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The Christmas Markets of Cologne

on Tue, 12/13/2016 - 11:53
Christmas markets in Cologne Germany

If you read our Untours blog and Eurozine newsletter or follow us on Facebook, you know we love the Christmas markets of Europe. We've been writing about them and sharing photos for years. For my part, I have gazed on colleagues' pictures, edited and produced their blog posts, and listened to their tales with envy.

But on my recent trip I got to experience the Christmas markets first hand. And I was not disappointed! The experience brought tears to my eyes. I was in Cologne, Germany on the opening day of their Christmas markets, and I was in bliss.

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Untours Foundation Fundees for 2016

on Tue, 12/06/2016 - 11:28
Untours Foundation
If you travel with Untours, you should feel good about how you are spending your travel dollars. Your Untours booking helps support the work of our owners, the Untours Foundation. They fund grassroots projects and green businesses that create jobs and strengthen communities. Here are the Untours Foundation investees for 2016.
 
Kitchen Harvest collects food scraps and yard trimmings, composts them at local farms, then distributes the finished compost back to customers for use in their gardens. Using such a simple, low-impact design, they are leading the way in this sector.
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Our 3 Coolest Places to Stay in Europe

on Tue, 11/29/2016 - 10:55
A Tuscan farmhouse on an Untour

For so many years I thought the closest thing I would get to being a princess would be Halloween costumes and Disney movies. But now it's possible to stay in a real-life castle in Sommersdorf, Germany! The castle is surrounded by a moat and a system of ponds, guarded by your own royal team of ducks and swans. As if that wasn't enough, the castle has its own chapel, and a small restaurant across the grounds perfect for local ale and bratwurst. Click here for the royal treatment.

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From Craft Beer to Street Food: 11 Things to Eat and Drink in Rome

on Mon, 11/14/2016 - 12:44
Food is one of my primary motivations in travel. And to know a city well, I want to savor its signature dishes, discover its street food, and imbibe its most typical beverages. Aside from the sensory pleasures, I enjoy the shared experience of loitering in a city’s cafes, following the suggestions of the proud vendor at market, and being part of a noise in a crowded dining room.
 
Afterall, food connect people. And local dishes can be a window into the soul of a place and its people, its traditions, and its history. In Rome, Jewish history, ancient butchery, and new food and drink trends
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My Paris Journal: Part 2

on Mon, 11/07/2016 - 11:05
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 this year on a free Untour, our small thank you for a man who has helped so many in his community. Here is the second half of his Paris journal. Click here to read the first installment.
 
What follows is the second half of 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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First Person Account: Memories of the 1966 Flood in Florence

on Tue, 11/01/2016 - 12:54
Florence flood aftermath, 1966
Since its beginning more than 20 years ago, Harriet has run our Tuscany Untour from her homebase outside of Florence. Countless guests sing her praises, as she binds the southern hospitality of her upbringing with the deep knowledge and love of a country and region she has lived in for more than five decades. Here she recalls her early years in Florence, and her personal memories of the historic flooding of the Arno in November of 1966. The work to save and protect the city's many art treasures is well documented, but this is a view of the event from the ground level.
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10 Reasons to Take Kids to Germany

on Tue, 10/25/2016 - 13:30
Family travel in Germany

There are lots of reasons to take your kids to Germany. I recently traveled to Germany with my daughter. This was a special trip, connecting with her and connecting her with my homeland and her grandparents. But even if you do not have a personal connection like I do, Germany is a perfect destination for a family vacation. Here are some of my favorite reasons to travel in Germany with kids.

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5 Reasons to Book a Winter Getaway to Holland

on Tue, 10/18/2016 - 11:32
Leiden at night, Dutch Untour

No one does cozy quite like the Dutch do. One of my favorite trips to Holland was in winter, when I marvelled at the intrepid locals out biking through slush and snow. There was nothing as cozy as a brown cafe, walls bathed in candlelight. Here are 5 reasons you should consider a winter trip to Holland:

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5 Reasons to Love Oktoberfest

on Wed, 10/12/2016 - 10:08
Oktoberfest in Germany

After experiencing my first real German Oktoberfest, I am eager to make it a personal tradition! Here are five reasons why I love Oktoberfest in Germany and recommend it highly.

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A Glimpse into the Cantina at Le Chiuse winery in Tuscany

on Mon, 10/10/2016 - 13:57
The cantina at Le Chiuse farm, Tuscany

Le Chiuse farm in Montalcino is a special place. One of our associates from the Holland Untour, Edmond, recently headed to Tuscany's warm, sunny climes to enjoy the hospitality and wine at Le Chiuse farm and vineyards on the Tuscany Untour. Edmond also happens to be an excellent photographer. Here are some of his gorgeous photos of a memorable stay on the slopes of Montalcino in Tuscany.

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