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Foundation Fridays: One That Got Away!

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Untours Foundation

September 6, 2013 by Elizabethkillough

We receive lots of requests for support at the foundation. Most requests just aren’t green enough or don’t generate employment among vulnerable populations. And then there are those projects that we really do want to invest in, but they, too, don’t quite fit our model. One was a film called “Future Weather” by Jenny Deller….  


Mary & Bill Martin: Untourists of the Week

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Heartland Switzerland Untourist of the Week

June 4, 2013 by Mtaussig

1. Tell us a little bit about your most recent Untour. Mary and I love Switzerland and UnTours. Our most recent trip was in Aug/Sep 2010 to Hasliberg-Reuti in Switzerland. We spent 2 weeks at the Pollux apartment with its incredible views of the Wetterhorn mountain group, the Eiger, and our local village (Reuti). Shortly…  


Under the Tuscan Sun: the book and the movie

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Florence Italy Tuscany

February 20, 2013 by Mtaussig

Under the Tuscan Sun is well-known as a book and a movie. In our recent poll, readers rated Under the Tuscan Sun, the movie, as one they’d like to hear more about, so we will review both, Under the Tuscan Sun, the book and the movie.  Here are our observations: About the Book: 1.  The…  


Help build an awesome reading list: tell us your favorite travel book

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Trip planning

February 19, 2013 by Mtaussig

A while back we had a great UnTours Cafe discussion about books set in Untour locations. Here were some of your observations: “Reading books prior to a trip is a must for us. Jay tends to read non-fiction of the country…history, current political scene, statistics. Patricia tends to read either personal memoirs of present or…  


La Serenissima…the most serene

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Italy Venice

February 18, 2013 by Andic

This is the final of 6 posts in a series covering my 5 weeks in Greece, Istanbul and Italy. The other posts are linked at the bottom of this post. On a rather dreary Monday morning in early October I packed up the car, stopped for a coffee with a friend and then took my…  


Firenze, la bella

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Florence Italy Venice

January 29, 2013 by Andic

This is post number 5 of 6 in a series covering my 5 weeks in Greece, Istanbul and Italy. The other posts are linked at the bottom of this post. Florence has always been one of my favorite stops when in Italy, even before we had an Untour there, even before I started working at…  


Antoni Gaudi: learning to fly, because you can’t afford the shoes

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Barcelona Spain

July 9, 2012 by Mtaussig

A diagram of a  hyperboloidal vault, Gaudi’s genius, La Sagrada Familia and other things in Barcelona way over our heads Barcelona is a city unique in all the world for many reasons,  but it owes its celebrated singularity more to one man than any other single factor:  Antoni Gaudi. While originally classed as a Modernist, …