Rick on Public TV: 2007
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Europe - Italy
Rick, I especially love your episodes on Italy. If I could only travel to one country outside the US, it would be Italy. Since I will most likely never be able to travel to Europe (one of my dreams), I lose myself in your travels and enjoy watching your programs. I am going to order the 70 episode dvd's so I can enjoy them over and over. Thank you for taking me to places I may never be able to see, without you.
Sweetwater, TN USA Thu 12/27/2007
thank you rick
dear rick, i've been watching your show for the past 12 years on pbs and i just wanted to let you know that your work is very much appreciated. through the good times as well as the bad, i've always been able to "escape" every saturday afternoon for an hour of your show. i served in the marines overseas in okinawa, japan and was able to experience different cultures first hand. on the other hand, i've never been to europe and i'm looking forward to that day. my fiance,katarina, is from croatia and presently her mother is visiting us in the states. it's truly a cultural experience even though i don't know her language and she knows little english. in the past ten years i've totally lost all interest in major tv and only have basic cable. public tv probably consumes 95% of my limited tv time. again, thank you rick for the richness of your work as well as helping me through some "tough" times with your programs. you seem to be a very christain oriented person and i truly admire that. god bless, andy seltz, emergency rn winona, mn.
winona, mn. USA Tue 12/11/2007
12/1/2007 KQED-TV pledge drive
During the pledge break following the final Rick Steve's Europe program of the evening, Rick was in the middle of making some very strong statements against U.S. actions in the United Nations when my TV screen went dark for 20-30 seconds and then returned to Rick, who was presenting quieter material by that time. I couldn't help thinking, was I watching censorship in action? An odd coincidence.
Berkeley, CA USA Sun 12/02/2007
Glaciers ... global warming ...
As someone who is very grateful to Rick Steves for his fascinating programs and his commitment to public broadcasting, when I saw the program on the French/Swiss Alps I was disappointed that with all the discussion of the Alpine glaciers there was no mention of the concerns about their diminuition due to global warming ... this was all the more surprising when later in the program Rick addressed the political issue of the necessity for government subsidies to protect the Swiss farmers ... it seems to me that "savvy travelers" can be important witnesses to changes in the global environment ... and it would be helpful if Rick were to address them ... even though it might make us all question what impact we ourselves are having with all our air travel ...
Sacramemto, CA USA Tue 11/06/2007
I have just watched your very informative and entertaining program on KCTS9 but hope that in future references to the prince, it is Rain-E-A rather than Rain-NEAR, although I can live with Mt. Rainier in Bellevue, Washington. Thanks for the great series.
Bellevue, WA USA Sat 10/20/2007
I actually saw Rick!
I am a travel fanatic, and Rick has made my addiction even worse (in a good way!) I absolutely love watching his shows, so much that I bought the entire series on DVD (also because my local PBS station airs his shows at 5AM!) I had the privilege of taking a bus tour (with another company) back in 2001, and read ETBD from cover to cover. It helped out tremendously! I covered 7 countries in 2 weeks, and also stumbled across Rick making a show in Italy. I was in Verona, Italy with my group, looking at Juliet's balcony. We exited and went to a little courtyard. I looked over, and lo and behold, there was Rick sitting in a chair! I never expected to see him at all! What a nice surprise! My dad actually talked to him.....very nice guy! Too bad his offices are not here in St Louis.......Rick I would LOVE to work with you! Thanks for all you do!
O Fallon, MO USA Mon 10/08/2007
Thanks to Rick, I ended up buying all my souvenirs at the Friese-shop in Rothenburg and saved a lot of money! Even though I did not mention Rick Steves right away, I was treated nicely. Later, I met with the owner and her son. They shared Rick's letters and pictures with me. I also got a discount on all my merchandise plus a great map and a toy. I felt like family. Thank you Rick. Btw, I loved Rothenburg!
Castro Valley, CA USA Mon 10/01/2007
I was very disappointed in the recent program on Alsace. The program was inaccurate focusing on Reims, which is in Champagne-Ardenne, and Verdun which is located in Lorraine. No mention was made of the city of Strasbourg, with its spectacular cathedral, which is the focal point of Alsace.
