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An Ode to Provence

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August 9, 2022 by Jonathan Coleman

I like wine. And when the cork on a bottle of wine is popped in Provence, it’s an occasion. The moment is made.  I also like to travel. New places, new friends, new tastes and smells. It brings my senses to the surface and makes my brain buzz with delight and curiosity.  Traveling to a place…  

Peggy’s Place: The Guggenheim in Venice

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March 21, 2022 by Andrea Szyper

Peggy Guggenheim was an American heiress and eccentric who made a name for herself by amassing one of the broadest and most important private collections of modern art in the world. Born and raised in New York, she moved to Europe and spent time with her first husband running in the bohemian circles of the…  

All About Cork, Ireland


March 14, 2022 by Andrea Szyper

Though it is Ireland’s second largest city, Cork is second to none. The locals fondly call it Ireland’s “real” capital. Cork’s city center is built on an island in the River Lee, and the two channels of the river that flank the city are spanned by twenty-two public bridges. Originally a monastic site founded in…  

Madrid in 16 Hours: 4 Good Things


February 15, 2022 by Andrea Szyper

When you can only manage to book 16 hours in a city like Madrid, is it worth it? And how to plan? On a recent trip to central Spain hosted by the Spanish Tourist Office, I asked to extend my trip. After all, it was my first time in Spain, and 3 days wasn’t nearly…  

Amber’s Italy: Venice, Florence, and Rome in photos.

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February 7, 2022 by Untours Staff

Italian cities offer something for everyone, and its three best-known cities are each so distinct. Amber Martin, our Italian Untour Director, has shared a few of her favorite city photos from her recent travels to Italy this past November. Those who follow us on Instagram may have enjoyed her takeover, with photos from all six…  

A Guide to Barcelona’s Oceanfront: La Barceloneta and Beyond

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January 26, 2022 by Untours Staff

With its newer buildings and open vistas, Barcelona’s oceanfront is an appealing area and a nice counterpoint to the touristed streets of the city’s oldest quarters. Guests on the Barcelona Untour have the time to explore the waterfront and enjoy a different view of this gorgeous Spanish city. Here’s a rundown of Barcelona’s seaside neighborhoods…  

Christmas Stars: An Appreciation and How-To


December 22, 2021 by Cathrinbaumbach

Have you ever wondered about the reasoning behind some of our holiday decorations? Why do we use red and green colors, or candy canes? Why do we adorn gifts with a bow? While some of these may seem arbitrary, most of them actually have a special meaning. Take stars. The Christmas star symbolizes the star…  

Parisian Passion: A First Impression

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December 14, 2021 by Special Guest

Our UnTours Foundation Co-CEO Jonathan Coleman recently returned from his first Untour trip, and his first time ever visiting Switzerland and France. Here he shares his first impression of Paris. I arrived in Paris on a train from Basel by way of Strasbourg. For the last leg of the trip, I had the bad luck…  

Three Kings Cake: A European Tradition for Epiphany

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December 8, 2021 by Untours Staff

Our colleague Anne in Provence has shared one of her favorite traditions with us, the galette des rois, a sweet enjoyed for Epiphany (just after the new year). The guest who finds the fève in his or her piece is thought to be lucky. Make your own! Here’s how. Almond Filling 1 cup almond flour 1/2…