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12 Things You Must Taste in Venice: A Guide to Happy Hour and Dining

on Tue, 07/19/2016 - 17:09
Eating is one of my favorite parts of living; it informs my travels and even my choices of destinations. Italy would have been top of list even if I hadn't been fortunate enough to work on our Untours there. Over my years with Untours, I have spent a lot of time there, working and eating. Snacking and dining and drinking. Following food trends and sampling the dishes that go back centuries. 
 
Here is the first in a series of food reports. The photo above is of me with my husband at a favorite haunt on Campo San Giacomo dall’Orio for happy hour.
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A Parisian Secret: Musee de l'Orangeries

on Wed, 07/13/2016 - 13:52
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When most people travel to Paris they have a top-10 list including the usual suspects: Musee D'Orsay, Eiffel Tower, Louvre, and maybe even Versailles. On my most recent trip to Paris I thought, I've been there, done that, what else can I go see?! After some online searching I came across a darling museum, the Musee de l'Orangerie, a small art gallery featuring impressionist and post-impressionist paintings. Located near the Tuileries Gardens, it was central, and seemed to have a great collection of pieces, so I decided to check it out one afternoon.

Walking into the Orangerie, which was built

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Why You Shouldn't Go to Scotland

on Wed, 07/06/2016 - 10:23
Scotland books

Scottish cities are ugly and grey. 

Especially the capital, Edinburgh, where you have to walk to (mostly free) museums with awful views like this. 

Once again, this clean and green city with a park in the center of the city and a castle built on an extinct volcano. Who wants that?!

No one needs to endure these views of the Edinbrugh castle, dating back to the 12th century. 

In fact Scotland in general is pretty dreary. 

Clearly the views are a nightmare, especially these waterfront ones. 

Who would want cozy, brightly painted cottage restaurants and hidden pubs and taverns? 

Scottish

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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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