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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
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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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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
Paris Untour arts

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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