Acton, MA USA Mon 09/03/2007
This is for fans of Rick's orignal TV series "Travels in Europe". I love the new shows but it brought back memories of the original series and the travel spell it cast over me. I was hoping that these were avaiable in a DVD collection but an email from ETBD informed me that all they sell is a DVD of 16 of the original episodes. Well, I was at my library the other day and found a set of DVDs called "Best of Travels in Europe". Yes, these are many of the originals in fact it was only missing 20 of the early episode but 10 of those are on the "Classics" DVD. So almost a complete collection. BTW, those early shows compared to the new ones proved one thing to me, Travel Keeps You Young! Our Mr. Steves hasn' aged a day since that first show back in 1991.
Denver, CO USA Tue 08/21/2007
Hi! My name is Robson and I live in Rio de janeiro, Brazil. I would like to tell you that I enjoy a lot your program "Travaling in Europe". I loved so much all of images you show us from the Europe, your work is so useful to people who travel like me. Thanks, have a nice travel.
About 3 days before leaving for Paris, I turned on Channel 9 and Rick Steves was on talking about Paris, of all places. One section was about the Saint Suplice cathedral and its famous pipe organ.
We arrived in Paris on Saturday morning and then attended mass at 10 AM on Sunday at Saint Suplice. After mass, there was a 30 minute "concert" performed on the organ. I never knew a pipe organ could sound like what I heard! It was beautiful. After the concert,people lined up to the left of the back door near a smaller door just as Rick had described. We got in line also and were permitted to go up and see the organ and organists. The concert had been performed by a woman from Denmark. She said playing this organ was a once in a lifetime experience.
We stayed on until Dan Roth played the organ in the 11:00 mass. My daughter was permitted to film him as he played.
What an experience. One of the highlights of our trip. And we would have missed it if not for the Rick Steves show!
Bellevue,, WA USA Wed 08/15/2007
My husband and I love your show! We watch it all of the time! We someday would like to take our two children to Europe, and we have definitely found some wonderful advice from your traveling with children episodes. My children like to watch your shows also, because they seem to learn some history with each episode. Thanks again and keep up the wonderful progamming!
Cincinnati , OHIO USA Tue 08/07/2007
I would like to see more episodes in Eastern Europe.
Baltimore, MD USA Thu 08/02/2007
Rick Steves Europe In General
I love Rick Steves Europe all shows are great, including the Travel Skills Special,The Making Of,and the Tour Experience Dvd. Best Travel Show Ever.
Lawrence, KS USA Thu 07/26/2007
finding the connection from central turkey to ireland
just watched your central turkey show on local last nite episode 113C and didnt cath the melica drawing in the sand and her explanation of the cross symbol so looked it up just now and find the script in archieves telling me the meaning of the symbols she was making and this being the maltese cross. this a.m reading a book on high crosses in ireland and the late high cross at kilferora has this symbol carved in the west face.these crosses were made around 900 to 1000 just the dates of mohameds inspired religion now islam, this is interesting as some suspect some of the near eastern languages bere words cogniasant with irish gaelic. like ankara in irish would be an cara the friend malta to could be in irish to be customs like the tax mal being a exise the knights of malta -tax to be. well I enjoyed also your discription of the west of eireann and hope tocamp out there in year but so far not much info on the provincial camgrounds i know there are some but can i get there on the bus. keep broadcasting judiann
bloomington, in USA Sun 06/24/2007
DVD of Ireland, Dingle
we enjoyed you show on Dingle Ireland that was filmed in July (year?) with wife and kids. I would like to order the dvd of this but do not know which one. thanks
Winston C. Lusk
Helen, GA United States Sun 06/17/2007
Friese Shop in Rothenburg
We just returned from Rothenburg and were fortunate to visit during their Meistertrunk celebration. I want to thank you, Rick, for referring your readers to the Friese Gift Shop. We mentioned your name and were very well treated...they were very reasonable and very friendly. Discounts, free shopping bag and map and a warm, pleasant shopping experience. Don't miss it when you're in Rothenburg!!
Estacada, Oregon USA Sun 06/10/2007
thank you Rick
Rick, I just wanted to thank you for all that you do. Not only do you help the American people travel and experience Europe, but you teach us to do it in a way that shows the world that the American people are not bad, but are actually open minded, friendly people. You have certainly changed my life by showing me what the world can offer.
