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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.

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Comment by Marlene Hench on April 7, 2008 at 9:51pm
Ahhhhh.... the good ole days. Some things were simpler then and we all moved around much easier with so much endurance Some thing never change though, and those are the good times we spend together!!
Thanks for sharing these pictures and your fun!!! I know you will find Paris just as beautiful and romantic as you did in the 1970s.
Our daughter and her husband spent their honeymoon in Paris last Nov. They took the Bateau Mouches dinner boat ride then and described it as very romantic. Guess some thing never do change!!!
Comment by Powen Shiah on April 8, 2008 at 8:25am
Bill, I really enjoyed reading this. I really got a kick out of the $10 or $15 Broadway shows.
Comment by Deborah and Donald Wise on April 8, 2008 at 8:56am
Thanks, Bill, we enjoyed reading of your first trip. We have yet to visit Paris, but it is definitely on our to do list.
Comment by Vance Roy on April 9, 2008 at 2:08pm
How did you ever get such a beautiful girl to pay any attention to you???
Comment by Bill Kover on April 9, 2008 at 3:45pm
Oh Boy Vance! That's a loaded question! On our first date, I made sure that my clothes were ironed, my fingernails clean, my shoes polished and my hair combed (I had hair then). Her mother noticed. I passed inspection. The rest is history.
Comment by Pete and Maggie Haggart on April 10, 2008 at 12:06am
Well - what a blast. You might be interested to know that my uncle Stanley Mills Haggart and later with his partner Darwin Porter originated the Europe series of $5 and $10 a day for Frommer. I have some of the orginal $5 and $10 guide books. Maybe that is where I got my wanderlust from.
Comment by Bill Kover on April 10, 2008 at 5:51am
That is really interesting. You should post a blog about the book series. I would like to see some photos of the originals.
Comment by Marcella Craft on May 10, 2008 at 7:36pm
My father boasted to all his friends that I didn't understand why anyone would spend so much-i.e. $5 a day in Europe--that must have been about 1963. I distinctly remember a 3 course Vietnamese meal in Paris for 1 franc. Amy
Comment by Bill Kover on May 11, 2008 at 12:38am
The year was 1973. It doesn't seem like that long ago.

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