Rating: 4.51/5 from 55 reviews
The standard for Europe travel books...
Europe Through the Back Door is an invaluable book for travelers who want to experience the real Europe with real Europeans, instead of the sanitized versions offered by tour companies and big hotels.
Rick shows you how to enjoy your trip more by spending less money, by getting closer to the locals. You won't be disappointed. In my trips to Europe, Rick's advice led to life-changing experiences that I will remember for the rest of my life.
This book is also economically packed full of the kind of useful, practical advice honed through 19 editions. (Trust me, the guy knows his stuff).
Thanks, Rick, and keep up the good work!
A Revolutionary And Liberating travel Philosopy
This book makes you want to go to Europe.Now.Just get on the plane and GO!
I wish I had read this eleven years ago on our first trip to Italy.Since that time I have travelled to Europe on business many times and I have to agree with Rick Steves that no one ever says " every time I go to Europe I pack more".
His travel philosopy addresses peoples fears and insecurities when they are travel..."I won't have a certain piece of clothing,object when I might want it...better take it just in case" or "a less expensive hotel may be dirty ,unsafe...I know this luxury hotel will bust the bank, but its worth it for piece of mind." That kind of thing.Rick Steeves describes clean,charming hotels and pensiones which are centrally located and much less expensive than "luxury" properties. his restaurants are not dives, but great trattorias,atmospheric ristorantes popular with the locals.He is wonderfully opinionated about what to see,when to go...like having a best friend who lives there. No guidebook( and I have read them all) combines such practical advice with a travel philosophy which is positively liberating.This is especially true for older travellers who do not want to backpack,hostel, and who thought they had to stay in the "best" places, and wear a different outfit everyday. Our next trip to Italy will be with one carry-on bag each, staying in Rick Steves suggested family run pensiones and hopping on and off trains between destinations. We feel 20 years younger(and we will be 20 pounds lighter,too)
A book for getting the most out of Europe
Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door presents a philosophy that many tourists seem to lack: When in Europe, ACT like you're in Europe! This book is aimed towards those travelers that just can't quite seem to ever escape the U.S. no matter where they travel.
Rick presents a whole host of tips for seeing a Europe beyond the standard guided bus tours and airline deals. His years of experience go into his writing, giving often insightful and funny tips from sleeping overnight in the train station (he reccomends sleeping in the first-class lounge to be among a higher class of hobo) to the best way to wash your clothes in the hotel sink.
This book is not all about travelers caught in a pinch, however. There's also great advice for finding accomodations in during busy season, picking the right hotel/room, and finally finding those gems--great spots in Europe that no other traveler seems to know about.
This book is not so much a guide to specifics as it is a guide to travel philosophy. Steves encourages the reader to immerse themselves in the local culture, and offers advice for the reader not sure how to do so.
Those looking for a country-specific guidebook should look somewhere else, but they should also keep this book handy to really get a feel for what Europe truly is and was.
Rating: 4.9/5 from 10 reviews
This is THE book on Western European Shrines.
The number of travel books about Western Europe can be dizzying. Until Kevin Wright's book on Catholic shrines in Western Europe, however, these popular pilgrimage destinations--visited by hundreds of thousands each year--have gone essentially uncatalogued. Previous books on the subject were largely idiosyncratic and not terribly helpful to the traveler. Perhaps fortunately they are nearly all out-of-print. Not only has Wright thoroughly gathered information about the shrines but he has also written a thouroughly captivating book that is at once inspiring and helpful (with maps, transportation information, and loads of contact addresses and phone and fax information). And while the best known places such as Rome, Lourdes and Fatima are covered thoroughly, there are scores of others, treated with the same care and devotion. For those who will not actually travel to the pilgrimage sites, this book is a fascinating and stirring vicarious tour. For those planning a trip it is the indispensible handbook. It is no surprise that the author won the "Best Book by a New Author" award from the Catholic Press Association. It deserves not only sectarian honors. Catholic Shrines of Western Europe is not only a must for religious travelers, it is a gem worthy of any serious European traveler's booklist. Don't pass it up.
It has been a great help in planning my pilgrimage.
I found Catholic Shrines of Western Europe to be a great help in planning my pilgrimage. If I hadn't read this book, I might of missed some really wonderful sites. I would recommend this book to any pilgrim.
Easy to Use; Full of good info.
My brother and I both lived in Europe (in different places) and we both used this book extensively. The book unabled us to visit shrines that otherwise we would not have known existed. The book was easy to use and included the history of each shrine, directions on how to get there, where to stay and how to contact the shrine. There is also a picture of each shrine, with made it easy to choose which shrines we wanted to see. Our stay in Europe was greatly enriched by the use of this book.