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Rick Steves’ Europe: London And The Lake Country

Airs Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 8 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Rick Steves and the Parliament buildings, London, England.

Rick's Travel Tips

Explore Europe confidently, efficiently and safely using these travel tips.

Courtesy of Rick Steves

Changing of the Guards, London, England.

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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.

"London And The Lake Country" - In this special, host Rick Steves, America’s most popular guidebook author, makes two stops in England where he shares his extensive knowledge of European history, art and culture and offers a fresh perspective on the best travel advice, including where to stay, what to see and how to get around.

First on the itinerary is London, a many-faceted city. Visit Westminster Abbey, explore the British Library and enjoy the vibrant scene in Soho.

And later, in the Lake country, admire idyllic lakes while hiking the Cumbrian Lake District, a green and pristine mountain playground.

Rick's Travel Philosophy:

Travel is freedom...one 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.

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Preview: Rick Steves' Europe: London: Historic And Dynamic

Above: In this episode, we visit many-faceted London, where we'll ponder royal tombs in Westminster Abbey, discover treasures in the British Library, enjoy the vibrant evening scene in Soho, uncover Churchill's secret WWII headquarters, join the 9-to-5 crowd in the new London, shop where the queen shops, and straddle the Prime Meridian at Greenwich. For more information on the RICK STEVES' EUROPE TV series — including episode descriptions, scripts, participating stations, travel information on destinations and more — visit http://www.ricksteves.com.

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Rick Steves' Europe: London, England: Treasures of the British Library

Above: The British Library — Britain's national archive — houses over 12 million books and a roomful of treasures, including the Magna Carta, Gutenberg Bible, Handel's Messiah, da Vinci's Notebook, and the original Alice in Wonderland. For more information on the RICK STEVES' EUROPE TV series — including episode descriptions, scripts, participating stations, travel information on destinations and more — visit http://www.ricksteves.com.

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Rick Goes On A Soho Dinner Crawl

Above: Rick and his producer go on a dinner crawl through London's Soho, sampling Japanese sushi, Belgian mussels and oodles of noodles. For more information on the "Rick Steves' Europe" TV series — including episode descriptions, scripts, participating stations, travel information on destinations and more — visit ricksteves.com.

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Rick Steves' Europe: North England's Lake District and Durham

Above: In this episode, we'll hike through the Cumbrian Lake District, admire idyllic lakes, discover misty waterfalls, tour a slate mine, and climb up to a stony summit. Then we'll play a little cricket, hike Hadrian's Wall, and be dazzled by Durham's cathedral. For more information on the RICK STEVES' EUROPE TV series — including episode descriptions, scripts, participating stations, travel information on destinations and more — visit http://www.ricksteves.com.

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Rick Steves: London: Thames To The Tower

Above: Rick cruises along the Thames to the Tower Bridge, visits the Tower of London castle complex, and stops for a pint in "The City," the financial center of Britain. For more information on the RICK STEVES' EUROPE TV series — including episode descriptions, scripts, participating stations, travel information on destinations and more — visit www.ricksteves.com.

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Rick Steves: London: South Bank Sites

Above: From St. Paul's Cathedral to the Tate Modern Museum, the Millennium Bridge connects the city of London with the south bank of the Thames, bridging old and new, traditional and modern. For more information on the "Rick Steves' Europe" TV series — including episode descriptions, scripts, participating stations, travel information on destinations and more — visit www.ricksteves.com.

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Rick Steves: London: British Museum

Above: At the peak of its empire, England collected art and artifacts as fast as it collected colonies. The British Museum is the showcase for those extraordinary treasures, and is "The" chronicle of western civilization. For more information on the "Rick Steves' Europe" TV series — including episode descriptions, scripts, participating stations, travel information on destinations and more — visit www.ricksteves.com.