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Kunstmuseum: Modern Art Fix in Basel

on Mon, 04/03/2017 - 11:15
Basel art museum

On a recent visit to the Kunstmuseum in Basel, I was overwhelmed by the size and breadth of the museum's modern art collection.

A friendly guard explained it quite succinctly. "Yes, Switzerland and America have the largest collections of Modern Art because they could quietly collect and protect 'degenrate art' while Hitler was marching through Europe." I'd never thought of it before, but it made sense. These sorts of interactions and epiphanies are why we travel, and part of the magic that brings museums alive and fills their contents with meaning!

So let me introduce you to one of my new favorite art museums in Europe.

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Siegfried's Musical Cabinet Museum, a Gem in Rudesheim, Germany

on Tue, 03/28/2017 - 11:03
Siegfried's Musican Museum, Rudesheim Germany

Join me in charming Rudesheim on the Rhine, an easy day trip from our German Rhine Untour. With its vineyard-covered hills, distant castles, and narrow cobbled lanes and courtyards, it is one darling town. So cute, in fact, that we often bring our Untour guests there for a special tour of the museums in town. Including one of our favorites. Welcome to Siegfried's Musical Cabinet, a jewel of a tiny museum filled with vintage and historical musical instruments and elaborate machines with moving figures.

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Spring Preview: Holland at the Philadelphia Flower Show

on Tue, 03/21/2017 - 10:44
Holland at the Philadelphia Flower Show

Right around the time those of us on the East Coast are bemoaning the long, cold winter, the Philadelphia Flower Show launches with its colorful blooms promising good things to come. As the world's biggest and oldest indoor flower show, the Philadelphia Flower Show draws gardeners from all over the country.

Cathrin Baumbach, one of our program directors, volunteers there every year. As this year's theme was Holland, we feel compelled to share her photos. They are not as good as our Dutch Untour, but they are pretty and well timed.

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Guinness, Castles, and Countryside: View From an Irish Untour

on Tue, 03/14/2017 - 11:31
Kenmare and Ring of Kerry on the Ireland Untour

There's something supremely unique about Ireland. Maybe it's the friendly people or the sturdy, homey architecture. Perhaps it's the variety of landscapes, from mountains, cliffs, rolling hills and forest. Or maybe it's just the warmth of walking into an Irish pub and enjoying a pint of Guinness with strangers that soon become friends. Whatever it is, Rebecca Leah Lynch found it on her recent Untour to Ireland. Here are some of her favorite photos and memories from the journey.

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A Day in Strasbourg

on Thu, 03/09/2017 - 09:26
Strasbourg, France on the Alsace Untour

On of our favorite day trips on our popular Alsace Untour is a nice break from the bucolic countryside and wine road. Strasbourg is the biggest city in the Alsace region, with a population of close to 800,000. It has been at an international crossroads for centuries. It wears its rich history in the cabled buildings and church-studded cobblestone lanes of its historic core. Here is a glimpse of many aspects of one of our favorite multi-faceted cities.

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The 5 Best Restaurants in Amalfi (plus one in Atrani)

on Wed, 03/01/2017 - 15:29
Amalfi Coast restaurants, Amalfi Untour
The Amalfi Coast is a place of dramatic beauty, of pastel villages built into cliffs and hillsides overlooking sandy beaches and shining sea. Anyone who has taken our Amalfi Coast Untour will tell you about its natural beauty.
 
But one thing that surprises some travelers to the region is the quality of the local cuisine! In southern Italy, fresh vegetables are abundant and the basis of lots of local dishes. Add the crisp wines of Campania, the abundance of seafood and citrus, and the flair of Neapolitan cuisine, and you get the picture.
 
Come for the beauty, stay for the food.
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Meet Nafplio, Home of the Greece Untour

on Tue, 02/21/2017 - 09:48
Nafplio Greece, home of our Greece Untour

We love Nafplio! This lovely ancient seaside town is the homebase of our Greece Untour and offers the perfect combination of charm, sophistication, views and access to the wider Peloponnese.

Nafplio has a population of 12,000, and is considered by many to be Greece’s prettiest town. It is located only two hours south of Athens on the Peloponnesian Peninsula. Nestled into a quiet bay, Nafplio makes a perfect base for exploring some of the most historic and scenic sections of Greece.
 
Its old town is compact and can be crossed on foot in about 10 minutes.
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Florence with Kids: 15 Things to Share and Enjoy

on Wed, 02/15/2017 - 10:14
Florence Untour family travel
Cities can be a lot of fun to share with kids, with their parks and museums and markets and rich histories. And now that Untours has added the Italian cities to the Kids Stay Free program, you can tour young travelers though the ancient sites of Rome, the carfree alleys and canals of Venice, and the vibrant Renaissance cityscape of Florence.
 
If Florence is on your itinerary, here are some fun things to share with your kids or grandkids. Please note, they are good for all ages!

1. Visit the straw market and look for the wild boar statue.

2. Browse in the toy stores on Via Cavour & Via

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Best of Salzburg: Don't miss these 9 sights!

on Wed, 02/08/2017 - 11:10
Salzburg Untour in Austria
As one of the most enchanting cities in Europe, Salzburg exudes a lively air of spontaneity—this despite its rich history as the seat of the sometimes dour, always pompous prince-archbishops. Our Austria Untour places you on the outskirts of this beautiful burg.
 
Here are nine sights you shouldn’t miss!
 

1. Hohensalzburg Castle

The most prominent structure in the city, this massive fortress was begun in 1077 and stands today as the largest completely preserved medieval castle in Central Europe. Be sure and take the 35-minute guided tour.  Ask for the English audio tours.
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Isle-sur-Sorgue: Tag Along for a Day on the Town

on Wed, 02/01/2017 - 09:56
Isle sur Sorgue apartment stays with Untours in Provence

Isle sur Sorgue is a charming town in Provence, one of the hometown villages of our Provence Untour.  It is also well known as a center for the antique trade and for its lovely location, at the foot of the Vaucluse plateau. Isle-sur-Sorgue is known as the Venice of Provence because of the canals that pass through town. The Sorgue River begins at the famous Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, about 4 miles to the east, and divides into 5 arms that run through Isle-sur-Sorgue before joining again and splitting into two rivers just outside of town.

I recently spent a couple days in the area.

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