35 Burst results for "Rick Steves"
A Tour of Turkish Markets
"Joined by turkish tour. Guide lally sermon iran. Bali thank you for inviting gets a pleasure now first of all when we're in the town of konia i know from my experience taking groups around people get a little bit like an anxious. It seems a little more conservative. Women are more covered up into town like this described the atmosphere in cornea compared to a place like izmir or ankara. Well as you just put into words. It's little bit more conservative. But what's attract people's attention is not the conservatives off the town being a conservative is not a bad thing. It's just the personal understanding of how you want to practice your life and your religion. The reason i'm saying is that muslim women prefer if they are developed. They prefer to cover up but in different religions. People don't or may or may not need to show their face with what they wear because there's a visual aspect to it. It attracts attention. Otherwise cornea is not any different than any more conservative city anywhere in the world. Okay so different Groups in different religions will have their women wearing hats and their men wearing beers visual indicator. Then you to said if there was not you would not notice. A life is not different in konya than anywhere else in turkey. It's just men have more beards and women have more scarfs. That's okay we're going to go to the market now when you step into a market like anywhere. It's sort of a cultural scavenger hunt and you have a chance to learn about the culture from the market if you were going to take one of our listeners into the marketing konia. What are some of the things you would see. That would give you a better understanding own loved the marketing. First of all. What i love is that it's was a market two thousand years ago. One thousand five hundred years ago one thousand years ago five hundred years ago and today it's still at the same place in the same layout and more or less. Probably the items carried in the market are the same.
Finding Europe in America
"Says you have to actually go to europe to taste of the old world after all many american and canadian cities and towns were settled by european immigrants. Sometimes they tried to recreate a bit of what the new from the old country. Even if we can't go to europe we can discover benefit prayed here. In our hemisphere samantha. Brown hosts public television travel series places to love where she films from destinations. Both around the world in closer to home. She joins us today on travel. With rick steves to look at some of her favorite places to find a bit of europe. In america samantha. Thanks for joining us. Pleasure to be here rank. Boy know all i do is go to europe again and again and again but i really. There's a lot of europe hiding out here in the united states during covid lockdown times so we can't travel overseas like we'd like to but we can find little knockoffs here in the united states from all around the globe knockoffs because some of them are terrific kind of constructions and others are honest to goodness immigrant communities. That are still the way they were hundred and fifty years ago when they were there were settled just in my state washington. We've got leavenworth which is a famous little german. It's kind of a touristy. Gimmick but poulsbo is originally a norwegian town and its norwegian to this day and we have linden up by the canadian border which is a very dutch was settled by holland immigrants. What are your favorite slices of europe in america. Well one of my favorites is a city that i had gone to my entire life. My family Was brought up right outside of it and then after doing two years of europe came back to and it just hit me like a ton of bricks that this was a european city and that is philadelphia pennsylvania. It is by far the most for me. The most year of paean city in the united states and so then i started like do a deep dive like why is it so it was just a feeling i had like. Wow i just feel like. I'm in europe. And there were so many connections One of the main architects was an emigrant from leon france. He designed the ben. Franklin benjamin franklin parkway which is now. We're all the museums are lined. And he designed that off of the sean z z. and along this beautiful roadway parkway where they're abuse. There's the rodin museum. there's the philadelphia museum of art. Which has the largest collection of renoir in the world. Incredible and others rittenhouse square. They're all these not just pockets. Because i think you know there's places we'll talk about today the have pockets but this is a city that is just so of france and the best connection that i love about philadelphia is that it is also it has the most mural arts i think in the world and its sister city is leon so if you ever go to leeann france and the kuala rouge is where you see those phenomenal murals and that art that is available to all end. It's all over the city. That's what the to share so the city a definite of brotherly love is a great. If you want that. European and more specifically french you know kick
"rick steves" Discussed on Bullseye with Jesse Thorn
"rick steves" Discussed on Bullseye with Jesse Thorn
"Willing as you mentioned. You've been a body in motion for a really long time. Did it take you some time to throttle back to realize that there was going to be another wave that the road predictions of in twenty twenty weren't coming true that in fact it was gonna be a while before you went anywhere where they're sort of almost shades of steps of Of the grieving process where you finally had to come to terms with the fact. I'm not going anywhere else. Well there's my woes. I'm not making any money. And i can't do my research and make my tv show. We shows all figured out for poland and iceland. We had the flights booked we had the permissions with scripts with crew lined up. I was excited about it. But i got over that in a hurry. You know this is much more important than than a privileged my ambitions as a businessman or by travel dreams. I employ one hundred people That's beautiful responsibility. That i take seriously and we have a lot of people that looked us for you. Know how to put their travel to europe together and then we have all these people that work with us indirectly in europe. And i remember ray Again we were. Euphoric were gearing up for the biggest year ever. I mean it was just a gang of travel nuts and suddenly we couldn't have our staff meeting inside and we met you know behind the extra house that we had across the street in the backyard syndrome by a white picket fence. One hundred of us. And i was standing there at saying. We don't know what's going to happen but we are not going to after today. That's our last in the office. I was not a fan of remote work. I want people there because we have the core and really loved being right there but our staff knew what was coming our way and we had scrambled people in the last or two to get us capable at home and we said goodbye and then it was that emotional day. I still remember it. Vividly and You know our our inner circle. That did the tourists we said. Well we'll have to see. We had the tours full. You know twenty five people on a on a bus. One hundred tours. That's a lot of people. Twenty five hundred people whose travel dreams. I mean i got over the lost income. It's their travel dreams. They saved they planned. They dreamed they got their friends together. And we had. Oh we have to cancel through april. We have to cancel through. May we have to cancel. Not through june through the summer we have to cancel till the end of the year. You know it just was worse and worse and worse and then i just realized we gotta hunker down. We got trim the sails and we just have to survive this thing. So it's been a year and a half with with no revenue in one hundred people on the payroll and I just met with my staff this morning and You know it's it's it's discouraging because we want to do our work and and we can't in there. I'm committed to keeping people on the payroll i've even. Yeah but my focus has been as more on our community and our roles as leaders in our community and so on. I'm paying my staff to work even if we don't have the work so i decided well. Let's mobilize people to help out in the community because older people can't do the there the normal volunteer force their nervous about covid And their people in the needs are greater than ever. So i thought well you guys i'm paying you if you can Use your company time and help out with meals on wheels and food banks and you know cleaning up the parks and all this kind of stuff so in our own little way. you know. we're doing four hundred hours a week with volunteer work on company. Time and i'm hoping this cove will cause us all to recognize that there are things more fundamental at stake here than our own travel dreams our own bottom line now. I'm not. I'm not trying to be like a wise guy but i think the brand the way the public sees you as a decent guy and you do in your work. Think about the impact of travel about the relationship of visitors to the places they go. Does the calculus change a little bit after so. Many tourists dependent economies probably had an awful twenty twenty that instead of being cautious about those things instead of having.
"rick steves" Discussed on Bullseye with Jesse Thorn
"He organizes tours over the continent and since around march of last year. He hasn't been able to do any of that stuff. He's been away from europe for the longest time in his decades of covering it. So he's instead taken to finding ways to bring europe home to the united states cooking reading up on history looking back at fond memories of travels past so we decided to bring him the show and to interview him. Pair him with another public media legend. Our friend ray suarez. It's a clash of pbs. Titans before we get into that. Let's hear a little bit of a recent streaming event. He hosted called monday. Night owl. here. Rick is talking about some of his favorite european dishes something. We didn't anticipate when we started this monday night. Bumble ben was that it would evolve into sort of a shared meal. And every week i i. I'm surprising myself. I'm getting into the cooking. And i want to share with you. What i'm gonna be eating tonight. And i put the the menu on our Information so people can of eat with but look at this beautiful beautiful plate. I miss my kids. They're saying who is this man. I could this place. It's nothing betsy but it sure was it together and this is the danish meal. This is called smarter broke it. It means a butter on bread. Motorboat is open based on is in all over scandinavia. Buying these open base. Which is you go into a shop and you just choose what you like. rick steves. welcome to bullseye. Well thanks ray and listen to that. I just felt like an enthusiastic little kid who somehow just learned how to cook well. Let's be clear you weren't much of a cook before where you know this. I call it a corona bonus I'm a travel guy. I spent one hundred days a year in europe. I love my work. I'm writing guidebooks making public. Television tv shows leading tours and suddenly. I haven't been on an airplane for a year. And i just decided at the outbreak. This to play the cards. You're dealt you know i was telling my tour groups You know if it's not to your liking ginger liking and i've changed my liking were there a lot of irons in the fire. When the world shutdown things that sort of stopped in the middle. Oh yeah. I mean i had. I had one hundred tour guides from every country in europe in my living room having an amazing party the week that all the said in that Retirement homer senior center in kirkland that the first cases of covid were being reported it was just. It's just a twenty minute drive from my house. And we had just finished a week-long Celebration are annual summit of all the tour guides. We fly them into seattle every every january in february and And we have a big huddle and we're just having a big party. We were going to go home and have the best year of touring ever you know. Twenty nineteen we took thirty thousand people on fifteen hundred tours and we were already almost sold out for the next year and they flew home. We're all euphoric. And then i look at this. I'm looking out at puget. Sound here from my my window at home and is like a su- nami came in and it just submerged everything i remember. The the next couple of months was busy in reverse. We had to send back twenty four thousand deposits tours I had to keep my staff of one. Hundred employed somehow had one hundred guides in europe. That are now not able to do their work and it was. I mean know you think every time strange during this last year i just every coupla days it occurs to me. Oh that industry's been in crisis also and you know i'm focused into tourism. We lead bus tours. And we write guidebooks and you know. It's it's devastating From travel point of view are guidebooks. Ray were right up to date. These were the labor of love over thirty years of researching. I've got fifty different guide books on europe and they're all based on little moms and pops you know the the the the the entrepreneurial ventures that i think make travel so much fun to connect with these little guest houses and being bees and cafes and restaurants that are the dream of a husband and wife and It's just ski saddens me to think of how many of these works of love labours of love or are in crisis now and what's going to be a big emotional thing for me is to go back to europe. Once we get through this and see who still standing. I mean the big corporations will be standing. And they'll be the starbucks still be where we know. Starbucks is in in paris and so on. But what about the the little guys. And that's what really makes good travel so our initiative right off the bat is going to go back and sweep through and and see what's still there and put the guidebook make the guidebooks accurate. And then patronize the little guys. As if the way we consume can help shape the future. Well that means that An up-to-date book given lead time the time to run down. All these leads figure out. Who's still in business and all that We're talking about what twenty twenty two twenty three till you can sort of figure out what still here in the world and from you know people who value guidebooks. That's that's my thing is writing guidebooks to me. A guidebook at twenty dollars tool for for three thousand dollar experience if it's any good at pays for itself on the shuttle and from the airport and A lot of people are going to be traveling later in. Twenty europe's might beeped but anywhere you know and And then it's going to be almost. I'm i'm i really believe. Travel be wide open in twenty twenty two but from guidebook point of view. Anybody who's updating now is wasting their time you gotta wait till you're expect to some semblance of normalcy before you go back and find out you know who's there and who can we recommend so the workable research is only going to be possible if all goes well. People get their shots in europe and in the united states and so on in early two thousand twenty two and then it takes eight months. If it's just pedal to the metal to get it out into the bookstores so anybody traveling in twenty twenty one or two thousand. Twenty two will be using guidebooks that are either. I think dishonestly claiming to be updated because he can't update it or you're gonna be using information that was accurate in two thousand nineteen when the last of our guide books were updated for twenty twenty. And then you just. There's still much better than nothing at all. I'm going to europe. I hope later this year and be equipping. My i'll be traveling with a guidebook. Like i always do. And we'll just have to realize that you know things have changed and the only way to have information is to be flexible and use. What was accurate before covid. But what i'm committed to is by the end of two thousand twenty two. We will have what we're calling post covid guidebooks researched and updated by experiences after cova had passed. And then you know from twenty twenty three on. we'll be back back in her stride. God.
