie continues her blog reporting on her Southeast Asian adventure. Here are a few random bits from her latest entry. After reading thes...

The Steves Kids Head for Southeast Asia...and They're Taking You Along

Rick Steves | Posted 06.18.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

As a father, I am so excited that our two 20something children, Andy and Jackie, are embarking on a one-month adventure in Indonesia, Vietnam, and Thailand.

Mystery Images Caption Roundup

Rick Steves | Posted 06.17.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

Thanks to all of you for playing along with my silly photo caption posts. (I'm sorry if some of you didn't realize I was just goofing around.) Here are my favorites of the hundreds of clever captions you proposed.

Wrapping up France

Rick Steves | Posted 06.15.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

After all the cute Provençal towns, I'm glad I finished in the city of Marseille. Like other gritty and vibrant "second cities" (e.g., Antwerp, Hamburg, and Bilbao), it lets the traveler connect with an urban scene that seems to be particularly alive.

Eating Up My Guidebook Research Duties in Provence

Rick Steves | Posted 06.23.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

All over Europe, food tours are trendy. I take many of them in hopes of finding ones to recommend in our guidebooks, and also to learn fun new angles on the local food scene. Some tours are too slow and expensive. Others are fast-paced and reasonably priced.

Provence's Pont du Gard and the Greatness of Ancient Rome

Rick Steves | Posted 06.11.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

Throughout the ancient world, aqueducts were like flags of stone that heralded the greatness of Rome. A visit to the Pont du Gard (the most famous and impressive surviving Roman aqueduct, near Avignon) shows how these structures still proclaim the wonders of that age.

Walking in Van Gogh's Footsteps in Arles

Rick Steves | Posted 06.10.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

Visiting Arles, travelers tune into the story of Vincent van Gogh. And the city makes it easy.

The Legacy of the French Revolution in Arles

Rick Steves | Posted 06.09.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

As a student of history, I've long been fascinated by the fanaticism of the French Revolution (1789), which challenged every aspect of French society ...

Arles, Where Walls Are Unpainted on Purpose

Rick Steves | Posted 06.08.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

Arles, in the South of France, is not as rich as Avignon or as trendy as Aix-en-Provence. But it feels gritty and real, with a patina of life that I find very seductive.

Budget Hotels Come with Great Memories

Rick Steves | Posted 06.05.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

A great thing about traveling in France (I think even more than in other countries) is how the characteristic, family-run little hotels survive. Fo...

Avignon Farmers Market

Rick Steves | Posted 06.04.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

Cities all across France now have modern and efficient "farmers markets" in practical indoor halls, with big parking garages overhead. At these markets you'll find lots more than a charming and colorful people scene; you can also eat well and affordably.

On Top of the Pont du Gard Aqueduct

Rick Steves | Posted 06.04.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

The Romans left behind some impressive examples of engineering in their first province. The Pont du Gard is one of the most striking, and one of the most visited sights in all of France. And even after many visits, I'm forever impressed by the ability of the ancient Roman engineers.

A Walk on Cap d'Antibes, Where 'Public' Is a Dirty Word

Rick Steves | Posted 06.02.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

But even more stunning were the villas -- many of which, like the yachts, sat unused. The experience got me thinking of walls, wild wealth and public access. So this video is not very pretty.

Some Thoughts on Yachts

Rick Steves | Posted 06.01.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

On the French Riviera, local guides memorize lists of the world's largest yachts. A fun dimension of Antibes is its bars, which cater to the crews of yachts like the ones here.

Racers, Rainbows, and Romans

Rick Steves | Posted 06.01.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

Our puzzle and challenge as we travel is to experience the entire range of Europe and weave it together so it has meaning.

Bienvenue to the French Riviera

Rick Steves | Posted 05.29.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

The French Riviera has amazing scenery. From the beautiful (but grotesquely touristy) mountaintop village of Eze, you can look down on Cap Ferrat. This cape is one of the most exclusive places for the rich and famous to live.

Last Stop in Genoa

Rick Steves | Posted 05.28.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

I'm always thinking about how Europe looks so pretty in people's photo collections, video clips, and even in their memories. But I like the gritty and candid dimensions of Europe that are simply unpolished reality, too.

The Latest From the Cinque Terre (PHOTOS)

Rick Steves | Posted 05.27.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

The restaurants of the Cinque Terre make delightful seafood antipasti plates. When in the Cinque Terre, your best restaurant tip: Order seafood.

Al Stewart's Biggest Fan in Rural Tuscany

Rick Steves | Posted 05.26.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

My dad was a piano tuner, and in my travels, any time I see a piano, I have an urge to play it or hear it played. At Il Canto del Sole agriturismo, Luciano showed me around his farm while his son, Marco, attentively followed, seemingly fascinated by my work as a guidebook writer.