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What is Hygge?  Jan 21 Eurozine

We unpack this lovely Danish concept of comfort and coziness and offer some home inspiration from some of Untours' prettiest apartments in all parts of Europe. Plus, learn about how Untours is moving toward carbon neutrality, enjoy a glimpse of the Amalfi Coast, and meet the Untours Foundation's new investees.

The Food Issue  Dec 21 Eurozine

'Tis the season for good eating. We have inspiration for you from the kitchens and chalet restaurants of Switzerland. We explore the centuries-old culinary traditions of Greece as well. Our holiday recipe comes from Provence, a French twist on the Three Kings Recipe, an Epiphany tradition. Come hungry!

FOMO is Real  Sep 21 Eurozine

Stop pining and start planning! This month we share travel reports from Untourists in Greece, Germany, and Italy. What's travel like this year in Bavaria? Can you visit the ancient sites and museums of Greece? How are conditions in Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast. Our recent guests tell all.

Old World Greetings  Jun 21 Eurozine

The baron and baroness miss Americans and their New World friends from Untours, plus sketches of their Bavarian castle, Roman antiquity in Provence, and old world Irish military history in lovely Kinsale. Plus, the Untours Foundation looks forward to the future of travel. Read more.

France in the Flesh  Feb 21 Eurozine

We've stumped the censors with our promotions for the Post Impressionists in Provence! Read more about Cezanne, Van Gogh, and of course Matisse and his fleshy nudes. We visit with an art historian based in Provence to learn more ahead of her Zoom event. Plus the art of the Uffizi in Florence.

Holiday Essentials  Dec 20 Eurozine

We've got you covered for the holidays, with wine recommendations, gift ideas for the travelers in your life, and a fantastic soup recipe from Tuscany. We even have ideas for your charitable giving. So cozy up to the Eurozine this month for some fun suggestions for your table, conversation, and 2021 planning.

Think Outside the Turkey  Nov 20 Eurozine

As Thanksgiving approaches, we have some new ideas for you, since nothing is normal this year anyway. We've got inspiration from Spain for food, wine and color. Visit the Feria and listen to some Flamenco. Plus the Untours Foundation's Meet the Investee Series offers some inspiration for those battling breast cancer. Join us.

Portugal or Bust  Oct 20 Eurozine

Just ahead of our Virtual Weekend in Portugal, we dig into the culture and food of this fascinating country. Hear some Fado, learn the history of the custard pastry that is a local favorite, and take a visual spin through the charming old Lisbon neighborhood of Alfama. Plus check in with the Untours Foundation.

Endless Summer  Sep 20 Eurozine

In the days of pandemic adjustments like work at home and remote learning, it's hard to tell quite where summer ends. We enjoy an extended season, with tips on RV rentals, a recipe for semifreddo, the heat of Hungarian goulash, and the story of breezy style and the deep thinking behind a fashion brand. Pull up a beach chair.

Safe Travels & Lessons From the Road  Aug 20 Eurozine

A road trip in the region reminds us of the beauty of any and all travel, and apartment travel feels especially safe. A mask guide helps us chose wisely and support small business. We share 9 tips to help keep you safe in a vacation apartment during COVID-19. Plus news on flexible Untours planning options. Read more.

Your Home is Your Castle  Jul 20 Eurozine

Hunker down for a little European dreaming. We're keeping the homefires burning, but always with a foot in Europe. Enjoy some easy armchair travel to Prague's Castle District and King Ludwig's German gingerbread castles, plus a kitchen report on Italian cooking with kids. Join us from your throne for a taste of Europe.

Change is Good  Jun 20 Eurozine

We are tracking protests in the US and reporting on the Untours Foundation's work for racial equality. Plus we've got a video hike in Switzerland, a gnocchi recipe to share, and a heartwarming report from an Untourist who returned to Alsace, where he was stationed during WWII. Join us for some thoughful insights and good reading.

The Future of Travel  May 20 Eurozine

We have consulted with colleagues across Europe and peers across our industry to report on the future of travel in Europe. What will your next Untour look like? We have some educated guesses. Plus a museum report from Venice on Tintoretto's masterpiece, a moving Dutch memorial for US troops, and the Untours Foundation's work to help small businesses.

Now What?  Apr 20 Eurozine

COVID-19 and Coronavirus have us grounded! What is a traveler or a travel company to do? Our European staff is pivoting to update us on life in their locations during the pandemic and have updates from Holland and Switzerland. We've got 10 ideas to pass time while we're homebound. And an Untours Foundation investee makes some gorgeous masks!

