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Our 3 Favorite Markets in Barcelona

on Wed, 09/28/2016 - 09:36
Santa Caterina Market on a Barcelona Untour
Barcelona boasts the biggest network of municipal markets in Europe, with over 40 food markets and 6 non-food markets. 
 
The importance of the modern market in Barcelona dates back to the 19th century when the first covered markets were built. Since then, markets have come to be thought of as vital public spaces. Each market has its own story, unique architecture, and often its own specialty.  
 
Here are a few of our favorites: 
 
 

Mercat Santa Caterina

Santa Caterina is both the oldest covered market in Barcelona and one of the most modern.
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Pack the Perfect Carry-on for Europe in 8 Easy Steps

on Tue, 09/20/2016 - 10:05
Luggage and packing for Europe
Are you a packing ninja? Around the Untours office, we like to geek out about packing. We all have tips to share and oddball habits. But on the essentials of the all-important carry-on bag, we largely agree.

1. First things first: Are you checking a bag?

The less you pack, the better. If you can fit it all in a carry-on and a personal item, like a big purse or small backpack, we salute you. Pack a 3 ounce bottle of laundry soap (concentrate) and go for it! If not, read on...

2. You are what you wear

Before you pack your checked or carry-on bags, think about what you'll wear on the flight.
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Just Say Bonjour! Q&A with Provence Staff Anne

on Tue, 09/13/2016 - 09:37
Untours host in Provence, Anne

Ahhhh, Provence. There's a reason why countless artists were inspired by this particular region in France, why it's a hotbed for some of the world's best food and wine, and why it is one of our most popular Untours. The quaint villages are picturesque, but so full of life and culture. The locals are friendly, chatty, and gladly invite you to live like a local for a few weeks. Need more convincing? We talked to our local Provence Untour staffer about what makes the region so unique and why it makes for the perfect Untour! 

What do you love about living in Provence?

I love the light blue sky

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Castle Hopping from Stirling

on Wed, 09/07/2016 - 11:39

Scotland is estimated to have in excess of 2,000 castles. Some are known only through historical records. Some are in a state of ruin. Some are intact stone structures but empty inside. Some are elegant dwellings still occupied. Some are museums filled with treasures. While castle hopping throughout Scotland may not be your primary focus during a stay in Stirling, you will likely want to visit a few in the immediate or not so immediate vicinity. Here are some good ones.

Stirling Castle

The most obvious one to visit is Stirling Castle.

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What's on in Prague: Q & A with Alena, Untours Prague Staff

on Tue, 08/30/2016 - 11:54
Alena, Untours Prague host

What do you love about living in Prague?

I get to live in the city which all the world wants to see. Prague has everything: nice architecture of many styles, many gardens for relaxing,  galleries, cafes, and great views. Also, only half an hour by local transportation, the picturesque Czech countryside awaits. 

What is something people don't know about Prague?

The city is rich with history and interesting facts! When you walk across the Charles Bridge, stop in the middle and look around on both sides. You'll be rewarded with a strange sight.

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Meet Our New Logo: It's All About U!

on Mon, 08/22/2016 - 12:04
Untours European travel logo

Branding is a dirty word to a lot of us here in the Untours office. Or rather, it is a sort of necessary evil, as our late founder Hal Taussig might have said. We have a natural resistance to anything that could be perceived as slick. After all, we are a mom-and-pop type operation, many of us having been here for 15+ years. We know many of the people who phone in to book and greet some of them as old friends!

None of that changes with our new logo. So why the new design?

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Ireland's Many Textures: Photos from the Road

on Wed, 08/17/2016 - 09:36

Vicky Johnson sure knows how to go on an adventure. On her Irish Untour she visited many Irish sites, including the Ring of Kerry, the stone circle in Untours' hometown of Kenmare, and the Ring of Beara. Along the way she captured the rich textures of Southwest Ireland's small towns and countryside with her camera. Oh and did we mention she got a Celtic tattoo?! Check out her photo journey below!

One of many castle ruins spotted along the Iveragh Peninsula, along the Ring of Kerry.

Heading to the Ring of Beara. These signs are omnipresent and super helpful when you are out on scenic drives.

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My Paris Journal: Part 1

on Tue, 08/09/2016 - 13:19
Father Tom Lumpkin is a tireless advocate for the poor in Detroit. He is a quiet community hero, and was a perfect choice for our Untours Giveaway. Read about his good works here. He and his sister traveled to Paris with us on a free Untour, our small thank you to a man who has helped so many in his community. Here is the first half of his Paris journal.
 
What follows is a petit journal of my Paris trip. A five-star thanks to the Untours folks for making it possible. Words cannot express my appreciation!
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Mountains and Music: Q & A with our Salzburg staffer, Vera

on Mon, 08/01/2016 - 17:13
Vera and guests on the Austria Untour in Salzburg

The hills are alive, with the sound of music! You've seen the movie, but do you know about the lovely city of Salzburg that the film took place in? Firstly, most locals aren't wearing clothing made from curtains, but there is an amazing presence of history, art, music, and nature. It's a smaller city that allows Untourists to take it in piece by piece, without being overwhelming. Curious to learn more about this Untours location? We talked with our local guide, Vera, about why Salzburg is fantastic and what Untourists can look forward to seeing and experiencing! (She's the one on the right in

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Scotland's Dramatic Landscapes, Captured by Photographer Glen McClure

on Tue, 07/26/2016 - 17:14
Scotland Untours
When we first announced our new Scotland Untour, we were inundated by emails from new and seasoned Untourists expressing their enthusiasm for our choice and their love of Scotland.
 
One of my favorite emails came from one of my favorite clients, Glen McClure. Regular readers of our blog know Glen as an amazing photographer and have enjoyed reading about his travels in France and Italy with Untours. 
 
His portraits of local people, many shot on Untours, provide a vivid window into the soul of the countries and cultures he visits.

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