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Keith and Barbara Lawrence, Untourists of the Week Go Back to Venice

on Tue, 11/19/2013 - 11:15
Keith and Barbara Lawrence

1. Tell us a little bit about your most recent Untour.

Our first week was a return to Venice, staying in the same apartment as on a prior Untour vacation so we knew beforehand where to shop, eat, pick up the vaparetto, and how to enjoy the special ambience and memorable sights of that ancient canal city. One plus for Venice is the pleasure of getting to and from the airport—a speedy motorboat all the way. Another plus is the vaporetto. With it and a little shoe leather you can go anywhere: from the opera at the new Fenice to the glass shops on Murano and back to the cafés of Piazza San Marco.

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The DeWoody Family, Untourists of the Week

on Tue, 10/29/2013 - 10:50

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

We enjoy the freedom of traveling as a family (without a specified agenda, tour bus, etc) but we enjoy the comfort of knowing that there is someone at our destination that we can go to in case we have questions or encounter problems. The Untours staff does a wonderful job of giving you the information you need to take advantage of all of the opportunities each country offers its visitors while giving you the freedom to explore on your own terms.

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Untourists of the Week: Robert Farkas & Barbara Mellerski-Farkas

on Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:00

Tell us a little bit about your most recent Untour and why you chose that particular destination?

Our last Untour experience took us to Atrani on the Amalfi Coast for two weeks and then for another two weeks to Locarno, Switzerland to enjoy the beautiful Ticino Region. Both areas suited our needs to for a combination of wonderful scenic views and historic venues.

Why did you choose to go there?

We love Italy and a previous excursion to Cinque Terre while staying in the Tuscany town of Calci through Untours, made us want to experience the Amalfi Coast.

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January in Amalfi, scouting apartments in a deluge

on Thu, 05/02/2013 - 14:21
Bright Sea, Amalfi

Why would anyone go to the Amalfi Coast in the depths of winter? I asked myself this question as we arrived in a mid-January deluge, our driver zipping along switchbacks to crest the mountain in Agerola. Rivers of water poured into the roadway, and soon after, the hail started. Water poured off staircases like waterfalls and lights flickered in the houses around us.

Yes, the weather may be dodgy, many restaurants on holiday and even some major sites closed. But winter is a great time to visit and inspect empty apartments. In fact, it is the only time we can get in to inspect apartments, when the tourists are gone and these popular accommodations sit vacant. It is a fantastic time to find new apartments for you!

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Untourists of the Week: Carole & Ivan Edelman

on Tue, 04/02/2013 - 17:07
Here are Carol & Ivan!

1. Tell us a little bit about your most recent Untour.

Our lastest Untour was to Paris last spring. We stayed in the Daguerre (sp) apt for two weeks and loved it! The street market around the corner was wonderful and we enjoyed shopping for great things to eat each day. The metro stop was within one block and we got quite good at getting ourselves around. We explored as many of the suggested places as we could and we took 3 or 4 Paris walks. We had also arranged a side trip to the landing beaches in Normandy and stayed in Bayeau for one night. It was truly a trip to remember.

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Untourists of the Week: Elsa and Raymond Heald

on Thu, 03/21/2013 - 09:13
Raymond Heald, Untours

1. Tell us a little bit about your most recent Untour.

It was a dream vacation: 8 days on the Variety Voyager, the sleek 73-passenger yacht that put us ashore at the fabled ports of Capri, Lipari, Malta, plus 4 ports in Sicily. Then, a train ride to the sparkling Cinque Terre for 4 nights and a heavenly 2 weeks in the fabulous Bonalumi apartment in Locarno, with a breathtaking view of Lake Maggiore.

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Book Review: An Untourist Recommends 'An Italian Affair'

on Wed, 03/06/2013 - 09:51

The Book:  The Italian Affair by Laura Frazer

What our recommending Untourist, Whitmel Swain,  says about it: 

Tell us in a sentence or two what it is about?:

When the author's husband leaves her, she goes to Ischia to nurse her wounds & discovers a number o wonderful things including, of course, love

Why did you like it?:

It tells of the human heart and how it can rebound, and for my wife and I, in Italy
In what region or city is this set?: Florence to start then on to the island of Ischia
In what country is this set?: Italy
Can you tell us, briefly, what it captures about the place it
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Jerry and Deena Koffler: Untourists of the Week again....

on Mon, 10/08/2012 - 09:46
Holland, Untour< Koffler

We couldn't resist.  After last weeks profile of Jerry and Deena we realized we didn't have room for any of the photos that they always come home with and post on Untours Cafe

So this Monday, we wanted to share with you their photos from Holland.  There's something for everybody, from stunning fields of flowers, to stunning glasses of beer, to a lovely shot of one of Leiden's canal with the old Fish Market Bridge at night, and the biggest bubble blower we've even seen!  No need to drive you can see, the natives favor bikes, to put it mildly.

And while we're speaking of places

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Italy, myth and reality

on Wed, 09/26/2012 - 11:36
Untourist and photographer Glenn McClure took this photo of a man while on an Italian Untour

Italy is so alive in American media. We are a culture obsessed with the Italians, whether in the reality of in-depth cooking and travel shows or the stereotypes of wildly gesticulating movie characters, sexy sirens, mafia dons or Italian mamas insisting we "mangia, mangia!" The name Tuscany is used to brand everything from furniture to processed foods to housing subdivisions. Where does the myth end and the reality begin?

While I dare not speak for the Italians, I would like to take a moment to further examine some of our flawed and romantic notions of Italy and Italians...

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Untourist of the Week: Wendell & Celia Rogers

on Mon, 09/24/2012 - 12:36
Amalfi, Umbria, Untours, Untourist of the Week

I have a theory that the Untour way of travel changes how you see things.  Pulled out of your routine and placed into a setting of beauty, with some friendly, knowledgeable people to set you out on the right foot, many of us find that this way of travel  is not just a good trip.  It engenders another way of seeing. 

Nothing makes us happier that knowing that, when we send people on Untours, they are often able to look at the place they visit through more appreciative eyes.