100 Tiny Blessings  Mar 20 Eurozine

Our world is changing quickly in this new COVID-19 era. Our Florence Untours staffer Helen offers a personal account of daily life in the center of the outbreak. Peter Mullen shares a touching tale of his wife's reunion with the Swiss family who hosted her as a child. Plus Venice Carnevale pics and Untours Foundation updates.

A Celebration of European Color  Feb 20 Eurozine

We celebrate fun and exciting happenings in Europe, including Burns Night in Scotland (enter the Haggis) and a rundown of the events and annual celebrations in Europe for the year. Plus a professional photographer offers travel photography tips, and our Untours Foundation supports a company that upcycles flipflops into art.

Robots Will Not Replace Us  Jan 20 Eurozine

There are things that cannot be automated. In this issues we join man and dog on a truffle hunt, connect with our host in Porto, and celebrate the retirement of Margrit, who provided the human touch that fueled Swiss Untours for decades. Plus Elizabeth from the Untours Foundation discusses humans and climate change.

What are you bringing to the party?  Dec 19 Eurozine

No need to stumble over small talk or skirt politics at holiday parties when you can talk travel! Here's some fuel for conversation, including a report on the food scene in Ireland, a visit to Seville, the winner of the Untours photo contest, and Untours Foundation projects.

Art Rebels and Disruptors  Nov 19 Eurozine

What drew Cezanne and Van Gogh to the south of France and inspired their unconventional approach? Learn from one of our local experts. Plus, visit the art museums of Amsterdam and an art center that is fueling a community revitalization in the US. And Untourists submit masterpieces of their own.

A Deeper Read of Iberia  Oct 19 Eurozine

Where can you find the world's most beautiful bookshop? The best finger food and small plate dining? A historic melting pot of religions and cultures codified in gorgeous architectural heritage? We're headed to Spain and Portugal this month for the best of everything! Read along.

You Oughta Be in Pictures  Sep 19 Eurozine

Check out Untourists' travel photos and see favorite places through a difference lens: Family Switzerland, the ups and downs of Ireland, and quintessential Alsace, plus an active outdoor lunch with the Untours Foundation. Check out our pics from summer!

Dog Days of Summer  Aug 19 Eurozine

We're relaxing this month. Find a shady spot to lounge in, and read up on the cool breezes of the Danube, Cordoba's Patio Festival, the mellow charm of London's Kensington museums, and some details you may have missed in Switzerland. Read more!

Share Your Experience  Jul 19 Eurozine

Share your experiences and review your travels. Untourists chime in on their experiences in Provence and Greece. A recent guest lays out all of his day trips and road trips in Scotland. And the Untours Foundation unveils it new newsletter, the hal-mark! Read more!

On Overtourism  Jun 19 Eurozine

This month we discuss the elephant in the room, reflecting on Everest, Venice cruise ships, and how to travel better. We've got articles on alternatives in Florence, a lesser known German town we love, and a Swiss hike on the trail of a hermit hero, plus a cool option for college students. Read more!

The Art of Travel  May 19 Eurozine

Good travel is a science and an art, and engaging the right brain can turn a smooth trip into a sublime one. So can seeking out street art in London's Shoreditch area, visiting the Paul Klee Center in Bern, cooking in Provence, and wearing ethical jewerly from our foundation's latest investee. Read more!

More Than a Building  April 19 Eurozine

Notre Dame burned, and we all gather around to share memories of the scared Paris landmark. We also looked at favorite gathering spots like the markets of Rome and Parisian cafes, and we shared a locally-sourced, jarred salad with the foundation, and lifted a glass of Vinho Verde, Portugal's other favorite wine.

Our Favorite Things  March 19 Eurozine

We are celebrating life's pleasures! From a guide to your first spa day in Budapest to the lush gardens and fertile ponds of Monet's Giverny in France. Elizabeth makes kitty friends over High Tea in London and Tracy shares her Tuscan favorites, dishing on seasonal food, the Palio, and her favorite towns and day trips. Join us!

There's More to the Story  February 19 Eurozine

Understanding context and nuance is what separates tourists from travelers. In this issue we look at the complexity of the British Museum, the overlooked germ of St. Goar, the evolution of important travel trendsm, and the developing story of racial boas in lending.

