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Rick Steves writes European travel guidebooks and hosts travel shows on public television and public radio. E-mail him at rick@ricksteves.com and follow his blog on Facebook.

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The Musee Picasso in Paris is the best place to go for a complete overview of the master’s work. RICK STEVES PHOTO

A Picasso pilgrimage in Europe

Pablo Picasso was the most famous and -- OK, I'll say it -- greatest artist of the 20th century.

In Montepulciano, huge casks hold raw wine for at least a year so that the wine can pick up the personality of the wood as it ages. (photo: Rick Steves)

Tuscany's heavenly wines

Benjamin Franklin once wrote, "Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy." There is no better place in the world to confirm what Franklin said than in Tuscany.

Dutch herring is caught during the May/June fishing season, cured in salt, and later served with raw onions and sometimes pickles. (photo: Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli)

Strange food: Europe’s offbeat delicacies

My palate has come a long way from my "Europe through the gutter" days, when my travel diet consisted of peanut butter and strawberry jam on cheap baguettes.

A bike ride along a canal near the Belgian town of Bruges includes a visit to a working windmill with red sails. (photo: Rick Steves)

Rick Steves: Cycling through Europe

I've found that a day biking in the great outdoors can be just as culturally fulfilling as time spent in a great church or art gallery.

On Volterra's Etruscan arch, three seriously eroded heads show what happens when you leave something outside for more than 2,000 years. (Photo: Rick Steves)

Volterra: Tuscany’s top hill town

Just a two-hour drive from jammed-with-tourists Florence, you'll find what is perhaps Italy's most underrated hill town: Volterra.

Windsor Castle near London was the birthplace of two future English kings — Edward III and Henry VI. CAMERON HEWITT /RICK STEVES EUROPE

Touring birthplaces of Britain's royals

Although their kings and queens don't come cheap and today are only figureheads, most Brits seem to thoroughly enjoy having a royal family.

While some tourist information offices have been privatized, most in Europe are still a good source for sightseeing tips. DOMINIC BONUCCELLI PHOTO

How to get familiar with Europe

Whether tackling big cities or quaint villages in Europe, you don't want to feel like a stranger in a strange land (even though that's what you are).

Travellers who pack light are generally happier. RICK STEVES PHOTO

How to pack light for every vacation

How do you fit a whole trip's worth of luggage into a small suitcase or backpack? The answer is simple: Bring very little.