Do you watch Rick Steeves on Television

Nov 13th, 2007, 09:01 AM
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I watch both Rick Steves and Samantha Brown shows and I think we fall somewhere in the middle. Also I watch Anthony Bourdain. Rick needs to get out of Europe and try Asia- his material is getting old.
Also I don't know of anyone- man or woman that can travel to Europe with only his teeny wheenie little bag- Ok maybe the people on Lonely Planet!.
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Nov 13th, 2007, 09:07 AM
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My wife and I love Rick Steves. I don't use his guide books much but his travel show is one of the things that got me interested in traveling...will always be grateful for that.
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Nov 13th, 2007, 09:09 AM
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Although he is basic I enjoy watching Rick Steeves because of the scenery, food, etc. And my husband and I do travel with only his backpack - nothing else - whether it is for two or four weeks. Extremely durable, lightweight, easy to carry. We pack very light and love it.

Anthony Bordain and Ian Wright are my least favourite travelers of all time. Their personalities are so silly and get on my nerves but I do admire and appreciate what they do! So I put their personalities aside and watch anyway because there is always something to learn.
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Nov 13th, 2007, 09:11 AM
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Like Wekiva, Rick was the one who got us hooked like no other show so because of that we almost feel sort of a kinship!
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Nov 13th, 2007, 10:18 AM
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I do not watch Rick Steve's. His view of the world is superficial and his Italian and Spanish accents drive me crazy.

He also gives mismpressions and is legendary for his omissions. Someone gave us his Spain book. Just two examples why he is not a good travel writer. He includes Santillana del Mar but omits Santander which is beautiful beach town not frequented by many Americans and would be a wonderful diversion. The towns are less than twenty miles apart and often mentioned in the same sentence.

He describes Velazquez, as the photojournalist of the Court. Phorojournalism is its own skilled and often dangerous vocation but to comapre them to Velazquez is lazy and uneducated. Velazquez is considered to be one the great artits, not just Spanish artists,who changed art. T

These transgressions are excusable for someone who holds himself out as an expert.

Even a first time traveler, wants the full and correct impression of wherever he or she is visiting.
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Nov 13th, 2007, 11:01 AM
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True, Aduchamp. Steves knowledge of history is facile, about the level of a freshmen collegiate. He does have and exuberance about his subject that is infectious.
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Nov 13th, 2007, 11:09 AM
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I watch, I enjoy, and I also buy his guide books, (along with other books).
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Nov 13th, 2007, 12:10 PM
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We always buy Rick Steves' books when we have a European trip in mind. We also buy other guide books, and I appreciate having Rick Steve's opinions about various towns, and highlights of an area. Other guide books that don't offer an opinion can be overwhelming - it's difficult to prioritize.

Now that we've been to Europe a few times, we don't rely on Rick Steve's books so much, but having them early-on gave us the confidence we needed to plan our itineraries.
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