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Tuscan Table: 10 Things You Must Taste in Florence

on Mon, 04/24/2017 - 12:11
Never plan a vacation when you are hungry. If you do, you will surely end up in Tuscany. On second thought, let your stomach guide you. When you consider the region’s sublime natural beauty and Florence’s countless Renaissance masterpieces, it is easy to overlook the food.
 
But Florence is a great place to connect with the region’s culture and history through its markets and restaurants. From some of Europe’s best fine dining to cheap eats around its global student culture, Florence has something for every budget. Many dishes evolved from scarcity, and the cucina povera of the peasants.
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From Craft Beer to Street Food: 11 Things to Eat and Drink in Rome

on Mon, 11/14/2016 - 12:44
Food is one of my primary motivations in travel. And to know a city well, I want to savor its signature dishes, discover its street food, and imbibe its most typical beverages. Aside from the sensory pleasures, I enjoy the shared experience of loitering in a city’s cafes, following the suggestions of the proud vendor at market, and being part of a noise in a crowded dining room.
 
Afterall, food connect people. And local dishes can be a window into the soul of a place and its people, its traditions, and its history. In Rome, Jewish history, ancient butchery, and new food and drink trends
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8 Tips for Wine Tasting in France

on Tue, 04/26/2016 - 09:38
Vineyards in France

One of the great joys of touring France is visiting its many wineries, where you can connect with the scenery, the local people, and the history of a region one memorable glass at a time. Here are some tips to help you make the most of the experience.

1. Look for Degustation or Goutez on signs outside vineyards in the countryside. This means vineyards welcome guests and you may pull up and sample some wine. Depending on the setting, it may not be a formal tasting, and there may not be hired help waiting to pour you a glass, but be adventurous!

2. Know your AOCs. French wines are labeled based

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Vacation Apartment Hack: How to Feel at Home in Someone Else’s

on Tue, 02/23/2016 - 15:49

When opting to vacation in an apartment instead of a hotel there are many advantages. Firstly, it makes it easier to immerse in the culture if you’re not returning to a sea of other tourists every evening to a large, corporate-feeling hotel. Secondly, nothing can replace the warmth and welcoming environment an apartment can have over a single room with cups covered in plastic bags. Thirdly, you’ll probably get more space for your money since you’re renting a home over one room. Renting an apartment through Untours over a hotel is a no-brainer, but how to do make someone else’s home feel like your own? Especially if you’re staying in that apartment for a week or more, it is important to settle in and make it your own.

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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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10 Perfectly British Train Trips from London

on Wed, 08/05/2015 - 11:53
10 British Train Trips from London England on your Untours

10 British Train Trips from London

Although we adore London, sometimes the city is so bustling that we long for slow, small-town, English living. This is why we've compiled a list of our top 10 favorite English towns to visit by train from London. All of these can be enjoyed in a day, offering a peaceful getaway before exploring the remainder of the history, art, and culture of the English capital.

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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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Wine, Choucroute, and 12 other Must-Dos in Alsace

on Fri, 05/01/2015 - 11:35
Alsace Untour
Wine-lovers, outdoor enthusiasts and history buffs rejoice. Alsace is a territory that has changed hands too many times between France and Germany, and it has something to offer to everyone. Here are our favorites.
 
1. Bergheim is a delightful, flowered village and, in our eyes, the epitome of Alsatian charm with its picturesque, half-timbered homes, striking town gate and ideal location along the Route des Vins.
 
2. The Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle - Though the original 12th century castle was destroyed and rebuilt, it adheres faithfully to the architecture of the time.
 
3. The Strasbourg
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Tapas Confidential: How to Navigate Spain's Tapas Bars Like a Native

on Mon, 04/13/2015 - 10:42

Welcome to Spain, where eating habits are a little different than ours. If you value eating with the locals but prefer your dinner before 9pm, you'd best discover Spain's bountiful tapas bars!

Dodge Amaral, Spanish Untour Director, agrees. "For folks who really can't or don't want a sit-down meal at 10pm, instead of eating in a restaurant that serves at 'our hours' (meaning it's a tourist place or hotel restaurant), going to tapas bars is perfect for getting fed at a reasonable hour."

"You can ask or see what's served as raciones if you want more than a couple bites of something."

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Gluhwein: Mull Your Wine for the Yuletide!

on Wed, 12/17/2014 - 09:44
Francy at the Untours holiday party

My favorite Untours holiday tradition is a sensory treat that Cathrin has brought to the mix from her native Germany. Gluhwein, or mulled wine, is a staple of German Christmas markets. She makes her own and sets the crockpot going around 10 a.m. on party day. By noon, the entire office smells of it, a warm spiced scent that clings to your clothing and softens your edges. The Gluhwein works its magic even before the first sip. Here's her super easy recipe!

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