September 30, 2013 – Rick Steves and Tony Hawks


Rick Steves’ Postcards From Europe: 25 Years of Travel Tales from America’s Favorite Guidebook Writer, copyright 1999, published by Avalon Travel

Rick Steves is an American author and television personality focusing on European travel. He is the host of the American Public Television series Rick Steves’ Europe, has a public radio travel show, Travel with Rick Steves, and has authored various location-specific travel guides. (see

Okay this book was my bad.  I should have read the title with more care.  I assumed it read America’s Favorite Travel Writer.  Nope.  Guidebook Writer.  This explains a lot.  He may write a mean guidebook but he’s shit for travel.  Self aggrandizement and nonsensical thinking abound.

Mr. Steves advocates independent travel and encourages Americans to visit not just major cities but also cozy villages away from popular tourist routes. Then while visiting these sites himself while writing this book he bitches about how the tourists are taking over these cozy villages and ruining them.  Well shit Rick, who told them to go there?

Finally, if you’re going to have photos in a travel book, have good photos.  Mr. Steves’ photos are black and white and 1 inch by 1 inch.  I realize that the photos in my posts are probably the same size or less, but I’m showing you book covers not the French Riviera.  Here is a tiny black and white photo of the French Riviera:


I’m disinclined to travel to the land of unidentifiable.  If you are so inclined try


Round Ireland With a Fridge by Tony Hawks, copyright 1998, published by Thomas Dunne Books
Antony Gordon Hawksworth (aka Tony Hawks), is a British comedian and author.  (See
To win a wager for the sum of 100 pounds Mr. Hawks agrees to hitchhike the circumference of Ireland with a 2 square foot fridge, excluding Northern Ireland “since there was a distinct possibility the fridge might be mistaken for a bomb.” Amount that Mr. Hawks paid for fridge?  130 pounds, 30 pounds more than wager.
According to Mr. Hawks he is not, “by nature, a drinking man.  However, the making of the bet which led to this book does not bear testimony to that.  Because I made it when I was pissed.  Everything you read from this moment on is a tribute to what can be achieved as a result of a shabby night of booze.”
And apparently numerous more nights of booze in pubs round the circumference of Ireland.  For a man who is not, by nature, a drinker, he drinks a lot.  Thankfully this does not preclude him from writing a good, enjoyable book.  For a little light reading I give this book two paws up.


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3 responses to “September 30, 2013 – Rick Steves and Tony Hawks

  1. Grignr

    Hey isn’t Tony Hawks a famous skateboard guy? Love the fridge concept!

  2. Grignr

    I just read The Bloggess’s piece about the bear head. I have never read anything as funny in my life!!

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