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An OK Guide for a Very Limited Itinerary to Europe
on July 26, 2013
I like Rick Steves' PBS shows and his guidebooks, but they are definitely geared more for the more affluent, less adventuresome, shorter-termed visitor to Europe from North America. I definitely did appreciate several places in this guidebook, which I would have never bothered to visit without the guidebook, but the people using Rick's guidebooks seem to miss a lot.
I love Europe. I find it an adventure. One of the best parts of Europe is exploring, especially hotels, B&Bs, hostels, guest house, and even private houses. Having to stay only in accommodations recommended by Rick is a bit pathetic, in my opinion.
I have been in all but 5 countries in Europe (Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Cyprus, and Malta), spanning a number of years of my life, and I very rarely have any problems finding very acceptable accommodation. There are better real guide books, but there are also definitely worse ones!