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Old Nov 2nd, 2015, 10:01 PM
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Old Nov 2nd, 2015, 10:18 PM
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Old Nov 2nd, 2015, 10:36 PM
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I've sat in a Starbucks in the US contemplating which customers were toting a concealed weapon. I've never done that in Europe.
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Old Nov 3rd, 2015, 12:28 AM
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Sometimes on a warm day, you will see two or three people strolling around together wearing light jackets. Those are plainclothes police and they have to wear a jacket because of their shoulder holster.
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Old Nov 3rd, 2015, 01:16 AM
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»of course lots of people know about RS outside the United States.. thousands and thousands of Canadians know his shows«
RS caters for a North American public. In Europe he is virtually unknown. I have never seen one of his guide books in the travel section of bookshops.
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Old Nov 3rd, 2015, 01:44 AM
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We should open a club for the morons...
But of course don't be insulted, it is irony ;-)

Ker, the way I picture Snob is the actor from Good morning Vietanm, who is the boss of Robin Williams : at the end of the movie he tells Robin that he has no humour, and that HE, knows what humour is - and goes to talk about the Marx brothers... Fabulous. A good actor btw.

Good day to all, I loved this thread an managed to stay silent for 97 posts.. not a small feat !
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Old Nov 3rd, 2015, 02:30 AM
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justine: >>Pariswat provides very good information, regardless of what your opinion of his opinions is<<

Yes, but should we trust your opinion of the poster's opinion of pariswat's opinion?

Please provide your opinion.
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Old Nov 3rd, 2015, 05:35 AM
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I have never heard about Rick Steves outside of this forum. I'm pretty sure that the vast majority of Belgian people have never heard of him. As far as I know his guides are not translated into Dutch; Belgian people do not read English books if they can help it.
You just do not see his books here; why would we have heard of him? Are we all morons?


To answer the OPs question; the only place where we were ever pickpocketed was on the Barcelona metro. Be sensible and aware of your surroundings, especially in areas with lots of tourists. We live in Europe, travel regularly to other cities, don't use moneybelts, and apart from Barcelona have never had a problem.
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Old Nov 3rd, 2015, 06:34 AM
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As I said; 'the VAST MAJORITY' have not heard of him.
I have lived in the US and the UK for long periods of time. But the first time I heard his name was on Fodors. I've never seen the TV programmes.

Pariswat will agree that Belgian people generally do not read English language books. You can order Rick Steves books on bol.com or De Standaard; probably for the benefit of the expat community.

I have nothing against the man. If he were to translate his books into French, German, Dutch, he might get some European fans too.
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Old Nov 3rd, 2015, 10:27 AM
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We first heard about Rick Steves about 15 years ago. A couple we know wouldnt plan one day in Europe without consulting his books and videos. They are both school teachers. They leave the first week in June, and return mid August every year

imo- He offers some great near, but off the beaten path advice for travelers
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Old Nov 3rd, 2015, 11:26 AM
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<i>This thread is not about Rick Steves!</i>

Some of his opinions are criminal
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Old Nov 3rd, 2015, 12:29 PM
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Looks like the moderators are busy...
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Old Nov 3rd, 2015, 12:40 PM
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Nobody in France that I know, and I know a LOt of peope who are tour operators and plugged into the whole France tour system, knows jack about Rick Steves. Nobody's ever heard of him anywhere in France, as far as I know. Why would they?

He's a doof, with a good marketing brain.
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Old Nov 3rd, 2015, 01:16 PM
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I think that I have only heard about Mr Steves on this forum, and on Trip Advisor. He is little known in the Antipodes.

I read a little of one of his guide books about Italy, Venice in particular, and don't much like his style. A bit too much corny humour, and not a few factual errors.

I understand that he has a larger footprint in the north of America, where his TV shows are screened, and where his luggage can be purchased.

He's pitching his work at the Anglophone market, and that is pretty limiting. USA, Canada, UK, Aus, NZ and South Africa just about wraps it. Also he seems to be pitching at a market that is pressed for time, short vacations, and that comes through in his work. Visit rooms 1, 3 and 7 in the Accademia, have a drink in this bar, get your hair cut at this barber, and allow 2 hours for the Ducal Palace, take this particular walk. A bit like eating in a place with a t menu.

But that's just my opinion....
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Old Nov 3rd, 2015, 01:30 PM
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For a professional travel writer Steves knows little about art and the local culture. He also arbitrarily includes one town while omitting neighboring towns. He is a lazy, and often an uneducated writer.
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Old Nov 3rd, 2015, 01:49 PM
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Hey,
Rick Steves is on the cover of the MSN newspage today

http://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/news...gue/ar-BBmLLgr
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Old Nov 3rd, 2015, 02:54 PM
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Hey,
Rick Steves is on the cover of the MSN newspage today

Why, was he arrested?
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Old Nov 3rd, 2015, 03:05 PM
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This thread topic had nothing to do with Rick Steves.
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Going off topic? That has never happened before. At least Little Ricky has SOMETHING to with travel. What, I am not sure.
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Old Nov 3rd, 2015, 06:30 PM
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I am quite sure that Rick Steves would not be rattled by the comments here.He is doing quite well without any of your business. But carry on, the OP has left the building, that NY person may have run out of nasty stabs, so by all means trash Rick Steves. And no, I am not a fan, but I can certainly see his niche in the travel world.
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