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Our Untourist of the Week, Doris M! (her Untours Cafe moniker)

Alsace Andalusia Budapest Czech Rep. Czech Republic France Heartland Hungary Italy Prague Provence Spain Switzerland Ticino Tuscany Untourist of the Week Venice

July 30, 2012 by Mtaussig

This week’s Untourist of the Week, Doris Matick because of her lovely photos of Spain that you see in the slideshow below.  But when we asked her for her Untour impressions, she went all over the map. Which is not to say, she doesn’t love Spain.  Check out her wonderful blog post on UnTours Cafe,…  

Fran & Francy Douglas: a “Swiss Untour” dynasty

Heartland Oberland Switzerland

April 30, 2012 by Mtaussig

The Douglas Dynasty (l to r., Carey Breon, Francy Douglas-Breon, Fran &  Doug Douglas In place of our normal Untourist of the week profile, I’d like to introduce you to the heart and soul of the Swiss Untour program.  Francy Douglas (2nd from left, above) has worked here at UnTours for 20 years.  She is…  

Swiss German: a language? or a condition?

Heartland Switzerland

April 24, 2012 by Mtaussig

When UnTours was a fledgling company, we did some pretty goofy things.  One thing we did was assume that our American staff, (aka me, my Dad, and about 5 other family members or good friends) were the only ones who could manage the day-to-day overseas operations of an Untour.  In those days, we were only…  

How Swiss Cheese gets its taste

Cheeses Heartland Oberland Switzerland

April 18, 2012 by Mtaussig

First of all, “Swiss Cheese” is not really a kind of cheese in Switzerland.  What the outside world calls Swiss cheese is usually a close relative to what is known, in Switzerland, as Emmentaler cheese.  And it’s most distinctive quality is its holes. So, go on your Swiss Untour prepared with the knowledge that not…  

Untours Featured Property: Chalet Berit

Heartland Switzerland

April 12, 2012 by Nickfortunatus

Although UnTours are about so much more than the great apartments you stay in, we want to give you an idea of the types of apartments we have to help you make more informed decisions when choosing your Untour. So, each week, we’ll be featuring a property for you. Enjoy! Chalet BeritWhen I was in…  

Toasting, to your health, the Swiss way

Food and Drink Heartland Oberland Switzerland Wine

April 4, 2012 by Mtaussig

Today’s Culture Clue comes from the “who knew” section of cultural lore. We’re sure you’ve had a “who knew?” experience.  It’s when you’re in a new setting, and there’s a subtle rule difference from what you’re used to.  As long as you don’t know about it, you can remain reasonably blissful in your cluelessness. But…