Exploring the Hidden Europe in 2004 and 2008-2011

In 2004, I visited all 25 countries in Eastern Europe. You'll find the blog entries from that trip here. In 2008-2011, I returned to see what had changed since that time. With these two visits, five years apart, I accumulated enough material for my 750-page book, The Hidden Europe: What Eastern Europeans Can Teach Us.

This blog now has many excerpts from The Hidden Europe. But who the hell reads anymore? Just look at the best photos from Eastern Europe!

This map reflects how I define Eastern Europe. Eastern Europeans love to deny that they're in Eastern Europe. I tackle how and why I define Eastern Europe the way I do in the Introduction of The Hidden Europe.

Eastern Europe map from Francis Tapon's book, 'The Hidden Europe'

Rick Steves Audio

I've been interviewed three times on Rick Steves's national station show, which airs on 170 radio stations. Here are links to all the shows:

1. In my first show in 2012, we talked about The Hidden Europe. You can hear it now as a podcast. My interview with him starts at minute 14. Download the MP3 now! Rick called The Hidden Europe "an invigorating narrative packed with useful tips and colorful stories. . . . It's an entertaining summary of [Eastern Europe]."

2. In February 2013, right before I left to visit all 54 African countries, Rick interviewed me. Hear it now.

3. The last time Rick interviewed me was in August 2013, when I talked about the Bumpy Balkans.

Rick Steves radio show logo

Rick Steves has been one of my heroes because he's always advocated independent travel and encouraged Americans to fly across an ocean to explore.

Therefore, it was an absolute honor to be on his show.

As Rick himself admitted, he's focused most of his life on Western Europe. I was thrilled that he was interested in revealing Europe's hidden side: Eastern Europe.

The Hidden Europe book cover

It's impossible to adequately cover a 750-page book that covers 25 countries in a 25-minute interview. 

Therefore, if you're interested in learning more about Europe's other side, please pick up a copy of my book, The Hidden Europe: What Eastern Europeans Can Teach Us

You can get an autographed copy in my shop. You can also get the hardcover or ebook on Amazon.

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Francis on the radio talking with Rick StevesFrancis sitting in KQED radio studios during Rick Steves interview

Slovenia Bled Castle by phault on FlickrThis is a guest post by Kristine Stella.

Slovenia is one of the most politically stable and safe countries in Europe. It has excellent infrastructure and the people are well-educated. It is located between the Balkans and Western Europe and has breathtaking landscapes and mountains.

One can get around in Slovenia by hiking through the well-preserved and eye-catching countryside that is covered in greenery almost from when one leaves the city. Hiking is very popular with their being a remarkable choice of trails to hike through, from the easy walks passing along foothills and valleys, to more invigorating walls in the protected trails in the mountains where one can also enjoy the breathtaking alpine peaks. Slovenia has approximately 20,000 kilometers of marked out trails that are accessible all year round provided the hiker has the right equipment and the weather conditions are good.

If one wants to enjoy the city, one can have a sightseeing tour of the capital Ljubljana and tour the great sights in Bled, where you can view the lake and castle. You can also visiting the island in Bled's lake by traveling using a boat or you might want to walk round the lake and having a picnic while enjoying the breathtaking view.

In mid-Dec 2012, San Francisco's CBS station interviewed me about my book, The Hidden Europe. Watch it below and share!

Photos from the set

Althiough they had three cameras on the set, it was interesting that they were all remotely controlled. I suspect one human operates three cameras to save money and not have one person per camera.

Local CBS Interview

What amazed me was just how fast five minutes went by. Now, watching it, it does seems as fast as when the cameras are rolling.

Frank Mallicoat interviewing Francis Tapon on San Francisco's local CBS station, KPIX

Frank Mallicoat was fun host. I gave him a copy of my book, which I'm sure he'll treasure for the rest of his life. ;)

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