Scenery in Lapland, KilpisjÃ¤rvi. The summer of 2019 in Finland’s capital Helsinki was the first time when I thought that finally, overseas tourists have discovered the city. Tourist groups toured even in the new Oodi… More
I was just in the Alps with my TV crew, filming three new episodes of Rick Steves Europe. We spent a couple of days hiking (and filming) on the Tour du Mont Blanc trail, in the French Alps. It’s a whole parallel world there, away from the tourist crowds and intensity of the Alpine resorts, and really peaceful.
After just a taste of this classic long-distance hike, I am dreaming of coming back and doing the entire loop and once again, I’m reminded that you can never run out of rewarding corners of Europe to explore.
It is easy to roam in Europe once you have arrived in the old continent. In some regions, remarkable cities and sights are so close one another that it only takes a couple of hours to travel to the next remarkable destination … More
The new Oodi library in the center of Helsinki was warmly welcomed by book lovers, but the library also has features that attract tourists to tour the elegant building. Oodi library in the capital of… More
Overtourism (too many tourists in the same place at the same time – crowds so large that they negatively affect the daily life of residents) is a serious problem in the world’s most popular travel destinations. Particularly legendary European cities and ancient towns are planning ways to restrict the number of visitors. The New York […]
When it comes to walls, I believe we can learn from Europe, which has done more than its share of wall building in the past. From Hadrian’s Wall (built by the ancient Romans to defend the northern boundary of Britannia) to the Maginot Line (built by the French in the 1930s to keep out the Germans), these walls were symbols of mistrust and insecurity. They were necessary back then, but in our age, society is advancing and dismantling walls as we move forward.
Rather than sit back and let tradition dictate how their lives should play out, these independently-minded Nepali women are building businesses, supporting one another and championing financial freedom.
It’s my first day in the Newari town of Panauti, Nepal, and I’m gatecrashing a wedding.
The bedazzled young bride looks demure under a veil of gold and red lace while her sister prims and prepares her for the groom who is standing nervously outside the door. In the dusty courtyard, I find a group of women decked out in vibrantly colored saris milling around, dancing, and serving trays of fried water buffalo meat, chapatis, and other snacks. The men seem to be relegated to background, as the women scurry around in a frenzy of non-stop activity.
As these vivid blurs of yellows and reds move closer, one of the women, Shila, dances up to me with a wide smile and a garland of flowers which she places over my head, settling it around my neck.