Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
The most informative and beautifully photographed series!!
Jane Seymour | New York, NY | 09/23/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"My husband and I brought the series with us to watch on the plane on our way to Europe. While we didn't visit all of the destinations (our focus was Germany) we were totally hooked once we started watching and it really gave us a lay of the land of Europe. The photography is excellent and Rudy is, in our opinion, the best travel show host - and writer - on the market today. If you've never seen him, he blows Rick Steves out of the water. Rudy provides tips for a much easier, classier and more luxurious vacation without spending a fortune whereas Steve always makes travel look so arduous! My husband and I are in our 30's so we're not looking for some on-the-cheap backpacking adventure; our time is too precious. Rudy knows his stuff and knows what's important for you to know before you go. Highly recommended and makes a great gift - we received as a wedding present."
The very best Europe travel DVDs
Elena Estefania | Victoria, AUSTRALIA | 09/05/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Congratulations to Rudy Maxa and the crew for a set of brilliant DVD travel documentaries on Europe - the best I have ever seen. It is a pity that the series has not yet appeared on Australian TV. Beautifully filmed, the DVDs capture the enchantment of each location and its people, while providing great travel tips, fascinating cultural and historical insights. They provide all the entertainment and trappings for travel enthusiasts like myself."
The best of travel TV
stellina | Pittsburgh, PA U.S.A. | 03/01/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Despite the popularity of European travel, there is still a scarcity of good television shows on the subject. There is Rick Steves on PBS or Samantha Brown on Travel Channel and they represent two extremes in approaching European travel. Steves is the ultimate advocate of DIY travel and despite being well into middle age, still pushes the backpacking-on-a-shoestring approach typical of college students who can't afford to do it any other way; on the opposite end of the spectrum, there is Brown hopping on the overblown expense-account luxury jaunts that few working people can ever afford. I've watched quite a bit of both and found parts of their programs enjoyable, but as I got to travel myself, I have tired of her constant giggling and gushing but even more so, his liberal socio-political and anti-Catholic biases woven into the superficial historical lectures that take up most of his programs. At least Brown was showing us how to have fun.
Thank goodness my cable system picked up channels running Rudy Maxa, a veteran travel journalist who goes about his business without pretense. Unlike the others, he makes the locations the stars of the show as they should be. He gives equal time to all aspects of European travel that interest most Americans: a little art & history here, a little local flavor there, beautiful scenery shots and even a bit of luxury thrown in on occasion. Previous reviews have thoroughly described the contents so I won't repeat it except to say that practically all of the big European draws are included. I wish the extras were longer, particularly his tips, but otherwise this is the best series on European travel available for purchase (unfortunately I have yet to find the similarly excellent series by Burt Wolf). As a travel agent myself, I can't recommend this series highly enough and I am very sad to see that Maxa's second series on Europe is out of print.
My only problem with Maxa is his advocating of renting cars, especially in Italy - he must have a death wish!"