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Shock of the New: 3 Contemporary Sculpture Gardens in the Hills of Tuscany

on Tue, 01/23/2018 - 14:04
Contemporary art sculpture gardens in Tuscany
Above: Tarot Gardens photo by s9-4pr, CC
 
Interested in contemporary sculpture? Tuscany is a surprisingly furtile place for it! See how the shock of the new and surreal commune with the deep natural beauty of the Tuscan landscape. There are some fantastic sculpture gardens to explore near our farm house apartments on the Tuscany Untour. Here are our favorites.
 

Site Transitoire

 
Set off the small road between Leonina and Mucigliani (near Asciano), you will find this monumental sculpture by Jean Paul Philippe, a sort of 1990s stonehenge that inter-
acts strikingly with its natural setting.
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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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The Sunflowers of Tuscany: What's Happier Than That?!

on Tue, 01/24/2017 - 15:21
Sunflowers from Tuscany, the Tuscan Untour

Photographer David Hessell joined us on the Tuscany Untour a few years ago and brilliantly captured the region in the full flush of late summer. As we face a cold and drab January, here are some of his beautiful images. We like to think of sunflowers as nature's antidepressant, a perfect foil for the short, dark days of winter.

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Versailles: An Easy and Regal Paris Escape

on Wed, 01/11/2017 - 11:32
Versailles day trip from Paris Untour
A trip to Paris isn’t complete without a daytrip to nearby Versailles, just a short trip on the regional train.
 
France’s most famous château overwhelms most visitors. Breathing in its beauty, one understands how Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette could have made the fatal error of failing to flee in time to avoid Revolutionary mobs. Versailles simply wasn’t a place easily abandoned. 
 
Today, it ranks as the most popular destination for day-trippers from Paris, receiving more than three million visitors a year.
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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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London Like a Local: What you Should and Should Not Do in the English Capital

on Tue, 10/13/2015 - 10:11
london like a local untours guide
Don't stick out like a sore thumb! Here are some quick tips to help you make a good impression in London, and to make merry with the locals.
 
You Should…
Stand on the right side of the tube escalators and walk on the left. Londoners abhor when people stand on the left.
 
You Should…
Visit a pub outside of the touristy hubs (Leicester Square, Oxford Street, Trafalgar Square, etc.). Find a pub filled with more locals than tourists and sit down for a pint and enjoy classic pub food. It is an incorrect stereotype that pub food is bad.
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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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Top 10 Places to Go in Spain: from beaches and museums, to mosques and mountains

on Mon, 08/10/2015 - 10:00
Top 10 Places to Go in Spain: from beaches and museums to mosques and mountatins

Top 10 Places to Go in Spain

 

Barcelona

This seaside city, known for its quirky architecture, outstanding seafood, and rich art history, is a must-see for anyone traveling to Spain. Architecture really is the center of attention, with great works from Antoni Gaudí, the famously-unfinished church of La Sagrada Familia, and many other cathedrals, buildings and museums. The city’s most visited shopping street, La Rambla, attracts hundreds of tourists daily, so if you’re looking for a wardrobe update, this is the place to do it.
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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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Your Swiss Bucket List: All the Towns, Mountains, and Lakes to See in Switzerland

on Fri, 07/31/2015 - 12:30
Top 13 Things to See in Switzerland Untours

It’s no secret that here at Untours we love Switzerland. It’s where Untours started over 40 years ago with the Heartland and Oberland programs, also where we have expanded to Ticino. Switzerland truly has it all: beautiful mountain landscapes, rich traditions and culture, gorgeous lakes, and outstanding train service. With borders touching Austria, Germany, France, and Italy, Switzerland offers the ultimate central location to continue exploring Europe on Untour Samplers. Clearly we think the world of Switzerland so below we’ve compiled our Top 13 Things to See in Switzerland.

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