Coimbra, Portugal: University Traditions – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide – Travel Bite

Coimbra is home to the country’s oldest and most prestigious university, founded in 1290. As a traveler, it’s fun to drop into this venerable academic world. 700 years ago, Coimbra’s university taught the medieval basics, like law, medicine, and theology. Later, as Portuguese sailors were navigating the globe, astronomy and geometry were added. The university’s Baroque library has […]

Warsaw, Poland: Vodka and Chopin – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide – Travel Bite

The Old Town’s many restaurants provide a good introduction to Polish cuisine, and central to that is vodka. Vodka, after it’s chilled properly, pours thickly into the glass. We’re having some traditional polish dishes that go well with vodka: Herring, cold cuts, Polish pickles and steak tartare. So vodka has long been part of Polish culture? Yes, it’s […]

Porto, Portugal: Romantic Capital – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide – Travel Bite

The Douro River begins as a trickle in Spain, runs west through Portugal, and to the city of Porto, where it spills into the Atlantic. Porto, the town that gave the country and port wine its name, is the second-largest city in Portugal. And like second cities throughout Europe, Porto is a hardscrabble town with a rough past. […]

Cambridge, England: Historic University Town – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide – Travel Bite

England’s greatest universities, Oxford and Cambridge, have been rivals since the 1300s. We’ll visit Oxford later. Each has the same basic heritage and design. No main campus — instead, the many colleges are scattered throughout the charming town center. By catching one of the many guided town walks, you’ll get an insider’s look at an urban mix of […]