1.”Tell us a little bit about your most recent Untour.”
Our most recent Untours trip was two weeks in Alsace last May/June. It was our fourth Untours, the others being Provence
, and Umbria
, in that order over the past few years. Each trip was two weeks. They were all marvelous. We selected Alsace
with a wee bit of apprehension because it didn’t appear to be one of the more popular ones. It might have been our favorite of all. We just had a wonderful time. We grew really fond of our host family, the Schneiders, Albert and Jean. The little town of Bergheim was really charming
and we would love to do it all again soon.
Albert came by several times during our stay in the Riesling apartment, and brought wine and fresh produce from his garden. Then one morning he asked if we would like to go with him to his farm nearby. It was a beautiful sunny morning and he hitched a wagon to the back of his tractor and arranged a couple of chairs in there and off we went. The route to his farm took us through the middle of Bergheim over cobblestone streets. The locals seemed to enjoy seeing us on the wagon and waved to us enthusiastically, and, of course, we returned those waves with friendly waves of our own. What a nice experience! We arrived at Albert’s farm which was actually a garden plot on which he grew vegetables. There were also several cherry trees which were hanging full with fruit. Upon arrival, Albert took a couple of ladders from the wagon and handed me a large plastic bucket for the cherries, and guided Carolyn over to the vegetable garden. While I picked cherries she was picking lettuce, carrots, and radishes. We were there for a couple of hours. It was so much fun! Only on Untours can one have this kind of experience! We shall never forget it.
When we returned home, Albert offered all our pickings to us. We were shocked! We thought we were helping him out since he is 80 years old, though still quite spry. We laughed so hard telling Albert we couldn’t possibly eat all those cherries. There must have been 15 or 20 pounds of them! He insisted on us taking some of them, and then the next day he came by to give us some cherry tarts and a cherry cake he had made. Then Albert and Jean invited us to their home to have breakfast with them the last morning of our visit. It was such a wonderful experience. Only on Untours!
Also, we enjoyed very much meeting the Untours representative, Elisha O’Callahan. She was very helpful to us and most gracious. We had lunch with her at a nice outdoor cafe in Bergheim the first day of our stay. At that time she gave us a number of tips on things to do that only insiders would know. She mentioned that the annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the largest U.S. military cemetery in Europe was on the Sunday after our arrival on Wednesday. She told us where it is located near the town of St. Avold. We drove the two hours on Sunday morning to arrive just 30 minutes prior to the ceremony. The U.S. Military Cemetery at Lorraine is beautifully situated and meticulously maintained. Without getting into too much detail, it was a wonderful, moving experience which we will never forget. Thanks Untours!
2. “What is your favorite Untours memory?”
There are wonderful memories of all our Untours, but the ones mentioned above may very well be at the top. Of course, also etched in our memories are the visits to the Pont du Gard in Provence, the Alhambra in Granada in Andalusia, and St. Francis of Assisi Church in Umbria. Thanks, Untours!
3. “How is taking an Untour different from other ways of travelling?”
My wife and I are retired U.S. foreign service officers who lived overseas and still love traveling more or less on our own. Untours is there at just the right times to assist where assistance is needed, and otherwise, we were on our own schedule, not someone else’s.
4. “If you could describe an Untour in just three words, what would they be?”
Untours is Unique.