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Rick Steves England. by tucsonmike on 26 October 2006 7:57am
Rick Steves is an American travel writer based in Seattle. He does shows for PBS, produced by Oregon Public Television.


Todays show was the South Coast of England and Dartmoor. I want to go see Dover and the war planning area under the cliffs and the HMS Victory in Portsmouth.

His topics cover European travel.

Re: Rick Steves England. by suzulu on 26 October 2006 12:27pm
Rick Steves' website is interesting.

Portsmouth is well worth a visit when you come to the UK, Mike - not just for HMS Victory but for the whole Historic Dockyard which also houses the Mary Rose, HMS Warrior, the Royal Naval Museum, etc. etc. plus there are boat trips around the harbour so you can see all the old battleships. You can buy a ticket to see all the attractions and if you don't see them all you can go back another day with the same ticket.

Website: www.flagship.org.uk

There are lots of other places in Portsmouth of interest.
Re: Rick Steves England. by peripatetically on 26 October 2006 2:13pm
Rick also leads tours too. You have to be willing to rough it and go off the ebaten track, which is a good thing, I think. That is, if you like tours to begin with.

Much of his research is now done with the help of others, that is for gathering informatin for his books, such as hotels, food, costs, etc.. He's a well-traveled fellow alrihgt and is full of helpful information. (And , wow, can he speak fast!) WHEW!!!
Re: Rick Steves England. by christophertravels on 26 October 2006 4:45pm
Rick Steves also does a twice annual travel festival in Seattle. It's only a two hour drive south of the border for me. I have heard him speak on how to travel, where to travel etc.

Although his company offers tours, he is a big advocate of independent travel. I used his guide book while travelling through Scandinavia. If you follow his suggestions within the book, you'll get off the beaten path. Indeed, Rick Steves' Guidebooks don't tell you everything about every city, only what he thinks are great tourist destinations. So some cities are not covered in his books.

There is another travel festival in November. I am dithering as to going or not. I have been twice already, but these festivals are really inspiring.

He now has a radio show, and all the old shows can be listened to as a podcast or simply using Windows Media Player on your computer. These are good, as he interviews guests and takes listeners calls. Go to his website.

As you might tell, I am a big fan of his.
Re: Rick Steves England. by tucsonmike on 27 October 2006 3:09am
Thanks for that Sue. I was looking at his website in more detail. He seems like an interesting man.
Re: Rick Steves England. by peripatetically on 27 October 2006 12:35pm
He is, Mike. He really knows his stuff, and even has a book on how to travel with young children as that's exactly what he and his wife did much of their little young lives, the lucky little critters! They are full gown now, but I reacall seeing them in strolers and watched them grow up. Rick's been around a long time, doing what he loves doing best.

Rick has often been to this area helping with fundraising for our local public tv station. He's extremely popular.
Re: Rick Steves England. by suzulu on 27 October 2006 3:47pm
Although it is geared for Americans, I find the information on rail passes and train travel very very useful (hope to travel by train across Europe to Switzerland next year). He goes into a lot of depth. I have certainly bookmarked this site!
Re: Rick Steves England. by Worldwide Update on 1 November 2006 4:01pm
Rick Steves has also covered several countries of the New Europe in his PBS travel series. I recently brought that up on my blog (w/ links to transcripts):


Re: Rick Steves England. by tucsonmike on 2 November 2006 12:22am
Good for you Worldwide.


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