Why I Love Rome
"Let's start the hour with three guides from rome. Who tell us what they love. Most about their city rome. It's the eternal city to one of the most romantic and popular destinations in the whole world but many visitors met with a harsh reality when they wander rooms. Ancient streets overcrowded sites chaotic. Urban seems unpredictable transit strikes. If you're not prepared. Rome can be a challenge. But many will agree with me that it's all worth it. Bernardo francesca russo and susanna perugini specialize in guiding american tourists around italy and. They've all made rome their home because they love their city. They join us now on travel. With rick steves to share their love of rome and share with us some tips on how we might enjoy it too you know. Francesca susannah bondar. Generate one so rome. I love history. And there's history every where you look. Francesca you're born and raised in rome. What's it like just to go to work. Surrounded by all that history. Sometimes i think about it that i can wait for the bus right by where julius caesar was stabbed to death. So i'm thinking that rome is a place where history goes from printed words on the page of a book to something. That's alive every minute of every day so you can feel it. Something had happened. Two thousand years ago happened right now. And there's layer after layer after layer. I mean there's like an archaeological dig isn't it but it's right before your very eyes. He has over two thousand years of history. Front is every single moment. Wherever you turn all at once pub is living in rome shape your outlook. I would say that most romans take it for granted. I think they gain a sense of how special the city is when they go elsewhere and they always find everything else so new so you become you become aware of how what it means to live with two thousand years of history once you leave it i think if you grow in it and you see coliseum every day when you drive to work in the sense you don't even see it any more than you might make a case that if you live in a land with very little with the shallow history. You don't appreciate history quite as much. i mean. The oldest building in my town is one hundred years old building a new town twenty times that could maybe if you live with things that are two thousand years old and every day i think you forget it and it just becomes something many conversations with my roman friends who say they've never been inside the coliseum where he could for take it for granted. Yeah but once you open their eyes to one thing then they understand and appreciate as well
The Simple Life: Sweet Home Croatia
"Tired of the rat race mid western mom. Jennifer wilson decided up route or young family and seek out something simpler so she moved her husband and two kids to the croatian mountain village. Her great grandparents to learn what they would have taught her about life. Jennifer makes sense of her family's adventures in her book called running away to home. She joins us right now from the iowa public radio studio in des moines to tell us what she and her family gained from living in croatia. And how it's changed them now that they're back in america jennifer. Thanks for being with us. Thank you so much for having me. So you took your family from iowa to croatia. Set up the story here. When did this happen. Why did you do it. How long you stay well. It was in two thousand eight when the economy was melting down here in america we were really feeling a lot of restlessness at the time. So we sort of collectively decided as a family to take a big risk. We decided to get rid of all of our sort of consumerist lifestyle stuff and we took our young family to the ancient croatian mountain village of my ancestors in it was. It was a pretty amazing. Right how long did you stay in. Croatia trump. We were in the country itself for about seven months. The majority of that in the village itself is your husband croatian. Also he's norwegian alsacien but he sort of adopted my ancestors for the time we were in the village. It was really like hitting the reset button for our family. They're in what way. Well jim and i have a fairly modest lifestyle here in the midwest but even a family like us sort of in our american culture tends to super size everything and we were just ready to kind of get away from the american buzz and we went back to the most basic way of living. We were living in a small pen sione in this very small village that felt like it was suspended in amber since my great grandparents left and it really gave us the time and space to connect as a family we wanted less business in our world and we thought there can be no better way of doing that than going to a place where there was really nothing going on We had heard a few things about mirka pie research and a scouting trip and indeed. It was sort of this quiet time outland. It felt like to us
Making Athens Neighborhoods More Evironmentally Friendly
"Let's start today's travel. With rick steves increase hosting the olympics in two thousand four forced that famously chaotic and polluted city of athens to invest in more pedestrian and eco friendly alternatives tour guides cars and pastas doris joining us. Now to look at what you can expect when you scroll the neighborhoods their city by the way we recorded this conversation before the pandemic shutdown international borders things very much. What's it like when you hear. An american. say athens used to be terrible today. It's changed big low. We are old enough to remember what you mean. Because i grew up in the nineteen ninety s where we had these serious problem with his cloud. Above athens was pollution cloud. Yeah but then a they introduce measurement which was not. All cars are allowed to enter the city center the yukon enter Based on the you and your license plates so this improves the today. Absolutely yeah and athens benefited a lot from. That's an apostolakis. There's more sensitivity for pedestrian zones. I think from syntagma square. You can walk downhill on on. What used to be a very crowded traffic street and now it's like a park weekly unification for q logical sites so he can start working starting from sedan west and you can make your way old down to get me. Cost the asking symmetry of otherness. It's beautiful walk without motorbikes. And there's this beautiful pedestrian sort of park. That goes to me almost all the way around the acropolis also the hill that the city is built around. That just seems designed for people and it's beautiful in the evening. It's beautiful in the day.
Sevilla April Fair - Pre-Covid
"The week. Surrounding the easter holiday are traditionally a big time to celebrate with the family and spain even while spain has to prevent the crowds of pre. Covid times a little longer. By cancelling the big april fair again this year. Let's anticipate how celebrate vs biggest social event of the again next year local guide. Concepcion delgado joined us a few years ago to describe how they normally like to pull out all the stops in her hometown. Concepcion thanks for being here thank you. What does april fair into who've grown up in severe well april her age like the explosion of life. No he's like the explosion of colour c k. Everybody happy and having party. What are you celebrating life. I mean is it a spring thing and there was no. There was a reason why the fibia was started. But it has nothing to do with that anymore. It was a livestock market to improve. The economy of the people were gathering there not clear whores on cows and old that but Because people had to spend a few days while they were selling out older animals they were taking some food and wine along on. Does the only thing that's a revised now actual industrial horse market that had affair with it and now the horse businesses nuts so important in the in the party survives. That's good and lucienne style for a way that all the warring stuff anti-subversion correct now an end lucia do different cities have a professor or is it always the same date in the in the big city. All of them have a fair. But it doesn't need to me in an spring fair anymore. seventy starts severe. Sat which has been celebrating a fairy for longer but the rest of an alluvia adopted that idea of having party in spring or fall and they do a federal. So you can come to on the luthier. From april winds heaviest starts to september up to get to a town. Where a ferry as going on.
"rick steves" Discussed on World Cafe
"Strauss waltz. On-roll cafe chosen by my guest today. Rick steves rick. Steves has taken us on a musical tour of europe. Today with stories from his latest book for the love of europe. You can find that book out now. There are so many parts in this book where you seem to find yourself surrounded by music where you've almost stumbled into it. My own favorite music related travel. Memory is kind of the same deal. My partner and i were in munich. They're having to be a spring festival happening. There is this giant tent called hippodrome. There were hundreds of young people in leader. Hose it inside dancing tables with beer stein's and neither my partner. I speak german but before you know it. We're on the table. Were saying we're all living ever beer having this great time and to me. That's really the beauty of traveling and of music like the connection. It allows you to create with other people for you rick. What have your encounters and experiences with music in your travels taught you about people. When i travel it connects me with history. It also reminds me. The world is filled with beautiful people. We see music is the international language. Yes music is the international language. You can go to the opera in milan. you can go to the busker festival and burn. You can go to the home of edvard. Grieg and the fjords norway. You can hear a tuna band one of those troubadour bands and sell a monk in spain. And it's all people celebrating life in their own culture. It can be today. It can be from the distant past it can be. In a language you don't understand but music weaves together and that's a pretty poignant thing to be able to experience it's a it's it's one of the one of the great intangible joys sir travel and. I really feel bad for somebody who travels that doesn't recognize that music is an integral part of the travel experience and it takes a little doing but I i would highly recommend as you plan your trip and prepare for your trip and as you do your trip to spice in a good dose of music exceeds. Thank you so much for joining me today. It's been such a pleasure talking to you. I've enjoyed every minute. I'm just these. Thoughts have made me want to go back to europe and enjoy some music to iran address back in a moment with more world cafe..
