James & Bridget Joy, Untourists of the Week: Alsace + Provence + Niece!

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

In September, 2010, Bridget and I and our niece Elizabeth Murphy went to Pernes-les-Fontaines in Provence for two weeks and drove to Ribeauvillé in Alsace for the wine harvest during the third week.

2. Why did you choose to go there?

Our love of France (two weeks with Untours in Paris 2004) and the desire to see ancient Roman remains in the muted colors of autumnal Provence, especially Aix-en-Provence, Arles, Nimes, Pont du Gard, Orange, and Vaison-la-Romaine. And the contrast with Alsace!

3. What is your favorite Untours memory?

It is very difficult to choose from so many wonderful memories of our trips with Untours to Paris, Greece, Switzerland, Germany, and France, but two stand out: a day with Monet in his home in Giverny and a day with Grunewald’s Isenheim Altarpiece in Colmar.

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

Bernal—where they stayed

An Untour gives much greater freedom to choose the sights and places from so many possibilities, that one would like to see on their visit.

The support given by the on-site people makes it much easier to decide what to see and where to go, and their excellent guides help.

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

Independence, knowledge, and reliability.

6. Have you heard of our trailblazing Untours Foundation? What do you think of a company whose profits have gone to create jobs among vulnerable populations through loans to pioneering, green businesses?

We have been contributors because we believe the Untours Foundation matches our own goals for practical and successful solutions to create jobs.

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