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

Release Date: 05-08-2021


On our Mother's Day edition, we hear what it was like to relocate a Midwestern family to the Croatian village their great-grandparents came from. An American who married a Frenchman tells us what it’s like raising a child in Paris. We go on a sentimental family trip to San Francisco, and hear how mamma is center stage in Sicily. Plus Rick pays tribute to his late mother, who 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 former Travel with Rick Steves producer Sarah McCormic

Additional Info

  • Rick included the tribute to his mother June Steves that he read for this week's program in his blog in January 2012.
  • Jennifer Wilson's book about her family adventures in Croatia is called Running Away to Home. Her latest work is a novel called Water, about issues and controversies protecting water sources in the Midwest.
  • The village of Mrkopalj, where Jennifer and her family lived, has its own Facebook page.
  • Click on the link to "Mamma's Recipes" on Tommaso Pante's website to find out how to make many of his mother's Sicilian family favorites.
  • More about Alfio Di Mauro, who helped write the Rick Steves Sicily guidebook, first released in April 2019.
  • Mary Bouron's archived blog from 2012 is called How To Marry A Frenchman.

Program Extras

More with Mary Bouron - Mary Bouron and Rick discuss how that glaring look you might get from someone on the streets of Paris, may actually be their way of saying they care about you. And Mary shares more observations about being an American ex-pat mother in Paris, including a memorable experience on a city bus. (runs 6:19)