Since 1973, Rick Steves has spent about four months a year
exploring Europe. His mission: to empower Americans to have
European trips that are fun, affordable, and culturally broadening.
Rick produces a best-selling guidebook series, a public television
series, and a public radio show, and organizes small-group tours
that take over 30,000 travelers to Europe annually. He does all of
this with the help of more than 100 well-traveled staff members at
Rick Steves' Europe in Edmonds, WA (near Seattle). When not on the
road, Rick is active in his church and with advocacy groups focused
on economic and social justice, drug policy reform, and ending
hunger. To recharge, Rick plays piano, relaxes at his family cabin
in the Cascade Mountains, and spends time with his son Andy and
daughter Jackie. Find out more about Rick at www.ricksteves.com and
Connect with Rick: facebook.com/RickStevestwitter: @RickStevesinstagram: ricksteveseurope
Steve Smith manages tour guides for Rick Steves' Europe tour program and has been researching guidebooks with Rick for over two decades. Fluent in French, he's lived in France on several occasions, starting when he was seven. Steve owns a restored farmhouse in rural Burgundy where he hangs his beret in research season. Steve's wife Karen Lewis Smith, who is an expert on French cuisine and wine, provides invaluable contributions to his books.
Gene Openshaw has co-authored a dozen Rick Steves books, specializing in writing walks and tours of Europe's cities, museums, and cultural sites. He also contributes to Rick's public television series, produces tours for Rick Steves Audio Europe, and is a regular guest on Rick's public radio show. Outside of the travel world, Gene has co-authored The Seattle Joke Book. As a composer, Gene has written a full-length opera called Matter, a violin sonata, and dozens of songs. He lives near Seattle with his daughter, enjoys giving presentations on art and history, and roots for the Mariners in good times and bad.