In Postcards from Europe, Rick Steves takes you on a private tour through the heart of Europe - introducing you to his local friends and sharing his favorite travel moments - from the Netherlands through Germany, Italy, and Switzerland, with a grand Parisian finale.
Whether you're dreaming in an armchair, have packed, or are unpacking, Postcards from Europe will inspire a love of travel, of Europe, and of Europeans.
Steves, travel writer and host of PBS's Travels in Europe, takes a nostalgic look at 25 years of European travel and cultural change--from his first family trip abroad in 1969 (spent searching for pianos and visiting Norwegian relatives) to his years as a tour guide and his most recent solo expeditions. In a laid-back narrative style, Steves offers interesting cultural and historical tidbits on such cities as Amsterdam, Munich, Paris and Venice. Revisiting churches, museums, hotels, shops and restaurants, he notes with sadness the changes that have taken place over the past couple of decades, including the growing prevalence of American attitudes and the transformation of Rothenburg, Germany (one of Europe's best-preserved walled towns), from an off-the-beaten-path find to a tourist "theme park." Though Steves readily admits he travels in more luxurious style at age 42 than he did as a youth,, he makes it clear that neither money nor location by themselves makes a trip memorable: it's the people who count. Those who appreciate Steves's humorous insights on his TV program--as well as in his many guidebooks--will enjoy settling back with him on this European tour.