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Alright so just who is this Rick Steves geezer and how come I've never heard of him?

Alright so just who is this Rick Steves geezer and how come I've never heard of him?

Jan 10th, 2002, 11:15 AM
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nina
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Leone you know I'm always "curious" about anything regarding travel. Anyway I'm crushed, I always thought that talk about a wife was just a cover! Oh well, I guess there goes my hope of becoming Mrs. Steves. I wonder if Arthur Frommer is attached?
 
Jan 10th, 2002, 11:20 AM
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Theteacher
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Joe,

From Which "collage" did you graduate? Very inadequate English department I see.
 
Jan 10th, 2002, 11:26 AM
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bonnie
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Wow, Leone, you are so incredily cool and sophisticated...I can't believe you deign to post on this board with the rest of us hoi polloi.
 
Jan 10th, 2002, 11:34 AM
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P.S. In regard to a comment Christina made that I just saw...the information Rick Steves presents in his guidebooks may not be comprehensive but, as far as I know, he has never presented his guidebooks as the only useful reference material for Europe.

A wise traveler would, in my opinion, seek information from a variety of sources before heading anywhere.
 
Jan 10th, 2002, 11:35 AM
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Spider
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Just as Rick Steves is unfamiliar to Europeans, I'm sure there's travel experts in Europe that focus on the US. Anyone know of good (or goofy) travel books about the US from our counterparts across the pond?
 
Jan 10th, 2002, 11:37 AM
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L
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Well, Nina, my ignorance shows again - I assumed. She and the kid got in the back seat of his van, and said nothing ... I just assumed she was doing a travel wife cameo. My goodness, a cover ... hmmmm. Can you believe it: Steve Reeves outted on Fodors. Ciao
 
Jan 10th, 2002, 11:45 AM
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Ah, I think we are all underestimating Rick Steves as a businessman (wish I had his money and job) and confusing his public persona with his private one. Maybe he is exactly like we see on TV and maybe he is not. Marketing consists of doing what works to sell your product. Honestly, as much as I would like to see some truly unusual spots on some of these shows, it wouldn't appeal to a wide enough audience for Rick's business or the networks'. We don't see many foreign films on most of the networks either; there is a reason. Perhaps when Rick travels on his own, he dresses in Amani (he probably has enough money) and speaks the local languages (I have to believe he has picked up quite a bit of them during all his travels - notice that occasionally he will speak them on his shows, though with pretty bad pronunciation). I have a feeling he also stays in pretty darned nice hotels sometimes too. Personally I have always liked Rick Steves, even though I have to say I prefer Rudy Maxa's TV shows. Still with all the trash that is on, Rick still has one of the best travel shows around. The three main negatives for me are: (1) as someone said above, he seems to suggest getting to know the locals but at the same time says to stay only a day here and a day there (this may be marketing too - maybe his real target market is the first-time traveler to a particular country or region), (2) he could emphasize learning foreign phrases more, and (3) he covers the same spots over and over again, though he is branching out to new spots such as Eastern Europe.
 
Jan 10th, 2002, 12:01 PM
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Leone
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Rick Steves Does Eastern Europe - wowwee, you can kiss that italian makeover Ciao, and say Ciao to neo-stalinist threads with unisex babushka. Thanks, Dan ... I needed that. Ciao
 
Jan 10th, 2002, 12:05 PM
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What a shallow bunch some of you posters are! Who cares what Rick Steves wears? If one of the purposes of travel is to broaden one's horizons and to create an appreciation for different values, obviously some of you are not very well-traveled. And, frankly, with the situation in the world today we need to encourage more understanding of others and their viewpoints rather than displaying a patronizing attitude. Yes, Rick Steves does quickly cover the highlights of an area rather than covering an area in depth. But, this approach certainly helps one who is looking for an overview of an area. Yes, he is for travellers who want to stretch their dollar and who find no appreciation in staying in one clone 4 or 5 star hotel after another. Therefore, he is a better resource for the first or second time traveler to Europe who is a bit timid and who has saved and saved for what may be the trip of a lifetime. But, his philosophy is certainly more right on than that which some of you seem to have--namely that life is about appearances, being seen in the "right" places, spending extravagent sums of money to amuse yourselves, and making sure that everyone knows how superior you are.
 
