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The desolate Scorhill Stone Circle in Dartmoor National Park is a special place for me. It was here, as a college kid, that I decided, “I need to be a travel writer.” We just re-revisited this pristine spot, and the experience is as inspiring as ever. While not as intact as Stonehenge, it’s a far more rewarding place for your soul. Have you had any close encounters with the wonders of England’s prehistoric past?

(Wind is a steady companion on the moors — sorry for all of the buffeting noise.)


This is Day 74 of my 100 Days in Europe series. As I research my guidebooks and make new TV shows, I’m reporting on my experiences and lessons learned in Vienna, the Alps, the Low Countries, England, and beyond. Find more right here on my travel blog.

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Dropping in on the Land’s End Farm, we visited with Roger Wilkins — whose enthusiasm for cider is in itself intoxicating. After a long day of making new TV shows, we had a riot filming Roger and his impromptu scrumpy pub.


This is Day 74 of my 100 Days in Europe series. As I research my guidebooks and make new TV shows, I’m reporting on my experiences and lessons learned in Vienna, the Alps, the Low Countries, England, and beyond. Find more right here on my travel blog.

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It was nearly midnight, there was a slight mist, and I couldn’t resist the call of the Wells Cathedral. Join me on a little walk to ponder Brexit and the timeless wonder of a 700-year-old cathedral. Can you share a travel moment when you should have been in bed, but weren’t?


This is Day 73 of my 100 Days in Europe series. As I research my guidebooks and make new TV shows, I’m reporting on my experiences and lessons learned in Vienna, the Alps, the Low Countries, England, and beyond. Find more right here on my travel blog.

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Most Americans touring England go to the romantic Cotswolds — rolling hills with quaint villages hidden in its ravines. The area is very popular with English hikers, but it seems that most American visitors barely get out of their cars. Every time I take an actual walk here — even just 30 minutes from any road or trailhead — I’m richly rewarded. Join me for a quiet moment on the Cotswold Way, where the soundtrack for my grand view is sheep pulling their dinner out of the turf. How do you best appreciate the Cotswolds — or any other rambles in Britain?


This is Day 72 of my 100 Days in Europe series. As I research my guidebooks and make new TV shows, I’m reporting on my experiences and lessons learned in Vienna, the Alps, the Low Countries, England, and beyond. Find more right here on my travel blog.

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We’re making a new TV show about England’s charming Cotswold villages, and that gave me a few moments in the Stanton village church. Stanton is one of those once-upon-a-time-wealthy little towns that owed it all to sheep’s wool. After all, in the 12th century, they said, “In Europe, the best wool is English. And in England, the best wool is Cotswold.” This church offers a fun opportunity for a tour guide to demonstrate how, when you know where to look, there’s plenty of history hiding out.


This is Day 71 of my 100 Days in Europe series. As I research my guidebooks and make new TV shows, I’m reporting on my experiences and lessons learned in Vienna, the Alps, the Low Countries, England, and beyond. Find more right here on my travel blog.

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As a traveler, I’m excited to have a president who respects and enjoys our world (and I prefer a president whom the world respects and enjoys).
As a writer, I want a president who reads.
As a pragmatist, I wish idealism worked…but have learned to be patient, collaborative, and incremental.
As a Christian, I care about the world’s poor, and believe people of every nation are of equal worth.
As a thinker, I want someone who celebrates being thoughtful.
As a capitalist and a job-creating entrepreneur, I want a government that will give my peers and me clear parameters for being good corporate citizens.
As a father, I want a president who will inspire my children.
As a member of a diverse society, I need a president who respects people who see things differently.
As a man, I’m excited to have a president who’s a woman.
As a voter, I want to be not ruled, but governed.
I posed for this photo with Hillary as a Democrat. Today, I support her as an American.

Rick Steves and Hillary Clinton

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We are producing a new one-hour special on great festivals in Europe. To represent Scotland in the line-up, we flew to Edinburgh to take in the nearby Highland Games at Airth. It was a delightful, charming, and homey carnival of delicate lassies dancing and giant blokes tossing heavy things. And foreign visitors were welcome to join in. I did not win the lifting of the 250-pound Smithy Stone. But my personal victory: not to get injured trying. What are your Highland Game memories?


This is Day 70 of my 100 Days in Europe series. As I research my guidebooks and make new TV shows, I’m reporting on my experiences and lessons learned in Vienna, the Alps, the Low Countries, England, and beyond. Find more right here on my travel blog.

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Some of my best travel memories are of early-morning sightseeing. Throughout Europe, the local scene comes alive while tourists sleep, when the best sights are blissfully crowd-free.

In this clip from Rome: Baroque Brilliance, I spend a morning rambling through the heart of Rome.

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Travelers often struggle to find someone interesting to interview to better understand local issues. I find cabbies are a great resource. I was wondering why Belgium finds it challenging to keep its Flemish- and French-speaking regions from splitting up the country. Here’s my cabbie’s three-minute take on things as he drove me to the Brussels airport. How do you find cabbie chat while on the road?


This is Day 69 of my 100 Days in Europe series. As I research my guidebooks and make new TV shows, I’m reporting on my experiences and lessons learned in Vienna, the Alps, the Low Countries, England, and beyond. Find more right here on my travel blog.

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I’ve said goodbye to the My Way Alpine Europe tour I’ve been leading, and am now researching my guidebooks in Holland. While I miss my friends from the tour, I enjoy the contrast: Chamonix in the Alps one day, Amsterdam the next. In the nearby town of Leiden — the last home in the Old World of the pilgrims before they sailed the Mayflower to the New World — I stumbled upon a group of pipe organ aficionados experiencing the organ in Leiden’s big church. Check out this cool scene. (This is a fun reminder that you can weave your passion into your sightseeing in Europe. How have you made your personal interest part of your itinerary?)


This is Day 68 of my 100 Days in Europe series. As I research my guidebooks and make new TV shows, I’m reporting on my experiences and lessons learned in Vienna, the Alps, the Low Countries, England, and beyond. Find more right here on my travel blog.

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