Do you watch Rick Steeves on Television

Apr 26th, 2007, 02:32 PM
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Apr 26th, 2007, 03:34 PM
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Yes but because he is on before Rudy Maxa.
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crefloors: regarding the Venice masks, we wandered around St. Marks square and stumbled upon this mask shop in 2001. Ca'del Sol, Castello 4964 30122 Venezia. I don't recall the masks being all that expensive and I remember concern about packing them in the suitcase. The sales person wrapped them tightly in tissue and put tape around them. They travelled very well. If you can, take a photo of you or your partner "mascarading" inside the shop -- it is so colorful with all of the designs. Truly, one our best memories and souvenirs.
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Apr 26th, 2007, 03:46 PM
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We have regularly watched his shows and look foward to the next one. We have used his books for our past extended trips to Europe and have bought some new ones for our trip beginning in June.
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I have a soft spot for Rick even though he's a bit of a nerd. I live in the Pacific Northwest and his show is on a LOT so I do watch it fairly often. I get his books out of the library but have never bought one--I find his info is good but too limited and he repeats a lot of stuff from book to book (and you'll even hear the exact same lines on his show).

Lonely Planet is fun but we don't travel that way. I've seen Rudy Maxa a few times but I don't find him that engaging.

And I have to give Rick credit for convincing my SO to finally agree to a trip to Europe after a drought of five years--we were listening to him on a local radio show where people were phoning in with their questions and everyone was planning such fantastic sounding trips that we basically booked our week in Rome then and there.
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I always forget when his shows are on, but I do like them. I also saw that show the other night on how his show is produced...quite impressive actually.

I like the way his books show what places are not to be missed, etc. We have never used his restaurant suggestions. By coincidence we will be staying at a hotel this summer that he recommends. The Hotel Muguet, which is recommended here quite often.

If any of you live in the Seattle area, go to his Edmonds office. There is a fantastic library there that you can sit all day long and read various travel books...not just his either.

I love the Samantha Brown shows. While I don't stay at her level of hotels often, I love her style and can relate to her with the shopping and such.

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Apr 26th, 2007, 05:47 PM
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I think because of his nerdiness, backbacking ways, he has encouraged many young Americans to travel. We are so behind other countries how much they travel but it is easier and less expensive when they live in Europ to travel from one country to another.
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Apr 26th, 2007, 06:37 PM
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I never seem to catch his shows and didn't know about the others mentioned here. But I have bought all of his DVDs and watch them often. I agree he has been a bit preachy at times but he's right on about the Americentrism of many and the broadening experince of travel.
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Apr 26th, 2007, 06:42 PM
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I'm still waiting for the day when he sticks his lispy head out the window of yet another European train and we get to hear the great SPLAT!

But yes, agree for first-timers he has some useful information.
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Apr 26th, 2007, 06:55 PM
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We love him..... read his first book about 25 years ago and think he does a great job with his shows...
He really got us out the (back) door and into traveling when we were young, but not vagabonds... (now, we're vagabonds!!
Yes, he's nerdy... more power to him. He's intelligent, makes attempts at speaking the language of the place he is traveling, and his nerdiness takes the 'stuffiness' out of 'travel', that very thing that so many other people on TV put INTO travel.. refreshing.
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StCirq -- my money's on one of those tunnels in the Cinque Terra.
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Apr 26th, 2007, 07:29 PM
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annw: LOL! Or what's that specialty RR up to La Digne in Provence or somewhere? I know I've been on RRs in Europe where his head wouldn't fit between the window and the wall - it's just a catastrophe waiting to happen.
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I think Rick's books are useful when it comes to getting to specific sites like a day trip to Versailles. However I found it ironic while staying in Paris a few years ago that our hotel was filled with one of his tours. I thought his thing was teaching Americans how to do it on their own?

His hotels have changed over the years and there aren't so many with bathrooms down the hall. I think Herr Steves likes his comforts as much as the rest of us.

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Where I live we don't get Rick's TV shows, but I have read many of his books. Although I was not a first-time traveller when I first discovered them, I appreciate they would be useful to a first-time traveller. I was chuffed to discover his book on Germany recommended several budget accommodations that I'd already discovered when I was there several years before - although his reasons for recommending them were not always what I would have given as reasons. (For example, a B&B in Bacharach which he described as having "slightly stale rooms" was obviously included in his book because of price, whereas I would have included it for the immense friendliness and lovability of the hostess).
We don't get Samantha Brown shows where I live either (I do feel deprived), but if she's one of the same family that compile the Karen Brown books, then I would imagine that I would love her shows for the itineraries but not for the horrendously unaffordable accommodations she recommends.
stale , and was quite n inexperienced
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I like watching Rick Steves although sometimes I do fall asleep while watching an episode. Guess it's his mellow voice.

I love Globe Trekker. The hosts do the craziest things sometimes and they really interact with the locals. Just listening to the opening music makes me excited.
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Apr 27th, 2007, 03:37 AM
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>I wouldn't pick some of his hotels especially when he goes on about how much money you save on getting a room in which the bathroom is "down the hall." <

Once upon a time, when uncle Ira was young and poor he didn't mind saving money by not having ensuite facilities.

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Apr 27th, 2007, 04:42 AM
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What a response.

I had never seen his shows before, but recently purchased a HD Television. HD Net plays Rick Steeves everyday in HD. The HD quality is fantastic! The local PBS station plays it occasionally at 4:00 a.m.

BTW, I heard that none of the television stations in Germany are broadcasting in analog anymore--they have all gone digital. February 2009, is the date in the U.S. when all stations stop broadcasting in analog.
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Apr 27th, 2007, 04:55 AM
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I love the travel channel with they have good travel shows (they need to take the poker games off!). I love Samantha but agree that she does stay in places over my price range. However, she does show that one can book an expensive place if traveling off season. I also Like Rudy and Burt. Been watching the "1000 days" show too.

One show that I haven't seen again was the one with Joan Cusack. Now, that was a disgrace! She was an embarrassment to Americans! I'll take Rick Steves any day over Joan.

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Apr 27th, 2007, 06:07 AM
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I prefer Rick Steves to Samantha Brown. At least Rick gives some historical notes in his shows, whereas Samantha Brown's shows consist of a lot of gaping and isn't-this-faaaabulous looks. She doesn't come across as very knowledgable to me.
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