This isn't set in Europe, but it's a delightful travel book that I heard about on Rick's weekly radio show.
The author, Conor Knighton, tried to soothe his broken heart by visiting every single US national park in the course of one year, 2016. A few segments of the trip were aired on CBS Sunday Morning, so a bit of this may be familiar to you.
Knighton is a talented writer; the book is fun to read, as well as being informative. He has that rare ability (and willingness) to laugh at himself when he does something stupid. In fact, he has self-censored an entire episode of dangerously stupid behavior because he knew his mother would be reading the book!
In every park, he managed to snag an interview with a ranger, a resident, or another wanderer. This ups both the readability level, the entertainment value, and the informational level.
And it's a quick read. Recommended.