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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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A Cat Sanctuary and Other Roman Secrets: Q & A with Mary, Untours Rome Staff

on Tue, 10/04/2016 - 11:50
Mary, Rome Untour local host
Mary heads our Rome Untour, working and living on the ground in Rome. Recently she took some time to fill us in on her hometown.

What do you love about living in Rome?

Apart from the very obvious art, architecture, history, food and wine, the climate definitely cannot be underestimated. All the seasons show the wonders of this magical city in different perspectives and shades, so it's never boring.   

What are some of your hobbies and passions? 

Growing my own vegetables is pretty high on the passion list. There is something so exhilarating about producing your own veggies year round.
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Our 3 Favorite Markets in Barcelona

on Wed, 09/28/2016 - 09:36
Santa Caterina Market on a Barcelona Untour

Barcelona boasts the biggest network of municipal markets in Europe, with over 40 food markets and 6 non-food markets. The importance of the modern market in Barcelona dates back to the 19th century when the first covered markets were built. Since then, markets have come to be thought of as vital public spaces. Each market has its own story, unique architecture, and often its own specialty.

Here are a few of our favorites:

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Pack the Perfect Carry-on for Europe in 8 Easy Steps

on Tue, 09/20/2016 - 10:05
Luggage and packing for Europe
Are you a packing ninja? Around the Untours office, we like to geek out about packing. We all have tips to share and oddball habits. But on the essentials of the all-important carry-on bag, we largely agree.

1. First things first: Are you checking a bag?

The less you pack, the better. If you can fit it all in a carry-on and a personal item, like a big purse or small backpack, we salute you. Pack a 3 ounce bottle of laundry soap (concentrate) and go for it! If not, read on...

2. You are what you wear

Before you pack your checked or carry-on bags, think about what you'll wear on the flight.
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Just Say Bonjour! Q&A with Provence Staff Anne

on Tue, 09/13/2016 - 09:37
Untours host in Provence, Anne

Ahhhh, Provence. There's a reason why countless artists were inspired by this particular region in France, why it's a hotbed for some of the world's best food and wine, and why it is one of our most popular Untours. The quaint villages are picturesque, but so full of life and culture. The locals are friendly, chatty, and gladly invite you to live like a local for a few weeks. Need more convincing? We talked to our local Provence Untour staffer about what makes the region so unique and why it makes for the perfect Untour! 

What do you love about living in Provence?

I love the light blue sky

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Castle Hopping from Stirling

on Wed, 09/07/2016 - 11:39

Scotland is estimated to have in excess of 2,000 castles. Some are known only through historical records. Some are in a state of ruin. Some are intact stone structures but empty inside. Some are elegant dwellings still occupied. Some are museums filled with treasures. While castle hopping throughout Scotland may not be your primary focus during a stay in Stirling, you will likely want to visit a few in the immediate or not so immediate vicinity. Here are some good ones.

Stirling Castle

The most obvious one to visit is Stirling Castle.

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