"rick steves" Discussed on World Cafe
"On the tables it. Try to keep up with it. I love it too. That it's the world cafe on that branch there was a tweak take internet wrench in the the regan the whole the whole in the bog down valley up in the rare wagner lip dog and the bogged down in the valley on that twitter was rarely believe from the in the branch and the right on the bow and the whole the whole down listening to the world cafe the rattling bog irish folk song. We are traveling. The world and listening to music with rick steves. Today his latest book for the love of europe features one hundred of his own travel memories. A lot of them have to do with music. The last place that we're going to visit today is vee enna and a lot of the music we've talked about today is folk music or music that's woven into the culture of a place in the people but vienna's a little bit different because like you say in the book it's it was a mecca for classical composers in the seventeenth and eighteenth century so people like mozart and beethoven when you go to vienna now. How obvious is that influence of the musical history of the place. Has you know when i go to. It's interesting you ask that. Because it's less time in. Vienna and i love going to be an attempted guidebook. I've got a personal passion for in loved by my chapter on the end. I just wanna make really good part of this city really cares about music and not just music for fancy people and people can afford to the box seats and so on but it makes room for people. That are struggling. People who are students people that are retirees that love music and have a lot of money at at the opera you can. Of course get a nice seat at the opera. But there's always several hundred standing room seats available for like five dollars. And all you gotta do is lineup at the afternoon. At a certain time the day of the show and they've got it they love their opera so much. I think there's three hundred performances a year but of the week is a different performance and they have to change out all the stage sets and so on so it's a lot of work but it is designed for the local people to get their their musical fixed now. When i left the hotel. I saw at the opera house. Something that was new. They had chairs set up and they had a big giant screen streaming the live performance of what was going on inside and people were going to the opera for free by sitting outside and watching it being projected on the wall and then i walked around the ringstrasse a little farther toward the the city hall the rat house and set up in front of the rat house in the summer. They have this festival where they've got the biggest screen i've ever seen. They do famous concerts and a food circus. So there's all of these. There must be forty different. Food tents set up and i talked to the person at the tourist information office about this and they said the city has money to help younger people gain an appreciation for classical music and they know that the that the the music festival at the at the city hall and beyond the outdoor free music festival is just considered a meat market by the young people. It's the best place to pick up. a nice partner Because it's you know it's just a it's a it's a fun classy place to go for a certain people to find the good partner so they stay. We're just celebrating the fact that this is more of a meat market than music festival but it all works together and we're gonna let people know that classical music is worth paying attention to so you go there and it's just driving with young people and Thousand people sit down and watch the concert and it's a beautiful moment and you just think really get. I like that idea that. Vienna is making classical music sexy again. That's exactly right and for the tourists. There's two dimensions go there and you you become a temporary local enjoying concerts and then you also remember from eighteen point of view you could fill several days with sightseeing. there's a whole wing of the hoffbrau palace which is a music museum. And i was just looking at one of the clips on my from my tv. Show where i got to go in there and play. How the sort of evolution of of the piano. The clavichord to the harpsichord to the piano forte and i got to play it and demonstrate. The how the the quilt plucks the string and then how the piano through the hammer so you can have it going soft and loud. In fact let's call it the softer the piano forte. Let's just short two pm. But i got to demonstrate that that was really fun but that's a great museum. There's another museum called the house of music where you can actually pick up a baton and direct the a big giant screen of vienna philharmonic orchestra. And now i've done it many times and you'd go faster you go slower. You do a little rebuttal and if you screw up. They put down their violins. And they laugh at you. So that's a lot of fun. I mean it's very interactive so that's a fun museum and then of course whatever composer you're excited about with viennese heritage. You couldn't go to that composers home in a museum about that particular musical genius. Well since we are in vienna right now. Who's viennese composer or composer. Who had time in vienna. The that you're excited about. Oh you know. I've been to say mozart. Or beethoven. But i'm a sucker for strauss waltzes. I'd just every time. I get to see the strauss waltzes with people dancing in vienna. And there's a lot of people that go to vienna just to put on fancy ball gowns and go to these strauss waltz estimates. Let's have a strauss waltz. Own strauss waltz. On-roll cafe.
"rick steves" Discussed on World Cafe
"Asong that my guest. Today rick steves enjoys playing on the piano. Rick is telling us some of his music related travel stories today. You can find some of them in his new book for the love of europe. The piano and the organ are very different instruments but there are some similarities. And you've got to see pretty incredible pipe organ in harris the pipe organ at the church of cecil piece. Could you describe ms pipe organ for this is one of the most beautiful musical experiences and i don't think they're letting people do this anymore during covid but i hope and pray opened up this tradition again but at the great cathedral of san a piece in paris between the masses on sunday morning. They played little concert in music lovers in the know. Stand in the back of the nave and others a little green door and it opens up and you feel so privileged and you. It's a tight spiral staircase and like little sixteenth notes. Use kemper up these spiral stairs to the very top. You get to the oregon loft and then you've you've you've see tacked on the wall the list of all the organised who've warmed that bench and dupree and vidor door. And today daniel roth and it goes all the way back. I mean it goes back theoretically to to bach. I mean that's where all these oregon numbers go back to end you. Gather around daniel roth surrounded by all these pipes. And he's got like four keyboards and his feet are going crazy on the pedals. And he's got an assistant that pulls and pushes all the stops and keeps track of all the music and he's got a funky little mirror that hangs there so he can look down and see the priest and he can be in sync with the with the mass and to be up there and a witness that you just can't believe you're sitting there leaning on the oregon looking over at daniel roth and it's it's just because you knew that the little door would open after the first mass. I love it. i just love it. We're going to hear performance. Now of daniel roth.
"rick steves" Discussed on How I Built This
"Fundamental than what generation is using. I mean what's interesting about your business. Right is that it's a. It's a travel business. But it's around the name of this person. rick steves right in normally would say well you know once. Rick steves is no longer part of the equation There's no business. But but i mean rick steves is like farmers or lonely planet right. It's it's you but it's something else to it's it's actually i mean what's interesting to me about. Your business is that it can't survive without without the person. Rick steves. i've. I've wanted to get to the point where the business could survive without me and i think we're at the point. Now am really happy about that. That we've got a thima where the company is viable without me on the other hand. It's it's a shame when a company is named after a person because then you have other people should have the the potential to be the public face of that company. It's kind of awkward to say you know. Here's a john doe who is speaking for. Rick steves it. It would be nicer if the company was just called europe to back door. And then john doe would not be not. Rick steves but That's not a problem right now. Because rick steves is still having fun. Being rick steves when you think about the arc of your career and what you've built the top selling business The top selling travel books. Rick steves books hundred million dollars in revenue At your peak how much of that success you do tribute to how hard you work in. How how much you put into it. And how much do you think had to do with luck. I think a lot of it is how hard work i just. I've dedic. I've basically i've i'm not at all complaining about it but i've given my life to this business. I always worked on saturday. I work every night till ten o'clock so i'm loving my work but not everybody can love the work the way the i'm blessed to love the work of i believe in what we're doing. I got my name on the cover and I like to be america's Traveling guinea pig. I like to make mistakes. Take careful notes and come home and help people learn from my mistakes revenue own so they can have a better trip earlier in the conversation You were so candidate about your family and your personal life and And understand your here in a new chapter there as well That you and your wife had divorced divorced. Some time ago i guess it was pretty amicable But you now have a new partner i think really micheli who's actually a lutheran bishop and It sounds like even though you know you're not traveling as much as you normally would Sounds like you're a really good place. Yeah i'm so thankful and she's been able to introduce me to things that i would have never ever taken seriously before kobe. I've got an apron. Now i cook. I know how to use the stole. I'm i'm i'm walking dogs. Shall he's got a couple of dogs. You know i would. It'd be a deal breaker for anybody. Who's going to be my girlfriend but no these dogs are very important part of our life. So it's totally new to me and it reminds me. There's more to life than travel. And i'm really thankful for that. That's rick steves. Founder and owner of rick steves europe and by the way. There's one thing you might be surprised to hear about wreck. He's a pretty big advocate for smoking. Pot i love marijuana. But i don't i talk more than i smoke. It takes. It takes time to smoke marijuana and many years. My new year's resolution is to smoke more pot as resolutions go. you fail. but i've spent a lot of time in a lot of money helping legalize marijuana. I i love the idea that the nerdy hist ernest lutheran guy like you is is also this huge marijuana advocate to. Oh if martin. Luther was around today. He'd be a hey. Thanks so much for listening to this show this. If you are not already a subscriber please do subscribe to this podcast wherever you get your podcast if you want to write to us or email address. Hiv npr dot org. And if you wanna follow us on twitter at how. I built this or at guy rise in on instagram. You can follow me at guy dot. Ross this episode was produced by rachel faulkner with music composed by ramtane arab. Louis thanks also to liz metzger farah safari derek. Gaels jesse howard julia carney. Niba grant and jeff rodgers. Our intern is janet who john lee. I'm guy rise. And you've been listening to how i built this. This is npr lou. This message comes from npr sponsor that capital one venture card with venture you an unlimited double miles per dollar on every purchase everyday. What's in your wallet..
