Program 286a: Mother's Day: Sweet Home Croatia; An American Mother in Paris

Release Date: 05-10-2014


Do a little vicarious traveling for Mother's Day: Listen in as American author Jennifer Wilson describes her experience of relocating her family to the same Croatian village that her great-grandparents had emigrated from. Then, an American who married a Frenchman explains what it's like to raise a child in Paris, and friends from Sicily discuss how their mammas have taken center stage throughout their kids' lives. And Rick shares how his own mother influenced him to become a traveler.


  • Jennifer Wilson, author of “Running Away to Home” (St. Martin’s Press)
  • Mary Bouron, Paris-based mother and tour guide
  • Feature includes Alfio DiMauro and Tommaso Pante, tour guides based in Sicily
  • Closing essay from Travel with Rick Steves producer Sarah McCormic

Related Links

  • Rick included the tribute to his mother June Steves that he read for this week's program in his blog in January 2012.
  • Tommaso Pante's website.  Click on the English flag to find the link to "Mamma Pina's Recipes," where Tommaso has listed several of his mother's Sicilian family favorites.
  • Mary Bouron's blog is called "How To Marry A Frenchman," and includes a link to her Paris tours called "Walk Like a Parisian."