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.
Fresno, Ca USA Wed 05/23/2007
Steve, My wife and I had a great tour of London, Bath, Windsor and Stonehenge. Had your 2007 England guide book with us and it was very helpful. I was wondering if anyone who has been to London experienced constant eye irritants out there? I was constantly geting things in my eyes and was wondering if it was due to the particulates in the Diesel engines which they use out there. This was only a minor issue. Sun on the Moon Tavern was excellent as outlined in the book.
Philadelphia, PA USA Mon 05/14/2007
Shopping in Italy
After memorizing and walking around with Rick's wonderful books on Florence and Rome I found myself much more educated about scams to avoid, stores to stay away from and even places that weren't tourist traps to eat. A major recommendation that I would make to anyone going to Italy in the near future and is looking to do some shopping, specifically leather in Florence (Firenze). Here are some tips from an Italian leather dealer.
1. Don't buy leather from the touristy areas. You get much better quality and educated about the product by going to a well established store or dealer. 2. Avoid buying from younger people (under 50 years) selling leather unless their parents or grand parents own the store. I was even at a shop were the owners were pouring beer and giving it away to entice people to buy their cheap products. Florence is full of leather, be careful true quality leather from Italy is still rescannable pricey. I highly recommend Anna Leather on the old side of Florence 6 blocks after the old bridge. I was told from Anna that true Italians don't need to pour beer to sell their products. Also a good quality leather coat is around $400 or more Euros. There are stores that sell leather coats for $150 but don't be surprised if the zipper gets stuck after you leave the store or the stitches are uneven. Anna's daughter Barbara told me that a lot of the cheap leather comes from North Africa and of course is not Italian quality. Again if the quality looks cheap and is being haggled for half the original prices beware. Whenever you make a decision make sure to look for a label "Made in Italy or Italia." No label it could be imported.
Enjoy your shopping and remember it's OK to smell, touch and look while shopping for leather.
Middleboro, MA USA Wed 05/02/2007
Filming in Europe
Hi Rick. Just saw your show on how you film in Europe! Very fascinating, and great to see how your shows take form. I'm a big fan!
Lander, WY USA Sun 04/29/2007
Hello! I saw an episode once that featured travel in Sardinia. It captured my heart,especially a group of dancers who use bells on their ankles and if i remember correctly, wear black masks? I would sooooo love to find out more about them if anyone knows which episode that was and who they are? Thanks in advance
Portland, OR USA Wed 03/14/2007
HOPE SOMEONE OUT THERE CAN HELP ME. BELIEVE THIS PAST SAT, MARCH 10TH, LATE IN THE EVENING, RICK DID A SHOW ON GUIDO MONACO THE MAN WHO INTRODUCED MUSICAL NOTATION AND THE GRAND STAFF TO MUSIC. WAS THIS RICK'S SHOW? I WOULD LIKE TO PURCHASE THE DVD. HELP! MARION
TUCSON, Az USA Mon 03/12/2007
Rick Is Only Human
I was just reading Rick's blog, and he was put down for a spelling error. Some place on the Graffiti Wall, someone pointed out some English words he said wrong on some of his TV shows. Rick Steves is a creative man that has a million dollar business. Many of us don't have that kind of success. He has been writing best selling guide books since 1980. Sure, those are edited, but getting an editor for a blog? I love to see the human side of Rick Steves. It sure makes me feel better that he makes mistakes! LOL! I have much admiration and respect for Rick Steves like most of you here. I look forward to watching more of his shows, and reading more of his books! Keep up the great work Rick! Salute, To good health...
Austin, TX USA Sat 02/24/2007
I enjoy watching your travels. ..but I have a question. I have never seen an episodof the Republic of San Marino. It is on the Adriactic side of Italy. A very pretty city I would love to see it on your program. My father came from there.
Gulfport, Fl USA Sat 02/17/2007
You Rock Steve!
Hi Rick, just want to say i love your show. You help me stay in touch with Europe, which i miss and love dearly. I hope your show increases in viewership and continue to broadcast for the next many years. Try to watch it whenever school is not in session. one day we'll take your many advices backpacking through Europe again. Take care.
