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Rick Steves’ Europe With Abandon

Airs Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at 11:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

Credit: Courtesy of Rick Steves

Above: Rick Steves enjoying the festival of San Fermin in the city of Pamplona, Spain

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.

In this 30-minute celebration of European culture, "Rick Steves' Europe With Abandon" highlights the quintessence of European travel: great food, fun-loving people, and hands-on experiences.

From savoring seafood fresh from the fjord, to the riveting beat of flamenco in Andalucía, to celebrating a new era of hope in war-scarred Bosnia — this special shows how Europeans embracing life with abandon can inspire us to get the most out of our lives as well.

Rick's Travel Philosophy:

Travel is of the last great sources of legal adventure. Travel is intensified living, with maximum thrills per minute. It's recess, and we need it. Experiencing the real Europe requires catching it by surprise, going casual...Through the Back Door.

Rick Steves is on Facebook, and you can follow @RickSteves on Twitter.

Rick Steves' Europe With Abandon: Impromptu Encounters Make The Trip

Travel can be more than the blockbuster sights that make it into "the grand tour." So often, it's the little serendipities and impromptu encounters that stay with you and enrich your life. Allow yourself to be spontaneous, be open to new experiences. For more information on the "Rick Steves' Europe" TV series — including episode descriptions, scripts, participating stations, travel information on destinations and more — visit

Rick Steves: Amalfi Coast, Italy: A Cliff Top Drive

Just south of Naples you'll find one of Italy's most beautiful slices of scenery: the Amalfi coastline. To take it all in, you'll want to follow the coast road and let someone else do the driving. For more information on the Rick Steves' Europe TV series — including episode descriptions, scripts, participating stations, travel information on destinations and more — visit

Rick Steves' Audio Europe

This app organizes the vast and varied library of Rick Steves audio content into geographic-specific playlists so that travelers can enjoy ready access to the information that relates specifically to their travel plans. Many tracks provide general cultural and sightseeing information gleaned from his public radio program, "Travel with Rick Steves." Other tracks are self-guided tours to great sights and historic walks. While we travel there's lots of down time, and this application can both entertain and teach. Rick Steves Audio Europe will hopefully make your European travels more meaningful and more fun.

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