Resolutions to Travel More  January 19 Eurozine

Improve your body and mind. Skip the gym and plan a trip instead. We can fill you in on the clean air of Montserrat, the charms of Spiez, the hidden gems in London, and some learning opportunities in Vienna. And we'll tell you more about Mister Rogers!

The Food Issue  December 18 Eurozine

Recipes for a nut cookie with roots in Italy's Jewish history and a chevre tart from the canals of Burgundy, plus a beginner's guide to Port, meet the guy who helped invent cookie dough ice cream, and read about sustainable food and shopping small!

The Wheel of Time Spins  November 18 Eurozine

In our family travel issue, we visit the Highland Games with our guests and their bagpiper nephew. We check out London for all ages and get some smart tips on family travel with Swiss rail. And we join the UnGala for a stylish night of ethical fashion. Join us.

Europe for the Win  October 18 Eurozine

In travel you win some and lose some. Atitude is everything. Meet our Shy David and our clever photo contest winners, visit Tuscany's prettiest towns, catch some winning Swiss views, and meet the little food co-op that could. Plus new apartments and more.

What did YOU do for vacation?  September 18 Eurozine

Wine tasting in Provence. Touring museums and concert halls in Vienna. Hanging with friends in Ireland, exploring London, climbing volcanoes in Iceland... Untourists check in from far and wide with their reports, reviews, and some fabulous Photo Contest entries!

The City is Yours  August 18 Eurozine

Summer can be a great time to explore the cities of Europe! We've got you covered, with our museum guide for Amsterdam, an update on the London skyline, a Lisbon neighborhood guide, and cool free things to do in Vienna. Let's go!

Switzerland and the Myth of Neutrality  July 18 Eurozine

Switzerland stands for so much, like rail travel, natural beauty, and ecology. Read about Einstein in Bern, family rail adventures, hiking Engelberg, and the magic of the Swiss Travel System. Drool over an Untourist's Oberland pics. Join us!

Why do you want to go there?  June 2018 Eurozine

Portugal is where we want to be. Read about why we chose it, and what motivates us. Get to know Sintra and Central Portugal. Learn about the pleasures of Porto and the northern region of Portugal. We'll share lots of reasons!

We're Your Friends IRL  May 2018 Eurozine

Don't let the technology fool you. We're your friends In Real Life. Here's an update on social media that we hope will help us connect in a fun and real way. Updates on Facebook, a tutorial for using Instagram, a link for new apartments, and more. Take a look!

Something Old, Something New...  April 2018 Eurozine

...something borrowed, something blue. The Etruscans, two spots in Portugal, a better laundry service (by way of the Untours Foundation, and a boat ride on Lake Lucerne in Switzerland. We've got a little something something. ;)

Going to Town  March 2018 Eurozine

We're giving it our all this month. Going to town to bring you the best of Parisian cafe life, museums in Leiden, and a rundown on Edinburgh's Old Town. And the Untours Foundation's investments are helping town and country. Feed your curiosity. Join us!

European Passion Report  February 2018 Eurozine

We are celebrating passion in all its forms: passion for people, places, and things. We're passionate about soccer, contemporary art, single malt scotch, and travel, of course. Read all about it, and share our 10 Most Romantic Places in Europe with someone you love.

Travel Planning is Optimism  January 2018 Eurozine

It takes a special kind of optimism to plan a trip. Let's shake off the bad weather and news and think about a brighter tomorrow! Read about golfing in St. Andrews, cafes in Vienna, our favorite hikes in Switzerland, a then start putting together your 2018 travel plan!

Better Together  December 2017 Eurozine

Let's embrace our differences, join together, and connect. Read about an Untourist's search for her grandma's childhood home in Paris. And the Choykas' cooking class with friends in Tuscany. Also, Dee and Scott's Rhine cruise report. Plus our thoughtful gift guide and a killer gnocchi recipe!

What's Trending  November 2017 Eurozine

Get a jump on 2018 plans, as demand for Europe will be higher in 2018. Check out which Untours are trending. Plus the best apps and websites for London, Switzerland's best castles, and our new apartments in Paris. And combine destinations on a sampler.

Wine and Food  October 2017 Eurozine

Get the low down on Austrian wines and wine bars. Snack your way through Paris with our list of brilliantly local alternatives to restaurants. Discover Vegan eats and civic-minded treats in vibrant London. Cook, taste, and sip your way through Tuscany and Provence on a Wine and Food Untour.

