January 27, 2012 |
Rick Steves will appear this weekend at the Los Angeles Times Travel Show to talk about -- what else? -- Europe. Steves wrote his first "Europe Through the Back Door" guidebook in 1980 and has churned out about 40 books since then. His latest project reveals 12 hidden places in Europe that most Americans haven't visited. Steves takes viewers there and explains his picks in a public TV special "Rick Steves' Hidden Europe" that will air in March. Here are some of the spots he selected.
October 2, 2011
THE BEST WAY TO SAN SEBASTIÁN, SPAIN From LAX, connecting service is offered on American, Virgin America, Air France, British, KLM, Lufthansa, Delta and US Airways, with at least two stops for changes of plane. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $972, not including taxes and fees. TELEPHONES To call the number below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code), 34 (country code for Spain) and the number. TOURS Tenedor, http://www.tenedortours.com , offers culinary and cultural tours of the Basque Country, including a visit to a txoko and cooking classes.
October 2, 2011 |
San Sebastián, the heart of Spain's Basque Country, is well known for its superb cuisine. The elegant seaside resort of 185,000 lays claim to more Michelin stars per capita than any other city in Europe. Restaurants such as Arzak and Mugaritz, acclaimed for their high-tech gastronomy, attract diners from all over the world. But there's another side to San Sebastián's culinary culture that few outsiders are aware of. The city is home to scores of txokos , private gastronomical societies where members gather to cook, eat, drink, talk and, quite often, sing together.
May 27, 2011 |
For high school senior Alex Wray, there's no stigma to his membership in a troupe that performs traditional old-world peasant dances. The 17-year-old also is an offensive lineman, but he said his varsity football teammates never razz him about his primary passion: dancing with the young adults of the Oinkari company. In many communities, the harmonious mix of arts and athletics could be attributed to "Glee. " In Boise, thank the Basques. "My mom is Basque," Alex said, referring to Basque Country, the small, semi-autonomous chunk of land straddling the border of Spain and France.
September 13, 2009 |
Before home soccer games in this Basque city, local fans wearing their team's red-and-white jersey cram into bars and streets around the San Mames stadium and chant, full-throated, Athletic Bilbao's traditional call to arms. "Athletic, let's go!" they roar in the Basque language, "You're in all our hearts, the people love you, because you were born of the people!" That's no idle boast. Spain's top soccer league is one of the best and richest in the world, with teams such as Real Madrid and FC Barcelona enjoying seemingly bottomless reservoirs of cash to assemble -- and just as swiftly scrap and remake -- dream teams filled with the most talented feet on the planet.
February 14, 2008 |
Amid a bitterly divisive campaign for next month's national elections, the Spanish government is cracking down on Basque separatists and their potential ballot-box voice with a string of arrests and the banishing of political parties. The police and judicial actions underscore a sobering backdrop to the March 9 elections: the collapse of a landmark truce with the armed Basque organization ETA that had appeared to have ended the decades-old conflict.