At the other end of the Ellis Island experience


Photographs by Rick Steves’ Europe/RICK STEVES

In Dublin, the Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship re-creates the harsh conditions the Irish faced escaping the potato famine. On a famine ship, entire families often shared one six-foot-square berth.

Every year millions of Americans visit Ellis Island, where their ancestors might have arrived from "the old country." But Europe has many excellent "Ellis Islands in reverse" -- museums at the places where millions said goodbye to the land of their birth.


European emigrants crowd a dock in Antwerp, Belgium, before boarding a Red Star Line ship for New York. + Enlarge

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