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RICK STEVESEUROPE: Paris Side-Trips

Airs Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

Host Rick Steves at Vaux-le-Vicomte, France.

Credit: Courtesy of Rick Steves

Above: Host Rick Steves at Vaux-le-Vicomte, France.

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Side-tripping from Paris into the Ile-de-France, we indulge in the world of royal and aristocratic extravagance in the pre-Revolutionary playground of France's elite.

On "Paris Side-Trips," we explore Versailles, Europe's palace of palaces; exquisite Vaux-le-Vicomte; and extravagant Fontainebleau, home to centuries of French rulers.

We'll also marvel at the glass and statuary of Chartres cathedral and dine like kings.

RICK STEVES' EUROPE: Paris Side-Trips: Preview

Explore Versailles, Europe's palace of palaces; exquisite Vaux le Vicomte; and extravagant Fontainebleau, home to centuries of French rulers. We'll also marvel at the glass and statuary of Chartres cathedral and dine like kings.

RICK STEVES' EUROPE: Fontainebleau, France: Royal Château

It seems every king, queen, and emperor since has loved this palace — Louis XIII was born here, Louis XV was married here — but Fontainebleau has more Napoleon Bonaparte connections than any other palace.

RICK STEVES' EUROPE: Versailles, France: Ultimate Royal Palace

Versailles, just outside Paris, is the palace other palaces were modeled after.

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Past episodes and clips of RICK STEVES' EUROPE are available for viewing on demand.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Rick Steves

Give $25 a month or $300 all at once and receive the “Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door” book (most recent year), 10 New Shows DVD set 2017-2018 (2-disc DVD set) “Europe: The Complete Collection 2000-2016” DVD box set and Civita day pack. This gift includes a KPBS License Plate Frame (if you're a new member). Also enjoy access to KPBS Passport and myKPBS Film Club. The book and and new 2017-2018 DVD set only is available at the $120 level.

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ABOUT SEASON 8:

Season 8 includes 12 vivid episodes covering Turkey, France, Israel, Palestine, Italy, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, and Germany in delicious, wide-screen, high-definition.

(Released fall 2014).

RICK STEVES' EUROPE: Season 8 Preview

Every two years Rick Steves produces a new series of travel shows exploring his favorite European destinations. Season 8 premieres on public television this fall, with 12 new, vivid episodes covering Turkey, France, Israel, Palestine, Italy, The Netherlands, Czech Republic, and Germany in delicious, wide-screen, high-definition.

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