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In a trip-planning mode? Need solid advice? The Abington Community Library has just added 2013 editions of European guidebooks by travel writer Rick Steves. Head of his own company, Through the Back Door, Steves is also known as a host of travel shows on both public radio and television and is a syndicated newspaper columnist. Look for the following:


“England,” In this guide, you’ll find a mix of splendid cities like London, quaint villages, historic ports, and seaside resorts. Explore Cornwall, Dartmoor, the Lake District, Yorkshire, and more, guided by Rick to good-value hotels and restaurants along the way.


“France,” With its Swiss-like Alps, Italian-style Riviera, and Germanic Alsace, villages, hill towns and cosmopolitan cities, France offers Europe’s greatest variety.


“Germany,” Travel from fairy-tale castles, alpine forests, and picturesque villages to the energetic Germany of today. Learn how to get around Germany by train, bus, car, and boat.


“Ireland,” Explore Dublin, Kilkenny, and the Ring of Kerry. Navigate back roads on the Dingle Peninsula and follow St. Patrick’s footsteps to the Rock of Cashel. End the day at a corner pub, enjoying fiddle music and lively conversation.


“Italy,” Rick helps you trace Italian culture from Rome to Milan and experience Venice and Florence, discover the villages of Tuscany and Umbria, and enjoy the flavors of local cuisine.


“Portugal,” Tour Lisbon’s lanes and grand squares, follow the pilgrims to Fatima, and cruise the Douro River. Or enjoy the sun at the Algarve beach of your choice. Plan where to go and what to see and do, and learn which sights are worth your time and money, with the help of this guide.


“Spain,” Explore Madrid, Barcelona, Sevilla, Cordoba,and the towns of Andalucia. Self-guided walks lead you through castles, cathedrals and villages, illuminating Spain’s past while you enjoy traveling today.


The library also added copies of Rick Steves’ “Rome” and “Paris,” both 2013 editions, as well as an update of “Europe Through the Back Door: the Travel Skills Handbook,” which promises to help every traveler to Europe experience the culture like a local, spend less money, and have more fun by following practical advice based on Steves’ more than thirty years in the travel business.


Youngsters who visit the Children’s Room during this week will be able to investigate the “Piggy Bank Tales” collection of books, toys, and games put together by the Northeast Library District to make learning about money fun. This collection is on loan to the library for a limited time.


None of the material will be allowed to circulate.


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