Rick Steves' Mona Winks: Self-Guided Tours of Europe's Top Museums

Overview

Rick Steves doesn't just list where to travel in Europe, he leads travelers through the "Back Door," and reveals how to give every journey an extra, more authentic dimension. Mona Winks is no exception. It's a fun, easy-to-read collection of self-guided tours covering the highlights of Europe's top 20-plus museums and cultural sights, including the Louvre, the Tate Gallery, the Uffizi, the Prado, and many more.

In the latest edition of this popular guide, Steves and ...

See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (29) from $1.99   
  • New (1) from $65.00   
  • Used (28) from $1.99   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$65.00
Seller since 2015

Feedback rating:

(215)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New
Brand new.

Ships from: acton, MA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by
Sending request ...

Overview

Rick Steves doesn't just list where to travel in Europe, he leads travelers through the "Back Door," and reveals how to give every journey an extra, more authentic dimension. Mona Winks is no exception. It's a fun, easy-to-read collection of self-guided tours covering the highlights of Europe's top 20-plus museums and cultural sights, including the Louvre, the Tate Gallery, the Uffizi, the Prado, and many more.

In the latest edition of this popular guide, Steves and Openshaw continue to provide travelers with the best and most current information available so they can make their way efficiently and easily through the treasures of Europe's top 20 museums.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From Barnes & Noble
The Barnes & Noble Review
"What, you went to Spain and didn't see the Velázquez room in the Prado?"

"What are you saying? You were right there in the Tate and you didn't see the Blake watercolors? Are you kidding me?"

"What do you mean? You were in the Uffizi Gallery but you missed Botticelli's 'Birth of Venus?' How much wine did you have with lunch?"

If you think you might face such questions on your return from a European jaunt — and if they matter to you — then Rick Steves is a guy you need to know.

You may, in fact, know him already from television, where he is host of the award-winning series "Travels in Europe with Rick Steves." He's also the force behind Europe Through the Back Door, a company that provides practical information for budget travelers.

In addition, Steves is the author of Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door, a series entitled Rick Steves' Country Guides, and another called Rick Steves' Phrase Books. Recognizing, however, that there's more to travel (and life) than finding a nice but inexpensive room and a good, cheap meal in places where local people eat, Steves has branched out into the realm of painless culture. Along those lines, he's published Europe 101: History and Art for the Traveler.

Perhaps his most popular book, however, is Rick Steves' Mona Winks: Self-Guided Tours of Europes Top Museums. Just published in a new fourth edition, it's probably the single handiest guidebook of its type.

Steves takes the view that you're not going to go to all the trouble of getting yourself to Europewithoutvisiting at least a few museums and catching the high spots of the continent's artistic treasures...at least, those that your annoying friends are sure to ask if you saw.

Steves covers all the right and necessary places: London's British Museum, British Library, National Gallery, and Tate Gallery; Paris's Louvre and Musee D'Orsay; Amsterdam's Rijksmusum and Van Gogh Museum; Venice's Academia; Florence's Uffizi and Bargello; Rome's Vatican Museum; and the Prado in Madrid.

In addition to those proper museums, he also includes chapters on such artistic sites and repositories as Westminster Abbey, Versailles, St. Mark's Cathedral in Venice, and St. Peter's in Rome. And for good measure, he also includes a "Westminster Walk," an "Historic Paris Walk," a "Renaissance Walk" in Florence, and "A Walk Through Ancient Rome," plus a rather freewheeling chapter on modern art.

For each museum, you get full information on hours and days, costs of admission, rules on photography, and — always important — a comment on the cafeteria amenities.

There's even stuff about the art!

Each chapter provides a step-by-step tour, sometimes literally, through the many highlights of each museum or locale. Often the focus is on a handful of artists well represented in the collection, or a school of painting that is richly documented in the museum, and the commentary, though presented in a sassy, off-the-cuff manner, is really quite substantial. Quite a number of paintings are reproduced too, in black and white, and they serve as handy landmarks along the way.

Steves has made a tactical decision to adopt a certain attitude here. Listen: "Even at its best," he writes, "museum-going is hard work. This book attempts to tame Europe's 'required' museums, making them meaningful, fun, fast, and painless."

Does that sort of tone make your teeth hurt? Yeah, mine too. Now listen to Steves again: "This book drives art snobs nuts. Its gross generalizations, sketchy dates, oversimplifications, and shoot-from-the-hip opinions will likely tweeze art highbrows. [It] isn't an art history text; it's a quick taste of Europe's fascinating but difficult museums."

Despite that awful line about highbrows, now we can see, I think, the real Steves behind the pose. If looking at great art were truly a chore, he never would or could have written this book. Rick Steves and you and I all know that museums are not difficult and don't need to be made painless. But life is short and travel even shorter, and getting the most from a trip does present some difficulties.

So here's the bottom line. If you're planning, say, a day in Madrid, besides sleeping and eating and walking, you might have three hours for shopping in El Corte Inglés, three hours for sitting at a café table in the Plaza Mayor, and three hours for the Prado. And with only three hours, you want to be certain to see Velázquez and Goya and El Greco and Bosch. And in order to do that, with the benefit of some brief but insightful guidance on what you're looking at, you can't do better than Rick Steves' Mona Winks.

Even sensitive and experienced art lovers like you and me need a book like this.
—Alan Ryan

Los Angeles Times
Irreverent, entertaining, and informative.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781562614218
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/21/1998
  • Series: Rick Steves' Travel Guides Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 417
  • Product dimensions: 5.55 (w) x 8.47 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Rick Steves
Rick Steves

Rick Steves is on a mission: to help make European travel accessible and meaningful for Americans. Rick has spent 100 days every year since 1973 exploring Europe. He's researched and written 24 travel guidebooks and hosts the public television series Rick Steves' Europe, now in its seventh season. He also organizes and leads tours of Europe and offers an information-packed website (ricksteves.com). Rick lives in Edmonds, WA, just north of Seattle, with his family.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)