Rick Steves - Mona Winks

Old Feb 16th, 2005, 05:11 PM
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I find the guides very useful but he doesn't seem to be popular on this forum. Why is that?
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His description/interpretation of the paintings in the Uffizi is excellent. He's not an art critic, of course, but I think that's an advantage for the average traveler like me. He describes the art in layman's terms.
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The museums move things around so much, that it makes me wonder if Mona Winks is worth spending the money on. How often is this book updated?
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According to the Rick Steves web site, this book no longer has its catchy title. The listing of his guidebooks there says it's now called: " Best European City Walks & Museums."

If you have a limited time to visit a museum, I think his tours are pretty good for giving you the highlights in an entertaining style.

I'm quite sure he doesn't write them himself -- it's obvious that he has someone who knows something about art giving him the key information, and he probably adds the attitude. I think they're exceptionally good if you are traveling with adolescents. I have friends who got their teenagers through museums by having them act as "tour guide" reading out of the Rick Steves book.
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Any book which gives one a greater appreciation of art works could hardly be a waste.

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