"rick steves" Discussed on How I Built This
"Future of travels gonna look like post covid. I'm pretty convinced that the essence of travel will come back you know. rick steves. Travel is the opposite of social distancing. You know i go to Paris kissed on the cheeks. And i go to rome to pack into those piazza's and Do the passage outta strolling in the pedestrian boulevards licking an ice cream cone and checking out the crowd. I go to the pubs in ireland to Clink glasses with people who really believe that strangers are just friends who've yet to meet and i think that will come back. I think it'll be. It'll be incremental. But i think we are on a glide path to normalcy also. I'm concerned that that the little moms and pops that make travel so fun Can survive this because the big businesses will survive it. But i do not want future where everything comes to me. In a cardboard box on my doorstep and where where we're every strip mall is just filled with chain restaurants I don't want that. I don't want that in my regular life. And i don't want that in my travel life and the challenge will be candy small mom and pops the little entrepreneurial ventures The little passionate you know Life work of people about their small museums. That they run will still be after covid. And i hope that we'll be rick four. Am for sixty five year. old guy. you are remarkably self aware of your privilege and Your talked about What it means to be white man in the world and you have been pretty open about your progressive politics. He wrote a book. Called travel is a political act in two thousand nine updated it I think just couple years ago. Do you think. Do you think because you have spent so much time overseas seeing other cultures and other people that it it. It's actually made you more progressive politically. I love how travel opens you up to the world. And i think it does make you more progressive i. I've always been aware that culture shock is a challenge for travelers. And just this. Last few months i've been thinking about her culture. Shock is is a positive thing. It's the growing pains of a broadening perspective and So aware of the gap between rich and poor. I'm so aware that that my daily lottery costs a day's wages for the less privileged. Fifty percent of humanity. Half of our planet is trying to live on five dollars a day. I think is so interesting. How you learn about your country times by leaving it leaving it and looking at it from a distance so this is all to me. You know travel. Teaching has morphed We talked about the very beginning. I said european traveled cheap. It was just budget tricks You know and since then it has more to gradually gradually gradually over the years and now it is getting out of your comfort zone and gaining an empathy for people who live differently and see things differently than we do for somebody who really kind of started this as a a passion project right You never. I can't imagine you rented getting rich off of what you do but you did. I mean this. This is a business that that in two thousand nine hundred generated two hundred million dollars a year staff of one hundred people. I mean you probably have enough money to retire several times over and was money ever important to you. You know. is it important to you do you. Are you uncomfortable. When i say you know you're rich guy. No when i was a when i was a kid i wanted to get as as a businessman. When you get as by making money I pride myself in paying my staff. Well and taken care of my staff and providing a a working environment that helps people feel good about what they're doing not just a earning a paycheck but but but contributing in a positive way. And i like to make money when i when i make money i can do things that Give me power to do stuff. That i think is worthwhile like you know. I like to pay the rent for my local symphony. So my symphony Has a tough time financially like most symphonies and i just thought how about if one of your fans just paid the concert hall rental. Feel your long every year. So i've committed myself to doing that. I i care about Homelessness here. You know i try to high make sure people can find an affordable who when driving in europe and i know a lot of people will never see their name on a plane ticket because life is just tough for them and if we've got money for travelling we should have money to house people here in our country so i bought a twenty five unit apartment building. That's an an edmonds. Washington writes in edna's north of seattle. And i thought a lot of you know well off. People have money as a nest egg sitting in the bank making interest. Why not take that capital and buy an apartment complex and then give it to the w. wc or some organization like that to house people and You still own it but your money is doing something who instead of sitting in the bank Eventually i just gave that building to the y. Wpa and now. I go to sleep knowing that my hard work has resulted in the white. Abc owning in a two thousand five unit apartment complex. That is housing twenty. Five single. moms In this case people who have had problems with hard drug addiction and they were not able to be with the kids and now they can be with their kids g you give yourself some luxuries like when you travel. Do you travel first class in a flatbed. I've never paid for anything other than economy on an ticket. If i get bumped you just get up created because of your your mile no. I don't do miles. I've never collected miles or anything like that. I've just have a. I don't want to try to defend. Because i don't know for sure why i don't like it but i don't bother with miles that they've really miles so when you fly to europe you fly in economy class. I fly way back there and you just somebody just sits next to you. And they're like why aren't you. Rick steves i'd just sit there like a norwegian bernie sanders with my noise reduction headphones on looking at my laptop for eight hours. How do you prevent people from giving you a bunch of free stuff or trying to influence your decision by making he because you've got to be recognized now everywhere you go. It's not like you're a an anonymous. Soon critic wrote. I mean personally because you gotta earn your way into a rick steves book. You can't get in there because you gave a nice bottle of wine or your cousins already in there you gotta earn it kiowa. I owe that to my readers so it is a constant battle and i I you know. I get free rooms when i travel and nobody would charge me for room when i go to their hotel because i sent him a quarter of their business all year long. But i'm very tuned. Into the fact that i cannot let that corrupt me if if things go south that hotel even if it's run by friends of mine is out of the book it breaks my heart but i have helped to drop hotel's run by friends of mine because it's no longer what it used to be one at earned a spot in the book. G u Do you think that your audience is getting older or do you think that you are still appealing to like. If you're if you're young traveller today like when i was twenty and i went all over europe. Why would you use rick. Steve skied versus. Let's go or a rough guide or lonely planet. Yeah my staff is tuned into generational changes and so on. I find it kind of boring. A maybe it's the generation but I wanna produce content. I think if content is fundamentally helpful and if it's well designed and if it's affordable the format can be devised after the fact to fit the consuming habits of this generation of that generation so is it an electronic booker but can print is an apple. That kind of stuff. I don't know. I just want to produce the content. You know. i've been know our guidebooks at the best before it hit. My publisher was so excited. He showed me. The sales chart and twenty five of the top thirty guidebooks in published in the united states for europe. Had rick steves on the cover. And i think that is more.
"rick steves" Discussed on How I Built This
"How you do it. I mean i'm very lucky that that i had the brakes that i had way back. Then stations got it for free because you guys were handling the underwriting and then you got some publicity and this turned you into a celebrity quickly right. You know one thing. I've had as a business sort of Value is be other people's cash cow. Everybody is struggling. Everybody is desperate to be viable from a business. Point of view in all you are is your own cash cow. Nobody's going to want to talk to you but if you honestly our people's cash cow then you become a key player for all these organizations because you're making them money yeah and I'm i'm a cash cow for my publisher. I do a lot of things for my publisher that while other writers just complain that their publishers don't promote them properly. I realize no i gotta do my own song and dance and my publisher appreciates that pay for it. You know and i benefit from it and from a television point of view. I was mr pledge. Drive right soon as i know and i stand for stations all over the country i was spending twenty days a year twenty days on the road doing pledge and to this day i mean i just was talking to the people at public television week or two ago and they said nearly twenty percent of all the money that they raised in pledge. This last quarter was from my show for the whole system. When when did you first realize. Because shows is debuts in nineteen ninety-one and it's super fun to watch because it's so nerdy and i love it. I love it for that reason. It's so i mean it's really special When did you start. What did you first realize that people were recognizing you go. Hey there's ap there's a guy from tv like remember that feeling spend yeah it was very it was I remember the first time. I ever saw somebody with my book. In europe. i remember the first time people started recognizing me from the tv show and then the first time people from other the other hemisphere would know me from seeing the tv show in youtube and other streaming ways but Yeah that became more and more of a deal. I remember coming into a into a youth hostel high in the alps. And i just checking for the guidebook information and dropping in and there was a the guy who ran the hotel said. Oh there's a girl scout group in the in the dining room and they'd love to see because they're here with your book. And i came in to just interrupted their dinner and they just go. There's the guy we saw on tv we saw shows before we took a trip and the girl scout leader says to the girls girls. If it's not to your liking and they all go change your liking. And that's one of my slogans in my in my book. If it's not to your liking change your liking so they were crew blue and doing you know honoring my little little slogans without me even knowing it and that was pretty fun when you work really hard to to realize. You're having an impact meantime. You're you're doing these shows which is super labour-intensive. You are also going to europe for portillo lead tours. You're also updating your guidebooks. You're traveling around. Now doing fundraisers for public radio stations. And you've got a family at home and i I mean. I imagine you're away you were away from home for for months on end throughout the year. Yeah yeah it was When i think back on it It was tough. I mean i was I needed to lives and my You know i. I worked a lot of people work hard and it takes a toll on their families. I worked hard And it was sort of addictive to be writing business that was rising up and it was my dream and it was also so enjoyable. And i i I loved parenting i. I was married to my work as well as to my family. And in that case i was Didn't work well. And there were demands on being. Rick steves people needed. Rick steves for a variety of reasons and that was a big deal in fact. My relationship with my son was was difficult for for several years because He really recognized that my public had hijacked his dad and his other friends had dads. That didn't have a quote public. And i've had this attitude that if you've got and i was gonna say an adoring public but you know you got to love your work next air. Livery whatever everywhere. Yeah i mean. I feel like you owe it to your public to take time and talk to them and to you know to visit them in person and so two choice you make. I mean i can imagine that that causes some some tension or stress In your marriage with your wife. Yeah she just was realizing. And i think reprints were helping her figure this out that you know. You gotta stop being rick shadow. You know she'd go to the grocery store and she'd buy groceries and the and she'd signed the check or you. That's you that rick steves. And i'm sure that gets really old because she's stuck with the kids and she's you know doing all the responsible thing so apparent should do not a mother a parent to do and she was doing pretty much alone And i was doing the family thing a lot like my dad. Did you know my dad was out there being the big personality conducting the band. You know being everybody's favorite piano technician and going with the concerts and my mom was at home making sure the books worked and the kids were getting their shots and all that kind of thing. So you know i was. That was just A choice i made and I don't know how else i could have done it. Frankly I went to the soccer games in the football games and i was very. I was very frustrated. Because i wanted to be working and i didn't want to be sitting there with the other parents watching the kids. Kick the ball You know i I and it was his a visit difficult thing now. Might i mean may kids as adults. Now they're in their early thirties. We have beautiful relationship. And i'm i'm i feel sad that there wasn't too of me and much of those years. Where the formative years in business and it and we missed a lot of opportunities on the other hand we we did a lot of great things to And i wasn't i just don't want somebody else to dictate what it takes to be a good. I had a little chip on my shoulder about that. Because i didn't feel like i needed to help. The kids moved into the dorm. You know. I mean moving the dorm yourself. You know i'm busy And if that's wrong well that's not wrong. It's just one person's assessment of what it takes to be a good parent. But i just missed the the joys the the little magic moments you know. Y- can't. I'm pretty practical about the reality that you can't do it. All and those years are fleeting years. And you can't you can't really make it up. Make up for it when your kids are in their thirties when you finally slowdown in you realize that cats in the cradle kind of business you know you either do it or you. Don't do it when the kids are little. And i tell a lot of may you know. Remind a lot of my friends that you know. I i had to make some hard choices and be real careful about that. Yeah so you did this. First series television series with this production company for five seasons and then And then a couple of years later you you re launched the show is rick steves hero right you also on public television. In this time it was your was your show right right and this was going to be different. This is going to be.
