Diane and Lawrence Brenner (Untourists of the Week) …the more Untours the merrier.

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1. Tell us a little bit about your most recent Untour.

This was our first Untours adventure and we are already talking about another. We went to Florence, a Russian river cruise, Paris and Leiden.

2. Why did you choose to go there?

Deo—where they stayed

When we were in Florence in 1970, all the museums were closed for civil service strikes, so we wanted to see everything we missed. Without Mary Jane’s help we’d have never poked around the south side of the Arno, nor figured out how to take the bus to Fiesole to see the Roman ruins.

We did the Russian cruise because we wanted to see both Moscow and St. Petersburg and have someone else organize that segment of our trip.

Paris, ah Paris. The Marais apartment, impossible to find but right in the middle of things. Museums we’d never had time for. A whole new look at Paris.

And decompression in Leiden where the hurly-burly of big cities gave way to college-town comfort and access to wonderful art just a train-ride away. And truthfully, we chose Leiden because we like to be near the international airport that will take us home.

3. What is your favorite Untours memory?

Trudging home from a day of sightseeing and being right in the middle of things in both Florence and Paris. And the (almost) seamless transfers.

4. How is taking an Untour different from other ways of travelling?

We loved having the space of an apartment, making our own breakfast, lazing around without dodging hotel housekeeping, no one needing tips, and making friends at the restaurants in the nearby restaurants.

5. If you could describe an Untour in just three words, what would they be?

Simple, direct, unencumbered.



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