Face it, Rick Steves has an enviable job: annual trips to Europe which are tax-deductible, friends around the globe, breathing history, the satisfaction of helping tens of thousands of people. It’s not all beer and skittles though. His success has proven that a good word from him in a guidebook translates into big money for the folks in the travel industry. People hound, manipulate, beg, berate and banter for a recommendation from him. A trip to Europe is always work with its niggling details. Here are some of my favorite quotes:
Italians are a moveable party.
They can make a traffic jam fun.
Good travel is more than counting blessings. It’s understanding them. You appreciate the vintner and the land in the bouquet of a fine wine. You let a favorite artist share new beauties in times and places you’ve never been. You eat better ice cream than you thought possible. And you warm your spirit in the glow of a European who’s found his niche in life. Good travel makes God obvious to me.