Smyrna, Ga USA Tue 02/13/2007
Rick, you rock my world! You are the best! I would love to see you do a show on Latvia. My daughter in law comes from Riga, and owns a B&B. My son and his wife are there often, and it sounds like a wonderful country to visit. I yet have to go there myself! I'm flying from Texas to take your classes in Edmonds WA on March 10! Can't wait!!! Salute! Lisa
Austin, TX USA Sun 02/11/2007
Rick, awesome job I truly feel that your passion for travel is a reflection of the professionalism of your show. Have you ever considered a program about Central America. I lived in Belize for a year and I have been to every country in this part of the world. I especially love Nicaragua. This part of the world is truly inspirational, I am lured back every summer.
Cleveland, Ohio USA Sat 02/10/2007
Expanding Rick's area
Dittos on Rick expanding his travels! I would love to see him "do" Asia, China, Austriala, etc. We have had just a taste of Hong Kong and Austraila on an around the world trip to celebrate my husband's 50th birthday--and we did it "Rick's Way". But Rick's spin on these areas would be wonderful.
Charlotte, NC USA Fri 02/09/2007
Baden Sweet Baden!
Rick, I've traveled 14 times to Europe with your recommendations for accomodations. One of my all-time favorites is in the tres chic town of Baden-Baden, Germany. I stayed at the Hotel am Markt for 4-nites and had terrific room for 32 Euro, plus a beautiful buffet breakfast! And the town, WOW!, right in the midst of the Black Forest. It's a Jewel! Friendly people, beautiful walking, magnificent architecture and trees everywhere! I will be returning again. Baden, My Baden! A place that I will tuck in my heart forever!
Hollywood, California, CA USA Mon 01/29/2007
First Time in Europe
I've been all over the Asia-Pacific when I was in the military and I love travel, but your show really grasped my interest in traveling to Europe. I used the Italy 2007 guidebook and really impressed my wife by looking like an Italy pro. While she was my favorite travel companion, the guidbook came in second (nad dare I say, I found myself humming the show's theme song every now and again). Thanks to you and your crew!
Issaquah, WA USA Sun 01/28/2007
enjoy you show
I just finished watching you and your crew showing how you create & put together your show. I really enjoyed it.
I love watching your shows as I know I will never get to travel like you.
KY USA Sat 01/27/2007
Rick's show on my local PBS
Hi Rick!my name is steve,I was looking at the "airtimes across the usa",section & noticed my local station is not listed.My local PBS station is "KVPT" channel 18 from fresno,Calif.Your show comes on here monday to thursday @ 7pm, 2 & 2:30 pm on saturdays.Maybe it can be added to the list of stations.I enjoy your show very much & love getting the monthly E-mails.
Lemoore , calif USA Sat 01/20/2007
TV shows, books and special
About 8 years ago I was flipping through the channels on my TV and I came across one of your shows. I watched your show and went out and bought your Europe through the Backdoor and took it with me on my trip to Europe. I showed it to my brother who travels with us and he did not seem too impressed with it since it did not have any pictures. He had spent several hundreds of dollars on other books with fancy pictures. He started reading your book on the trip and he fell in love with it. You get down to the nitty gritty and tell us what its all about and how much things cost so it won't be such a shock when you get there. My whole family has all your videos and most of your books. I cannot brag enough on your shows and books to tell other people how awesome they are. Keep up the awesome work. And thanks for telling it like it is. I have traveled to Europe about 12 times and use your books everytime. The Christmas Special was excellent, doesn't get any better than that. Thanks again for all your hard work!
Danville, Il USA Sat 01/13/2007
Vienna Hapsburgs used spitoons??
Steve, I used your Europe guidebook when I went to Vienna in 2001, and I loved your show I saw tonight brought back wonderful memories of my short trip. Now I know what I have yet to see. I've got to say that I don't think the Hapsburgs used spitoons on their table--those were individual SALT CELLARS next to the gold dinnerware. In earlier centuries, salt was a valuable commodity that preserved food and flavored it. You'll only see spitoons in American Western movies!
Naperville, IL USA Wed 01/10/2007