"rick steves" Discussed on How I Built This
"Obedient host. That would learn his lines. And out of the way and I had a teaching agenda They had a Let's stay in business agenda. And i had a teaching agenda so they wanted to produce shows that would be pleasant to watch and popular and i wanted to produce shows that would teach the rick steves style of travel but i mean in nineteen ninety. One you were not the kind of people television host. Your you know your you've got this new nerdy ernest thing going. And which.
"rick steves" Discussed on How I Built This
"rick steves" Discussed on How I Built This
"Always thinking. I'm talking to my parents and their friends. And when you were you know leading these lectures and talking about going to europe. I mean were you just saying look you can do this. I don't speak french. German guidebook you can make your you know you can make it work. I think that's part of my How i was successful. Part of my appeal is. I'm not a scholar. You know. I mispronounced the words. I don't know how to say perry you know I say paris. I speak only english. I remember interviewing my students. That was a fear knepper. I don't speak the language and tell them well neither. Do i and i write guidebooks i make. Tv shows. i lead tours and have great vacations. Going to portugal. So i i have to imagine after you publish to the back door self published for. I think the first edition came out in one thousand. Nine hundred eighty is that right. That's right I'm assuming that it was clear to you because you had you had established business right you. You called it europe to the back door a few years earlier you probably filed an llc. But i it's not clear to me that you thought this was still going to be the way you were gonna make a living up until one thousand nine hundred and would i buy filed anything. I'm kind of laughing at that. Because i was i was so klutzy i was just having fun teaching and selling books out of the back of my car when i had books to sell but i think back on it friends and loved ones and relatives. Give me these ideas in my gut responses. it's crazy. And then i think about it and it's actually a great idea and a good friend of my parents. Petty price said you should take bus tours around. And i just thought that sounds horrible and then i thought god is huge efficiency and sharing the rental cost of minibus. And i'd love to you know love to help organize people's trip plans at the table and the dormitory over lunch and i'd love to take people around europe on these minibus tours. And so i. I was giving these talks and it was very easy to talk. People who are enamored with me because of my finance stories. I could tell about traveling. They kind of natural they would. They'd be interested in traveling with me. If i made that possible and i did and there was no there was no promises. The minibus tours were is like a commune on wheels. It was it was not profitable except to cover my costs waking the over there longer and you know everybody had almost sign a little agreement. That says they wouldn't complain about the lousy accommodations. Who was so upfront. So you basically would you drive the bus. Yeah i drove. The bus was just. That was a beautiful four million people. Wanna get into the travel business and make some money. I say you know. I think the best thing is just to have a forte. Just you know you are. You know you are. Mr scandinavia. You are mr bajaur monsieur california and just do that specialty with eight people on a minibus and The economy of sharing of a vehicle with eight people is wonderful. The fact that you don't have to take care of a driver and a guide but the driver can be. The guide is wonderful and That's that was kind of my original formula there and this worked really well at the time i was. I would actually have a day. Where i would a announced my my minibus tour plans for the next year and i would give the talk i i would. I would say okay. I'm gonna explain the tours. And then i'll take deposits for the tours on that day and i'd have you know four or five tours that i would doing the minibus. I was always the guide and the driver and that night all those tours would before they would sell out there would sell out. That one was like what ten or twelve people per per tour. Eight people per tour news usually twenty two days spec then i only did twenty two day tours. I was on a one man crusade to help. Americans have a longer vacation of just amazed that we put up with such short vacations and so is twenty. Two days and britain twenty two days in germany austria switzerland It's funny because now you know forty years later it's evolved where that's way too long for the american market and the longest tour is twenty days in our best selling tours or ten or twelve days. So i'm trying to. I'm trying to picture this. I mean you are like inner late twenties. You're offering these minibus tours with a people and it's you're driving the minibus and you're the guide and you only speak english so i mean that's a lot to take on like you didn't have a local guide. Was he was just you. Oh yeah and. I didn't have the sophistication or the appreciation of a local guide or or the money for local guide so we were just bumbling around together. You know. I remember we the craziest things. We'd we'd go through the the. There's an oak forest where admiral nelson used to get his masters for his ships in southern wales. Forget the name of the forest of something very romantic and we would take turns sitting on top of the bus on the on the luggage rack and a couple of people up on the top of the luggage just so they could look at the oak forest as we rolled through it slowly every night. We'd in the youth hostel. We'd pull out the map in debate. We would actually debate what we're going to do the next day and this was a formative time for me as a tour organizer because again i was learning what the market wanted. I was learning how many how many hill towns can immortal tour find worth climbing up How donnas and children can immortal tourist be excited about After a while it doesn't matter if it's raphael's greatest. They're going to stay in the busing else because they're burned out on madonna's and children. It's interesting i remember This is this business kind of philosophy. I think of mine. I would have the handbooks for those tours laying around in my lectures and the handbooks were designed so people could be independent in the context of the tour that was. There's always this focused. Everybody got a handbook who joined. That's right yeah and time and time again. And i was so so impressed by honest mike mike. My students were in these classes. I gave i never checked. Id for checks when people were giving me any money for anything and and just didn't need to. They're just great people but they were stealing this book these books and i. I thought these two handbooks are driving decent people to theft. They need to be available for sale. So the next year sort of a radical thing to do. I put everything. I knew about doing the tour in the handbook for the tour intending to give people the information necessary. So they could do. The rick steves tour without rick steves. They could buy the book for five bucks and do it on their own and some people said. Oh you're giving away all your secrets. No it was a great thing because it turned people onto the tours and it opened up my teaching people that wouldn't take the tours anyway. And then i could stand in front of these groups of people who were taking my classes for free and say i don't care you can take my tour or you can buy this book and do al but just do it and do it right. When did you start to think of yourself as the real deal. Because i think a lot of people including myself have had an subtypes. Still have imposter syndrome. We we're like how do people listen to me. When did when did you start to thank god. I i'm not an expert. But we you kinda you kinda grow into it. Yeah i remember a big breakthrough for me. Was arthur frommer. I mean he was the granddaddy of all this. He's the guy that that that inspired the the democratization of of international travel. You know europe on five dollars a day right as classic book. Yeah and i was just a kid and I mean i must have been right after. I sell polish my book. And and he hadn't even know he knew who i was he. He had me fly all the way to new york and beyond his radio show and ours a tv show. I think maybe and He's he put his you know he kind of effectively. Put his arm around me. Said ladies and gentlemen. I'd like you to meet the next temple. Fielding eugene fodor and stephen birnbaum of the travel publishing world well those were the big household words in the fifties and sixties yielding guides for door guides birnbaum guides. And eventually me you would do. You would do your own. Like rick steves guides because you'd get a publisher and start publishing them. But i mean for a while. I guess you were. You were pretty much hawking that the.
