We used Frommer's "Europe On 5 And 10 Dollars A Day" to prepare for our very first trip to Europe in 1973. We signed up for a 15 day "Freelance" Tour covering the cities of London, Vienna, Rome and Paris. The tour company arranged flights, hotel and offered optional bus tours. Other than that, you were on your own to explore. We avoided the bus tours. At Speakers Corner in London, we listened among a small group of spectators. We marveled at London toilet paper stamped with "Government Property". While walking the gardens of the Schonbrunn Palace, we met an elderly gentleman who showed us his squirrel friends performing small antics for food. We had lunch at a wine cellar called Zwolf Apostelkeller. After drinking two large mugs of wine each, we had thoughts of having to crawl back up the stairs to street level. We had to hold each other up. In Rome, we had dinner at Tre Scalini Restaurant in the Piazza Navona while having a conversation with two young girls from Chicago. The waiter invited us all to a party after the restaurant closed (although tempted, we didn't go to the party). We visited an open market in Rome with a young girl from Mexico. Since Spanish is similar to Italian, she translated as we bargained for a handmade table cloth. Finally she advised us to walk away. We were immediately called back and our price was agreed to. The merchant shook our hands and said we were good negotiators. In Paris, we had a romantic dinner on Bateaux Mouches accompanied by harp music. The lady with the harp played "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" for us. None of this would have happened if we were on a bus tour.