Looking Back at “Mona Winks”

Rick Steves with iPhone and book

Photo: thetravelphile.com

Once upon a time, long ago, before the Internet, there was a Rick Steves guidebook called Mona Winks which contained historic walks and tours of Europe’s 20 greatest museums — “take-you-by-the-hand self-guided walks to Europe’s most exhausting and frightening cultural obligations.” Those tours survive to this day in our various city guidebooks and on our free Rick Steves Audio Europe app. While in Paris, I’m reviewing all the existing audio tours (and charting out new ones for Rue Cler and the Père Lachaise Cemetery) and I met a woman actually following a ripped-out chapter from her 20-year-old copy of Mona Winks. Back then, I remember encouraging people to rip up their guidebooks (and making that more palatable by offering this deal: send back the pieces and $5, and I’ll mail you a new Mona Winks guidebook…intact).

This is Day 52 of my “100 Days in Europe” series. As I travel with Rick Steves’ Europe Tours, research my guidebooks, and make new TV shows, I’m reporting on my experiences across Europe. Still to come: Ireland, England, Scotland, Germany, Switzerland, and more. Thanks for joining me here on my blog and via Facebook.