The Future of Tour Business in 2021 with Steve Perillo
"This is a bad year tour companies. So what do you do when you run into tour company and suddenly. Nobody's traveling today on travel with rick. Steves we're joined by steve parilla of perello tours to talk about how we who make our living in the travel industry are trying to stay afloat in these months of zero revenue during the global pandemic. Steve is joining us to discuss. How the pandemic is hitting his industry and his expectations for the future steve. Thanks for joining us. How are you holding up. Pretty good considering pretty good. Have a driving tour company. Bring about what fifteen thousand people to europe each year. You're the third generation. Ceo of your family to her company. Perello tours how was twenty twenty looking before the pandemic hit it was going to be our best year since probably nineteen ninety-seven. It was going to be a very good year. We've been through a bad time so you know it's not an essential purchase trip so Before nine eleven we had all kinds of stuff If you're in the trump is every ten years you're going to have a really bad year but you lose half your business okay. But twenty twenty It was one hundred percent a loss of business which is astounding. We were euphoric in the tourist industry. We were queued up for our best years ever. The economy was so hot. Everybody wanted to travel. Everything was coming together. You know and you ramp up for it. And then said and bam not only do you have revenue. But you've got a lot of people that have given you money and you have to give back refunds. How did you know that. That is the bane of every tour operator. That's how they go out of business. They spend the deposits before the trip. You're not supposed to do. You're supposed to Ideally put it in escrow you put in a separate account. You don't touch it and we touched it but My father taught me about the rainy day fund and It was millions and millions of dollars. We had to return. Well i we as people to postpone it to this year and a lot of them did but now we're facing march april and may and this time they really do what their money back and it's justified so Were returning all the money and We're not gonna pay taxes for a few years i assume and We're gonna be fine. I don't wanna go through this again in my lifetime though. I don't really want to go. i don't either so you're returning all the money. Meaning you're not gonna pay taxes because you've lost so much money that you'll have losses to take forward under obama two thousand and ten You could deduct losses for five years after the bat. You're right now. There's there's actually laws in some states that prohibit tour companies like ours from doing anything in where i live in washington state. We don't have that option. I mean that money is protected until the tour is actually performed and at first. I didn't like that love. But i see i see the need for it and i'm glad we have it now. It gives us a little guidance. I always think capitalism uses chaperone and. That's what good government is all about for sure sure Now when you look at the industry in general how do you think. The industry did as far as relations and respect to their clientele. There were millions of people who were more than just inconvenienced by the advent of the pandemic when it comes to prepaid to her plans and so on. Well we all wanted to. We all wanted to ask the customer. Let us hold the money and we're going to Apply to next year or the next year. We're even going to give you some money off. And sem didn't really have an option that some of the cruise lies i really You know we're going to give you credit for the future but we have whatever. The customer wanted We did in this regard so we returned the money and a lot of cases and the goodwill is amazing. And they're gonna come back to us for sure. Nancy the goodwill. I mean we made a point of just not even letting people leave their money with this. Thank goodness we had the capacity to do. We sent back. Twenty thousand deposits took months to do it. It was a lot of work. We're not geared up to send the money back but that's what we had to do because as you said we're in this together for the long term and we gotta take care of of our public What do you think about the cost of cancelling tours. You had already set up as a tour organizer did you have to. Did you take a hit. By cancelling out of buses you had arranged in hotels. you had booked on not really the The airlines were considerate. You know we're on the same boat so So they were nice. They were nice. They worked with us in after the whole Catastrophic advent of this for tourism. How did the insurance companies come out. Did they step up to the plate and help people with it. Was the public generally satisfied if they had purchased. You know trip interruption insurance or was this something that was not covered It's not covered. They were tough. They were tough. I found them really not helpful at all. The insurance companies In general they didn't their reputation. Took a hit then after that because they didn't lose much money because depending people lost money in the insurance companies did not right and we have to make up the difference. if somebody We have penalties if you cancel but this was a totally exceptional situation so I don't care where. I don't care about money. We got through it. It's all gonna come back. You know you gotta be classy in this world and then you got to be standing you can have your team together when when you come out of this and we can ramp up again. So when i think of the long term consequences of covid in the pandemic. I'm concerned about the small mom and pop businesses especially in italy. That's your forte. Big companies can get through this pandemic. They can even profit from it. But it's the little moms and pops whether it's the little museum or the the little restaurant or or the little Hotel our guest house. What is your sense about. What's gonna be still standing when when the clouds of this pandemic lift. I know a lot of restaurants are not going to be there. But the italian government european governments are a lot more generous with their citizens so People still got their paychecks. Some checks were protected. I don't know all the details of italian government law but there are a lot more A helpful than the america you know. We have our our strengths to. Yeah well they pay high taxes and part of that is they expect their government to stand by them in a in a time. Like this it's Different from country to country. But in general i think it's fair to say that small operations mom and pops and so on her have a good chance to get through this at this second year of this cova. I don't know how long they can last. But that really is what makes travel so appealing is not to have to go to a strip mall and buy from international corporation. But you have that character you got the local little entrepreneurial ventures and the people with a passion and they love their clientele and it's a joy to be part of that scene and it's a fun puerta. Tourism isn't the old crafts are still alive. And well you know the Inlaid wood is an amazing art. Mosaics are fantastic. We can around these artisans with are group's at the table and and watch that happening. This is travel with rick. Steves were comparing notes on running a tour company in the middle of a pandemic right. Now with steve. Parilla
Portugal's Art and Architecture
"Let's start today's travel with rick. Steves in portugal. The architecture and the art of portugal to tell the story of that small country squeezed between spain and the atlantic ocean. You can wander through museums classical and romantic paintings to styles with the largest impact on portuguese painters or you can take in the beautiful. Blue azoulay zhou tiles. That ornament many of portugal's buildings to learn more about portugal's art and architecture. We're joined in our studio by two portuguese guides. Christina duarte and refco christina and raphael. Thanks for joining us. Average abuse here. Rick christina so often to understand the art of a country you need to understand its economy. There's money behind the art. How does money shape the art in the architecture of patrols. When you have money you want be surrounded by beautiful. Things actually is universal. Everybody wants to be surrounded by beautiful things. The thing is that you don't afford it many times and when you afford them you have them in portugal much money then because they have great art from five hundred years ago yes well. It is a combination of two major. Factors the fifteen hundreds with the discovery. Spirit that allowed us to have for the first time money enough for our trade with many places in the world so automatically the royalty had many the nobility had money and the church have many and the coincidence is that your have money and you have also religion behind it so which. She's being major catholic. Contrary in thinking that you want to give your best and you'll beauty to your your glorify gone exactly to glorify god so They were two kinds of ways of spending that money in art. Which was the private and that will be for palaces that nobody will see and to god in churches and i consider that public art so review. All you have this money coming in from the trade in fact the churches were actually nicknamed spice churches. How how does the space tie into the building of churches. Well when portugal arrived to places like india and china and we started to bring all of these new products. Back to portugal. They revolutionized portugal they revolutionized our economy and from there on the society started to change and that is one of the interesting aspect of art is that it reflects the other dimensions of society. So the spices. There were They were a major factor. For example the jeronimos monastery that began to be built precisely with the money that came from the spices. Which bases were these that were so valuable. So you had Pepper you had cinema And many others in christina. Why would people spend so much money for pepper and cinnamon app to preserve no sleaze to preserve refrigeration also to Pigments of any kind for linen. Or tying dying yes. it was something exotic. It was different. People never seen it before. So imagine the first time you are smelling coffee or you're tasting pepper or you're smelling cinema. Imagine the impact that you had imagined how it sparked your imagination so the wealthy people would want this. It would be titillating for them now. You mentioned the monastery at toronto's same just outside of lisbon b. l. e. m. I believe that was men. Welland style architecture. What is men whalen. What we're does that word come from so The men willing style is named after our kingman. Well actually the name was given only in the nineteenth century during the romantic period but kingman while he was one of the most important kings during our age of exploration so he ruled from the time of columbus until fifteen twenty began to rule in fourteen ninety five until the fifteen twenty s in the nineteenth century. They figured out that. We had a several monuments throughout portugal. That shared the same characteristics. So what are the characteristics. If you look at the front of a church what will you see and you go. Oh that's men welland from fifteen twenty so the manor line is late gothic style so you have the basic structure of the gothic and then over that basic structure of the gothic. You have a very specific declaration. You have for example. Maritime mothes you have the strong. Heraldic of manuel specially to miller rece- fear so that the coat of arms of the royal family and then themes from the sea because the money came from the see exactly like the rope the rope a rope with an art. He's a very very important symbol of maryland.
How to Fly to Australia Without Getting Bumped
"From the past fortnight and fiscally wrecks and virgin. Australia have become embroiled in a bitter price. War ahead of wrecks launching. Boeing seven. Three seven flights between mellon. See in just over a week from monday. The first of march rex will fly five times a day between siemian. Melvin using least ex. Virgin australia boeing seven. Three seven eight. Hundred's rex had started selling economy seats for seventy nine dollars. One way and business class from two hundred ninety nine dollars but last week. Rick steves candidates prices even further to forty nine dollars in economy or one hundred ninety nine dollars for business costs which is kind of unheard of that price includes checked baggage for all passengers and a snack and drink onboard including for economy. Close now that sale ends on the twenty eighth of february and covers travel dates throughout much virgin australia quickly matched with forty nine dollar economy costs and one hundred ninety nine dollar business clawsf as as well traveled during much. Jetstar is now selling nobody flights from thirty nine dollars one way which is even cheaper. Although that price does not include checked baggage qantas meanwhile has reduced. Its economy class ticket. Prices on that rejoicing. Much to one hundred and ten dollars although business class fares during much still quite high at nine hundred twenty three dollars said clearly not matching on price at the moment and pats qantas feels like it doesn't have to match on price because it recently introduced hot meals during Meal times on many domestic routes in economy class and it will bring them back on old remaining routes from next month in addition alcoholic beverages. Complimentary on all qantas flights previously. They were free on. Some routes like sydney to perth or any route of camera. But on other routes like the fullness city fly routes in brisbane to melvin for example that will only free off to four pm on weekdays. The change means that you no longer need to grab six dollars from your wallet. If you'd like a glass of wine or a beer on conan's flight even if you're flying in economy quantities also bring out a limited edition. Centennary henry beer which is brewed by james squire qantas. This week announced three domestic routes which will begin operating on the first of april. The regional subsidiary qantas link will operate the new direct flights between melbourne and coughs. Haba brisbane in coffs harbour and camera to balance byron bay vision. Australia also announced two new routes this week which will be operated over the easter school holidays and maybe extended as long as state borders remain. Open his demand. Those flights will be from melvin to ballerina and from adelaide to the sunshine. Coast qantas invasion astray. We have also both extended the flexibility available on new domestic flight. Bookings with both airlines bookings made any time. Until at least the thirtieth of april can be changed and unlimited number of times without paying any feats until the end of january next year. He can say cheese to cancel for credit voucher without paying any extra fees. Similar flexibility also applies to reward bookings made using frequent flyer points except the e channel say cancelled as for a full refund of the points and taxes without paying any fees overseas now in the national carrier of namibia and was placed into liquidation. Last week all flights were cancelled and bookings were taken down on the namibian government decided that the airlines mounting debt had become unsustainable although covid nineteen has worsened enemy is financial problems. It was already in financial trouble for quite a fees before now there were media reports that any maybe a could immediately declares insolvency back in september of two thousand and nineteen although those were denied by the airline at the time and it continued to operate until now despite fifteen of the airlines. Nineteen routes being estimated to be loss-making enemy. Be a
German Christmas Markets
"What is unique about a german christmas market. They're they're so popular with american travelers. These days i think is the spirit of german community code. Usually communicate is associated with the with the bar or but germans feel very smoothly on christmas market. Imagine you can do your christmas shopping without the stress because you will walk over the christmas market in between shops and you get a hot spicy wine standing next to your neighbors who've just doing the same thing you have a little chat and then you just keep on doing what you're doing and it
German Christmas Markets
"What is unique about a german christmas market. They're they're so popular with american travelers. These days i think is the spirit of german community code. Usually communicate is associated with the with the bar or but germans feel very smoothly on christmas market. Imagine you can do your christmas shopping without the stress because you will walk over the christmas market in between shops and you get a hot spicy wine standing next to your neighbors who've just doing the same thing you have a little chat and then you just keep on doing what you're doing
"rick steves" Discussed on Boston Public Radio Podcast
"For your tv show the radio the books that cetera but you have been fairly affront this season about your support for the biden harris ticket. Tell us about that. Well i just believe in government. And i i want people who are committed public servants running my government. I was just thinking about it. It's like the last four years if you like strangers have ransacked my house I and i'm i'm kind of. I'm kind of offended that people who wear flags on their lapels employed. They're more patriotic than me. I some people say i- i- america abashed because of my travels. I come home. And i. I explain how other countries do it. And i think that's better for their people in the interest of democracy and justice. And for all i mean these phrases just come out of out of our sacred documents and i feel it's america loving to care about my country a lot of times by reading to'real i find myself. I'm just kind of bait read. What do you call rebate or something on on talk. Radio shows on conservative. Talk radio shows and cheryl talk to you. But i i need to a an understanding ahead of time that you're not gonna question my commitment to america as a patriotic citizen. You can question my opinions. But i care about this country as much as any far right winger and we just have different world experiences. My world experiences getting out there and understanding the other ninety six percent of humanity and coming home and sharing how i think our country can be a better place and i'm very excited now when you see. The the cabinet picks that biden has. It's no drama. These people are are just passionate about making her life or our country a better place. They're smart they're nice. They're caring people. They they know what they're doing. We know a person in charge of education will care about education for everybody. A person charge of housing will care about housing for everybody and that makes our country stronger. And even if all you care about at your bottom line. I think it's very good news speaking of your bottom line though a legendary line from michael jordan before he Essentially to get involved in politics which he did this year was republicans buy sneakers to. How does your bottom line do when you come out issues like this rick news. Well you know. I get a lot of cross at tell me. They'll never travel with me again. I don't think they could find your upon a map. They've got no interest in travelling. They're surprised that i'm political. You know for fifteen years. I've had a book that's been quite well known called travel as a political act and i would say half the people who take our tours would be republicans and half of the people that take our tours would be democrats. There's thirty thousand people. Took our rick steves bus tours in two thousand nineteen i think From equally all over the country. And i just think there's a difference between people that are close to the world and just want to shut the place down and people that are have a good healthy difference between conservative and liberal approaches to challenges facing our country. I mean i voted for reagan and i used to respect the republican party and i think deep in their hearts that they were afraid of being intimidated by a guy who can primary them out or whatever i think there would be better dialogue between conservatives and Progressive people in our country. Right now and I frankly i'd rather have a bus load of of Republicans to take around europe than a busload of tree hugging. You know liberal people from bellingham. I i wanna make a difference..
