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 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rick_Steves)
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 http://www.ricksteves.com/