Destination: Europe

After a year of caution, American tourists are crossing the Atlantic again

Postcard from California -- Summer 1986:

Dear Rolf: We heard about Chernobyl, and we certainly hope you and your family are all right. I'm sure you'll understand why we won't be dropping in to see you in Stockholm next month after all. With those crazy hijackers, airport bombers and high prices, we're staying home this year. Besides, Europe may be exciting, but Yosemite in the moonlight can be pretty appealing too.

Postcard from Paris -- Summer 1987:

Dad, you wouldn't believe it! There are Americans all over the place. We heard practically nothing but Midwestern accents at the Tower of London,...