The Victory Column, Berlin
"The victory column was built as a symbol of victory over the French. This is where history and Berlin connect. It was originally standing on the spot where it is today. The Nazis moved at there to make it stand in a more triumphant spot in the very center of the city. It was originally built near the rice stuck building
"rick steves" Discussed on The Daily
"We are recording. Okay Iraq Sam. Nice to see. Rick Steves one of my favorite people on the planet. Sam Nice to hear from you again and we had a good conversation a while ago. Now it's all different world yes I profiled you. My profile view came out in the New York Times magazine last year and part of the reason I wanted to call and talk to you was you and I are supposed to be hanging out. That's right it was one of the last things I deleted from waking up. I'm Sam Anderson and I'm a staff writer for the New York Times magazine and last year. I wrote a profile of Travel Guru. Rick Steves Hi. I'm Rick Steves. For many travelers quintessence have. Spain is found here and Lucia. Rick Steves for anyone. Who doesn't know he's really an evangelist of travel today like Turkey. In general. Gazillion is Muslim. The power of Rick Steves is that this is not just a business for him. It's a whole life. Philosophy set me means the ball tough life tastes like that when it goes from the herring. Okay well this is the learners dose here. But I'll give it a go. He wants to empower average everyday Americans. Who MIGHT NOT OTHERWISE? Leave the country to get out of their comfort zone and go explore the world they give an insight into a people who in a thousand years have evolved from fearsome some marauding vikings tap people like me and. I've been thinking about them a lot since. We'VE ALL BEEN HUNKERED DOWN. Because here's a guy who's in constant motion he just thrives on moving from one place to the next he's always travelling and suddenly the entire world is shut down. It's like a switch was flipped and his whole life mission is just cancelled. All these dreams that have been dashed are actually put on hold and so I was wondering what does Rick Steves Time. And maybe an even bigger question. If Rick Steves can't travel then who is Rick Steves? It was nothing on. My calendar is just a blank slate for my future. Wow so what? Have you been doing day by day instead of hanging around with me? Well the big part of my life is a part. That was always squeezed away by workaholic. And that's just enjoying being alive in this privileged little world. I've got a nice place in Edmonds. Half are north of Seattle. I've got a view of the mountains. it seems like the the volume of the birds have been cranked up. When I step out of the morning there's less traffic and more more bird sound and I've been thinking about dusting off old. Passions got out my trumpet and the Valves Heddon wiggled for literally decades and I could still play the trumpet. Which is fun. I didn't even know you played the trumpet. I thought I knew everything like to keep a few things to pull out later. One other elements of life. Have you been finding yourself enjoying? I mean it sounds ridiculous but I have never cooked in my whole have never cut into an onion in my entire life. What I had never really made pasta until now and my gosh. I've had a bad attitude about it. I've always been at parties and people put on a on a on. A what do you call it a bib. Or what was that you aprons Nathan Apron? They put it on an apron and everybody having a good time convivial. Lisin you know mushrooms in the kitchen and and just was awkward and I would just go to the living room and I'd sit there alone with my gypsum dip and now realizing what I've missed. Wow it's like somebody just told me there's a whole new world out there you can do something more than go out to eat. Bring home leftovers and make picnics. So I mean that's that's just a delight so you really expanding your horizons. Yeah well you know. I'm learning to travel without without an airplane tickets. Wow you know so a huge change. It's a great thing but I have to be mine. Mindful that I'm really privileged and when people think about this they think about it mindful of the fact that it hits a lot of people who don't have the ability to weather as well as we do pretty brutally But one way or another. We'll get through this. I guess. What am I big hopes? Sam Is that Sofa. Distancing doesn't become the norm. I just love the way the French kiss each other on the cheek I love a a nice high five when I get to the top of a little peek in Switzerland. And you WANNA sit next to a stranger and share your French fries in an English pub I think one of the great pleasures that you provide people all the time is the fun of traveling vicariously and I. I remember people telling me That you often get letters from prisoners saying that even in prison people watch your show and feel like they're out in the world and so I wonder if that aspect of your of your teaching Is even more powerful now. If anything from people about that I actually have because one of my themes lately is this virus can stop our travel plans but it cannot stop our travel dreams. We're not in business to make money right now. We're our mission is to keep people's travel dreams alive and to give people something positive we just a couple days ago designed Big Steve's your Bingo where the cards have all of the goofy cliches that show up in almost every one of my shows and we've got we've made that available and people can drinking game if you want but it says okay. Hold on wait. What are the? What are the key triggers in the Rick Steves Travelled Drinking well it's a BINGO board. They've got all of your If I use alliteration both stirs saw and stokes the appetite nor if I have a thinly-veiled guidebook plug I've been recommending that Kaskel farm and my Britain guidebook now for over twenty years Dorky. Joker if I use the word for convivial you'll enjoy CONVIVIAL CAMARADERIE. That convivial had loonier charming convivial. If I enjoy a drink locally homeboy here comes another wine if old baby. Oh baby if I have. Innuendo towering high above is a skyscraper built in the nineteen seventies in erection. Like this was a big deal in communist times. I can't say anything explicit but I can have plenty of Innuendo. The lady strokes the UNICORNS Horn in the Lyon looks out at us to be sure we get the double overtime. That's kind of what I do almost almost every show. So you can certainly get Bingo if you watch the show and keep on travelling child. I'm developing this. This notion that you can. You can play a little game of bringing Europe into your home. Oh okay which might be kind of. Maybe it's not to tell me about that. What's well people who are addicted to European travel? This is kind of frustrating time for them. So I've been thinking about a few ways that you can bring a little bit of Europe into your home and I don't know how workable it is for everybody but you can wash your socks and sing. You can actually Serve Coffee to your quarantine mates in tiny cups and charged for refills. When you get real desperate you can eat a slug with lots of garlic and color. Desk are go And I actually made a little table with the dish for coins. Upside of my The toilet in my house and you can charge family members for a few sheets of toilet paper over desert for Europe. Always an entrepreneur. Even in your own home so I make Europe my beat. That's I do For Me Europe is the wading pool for world exploration. Even my favorite country might be India so know that your favourite countries India. Yeah I love India. When did you first go to India? I've been to India. My best trip was in seventy eight after I graduated college These are from the days of. That's great that's great photos of you with the long hair and the beard and always the classic traveller in the first time ever smoked. Marijuana was in Afghanistan. I knew that. Yeah Yeah and I think the one of the happiest days of my life was hanging out in Katmandu with a bunch of people who did not depend on to get high you the the straight laced repressed. Protestant kid right you know. They were selling marijuana. The market as a medicinal herb and it just seemed quite natural there so okay I'll be like do as the locals do temporary local. There's place in Katmandu called. Pien Chai and the famous all the travelers for their fresh out of the Oven Apple Pie in the Himalayas. Be surrounded by all this new wonder and people that clasp their hands together and say Nama Stay. I salute your virtues. Feels like a Tabet in dreaming and I just thought life is so good and that was I mean I hate to say one of the happiest days of my life and must have been smoking pot in the same breath but you know it was a beautiful thing and you. You became a real powerhouse in that battle for Leo's Ation in Washington your home state and then travelled around to other states on these of barnstorming tours to get it legalized. And that's my big. I see that as a contribution to our democracy in our society not that it's pro marijuana. It's pro civil liberties you know I'm a traveler and for me high is a place in sometimes. Sometimes I want to go there One of my favorite things that I learned about you when I was at your house was the existence of this journal. That you've been keeping for most of your life now and you write in only when you're high that not many people know about that until you wrote about that in our magazine and Yeah. That's a treasure in someday. I'M GONNA continue adding to it but it is. It's forty what is it. It's probably forty years of Brilliant that came to me absolutely. Actually this is what I do. When I'm traveling anyways is I always have a little more skinny book? A little note pen in my pocket. And you grab whatever flutters by. It's like butterflies grab it. It's gone.
