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Lectures: Europe Through the Back Door

By Maija Zummo · March 22nd, 2010 · CityBeat Recommends

It really doesn’t seem logical for young people and old people alike to take advice about off-the-beaten-path, authentic European travel from a relatively dorky looking white dude. Anthony Bourdain, maybe. He’s an edgy smoker in a leather jacket (and he’ll be at the Aronoff Center on June 27).

But Rick Steves? Who knew this guy would have the most popular travel series in America (on public television, no less), a weekly hour–long NPR show and a weekly column syndicated by The Chicago Tribune.

Steves has been traveling around Europe 120 days a year since 1973.

With this extensive experience, he’s created the popular travel books series, Europe Through the Back Door. He advocates smart, affordable, perspective-broadening travel and encourages Americans to travel as “temporary locals.”

To celebrate the release of his 2010 guidebook, Steves will visit the Main Public Library’s Reading Garden at 2 p.m. Saturday to discuss how to stretch your travel dollar while still eating well, sleeping well and avoiding crowds in beautiful European destinations. You’ll get tips to figure out how you (yes, you) can experience Europe without breaking the bank. He’ll also be available to sign copies of Europe Through the Back Door 2010 and other travel guides.



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