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Series / Rick Steves' Europe

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Rick Steves' Europe is a long-running Travelogue Show that has aired on PBS since the year 2000. As the title suggests, it's focused on Europe and is hosted by travel writer Rick Steves.

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  • Artifact Title: In some more recent installments, Rick has traveled outside of Europe, specifically to the Middle East and Africa.
  • Christmas Episode: "Rick Steves' European Christmas," which focuses on the different Christmas traditions observed throughout Europe.
  • Christianity Is Catholic: Averted. Rick takes tours of not only Roman Catholic cathedrals, but Protestant and Orthodox churches as well, showing the unique architecture of each one.
  • Food Porn: Any shot of the local meals that Rick tries is bound to make you hungry.
  • Going Native: Rick always endeavors to become a "temporary local" in the place that he's visiting, and he encourages you, the viewer, to do the same in your own travels.
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  • Hilarious Outtakes: Every episode ends with these played alongside the credits. One episode features Rick chasing after his departing train.
  • Precision F-Strike: During one of the Florence episodes, Rick Steves, who otherwise never curses on the show, mentions Medici art being Phrase Catchers of sorts, very frequently attracting the comment "Damn, those Medici are good!"
  • Rail Enthusiast: Given how well-connected and punctual European railways are, it's no surprise that Rick often spends much of his time getting to places by train.
  • Sequel Series: The show follows an older series, Travels in Europe with Rick Steves, which aired from 1991 to 1998.
  • Signing-Off Catchphrase: "I'm Rick Steves, and until next time, keep on traveling." This is usually followed by "goodbye" in the language of whichever country he's in.
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  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Rick is on the idealistic side of things, nearly always being cheerful and positive about the place that he's currently visiting. The only exceptions are when a more somber tone is really, really warranted, such as when he's visiting Auschwitz for example.
  • Sweet Tooth: Rick samples at least one local cake or dessert each episode.
  • Travelogue Show: The show is all about Rick traveling across Europe and talking about the local culture and history. Sometimes, he'll be joined by a local tour guide, invariably introduced with the Catchphrase, "we're joined by my friend and fellow tour guide [insert name]."
  • Very Special Episode: "Germany's Fascist Story," in which Rick tours many of the places that were important in the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. This includes Munich, where Hitler unsuccessfully staged a coup in 1923; Nuremberg, the site of the massive Nazi rallies; Berchtesgaden, Hitler's alpine retreat; and Berlin, where the Nazis cemented their hold on power and where Hitler ultimately killed himself while the city was besieged by the Soviets. Rick also talks about how fragile democracy is, and that it's always one charismatic, all-powerful leader away from being lost if people take it for granted. He ends the episode with the advice "travel thoughtfully."


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