Our Untourist of the Week, Doris M! (her Untours Cafe moniker)

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This week’s Untourist of the Week, Doris Matick because of her lovely photos of Spain that you see in the slideshow below.  But when we asked her for her Untour impressions, she went all over the map. Which is not to say, she doesn’t love Spain.  Check out her wonderful blog post on Untours Cafe, The Colours of Spain – Andalusia in Springtime
Doris and her husband have gone on nine Untours: Swiss Heartland, Swiss Ticino, Tuscany, Provence, Alsace, Spain, Venice, Prague/Budapest
Along with this beautiful essay on Priego de Cordoba, one of Untours hometowns, Doris has three more Spain slideshows:

We are so grateful that she has shares her considerable writing and photography talents so generously with the Untours community.

Find more photos like this on Untours Cafe

Tell us a little bit about your most recent Untour.

Our last Untour was to Prague and Budapest and was one of our most unforgettable. Seeing these beautiful cities that were once locked away from us beyond the Iron Curtain gives a sense of wonder. Prague’s huge cobblestoned square in Old Town is one of the most beautiful we’ve seen anywhere and walking across the Charles Bridge (more times than we can count because our apartment was located on the side away from Old Town) is my most lingering memory. It’s filled with musicians and artists and the vibrancy is amazing. Budapest will always bring back memories of evening walks along the Danube with the lights of Parliament glittering across the way. The architecture in Budapest is storybook perfect.

What is your favorite Untours memory?

My favorite Untour memory would have to be of Murren in Switzerland and even more so of the walks up above Murren reached by the small lift in town. The sense of beauty and peace there is like no other – rugged peaks, pastoral views, and a picnic lunch. It doesn’t get any better.

How is taking an Untour different from other ways of traveling?

Untours is so different from organized tours of Europe.  To me, Untours is the greatest teacher of how to become a traveler rather than a tourist. We’ve learned that our most memorable moments have come when we stop seeking out the major tourist sites and simply wander and become a small part of wherever we are at the moment.

If you could describe an Untour in just 3 words, what would they be?

Independence, Immersion, Insight

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