Sumer Vacation Report  September 2017 Eurozine

What did you do on your summer vacation? Our guests report on trip to the regatta in Venice and the charming villages of Provence. You should see their photos! Brian reports on the Whisky Road in Scotland and shares some new developments. And Elizabeth celebrates her birthday in London.

To Switzerland  August 2017 Eurozine

Join us for some of the best rail trips in Switzerland, as we climb Alpine peaks and glide through some of central Switzerland's most gorgeous villages. Learn about a Swiss marvel of engineering. And how did Elizabeth make it two week on the Swiss Untour without her luggage? Read to find out.

If It's Not Scottish...  July 2017 Eurozine

Read impressions of Scotland and our Central Scotland Untour from our first guests. They have some valuable tips and apartment suggestions. Or read about Inverness and the Isle of Skye, places you can explore on our Scottish Highlands Untour. An Untours Foundation Board member even gets in on the action with her own travel report.

The Green Travel Guide  June 2017 Eurozine

Climate change is real and our travels have an impact. Explore the idea of traveling light with the Untours Green Guide to Travel. Visit green, pristine Switzerland. Meet a zero-waste apparel company. Learn what Untours is doing. Read more.

Let a Museum Be Your Anchor  May 2017 Eurozine

We love museums as a window into a culture and what it values. Get a Modern Art lesson at the Kunstmuseum in Basel. Discover whimsical musical treasures at Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Cabinet on the German Rhine. Seek sanctuary at L'Orangerie in Paris. Gallery hop in Chester. Read more.

Untours Travel News  April 2017 Untours Quarterly

A new Untour planned for the Scottish Highlands! Volunteer trips in Thailand, Belize, Costa Rica, Peru and South Africa. New Untours apartments in Holland, Florence and London. Happy 25th birthday to the Untours Foundation. Read all about it!

Best of Town and Country  March 2017 Eurozine

We're a little bit country and a little bit rock 'n roll, and so are many of our Untours. Visit Strasbourg with its quaint historic quarter and bustling city life. Enjoy city centers and easy access to rural scenery in Salzburg and Nafplio. See a new side of Lancaster. Read more.

Four Reasons to be Happy  February 2017 Eurozine

Cheer up! It's not so bad. There are still Tuscan sunflower fields and antiques markets in Provence to explore. Check our our gorgeous photos of both, plus our 20 best views in Europe! Also, The Untours Foundation is funding a company that offers jobs to resettled refugees. Read more.

Untours Travel News  January 2017 Untours Quarterly

We have added a family fun week in Ireland. We have a new apartment in Scotland. Our Samplers let you combine locations and offer transfers or a discount. Iceland? Cuba? We have exciting new options for both in our Ventures portfolio. Tuscany is trending, but we still have openings there and elsewhere.

Plan some family bonding in Europe  December 2016 Eurozine

Share Europe with the people you love. Multigenerational travel is perfect on an Untour. Read about Cathrin's trip to Germany with her daughter, explore ideas for Alsace, and discover the many Untours where kids stay for free. Also, check out what the Untours Foundation has funded this past year.

Post-Election Reflections from Europe  November 2016 Eurozine

I share my thoughts and experiences of traveling in Europe in the week after the 2016 US presidential election, with a report from Scotland and France. Also, read personal accounts of Father Tom's soulful sojourn in Paris and Harriet's memories of the Florence floods. It's about to get real. Read on.

Share Your Travel Experiences  October 2016 Eurozine

Share your travel experiences! You don't need to post selfies to share your experiences. Find your own medium. Like Edmond's gorgeous photos of a wine tasting at an Untours farm in Tuscany. Or Rachel's tips and pictures from Oktoberfest in Germany. Join us on Instagram to see our photos. Or share the wealth like the Untours Foundation does.

Travel Better with People Power  September 2016 Eurozine

People offer the best solutions when you travel, adding warmth, color and experience your smart phone apps cannot replicate. Meet our Untours staffers in Prague and Provence, castle hop with our friend in Scotland, and learn about a woman who is using Untours Foundation support to support a smart solution for fellow breast cancer survivors.

Check Out Our New Do & Old Favorites  August 2016 Eurozine

Meet our new logo, and read the back story of its design and meaning. Read Father Tom's Paris Journal; he was the Untours Giveaway winner. Read about our favorite food and drink in Venice, and meet a delicious Untours Foundation investee, a project that recycles kitchen scraps into compost that supports local agriculture.

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