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Rick Steves' Europe
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this family-friendly travel series featuring travel writer Rick Steves offers historic information and practical travel tips for destinations throughout Europe. The host recommends specific local hotels, restaurants, and tourist destinations and occasionally refers to his guidebooks. Drinking (beer, wine, etc.) is sometimes visible, but not to excess. It's definitely a mild choice, though kids may not be too excited about it.
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What's the story?
RICK STEVES’ EUROPE follows well-known travel writer Rick Steves as he travels the European continent and offers viewers information and advice about enjoying the best it has to offer. Each episode follows the host in a different country, region, city, or village in Europe, where he shares historical background about some of the local attractions. He also offers handy travel trips and specific hotel, dining, and sightseeing recommendations.
Is it any good?
The series offers an interesting look at some of Europe’s top destinations through the eyes of its articulate host. Steves’ descriptions often take on a poetic quality as he describes some of each area’s works of art, parks, and churches. The show is a promotional vehicle for Steves' many guidebooks, and many of his recommendations are obvious endorsements of local businesses. But that's appropriate within the context of a travel guide show, and it's not jarring within the series' gentle, positive take on Europe, which is both informative and helpful.