Jan 10th, 2002, 12:07 PM
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Nina, Rick has a wife and two kids. They showed him with his family on one of his shows based in Germany. But his wife was not a "looker" so maybe you still have a chance. PS: On that Germany tour, they showed him in Baden-Baden bathing nude in a spa and getting a massage. If what I saw is any indication, you may want him to keep his clothes on.
 
Jan 10th, 2002, 12:08 PM
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I am so disenchanted with these posts. I am Rick's wife and I am hurt beyond belief. All he has tried to do is do the right thing by everyone. So what if he's made millions. It's enabled me to drive around in a BMW, take expensive trips, wear beautiful diamonds and furs.


 
Jan 10th, 2002, 12:10 PM
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Bless his heart, I've just been into his website. Why am I reminded of "Bal-ham gateway to the South" I specially love "ale-stained and laughter-filled storybook pubs"

"We'll stroll the seacoast, savor tea and scones, ponder legends of King Arthur and the quest for the Holy Grail, settle into ale-stained and laughter-filled storybook pubs, and surrender to the spell of all that Dartmoor magic"
 
Jan 10th, 2002, 12:14 PM
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Yes, X, I saw that episode where the masseuse even gave Rick's bare butt a "a sharp Teutonic slap." I had blocked that out of my memory.
 
Jan 10th, 2002, 12:17 PM
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Dan, I moved to Seattle in 1979 and I believe Steves started his company not too much before that. There used to be a series of travel slide shows held in houses in the Seattle area and I met Steves at one of these, in 1980 I think. He may be a different person now, 22 years later, but at that time he seemed exactly like the person you see on TV, just an "aw-shucks" regular guy, not a bon vivant -- or bon vivant poseur -- like our friend Leone here.
 
Jan 10th, 2002, 12:20 PM
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Mom and I are planning our trip to Europe and Mom keeps saying "Rick Steves this," and "Rick Steves that." She passed along an autographed "Best of Europe" she got as a PBS pledge drive bribe and the book is about worthless.
I do realize it's a best of Europe, but there is no mention of several areas I'm interested in seeing. I guess they are not off the beaten path enough for him. However Fodor's does mention the cities. Steves does mention several times to buy his xxx book or xxx book for further research.

Rick Steves and Bill Gates, twins separated at birth?
 
Jan 10th, 2002, 12:21 PM
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It should be noted that Rick invariably recommends the reading of other travel guides in addition to his when preparing for a trip.

Totheteacher: My wife was always a better speller than I. Oh, you missed "reccomended". Perhaps you need a refresher as well.
 
Jan 10th, 2002, 12:24 PM
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nina
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Oh good x! There is hope! The out of shape bod and bad 'do don't bother me one bit, when I look at Rick I just see one giant wallet with legs!

 
Jan 10th, 2002, 12:27 PM
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I am surprised so many people think that Rick Steves is such a "down to earth" guy,-- that is the way he comes across on television..he is selling cheap travel in Europe, books, tapes, believe me! Rick is not travelling cheap himself, this is a television program! It is a business and that is the type he portrays to appeal to the budget traveler..
That said, I go to Europe often, and recently picked up one of his books in a bookstore,what a bore, it is so easy for people to do these things on their own, I am amazed that people think they need him to tell them these simple things! any guide book would give you the same information...and probably better information..It is like Travel for Dummies without calling you a Dummy! And the places he tells people to go are some of the worlds biggest tourist traps...
and thinking that other people are poseurs because they do not adore Rick Steves is just insulting them because you have no real argument in favor of your opinion.
 
Jan 10th, 2002, 12:29 PM
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Votre ami, mais oui; un poseur, mais non. Vivant, certainment! Bonne annee. Et Ciao.
 
Jan 10th, 2002, 12:30 PM
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Excuse me, Leone, but I have seen the Rick Steves show on the Travel Channel, where he attends a gay mass wedding in Amsterdam. It was VERY non-judgemental, and Rick Steves wasn't the least bit homophobic. Now, how many travel writers/celebrities would do such a show?? NOT MANY. So, Leone, come down off of your Prada platform sandals, circa 1999, and kiss the ground Rick Steves walks on. Love you, mean it. John G.
 

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