Hi from Rick: Illuminated in England
I've been exploring southern England for the past couple of weeks — busy researching my guidebook and putting the finishing touches on a soon-to-be-announced 2016 Rick Steves tour of this rewarding (and underappreciated) slice of Europe.
While researching, I have to check out the tourist clichés (like the disturbingly popular Land's End). And, as I find is the case anywhere in Europe, what's most rewarding in our travels has little to do with what's famous. It's in the smell of the sea at low tide, how the sun slashes through the trees as you hike to a ruined castle, the satisfaction of finding a new taste treat and enjoying it like an old friend on the second day, and relating to people you meet about the joys and challenges in their lives... Read more