April Travel News

Hi from Rick: Eating Up Europe…One City at a Time

This week I've flown — as I have every year at this time since the 1980s — to Europe to kick off another spring of exploring, checking, learning, tasting, and sipping. This photo features a bit of my "Welcome to Rome" meal — or what's left of it — at Ristorante Fortunato. Oh, baby, I'm in for some good eating in the next couple of months!

I'm already enjoying thinking of the euro as being worth a buck. I've done this in the past (when a euro cost $1.35) in order to con myself into splurging a bit… but now, with a rate of $1.10 to the euro, that shortcut is almost honest.

Landing in Rome, I reviewed my guidebook for tips on getting into the center by taxi. It says, "The legal fixed rate to anywhere in the center of town is €48. Cabbies will complain and say it's more... Read more

In this issue


Eat, View, Save: Scenic Dining in Europe

I'm all about traveling efficiently — and a great way to do that is by savoring local cuisine as you soak up the splendor of the place you came to see. While view restaurants often come with a steep price tag, I've learned to find scenic places to eat...Read More


Romantic Europe: Places in the Heart

I love it when I convince people to engage with the Europe I show them. But when they become engaged with each other in Europe...I like it even more. Recently I heard from someone who took his girlfriend on one of my recommended hikes... Read More


What's New in Eastern Europe for 2015

Eastern Europe has experienced more change in the last generation than any other corner of Europe. With war-era grandpas now gone, across the former Warsaw Pact zone new museums and memorials deal candidly with the dark side of Communism... Read More


Historic, Heroic Gdańsk

A port city on the Baltic Coast of Poland, Gdańsk is truly amazing — and amazingly historic. From its medieval Golden Age to the headlines of our own generation, big things have happened here. Gdańsk is the place where World War II began... Read More


Travel Forum: What's Your Fave Easy Eating Experience in Paris?

In previous visits we've done the intimidating formal restaurant thing in Paris, dealing with waiters, ordering in French, 3 course meals late at night. Been there, done that. Now I'm looking for something easy for lunch and dinner. What are your... Read More


Video of the Month: Eating and Drinking in Europe

One of the great joys of travel is eating. Restaurants filled with locals are where you'll find high quality and good value. Order your meal with a spirit of adventure, seeking out seasonal and regional specialties. Markets and shops offer... Watch the Video