- For the first time, all 6 half-hour "Rick Steves' Europe" TV shows on Spain and Portugal, filmed entirely on location and produced from 2000 to 2007, are together on a single DVD
- Here's where we'll take you...
- The Majesty of Madrid , Highlights of Castille: Toledo and Salamanca , Sevilla and Andalusia , Spain's Costa del Sol , Lisbon and the Algarve , Portugal's Heartland
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While each journey is only 30 minutes in length Rick has a unique talent of synthesizing the many facets that make up a people and place. He leaves no stone unturned in his analysis; historical background, spiritual heritage, cultural underpinnings and political legacy are all equally touched upon to give the audience a fuller understanding of the rural and urban landscape.
However not not an individual to dwell too much on the past, he provides a delightful tour of the markets, music, restaurants and nightlife. The kind of information would really want to know if you're out for a good time.
The production values are also wonderful offering fanstastic visuals that are worth watching even if there where no commentary. Traveling with Rick Steves' is the next best thing to being there.
This particular DVD contains six episodes, thirty minutes in length. Imagine three hours in Spain and Portugal await, better get started!
I would still recommend James Michener's 1968 book Iberia for a view into the soul of Spain (as different as Franco's impoverished country was from today's democracy suffering from Eurozone success); and Maria Rosa Menocal's The Ornament of the World to connect the briefly glorious Cordoba caliphate and the 600-year Iberian convivencia of Muslims, Jews and Christians to the Spain that followed Ferdinand's and Isabella's fateful decision to establish an exclusivist and, eventually, spiritually (as wells as economically) poorer nation.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love these, and my 6 and 9 year-old Grandchildren do, as well. What a great way to show them the world!! Thanks, GrandmaPublished 13 months ago by Kayti
My husband was stationed over in Spain during Franco's reign and has really enjoyed seeing many of the places he had gone to and to see the changes since his was there 50 years... Read morePublished on March 14, 2014 by pam
Too old, out dated. I was very disappointed. Bought it because I was travleing to Spain ans this was no help because it was too outdated.Published on August 22, 2013 by cathie pliess
This was a gift, so I haven't viewed it, but have given it 5 stars because I always thoroughly enjoy Rick Steves' programs. Delivery was prompt.Published on January 7, 2009 by Lizbeth