Three of us seniors spent a strenuous but gratifying 10 weeks in Europe this fall. Using The Times Travel section as before, and various travel books, I arranged by mail for all our economical hotels. Staying for the second time with the incomparable Olivia Gannon, 93 Cowley Hill, Borehamwood, Herts., England, at the beginning and during the final three weeks gave us a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere.
Borehamwood is 20 minutes from London from King's Cross Midland BritRail Station, and Mrs. Gannon is asking 7 a night ($8.40) for bed and breakfast.
In Milan I learned that an experienced traveler can be a victim. Don't be in a crowd, don't get too tired and don't relax your vigilance. The Times had warned: carry copies of your passport and extra photos, and within two hours the next day I had a new passport.
Places I would stay again: Pilgrims' Guest House, 18 the Friars, Canterbury, Kent, England (hosts a caring couple); Pensione Rigatti, Lungarno Diaz 2, Florence (a real palace), and Hotel Bologna, Lepetit 27, Milan.