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Hal Taussig on Community, Clotheslines, and the Ties That Bind

on Mon, 06/27/2016 - 17:20
Clotheslines and community
This is a piece that Hal Taussig, our late founder, published on the Untours Cafe back in 2007. I think this captures the man and his values so well.
 
El Kover and her husband Bill, some well loved Untourists, recently spent a couple of days in Media, PA where our offices are. We had invited them to come to witness The Today Show filming. Today, I want to thank El for being such an observant and thoughtful person. 
 
On her first visit to our house she noticed the clothesline running from our second floor balcony.
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On the Road: Jackie's Irish Adventures

on Tue, 06/21/2016 - 09:43

This past spring Untourist Jackie Johnson spent two weeks exploring the gorgeous Irish countryside. With her sister Vicky and cousins, Jackie saw the best of Kenmare, Killarney, and drove the Ring of Kerry. They stayed in the central two-story townhouse, Packie's Corner, in Kenmare, which served as a great home-base for all their exploring. Interested in your own Irish adventure? See all the possibilities here

Here are some highlights from their fantastic journey, complete with their own captions.

Sisters (Jackie & Vicky) touring the Irish countryside.

Best fish and chips in Killarney.

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An Untour for All Ages: Scotland for the Young and Young at Heart

on Mon, 06/13/2016 - 10:10
It can be difficult to find a travel destination that suits everyone’s needs: grandparents, parents, kids, and young adults. As your kids get older, their interests change and what defines a great destination shifts with it. Finding a country where the locals are warm, the museums are a plenty, but there are also quirky other things to do is key to an interesting trip for all involved, across generations.
 
I’ve traveled across much of Europe throughout my university years and I still believe that Scotland is one of the best places to travel with kids of every age, including the young adults
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Meet Val: Q & A with our local Scotland Untours Host

on Tue, 06/07/2016 - 19:46
This week Untours is talking with Val Storrie, our local Scotland Untours host, based near Stirling. We're getting the inside scoop about what are the best local gems to see and what experiences to not miss when in Scotland. 
 
 
What do you love about living in Scotland?
The friendly people, the banter, the stunning and dramatic landscape, the beautiful islands, and the history. 
 
What is something people don’t know about Scotland?
Scotland’s official animal is the unicorn. 
 
Where are the top places Untourists should explore in Stirling?
Be sure to find time for Castle Campbell, the
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Faces of Peru: An Untours (ad)Venture

on Tue, 05/31/2016 - 09:55

Machu Picchu Explorer

In October of last year I had the great privilege to join some travel agent colleagues on a trip to Peru, organized by G Adventures. My 9-day Machu Picchu Explorer trip covered Lima, Cusco & the Sacred Valley, and of course Machu Picchu. The trip was educational, adventurous (we experienced a two-day transportation strike, which almost put Machu Picchu out of reach) and fabulous all around. The food was outstanding, but that will be another post. 

Faces of Peru

I strongly believe that travel can change you.
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Sandra's Alsace Part 4: Excursions to the Heart of Europe

on Tue, 05/24/2016 - 17:06
 
In the fourth and final installment of her series on Alsace, Sandra Kohler writes about Alsace’s history during the first and second world wars. She and her husband Walt (whose photos are featured here) have been on many Untours, but Alsace was an especially captivating region for them.
 
When I think back on our excursions to Breisach and Strasbourg, what is striking, and has become even more striking as we’ve reflected on this Untour, is the sense we are finally left with of Alsace being the heart of Europe.
 
It is mostly art that takes us on these two excursions, but what we find goes
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How to Travel with All of Your Senses

on Tue, 05/17/2016 - 13:44
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Paolo Conte’s song Max makes me cry. Its undulating melody echoes the Tuscan hills. I played his greatest hits often on a family trip to Tuscany nine summers ago. I close my eyes when I hear it now and see the sun setting on lush green hillsides. 
 
Travel is sensual. We readily think of sights, the visual, but there are other senses that pull us into a place more deeply if we allow ourselves the time and space to engage them.
 
The morning smell of espresso or bread in the bakery ovens. Rosemary and lavender warming in the Mediterranean sun. Geraniums.
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A Scotland Untour in Stirling? We Have Located our New Untour Here for 9 Reasons

on Wed, 05/11/2016 - 09:58
Stirling, home of the new Scotland Untour

We’re thrilled to announce our new Scotland Untour, with our first arrival dates this fall. Stay tuned for details or sign up to get first notice when it is ready to book. In the meantime, here is a little more about our homebase there, and the reasons we have chosen Stirling and its surrounding countryside to host our Untour.


1. Stirling is vibrant. Enjoy its cobbled shopping streets, art centers, parks, and cozy cafes and pubs. Stirling’s medieval old town will captivate you. You’ll find a strong sense of place in the city’s castles and parks.
 
2. Stirling is central. Located in the heart
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Irish Music 101: U2, Trad, and Beyond

on Tue, 05/03/2016 - 09:20
Irish Trad music on the Ireland Untour

Ireland has produced many famous musicians, among them U2, the Dubliners, the Chieftans, and Van Morrison. There are many musical offerings in both concert and pub venues all over Ireland, with touring shows and international performers covering all genres of music. And it isn’t unusual to hear rock and roll spilling from a corner pub on a Saturday night, especially in Kenmare, home of the Ireland Untour. It is traditional music that’s played in the pubs.

Traditional music performances in pubs are called “sessions,” a term started many years ago when musicians gathered informally in someone’s

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8 Tips for Wine Tasting in France

on Tue, 04/26/2016 - 09:38
Vineyards in France

One of the great joys of touring France is visiting its many wineries, where you can connect with the scenery, the local people, and the history of a region one memorable glass at a time. Here are some tips to help you make the most of the experience.

1. Look for Degustation or Goutez on signs outside vineyards in the countryside. This means vineyards welcome guests and you may pull up and sample some wine. Depending on the setting, it may not be a formal tasting, and there may not be hired help waiting to pour you a glass, but be adventurous!

2. Know your AOCs. French wines are labeled based

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