Untourists of the Week: Kurt & Jean Struckmeyer

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Kurt and Jean Struckmeyer have been on five Untours. (Alsace, Quebec AndalusiaHolland, Tuscany).  Four of their five Untours have been with their very good friends, the McKinneys. 

Tell us a little bit about your Québec Tour.

Our Québec Untour in 2009 was one of our favorites. We traveled with our good friends, Jill and Scott McKinney and stayed in a wonderful apartment on Rue St. Paul near the Marché, the farmer’s market. We were fortunate to be there during the Festival of New France, so we experienced people dressed in period costumes, craft demonstrations in the Place Royale, and musical concerts on the streets of the Lower Town. The Old City is extremely walkable, but when you need a ride, the “free” electric trams take you where you want to go. The city is full of museums and historical sites plus wonderful food and friendly people.

What is your favorite Untours memory in Québec?

It is hard to pick one, but we really enjoyed the interactive play in the Tour Martello 2 in the large park known as the Plains of Abraham. The old military tower was transformed into an 18th century pub where we re-enacted in a humorous way the trial of a British soldier who had attacked a civilian following the British conquest of the town. Audience members were assigned parts in the play and we were able to sample a variety of beers.

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

We find it much more relaxing. We are able to set our own pace and visit the places and sites that interest us. And there is always an Untours site person that can provide info and help when needed. Our Québec contact, Guy, was a tremendous asset.

If you could describe an Untour in just three words, what would they be?

Relaxed, Enlightening, and Adventurous.

Do you, like the Struckmeyers,  have a “travel” friend(s) you like to take Untours with? 

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