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Rick Steves' Snapshot Bruges & Brussels Paperback – September 29, 2009


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Product Details

  • Series: Rick Steves Snapshot
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing; First Printing edition (September 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598804847
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598804843
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 4.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,110,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By juandows on August 20, 2010
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There aren't too many travel books out there dedicated to Bruges, which is usually mentioned in passing in a larger book on the Benelux. If you are going to Bruge and spending any amount of time there, you want to have this book. Restaurant recommendations were great and off the beaten path. Be sure to check out the ruins in the basement of the Crown Plaza hotel. Thank you Rick!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Casey Contini on May 6, 2010
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This is typical Rick Steves guide book quality. It is focused only on those two cities so you don't get the context you usually get with a full country or region book, but for visiting just those two places it is fine and lighter than an entire book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Britannia72 on June 29, 2010
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I was excited to find this book for a trip going to only Bruges and Brussels, but unfortunately it was a waste of money. One of the most important things for any travel guide are maps, and neither my husband nor I (both experienced travelers) could make head or tail of the maps in this book. The historical type info was fine, but the info you really need - hotels, restaurants, etc - was very limited. After our first day, we stopped bothering with the guide, and it went in the trash.
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