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What is your favorite place in Europe so far?
All the Untours places we've been!
Where would you most like to go next?
Provence, Alsace, Greece, Croatia... everywhere there's an Untours apartment!
Tell us about one of your favorite places to stay on an Untour. Do you have a favorite host? Apartment? Village?
All of them!
Do you have any special interests or hobbies that you follow when you travel?
Photography is my love. I always wished I could paint then I discovered I could use my camera as my paintbrush.
I also enjoy writing but don't seem to have enough time for it.
Which Untours have you already done?
Swiss Oberland; Tuscany South; Rome; Bavarian Castle; Paris; Austria. SwissOberland Badge
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What advice would you give others considering an Untour?
1st: Expect to live like the locals not a "guest" in a 5 star hotel.
2nd: Be friendly. Try to get to know the locals. They respond back in extraordinary ways.
3rd: Do some pre-trip planning. Know what there is to do and see and have some type of game plan with choices, but leave lots of space for spontaneous experiences.
4th: Take pictures. It's hard to remember a trip a few years down the road without visual stimulus.
5th: Make your own fun, don't wait for others to create it for you!!
What is your favorite Untour? (so far)
Hard to choose. Loved them all.

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Austrian Untour - Arrival in Kuchl

Since September, life has kept me a bit busy and unable to contribute much to the Café. I’m sorry for my absence. It was not because of lack of interest believe me.

This is the first of my blogs about our trip to Salzburg in September 2008. Although this chapter will seem more like a triplog, subsequent chapters will probably follow my usual pattern of telling of destinations in Austria to visit instead.


Tues, Sept 9 to Wed, Sept… Continue

Posted on April 16, 2009 at 8:53pm — 11 Comments

Discovering America’s Cultures (A Weekend in New Orleans)

Frank and I love to travel and whenever we have an opportunity to explore another area of “Hometown” America we take it whether it’s for a couple weeks or just a weekend. In the past few years we have had the opportunity to travel to Europe and learn about other countries’ cultures; but right here in the States, we can find a different culture in each state.

In October we had the chance to go to New Orleans, correctly pronounced I’m told as “Naw’lins”. I have always wanted to go… Continue

Posted on November 17, 2008 at 1:57am — 6 Comments



Frank and I decided to do the Bavarian Castle Untour in 2005 and we were delighted with it. I think every little girl has dreamed of living in a castle and I was no exception. My dream came true at Schloss Sommersdorf. We stayed in the…


Posted on February 1, 2008 at 9:17pm — 7 Comments

UNTOURING TUSCANY SOUTH – a planning guide

Untouring Tuscany South - a Planning Guide:

Winter is planning time for our Untour trips. Since people have been asking me questions about what there is to see and do while on a Tuscany South Untour, I…


Posted on February 1, 2008 at 5:01am — 11 Comments

Poggiarellino Wine In California

I think the world or at least the West Coast has discovered Ludivico and Ana Ginotti’s wines. After returning from our Tuscany South Untour in 2005 where we stayed at the Ginotti Farm/Vineyard/Winery, we found that a local distributor in San Francisco occasionally imported some of their Rosso and Brunello wines. Of course, we had to have a couple bottles. Last year we were…


Posted on December 12, 2007 at 5:14pm — 1 Comment

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At 5:12pm on July 5, 2007, Vance Roy said…
Greetings Marlene. You will find this a lot of fun!
At 5:14pm on July 5, 2007, Powen Shiah said…
I did receive the photo CD, and I had a wonderful time re-living the memories when I saw all your beautiful pictures. Thank you again for sending them!
At 6:07pm on July 5, 2007, Eleanor - 'El' said…
I'll have to check with the other "half" to learn if we have a copy of "Streetwise Map of Paris." We might not, but have something equivalent to it because we like to have street maps of the area in which we visit. In fact, we have made it a point to purchase the 21 Hagstrom County Street Maps for all of NJ. They are arranged alphabetically in a clear plastic box that's kept in our car. When we run into a detour or an accident or whatever, I reach back and pull out the appropriate map. When we travel, we use a map to locate our accommodations and local restaurants. In this way, when we're ready to eat, we have an idea of the location of a nearby restaurant. It saves us a lot of time and heartache.
At 5:41am on July 6, 2007, Bill Kover said…
We will be staying at the Petit Carreaux apartment, right next to the Rue Montorgueil. So I may be picking your brain for the next 8-9 months.
At 8:12am on July 6, 2007, Eleanor - 'El' said…
My husband showed me your response to his inquiry. We immediately printed the message and added it to our Paris Folder. The flat we have on hold is located very close to rue Montorgueil, so the "Au Pied de Cochon" restaurant caught our attention. We love French onion soup. Thanks for your recommendation.
We thoroughly understand the "Jet Lag" experience. After our last European month-long trip to Switzerland, we found ourselves going to bed early and arising around 3:00AM. It took us at least a week before we were back to the USA's time schedule. It seemed that we were waking at least an hour later each morning. However, by awakening and getting a head start on the day, made us feel good. There were pleasures in watching the sun rise and listening to the birds' songs as they awoke, as well.
At 11:51am on July 6, 2007, Jean and Fred Agneta said…
Can't wait to see your Paris photos, keep them coming, Jean an fred
At 8:30am on July 10, 2007, Eleanor - 'El' said…
Thanks for the "pat on the back."
This past fall, I learned even more about the importance of swimming. After my mule ride "incident" last summer at Yosemite, atrophy kicked-in due to my spending a month in the wheelchair at home. When I first got back into the pool that November 1st, my left leg, especially, was so weak I couldn't even use it to do some of my personal water therapy. I swam and allowed the leg to drag in the water. Gradually, some strength returned, and once again I'm able to to a routine of exercises for the first ten laps. Then I continue swimming laps for the rest of the hour. If I complete 64-70 laps total, I'm happy. Swimming has enabled me to continue to do a variety of activities, as well as travel. This is why I highly recommend water activity. It's good for you!
At 7:13pm on July 10, 2007, Pete and Maggie Haggart said…
Thanks for your note - we loved Paris - hope you did too!

At 6:01am on July 11, 2007, Eleanor - 'El' said…
Yes, you're correct when you say that the full leg brace, the crutches and the wheelchair are a "dead give-a-way" that I'm handicap. However, a few years ago, we learned that it would be a good idea to have a handicap placard, too. We were visiting my cousin in Mont Tremblant, Québec, Canada and drove to the Village. We parked the van in an appropriate Handicap Parking spot. Later when we returned to drop off some packages, we saw our equivalent of a "Meter Maid" standing in front of our vehicle. My cousin asked if there was a problem. She said that our vehicle was parked in a spot for the Handicap, and we had no placard. Her face turned slightly red when he pointed to the license plate. It had the Handicap icon in front of the letters & numbers. After we returned home, I followed the procedures to obtain a placard. Now, when we travel I place it in my crutch bag just in case. However, I might not have thought to pack it for our trip to Paris. Thanks for the suggestion.
At 6:14am on July 11, 2007, Eleanor - 'El' said…
Comments about your "What advice would you give others considering an Untour? comments: Wow! I couldn't have said it any better. You hit the "nail on the head," especially when you say to do some pre-trip planning. By the time you return to your place at the close of the day, you're too tired to sit down and begin to read through the materials to decide what to do the next day. You have to be flexible because the unexpected may occur, so you need to be willing to alter those plans. Also, remember: A warm smile works wonders!

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