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  • Series: Rick Steves
  • Paperback: 1280 pages
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing; 2014 Edition edition (January 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612386652
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612386652
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 4.5 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Rick Steves has spent 100 days every year since 1973 exploring Europe. Rick produces a public television series (Rick Steves' Europe), a public radio show (Travel with Rick Steves), and an app and podcast (Rick Steves Audio Europe); writes a bestselling series of guidebooks and a nationally syndicated newspaper column; organizes guided tours that take thousands of travelers to Europe annually; and offers an information-packed website (RickSteves.com). With the help of his hardworking staff of 80 at Europe Through the Back Door—in Edmonds, Washington, just north of Seattle—Rick's mission is to make European travel fun, affordable, and culturally broadening for Americans.

Steve Smith manages tour planning for Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door and has been researching guidebooks with Rick for two decades. Fluent in French, he's lived in France on several occasions, starting when he was seven, and has traveled there annually since 1986. Steve's wife, who is an expert on French cuisine and wine, provides invaluable contributions to his books, as do his two children.

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I will not travel now without a Rick Steve's guide book.
Kaycea Campbell
This e-book has hyperlinks to all the websites for museums, attractions and transportation and makes it very easy to get tickets and schedule events.
Don Feldhake
I highly recommend this book to anyone planning on visiting France this year.
mcos

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Spy girl on May 31, 2014
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I used this ebook to help plan my trip to Paris. What was useful was the information about the new microchip card that American Express and Visa have to use that is more secure when purchasing items in Europe as eventually here in the US. I was in time to get a new American Express card but not able to get one for my Visa as they are still working on it. I also learned about Wells Fargo has a special debit card to use in Europe so that it's not linked to your checking account but a separate account that you need to set up at the bank. The hotels and the cafes listed were okay but not any of the ones that we decided to choose to either stay or eat at.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Louise on July 1, 2014
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Rick Steves let me down this time! I purchased the book because I was headed to northern France for the summer. Unfortunately, if you are going north of Paris, this book is no help at all. Otherwise it seems to be as good as usual, but should not be called "France."
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Margaret M. Flynn on January 24, 2014
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After seven trips to Italy with the RS guide in hand we're branching out to France this May. Steves' approach to travel is refreshing and his tips on travelling light and becoming part of the local culture have made previous trips memorable.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By christine balascoe on February 15, 2014
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Love it. We are planning a trip and this is sooooo helpful. His website is also helpful. The book is easy to use.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Barb on May 20, 2014
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I have bought several Rick Steves books in the past and I have found them very helpful in planning my European trips. He gives great insights about how to save time avoiding lines by buying tickets in other ways than standing in line at the site. His restaurant suggestions are usually very good. This is the first time I bought the kindle edition. I normally like to have the book in hand when traveling, but I love the fact that I can clink on the link in the book and it takes you to the website for the hotel, restaurant or tour.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mcos on May 14, 2014
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This book is very informative. We recently visited France starting in Arles going to Paris then to Normandy. The information in this book was a very big help in deciding which historical sites, markets, shopping and museums to visit. It also was one of the keys in helping us decide which areas in France to visit since the only dead set date was meeting up with friends in Paris midway through our trip.
I highly recommend this book to anyone planning on visiting France this year.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 12, 2014
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This e-book makes planning my trip much easier. I can mark and make notes that are saved. Now I don't have to carry a bulky and heavy book on the trip. While reading I can click on a link and make all the reservations while reading.!!! Super!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter T. Sadow on March 21, 2014
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I got it on Kindle, so I can easily carry it on my notebook and use it while in France. One of my passengers can even use it while we are driving. Prior to the trip is helps me plan my stays in various cities. I am planning to camp, so the book is no help on where to stay. I like the Kindle version better because it is so easy to find the exact information you need. Printed indexes are awkward to use. I plan to spend about 20 days in France this summer.
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More About the Author

Rick Steves advocates smart, affordable, perspective-broadening travel. As host and writer of the popular public television series Rick Steves' Europe, and best-selling author of 40 European travel books, he encourages Americans to travel as "temporary locals." He helps American travelers connect much more intimately and authentically with Europe -- and Europeans -- for a fraction of what mainstream tourists pay.

Over the past 20 years, Rick has hosted over 100 travel shows for public television, and numerous pledge specials (raising millions of dollars for local stations). His Rick Steves' Europe TV series is carried by over 300 stations, reaching 95 percent of U.S. markets. Rick has also created two award-winning specials for public television: Rick Steves' European Christmas and the ground-breaking Rick Steves' Iran. Rick writes and co-produces his television programs through his company, Back Door Productions.

Rick Steves also hosts a weekly public radio program, Travel with Rick Steves. With a broader approach to travel everywhere, in each hour-long program Rick interviews guest travel expert, followed by listener call-ins. Travel with Rick Steves airs across the country and has spawned a popular podcast. Rick has also created a series of audio walking tour podcasts for museums and neighborhoods in Paris, Rome, Florence and Venice (with more tours, including London, coming in 2010).

Rick self-published the first edition of his travel skills book, Europe Through the Back Door (now updated annually), in 1980. He has also written more than 40 other country, city and regional guidebooks, phrase books, and "snapshot" guides. For several years, Rick Steves' Italy has been the bestselling international guidebook sold in the U.S. In 2009, Rick tackled a new genre of travel writing with Travel as a Political Act, reflecting on how a life of travel has broadened his own perspectives, and travel can be a significant force for peace and understanding in the world. Rick's books are published by Avalon Travel, a member of the Perseus Books Group.

In addition to his guidebooks, TV and radio work, Rick is a syndicated newspaper columnist with the Tribune Media Services. He appears frequently on television, radio, and online as the leading authority on European travel.

Rick took his first trip to Europe in 1969, visiting piano factories with his father, a piano importer. By the time he reached 18, Rick jokes, "I realized I didn't need my parents to travel!" He began traveling on his own, funding his trips by teaching piano lessons. In 1976, he started Europe Through the Back Door (ETBD), a business which has grown from a one-man operation to a company with a well-traveled staff of 70 full-time employees. ETBD offers free travel information through its travel center, website (www.ricksteves.com), European Railpass Guide, and free travel newsletters. ETBD also runs a successful European tour program with more than 300 departures -- attracting around 10,000 travelers -- annually.

Rick is outspoken on the need for Americans to fit better into our planet by broadening their perspectives through travel. He is also committed to his own neighborhood. He's an active member of the Lutheran church (and has hosted the ELCA's national video productions). He's a board member of NORML (working to reform marijuana laws in the USA). And Rick has provided his local YWCA with a 24-unit apartment building with which to house homeless mothers.

Rick Steves spends about a third of every year in Europe, researching guidebooks, filming TV shows, and making new discoveries for travelers. He lives and works in his hometown of Edmonds, Washington, where his office window overlooks his old junior high school.

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