Glen McClure: Photographer & Untourist Extraordinaire!

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Glen and his wife, Marshall, have been on 5 Untours, travelling with us first in 1999: Tuscany (1999,2005), Umbria (2006), Venice-Umbria (2007),  Tuscany- Umbria (2011). 

Tell us a little bit about your most recent Untour.

We spent one week in Tuscany and one week in Umbria. I am a professional photographer and I love to photograph the landscape and the people too, so I pretty much spend my time shooting. That is when I am not sampling the great food and wine from these regions. What a combo, natural beauty and the beauty of great, simple food prepared well!

What is your favorite Untours memory?

Been so many it is hard to choose but here is one that sticks in my mind. When in Pisa some years back while on an Untour, I was photographing some men who were working near where Untours had us as a group for a lunch. After I was finished making my portraits, one of the men asked if I would like to ” come into the back room” with them. I looked at my wife and we were both thinking uh-oh , what’s about to happen here?! When I got to the back room these men had set up about 5 different olive oils with breads for me to sample. What a treat and totally spontaneous and real! Will never forget their kindness.

How is taking an Untour different from other ways of traveling?

Untours are great for my wife, Marshall, and I since we like to see “the real place” when we travel. And Untours set you up in locations you just can’t find easily on your own. We like staying on working farms and the like and we have never been disappointed with an Untour living space. Plus having the local contact person has always been wonderful. We have made friends with most of them and they have always gone beyond the call of duty for us. Always.

If you could describe an Untour in just 3 words, what would they be?

Unique, real, awesome.

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