TRAVEL: The Grand Tour

As the Queen Elizabeth docked at Southampton last week, 50 suntanned Californians tripped from ship to shore, bound for the London boat train and a fortnight's tour of the British Isles. A wan sun, hidden for days by fog, peeked out at them, just in time to make good the British Travel Association's current slogan: "Spring comes early to Britain; why don't you?"

The Californians were the advance guard of a horde of 400,000 U.S. tourists who will go to Europe this year. Some will travel in luxury and in style, paying up...

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