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Rick Steves' Europe With Abandon

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

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

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 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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