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Johana Thornton
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  • Lancaster County,PA
  • United States
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  • Rhonda Walter
  • John B. Green
  • Judy and John Zankowski
  • Joan and Bruce
  • Shirley Thornton
  • Marlene Hench
  • Idabelle and Bert Mills
  • Pete and Maggie Haggart
  • Jean and Fred Agneta
  • Eleanor - 'El'
  • Bill Kover
  • Powen Shiah

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What is your favorite place in Europe so far?
Where would you most like to go next?
Tell us about one of your favorite places to stay on an Untour. Do you have a favorite host? Apartment? Village?
We love Kandersteg . It's beauty is awesome and there are so many things to do in the area. Our favorite apartment was Luthi, but it is no longer available.

Also the Britschi Chalet is delightful and the Britschi's are tremendous hosts.
Do you have any special interests or hobbies that you follow when you travel?
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We stayed with Frau Ageter in Kandersteg. Her daughter Monica lived next door and we talked to her every day. One day we went up to Oschinensee and stopped for dessert at a restaurant up there. The waitress came and it was Monica. We started talking to her and she acted as if she had never seen us before in her life. Finally she said," I am Barbara you must think I am my sister Monica." We said,"Are you twins?" Barbara said,"No, we are triplets!!"
Which Untours have you already done?
Swiss Heartland (2), Swiss Oberland (2), Austria and Provence.
What advice would you give others considering an Untour?
Just do it! Once you take an Untour, you will never want to travel any other way.
What is your favorite Untour? (so far)
Swiss Oberland

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Venice April 8 - 22, 2009

We recently returned from two fantastic weeks on an Untour to one of the world's most amazing cities, Venice.

Arriving at 2:00 PM, we were met at the airport by Denny, a delightful person. As we walked to the water taxi, I asked Denny when the other Untourists would be arriving. She told us that we were the only ones this term. Needless to say we were very disappointed as we very much enjoy meeting our fellow travelers.

Our breath was taken away as our boat approached the… Continue

Posted on May 4, 2009 at 8:55pm

Comment Wall (16 comments)

At 10:17am on July 20, 2007, Powen Shiah said…
Triplets! Unbelievable. Thanks for adding your photos and for that great anecdote.

It's wonderful to have more folks here joining us at the Untours Cafe. If you happen to run into any problems, don't hesitate to send me a message!
At 11:20am on July 21, 2007, Marilee Taussig said…
Hey Johana,

Welcome. Your pictures are gorgeous. I like the one of the calf, but all of your Swiss ones are amazingly sharp. It must have been on one of those wonderful clear days. I remember someone describing the rare day with not a speck of haze as one where you could "reach out and prick your finger on the peaks of the Alps."
At 1:51pm on July 21, 2007, Johana Thornton said…
In May 2007 my husband and I did the Provence Untour and had a terrific time even though I was suffering terribly from hip pain. Five weeks ago I had a total hip replacement and am amazed at how well I am doing. Now I am biding my time until our next Untour back to the Swiss Oberland in 2008. With my new hip, I plan to do a lot of hiking.
At 2:37pm on July 21, 2007, Shirley Thornton said…
Hi! Loved your photos. We exchanged several e-mails a few years back and I see you're doing as many Untours as I am. Maybe more!!! I took a son and family on an Untour to Kandersteg last year. They loved it!
At 3:00pm on July 21, 2007, Johana Thornton said…
Hi Shirley,

Two people with the same last name should be friends!! My sister-in-law is Shirley Thornton also. Yes, I remember the emails several years ago. You gave me some helpful info, I really enjoy this new Untours Cafe. Isn't Kandersteg wonderful !! we are going back next year and taking friends who have never been to Europe.
At 8:20pm on July 21, 2007, Eleanor - 'El' said…
What a lovely way to end the day, and prepare for sleep. I looked at your photos, and they were so beautiful and pleasing to view. They filled me with calmness and peacefulness. Now, I'm ready to prepare for bed and enjoy a restful night.
Thanks for sharing them with us.
At 3:06am on July 23, 2007, Marlene Hench said…
Johana, another good place to stay is in Swiss Oberland in the town of Gwatt. It is very near the town of Thun and along the Thunersee. We stayed at the Bartlome apt which we highly recommend. Susi Bartlome is a real dear.
From Gwatt/Thun it is very easy to travel to anywhere in Switzerland. It's kinda in the middle of everything.
At 1:09pm on July 23, 2007, Marlene Hench said…
We like when we meet up with other Untourists too. Another place to try that this happens is South Tuscany at the Poggiarellino apartments. There are, I believe, 4 or 5 apts located together and we went to dinner a lot with others and shared our stories.
The other suggestion I have for this type of mingling is the Bavarian Castle. There are about 4 apts right in the castle and 2-3 on the castle grounds.
We have met some nice friends thru Untours that we keep in touch with still. Also I have met a very nice lady in St Louis who I have never met except on Idyllchat. She sent us a bunch of info before going to Switzerland and we have continued to email ever since.
Untourists are the best!
At 11:09am on July 24, 2007, Joan and Bruce said…
Hi Johana. I am enjoying your photos!
At 6:41pm on July 25, 2007, Joan and Bruce said…
Hi Johana: We have been going to Sachseln, Chalet Berit, every other year for 17 years. We enjoy it so much, that we are returning in June/July 2008--a little later than our usual time. This year was special, as we finally were able to meet Shirley Thornton (not your sister-in-law) for the first time, who I have corresponded with over the years. We do sneak over to the Oberland and walk there too! Untours is so special, and the Cafe adds yet another element.

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