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Jerry's Holland: The Textures of the Netherlands

on Thu, 06/08/2017 - 16:41
Holland vacation apartments on the Dutch Untour

Untourists Jerry and Deena Koffler have traveled with us at least 18 times, sometimes taking more than one trip per year. They are worldly, curious, and up for adventures, whether they find themselves combining Untours regions in a sampler or sailing off on far-flung adventures on an Untours Venture.

They recently shared their photos of Holland with us. This is the first is a series of photos I will share from Jerry's archive of travel photography, his impressions from his Dutch Untour in Leiden.

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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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Nomming in the Netherlands: Photo Blog of Alice and James in Holland

on Wed, 08/12/2015 - 10:01
netherlands food

Two-time Untourists, James and Alice Wootton have been generous enough to share their photos and stories from their recent Untour in the Netherlands. While Italy, Greece and France have reputations for some of the best food in Europe, often times the Netherlands is overlooked. Well look no further to see proof that there is good eating here!

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The 7 Best Street Markets in Paris

on Fri, 08/07/2015 - 15:51
Shopping Parisian Markets Like a Local Paris Untours

Ahh les marchés, what could be more French than open-air markets? From fresh produce to fish and game to antiques and local artisanal products, every neighborhood has its own. You’ll mix with locals, pick up a little slang and certainly test your mental arithmetic when calculating whether that round of chèvre is a bargain or a rip-off. One could spend days exploring the numerous options, so we’ve compiled a list of our favorites (foodie ones first of course).

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Beyond Bérets and Baguettes: Top 11 Places to Go in France

on Tue, 08/04/2015 - 11:05
Beyond Berets and Baguettes: French Untours shows you the top 11 places to see in france

There's so much to see and do in France. Here's our French Bucket List, a good place to begin.

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Seven Surely Satisfying Eats in Shoreditch and Spitalfields, London

on Mon, 08/03/2015 - 09:04
Shoreditch and Spitalfields Restaurants

Seven Surely Satisfying Eats in Shoreditch and Spitalfields. Now say that 5 times fast. Or better yet, stop talking and start eating. Here is some excellent local intelligence to get you started, enjoying the culinary scene of one of London's best neighborhoods for food.

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Never Bored in the Netherlands: Top Nine Towns to Visit in Holland

on Mon, 06/29/2015 - 17:19
Top Nine Towns to Visit in Holland

Never Bored in the Netherlands: Top Nine Towns to Visit in Holland

Tucked between Germany and Belgium the happy country of Holland has quite a lot to offer.

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How Swiss Cheese gets it's taste

on Wed, 04/18/2012 - 09:54
cheese, Swiss, Emmental

First of all, "Swiss Cheese" is not really a kind of cheese in Switzerland.  What the outside world calls Swiss cheese is usually a close relative to what is known, in Switzerland, as Emmentaler cheese.  And it's most distinctive quality is its holes.

So, go on your Swiss Untour prepared with the knowledge that not all Swiss cheese has holes.  If you want 'hole-y' cheese, look for Emmentaler (cheese made in the Emmental valley). How does Emmentaler get its holes?

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Culture Clue: So what's with cheese and Switzerland?

on Wed, 04/11/2012 - 10:22
grandchildren, Switzerland, festival
One definition of culture that I have always liked is:  Culture is groups of people solving problems over time. )  And no where is that more ably illustrated  than the answer to a seemingly simple question:  Why do the Swiss make cheese?

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There are many cultures that have cheesemaking as part of their culture, of course, but few that are more associated with cheese than Switzerland.

Why is that?  The simple answer is....they use what they have.

Unless you count the tourists who come to see its incredible beauty, the Swiss Alps do not have a lot of