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Paris Just Feels Right

on Tue, 02/07/2012 - 10:27

"The first time I went to Paris, I was barely out of college. I graduated on May 21 and was at Montreal's international airport on May 22 to head out for a 5-week backpacking tour of Western Europe.

At that point in my life, I naïvely wanted to see as much as humanly possible in those 5 weeks. I wasn't sure when (or if) I'd ever make it back to Europe so my plan was to just check things off my list.

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Untourist of the Week: Bill Parnell

on Mon, 02/06/2012 - 10:36

Our first night back in Paris, we decided "Frog Legs" would be fine. So off to a restaurant on Rue Mouffetard we went and when we entered the restaurant, the owner came running to us and said "I haven't seen you in a long time!" We explained that we were in the States and had just returned. She said, "The Madame drinks champagne and you, Monsieur, drink a Kir, is that correct?" It was placed on the table we had in prior years.

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Foundation Fridays: A Success Story in Progress

on Fri, 02/03/2012 - 10:33

The beginning: in June of 1989, Brenda Raymond and Kevin Davis (boyfriend and girlfriend) sat with attorney Paul Swerdlow (a Rabbi) and brainstormed the inception of Iron Man, Incorporated (IMI).  When we received our corporate books, we had one welding machine on a trailer sitting on the sidewalk chained to a stop sign. 

Our dream of being a Fortune 100 Company with twelve employees was materializing. I mean, after all, we moved from the sidewalk to a storage unit, then to two side-by-side storage units: one to fabricate in and the other to paint in. 

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Untours Featured Property: Daguerre

on Thu, 02/02/2012 - 09:40

If you like staying in 19th century Parisian buildings with elevators(!), our Daguerre apartment is perfect for you. The Daguerre is in the Montparnasse section of Paris, and is right around the block from the famous Marche Daguerre, a huge market packed with produce, jewelry and chocolates. Did I mention the market's open on Sunday?!

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A Recipe from Alsace: Tarte Flambee

on Wed, 02/01/2012 - 09:28

Welcome to February! This month, we feature France and to start, we're celebrating the delicious Tarte Flambée. One legend proposes, early Alsatians created the tarte to test the heat of their wood-fired ovens. At it's proper temperature for baking bread, the oven should be able to bake a tarte flambée so the edges of the tarte's thin crust are nearly burnt...

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6 Ways to Travel Like an Untourist in Italy

on Tue, 01/31/2012 - 09:45

Always greet Italians and respond to their greetings. To ignore someone is considered rude, and a simple "Salve" or "Buon giorno" to shopkeepers, bariste, and hotel concierges will keep you in the locals' good graces.  Be respectful by preparing some common phrases, especially if you are visiting smaller towns in Italy where English is not as common.  Unless you are meeting old friends, you should address everyone formally with "Lei" (an Italian phrasebook will elucidate how to use the formal tense).  Make sure your thanks don't go to waste by pronouncing "Grazie" correctly as "Gra-tziay."

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The Brains Behind Untours Italy

on Mon, 01/30/2012 - 10:29

As we begin to close out January and, subsequently, our daily features on Italy (France is coming in February!), I wanted to take a moment to recognize our Italian dynamic duo, Andi Cancelliere and Andrea Szyper, for all they do to make Untours such a great place and this blog chock full of delectable Italian nuggets.

These women are the brainchildren behind almost all of this month's posts on Italy and handle all things Italy when it comes to booking an Italian Untour. If you've taken an Italian Untour with us, you've worked with either Andi or Andrea and, chances are, you had a wonderful experience.

Between the two of them, they manage 6 Untours regions throughout Italy and are always working toward improving our customers' experiences.

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Foundation Fridays: Ashley's Homecoming

on Fri, 01/27/2012 - 10:41

Today, we have our first guest blogger: Ashley Fessler, a dynamite young woman, who worked with us at the foundation in 2010.  Ashley spent the year with us leading much of our local work surrounding America’s First Fair Trade Town, Media, PA. We shared the ups and downs of her year as she waited – sometimes patiently! – for her placement with the Peace Corps.  We had our sad goodbyes as she headed off for 27 months in Honduras, but alas, she just returned 15 months early. The Peace Corps closed her program, due to increased violence including the shooting of one of her colleagues.  Ashley is regrouping on all levels and job searching.  We are here to give her a 5 star recommendation, if you have a social justice job you need filled! Enjoy her post!

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Untours Featured Property: Domenico

on Thu, 01/26/2012 - 09:33

The next time you vacation in Florence, make sure you stay in the Santa Croce section of the city. Here, you'll not only find our lovely Domenico apartment, you'll also find some relaxation - if you want to avoid the hub bub of Florence, while still being close to the action, Santa Croce is the place to stay.

Staying in Santa Croce gives you easy walking access to the great sites of Florence, while offering a more local experience as well.

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What kind of coffee do I order?

on Thu, 01/26/2012 - 08:22

Here are the most common coffees you'll find in an Italian bar; most of these should be available no matter where you are in Italy:

  • Caffè In Italy the word “caffè’” naturally implies an espresso. There is no need to specify “espresso” when ordering. Served in a demitasse cup
  • Caffè macchiato:- coffee "stained" with milk, with a bit of foam on top. In Italian, macchiare means to “stain. Caffe macchiato is espresso in a demitasse cup, stained with some hot milk