Cinque Terre-to see or not to see?

May 23rd, 2005, 09:22 AM
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Maybe this is a stupid question, but who or what is Rick Steves? I've seen lots of references to the name, but have not heard of it before coming to this forum.
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May 23rd, 2005, 03:22 PM
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Rick Steve's is a well-known "budget travel" book writer and he has a show on PBS.
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May 23rd, 2005, 04:28 PM
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Ah, thank you for that explanation. Are the guides any good?
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May 24th, 2005, 03:27 AM
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We used his 2004 book to plan our trip and found it very helpful. We also took it with us and used it a lot. The only thing was that I did not know his 2005 book was out before our trip and there was some info that had changed. Only screwed us up once but we muddled through.
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May 24th, 2005, 04:11 AM
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Some people credit Rick Steves for the incredible popularity of Cinque Terre among American tourists, as he's been recommending the place highly. Indeed, his books are a great place to get tips about the area.

In general, I've found his books quite helpful, as they offer a lot of very practical tips for saving money and avoiding hassles and ripoffs while traveling. His dogmatic style can be a little oppressive, though, as he seldom misses an opportunity to lash out at people who like to spend more money to enjoy more comfort on the road. His anti-capitalist rants have become more strident lately, even as his personal tour book/travel clothing/luggage business has mushroomed into an empire, and he's recently entered the world of full-blown political activism. While I personally appreciate and sympathize with his Eurocentric, America-bashing views on environmentalism, drug legalization, and other issues, I've been so appalled by his apologies for genocidal terrorism and his one-sided, hateful jabs at Israel that I won't buy any of his products any more.

There's a whole thread about him somewhere on this board, I think.
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