a visit from Rick Steves

October 20, 2021

Rick Steves may be “America’s most respected authority on European travel,” but Washington state is his home base and poetry is on his agenda. With that in mind, Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism invited Rick Steves to sample the local fare, which he did, in three episodes. In the third and final segment, his cultural tour concludes with a poem read by Washington State Poet Laureate Rena Priest. We don’t get to see Rena, but we get a coastal flyover and we hear her voice as she reads her pantoum, “Focus and Circuli: Songs on the Salmon Scale” beginning at about 04:30 on the video timer.

2 Responses to “a visit from Rick Steves”

  1. Naomi Rudo Says:

    Thanks much for this post! I enjoyed all the views of Whatcom and especially Rena Priest’s reading and wouldn’t known about this program if it weren’t for your post. It’s a good way to share our home with distant friends👌

  2. Ron Says:

    Rick Steves is the cultural travel over land I like. Unfortunately I suffer on seasickness and claustrophobia, so the cruise ship holiday is nothing for me.


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