Eixample Walk,, Barcelona
"The trump walk personas ritziest. Glitziest neighborhood is a refreshing break from the crowded lanes of the old town. A walk through the isham. Pl- lets you feel the bracing spirit of newness end moderna. What the barcelona's call motor knees. Mom
"rick steves" Discussed on Travel with Rick Steves
"This is travel with Rick Steves. We're talking with George Farkas and Monica Push about hungry George. I mentioned earlier that the Hungarian language is sort of unique UNICO. It's different from the Slavic languages around it could could you talk just very clear and slow like a teacher count one to ten in Hungarian so we can get a little dose of your language Okay H.. Kathy had them need hot thought he knew what's key lands these. There's no no dose or Einstein tray of it. We're we're we're in no mislead challenged. Oh my goodness and Monica. Is there any fun. Little tongue twisters fund well. Would you like to really hear a melody or some really tongue twister in Hungarian like for example Charlie Bunch Richer Water Metro Vancouver Chaka check check is few troubled Shag. Oh my goodness I want to hear tongue-twister say that again slowly slowly and Hungarian and then tell us what you said so Charlie Bungee Chug is Chato Gash trouble charitable Gash csonka Chad fan to torture Rag Cherokees Few troppled achieve egg and it says <hes> that <hes> in the Lilla forests the Lilla birds are singing and Lilla Lake is can be seen so practically it is just an interestingly porter attacked listener little birds actually since <hes> Hungary had just received the title that Hungary is considered to be one of the most difficult language in a word and you may wonder why you know I mean there are grammatical rules. <hes> there are exceptions read the Rose and then you learn the language so what could be so difficult well the problem is that <hes> we have more exceptions from the rules then Roussy itself so that really frustrates me when I'm trying to learn a foreign language is is this way except when it's not this way you are not the only one who is frustrated. I'm trying to find find the solution. <hes> how come that the Hungarian society is still even in two thousand eighteen is completely Hama gene probably because everybody else <hes> who had not learned the language of in the language environment. It's almost impossible to learn so they find other areas so that it has a actual impact on the budget Nadya on the demographic makeup of because your language is harder to learn than German absolutely harder to learn than any any other languages actually in the European environment. What can we learn from the Hungarian language about the Hungarian people? Does it give us any insight into the culture language sets the mind and so if we have a language which has so many unexpected twists then please don't be surprised if you feel things which are unexpected in our culture in our history in our everyday life as well if you come to our Roman Catholic coronation church and the interior area of the church is decorated Pagans Tribal Hungarian motifs and so on in other words Monica. You're saying <hes> when you walk into a Roman Catholic church it has a deeper heritage than Christianity. There is a religious undertones that survived to this day that are actually the Pagan Magyar routes. Yes and the makers just came a thousand years ago right. The Magyars are the Hungarians seven Hungarian tribes arrived in eight hundred ninety six in the ninth centuries came about twelve hundred years ago from way over by Mongolia or something like actually a whole bunch of commerce rivers area therefore we have this language sitting in the middle of all these <hes> more Western languages and it's <hes> it's part of the Finnish Hugo Rick language grew house need three <hes> there are in Finland Estonia and Hungary. It reminds me of the independent spirit. It's just hard to defeat the Hungarian spirit for the Soviet Union. The Hungarians were just the biggest problem and you actually we had to be able to have your own Goulash version of communism and so on what is it about the Hungarian independent spirit. I think the Hungarians would really want to express themselves and they don't want to be compressed one of the examples if you're bringing <hes> something unique up is how we do our bads <hes> your bed yeah so working your bid and how our bedsheets are prepared and I I'd like to share a personal experience very first time we came over to the United States of America and we went into. I don't know if it was a hotel. Someone's house we were introduced to our bedrooms and we went in and then it took us time to actually decide where we go like we lifted one layer another layer and another layer. We couldn't decide between where we go because we have where you put your body fantasies. Where do we fit in his bat setting? They're all tucked into tight exactly and then you had these sheets and then all we have is basically a cover sheet which sits on the mattress and then we have a single engle do which is top to bottom sites basically a standalone unit and it's not tax in so we can easy lift it up and then go under and then our feats are are free. We can't have our feeds compress down at the end and still still today when we go to a hotel and get up in the middle of the night. I have hard time to pull the sheet out from the bottom to freer exactly to have a Georgia practically even today even I'm putting off the don't disturb sign because <hes> the housekeeping ladies are talking beautifully my bad and every single day I'm struggling it out because I need freedom during the night so I can't be oppressed underneath the in bed sheets story sorry he does this. All the comforter.
"rick steves" Discussed on Your Last Meal With Rachel Belle
"Your last meal is sponsored by heritage to company craft in small batch vodkas jin's and whiskies drink locally drink responsibly borrow seattle sure no i am rachel belle and this is your last meal a show about famous people and the stories behind the foods they love most today on the program the last meal of travel guru rick steve's rick steve's is put out more than fifty european travel guide books he hosts a public television show called brick steve's europe and a public radio show called travel with rick steve's boy oh boy this recollect to travel and despite being kind of a buttoned up detail oriented guy rick has been a proponent for legalizing marijuana for a very long time what is your favorite stone snack grech remote widow coming through okrec remote gordon durie a they look like little dog third pellets but i love in order to reduce our i love our minority to more retirement i was listening to my favorite music or whatever rick and i both left in washington state where pot has been legal for several years now and thc and cbd infused every time i save as thc in cbd i feel like vvd pvda what was is obviously yeah unlimited it was that motown fillers how philly uh such a good song anyway moving on we have edibles in the state they are infused with chc and cbd you can listen to abc nbc d while you eat them all but you can easily buy them at putt shops so i chat with jody hull she's the founder of seattle cupcake empire cupcakery al and she hasn't edibles company called good ship one of the things that we work on a good ship is to kind of eradicating the notion of edible relent a lot of us have experienced a an opportunity where we might have had a little bite or a rat's nibble or a whole.
Pantheon interior, Rome
"Private their rooms with niches for earns filled with ashes until the first century. Ad cremation was common later. In the second and third centuries the romans here buried their dead in marble and terra cotta sarcophagi which were then placed in tombs ahead. Where the road narrows are the scant remains of. What was the main entrance to the ancient city of austria. The gate called the porta romana The porta romana gate just as rome's
Salzburg's Old Town, Austria
"Salzburg's town the skyline bristles with broke steeples green copper domes overlooking at all is. The castle called the hall in salzburg. Fortress salzburg is a city of one hundred and fifty thousand people. It's australia's fourth largest and the regional capital. The old town sitting between the saul sock river and string hills holds nearly all the charm and most of the tourists notice all the churches. Salzburg nicknamed rome of the north is considered the greatest baroque city north of the alps. It has thirty eight catholic churches plus two protestant churches and a synagogue. The biggest green dome is the cathedral.
"rick steves" Discussed on Travel with Rick Steves
"You can listen to ashley and tina's earlier appearance with tips for taking younger children on a european vacation at the travel with rick steve's show archives it's in the radio section of rick steve's dot com look for program number four ninety from june of 2017 this has been so much fun talking about traveling of teens in any can't talk about travel and teams without dealing with the challenge of cell phones ashley what's your wisdom on cell phones and teens on the road i think cellphones can make for a lot of fun you can give kids a lot of photo assignments with their cell phones also that will take us photo of something you need like the bus routes in and they can soumen scan and be the navigator the kids be the tech wizards absolutely and then you might want to limit they use for a social media to a certain time every night when they can have wi fi wherever you're staying and they're going to want to share their experience for their friends it's gonna make it more fun for so let's make that a positive thing but within parameters because they're gonna wanna share it on facebook but you don't want them to be at home all the time in europe tina from your experience as a tour guide with families which your wisdom on cell phones and social media yeah i would say just give them tasks um we usually do like a foot photo competition in to steer stereotypes about certain places and countries and they should be in the picture so it's like a competition for them and i always say that they should also focus on the fact that you know it's great that they have cell phones but just look outside look where your parents have brought you appreciate that and and coming from a person that's not their parent i think they take it for real and they appreciate it that the end and it's normal and you can tell them i always say with kids being honest as well is very important if there is wifi tell you'll have wifi tonight so that's why now you don't need to focus on that business it won't be working but do something else instead put your phone away and it's just wonderful it's such an exciting time to be traveling with teens it's more important than ever as there's a lot of fear and.
Café A Brasileira, Lisbon
"Cafe Brasileira reeking of smoke and slinky with art nouveau. This cafe is a hundred year old institution for coffeehouse junkies. This cafe was the literary and creative soul of lisbon back in the nineteen twenties. when the country's avant-garde poets writers and painters would hang out here. The cafes fading elegance is a snapshot of portugal in the early twentieth century once a global superpower now a dwindling colonial empire clinging to its traditions as it fades elegantly into history. Check out the logo over the entryway. It shows a well-dressed patron sampling. A cup of coffee. The name of the establishment comes from its origins selling products from that former colony of brazil. And its most popular import from brazil proved to be coffee beans
Rothenburg ob der Tauber
"Government from the first dukes of brandenburg medieval times to the kings and emperors of prussia the weimar republic hitler and the nazis communist east germany and onto the democracy of today. Think of the history. This race dog has seen when the building was inaugurated in eighteen ninety-five germany was still kingdom ruled by the horns. All or and family. That had rained here for nearly five hundred years back then. The raisch dog was far from the real center of power. That was a mile east of here at the royal palace. Kaiser wilhelm the second disdainfully called this place. The rakes often house that chatting house for monkeys. But after the emperor was deposed in world war one the german republic was proclaimed right on this spot. Look above the door to see the promise. They carved into the facade. Tim deutschen folk to the german people that first democracy known as the weimar republic proved week. Meanwhile the storm of
Red Light District, Amsterdam
"Amsterdam city walk amsterdam today much as it did in its golden age the sixteen hundreds. It's a retired sea captain of city still in love with life with a broad outlook and a salty story