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What is your favorite place in Europe so far?
Where would you most like to go next?
It would be a tough choice. We have been to several wonderful countries in Europe and probably would like to go back to them all. France, especially Paris will always be high on the list along with Tuscany and Rome.
Do you have any special interests or hobbies that you follow when you travel?
We enjoy walking on weekends and this certainly fits into our vacations as well. We have been to Europe many times now and our best adventures have been when we came across an unexpected situation or place while exploring on our own.
Which Untours have you already done?
Swiss Oberland, Paris, Rhine Valley
What advice would you give others considering an Untour?
Try it out, you will never want to take a planned tour again!
What is your favorite Untour? (so far)
Paris Untour

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Quebec: New Adventures in an Old but Wonderful City (Day 7)

It is our last full day in Quebec.  Still damp with on and off showers.  We head off to visit the Musee de la Civilisation which is in the Lower Old Town and is the most popular museum in Quebec City.  At present there is a temporary exhibit regarding the City of Rome.  While it sounds interesting, our focus here is to learn about Canada by viewing several of the permanent exhibits.  "People of Quebec....Then and Now", covers from the beginning of the fur trading colony to the movement for…


Posted on November 8, 2011 at 8:50pm — 1 Comment

QUEBEC: New Adventures in an Old but Wonderful City (Day 6)

Museums.........Since the beginning of the week, local forecasters had predicted that the last two days we would have in Quebec would be rainy.  They were correct!  With that thought in mind we had saved our museum passes for the inclement weather.  It was a short walk to the first museum and armed with umbrellas and our raincoats we headed down Rue St Jean.





Posted on October 30, 2011 at 8:52pm

Quebec: New Adventures in an Old but Wonderful City (Day 5)

Ile D' Orleans.......A bright sunny day and we have decided this would be a great day to visit Ile D' Orleans.  Situated about 3 miles down river from Quebec, the island is 20 1/2 miles long and 4 1/2 miles at it's widest point.  In 1970, the entire island was designated as a historical borough.  Eighteen (18) of the three thousand six hundred (3,600) buildings on the island are designated historical monuments.  It has retained it's culture and charm because until 1935, the only way one…


Posted on October 24, 2011 at 8:25pm — 1 Comment

Quebec: New Adventures in an Old but Wonderful City Day (Day 4)

Parc de la Chute-Montmorency        Today we are doing a group activity with our guide, Guy and the three other American couples we met on Sunday.  We are going to Montmorency Falls, about seven miles NE of Quebec.  We meet at the designated place and walk to the bus stop as we will be using the public transportation system to get there.  The weatherman has warned that there may be showers "on and off" showers today. We bring our umbrellas just in case.

It was an interesting bus ride…


Posted on October 12, 2011 at 4:02pm — 2 Comments

Quebec: New Adventures in an Old and New City (Day 3)

Another bright sunny morning and today we had planned to explore the Plains of Abraham , officially called Battlefields National Park.  It was Canada's first urban park. 

In order to get there ,this time we walked thru Porte St. Jean and found ourselves in Place D'Youville.






 Porte St. Jean in the city…


Posted on October 10, 2011 at 9:07am

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At 5:03pm on August 8, 2007, Bill Kover said…
We are going to Paris next Spring. If you have any suggestions, we're all ears.
At 6:16pm on August 8, 2007, Jean and Fred Agneta said…
Hi, don't forget to go to Switzerland!! Its our favorite Untours destination so far.
Welcome to the Untourscafe.
Jean and Fred
At 2:38am on August 9, 2007, Marlene Hench said…
Have fun on the Rhine. We'll be interested in hearing about it and seeing photos. This is one of our future destinations.
At 4:30pm on August 16, 2007, Marla Sloan said…
Hi, the unexpected is always the best. That is the way I had done Ireland. Just take the road that looks the best. Have found so many wonderful out of the way off the beaten path places.
At 7:19am on August 17, 2007, Jean and Fred Agneta said…
Have fun on your Rhine tour, nice photo of the two of you.
At 7:49pm on August 23, 2007, Jean McCall said…
Sorry I was late getting back to you. We had to buy a new computer and I thought the place where we bought it was installing my old info into the new one. Eveidently they did not.
I have been staring all over. If you did get a response from me I did that befoe it crashed.
You will enjoy the Rhine and St. Goar. We spent alot of time gong to places on the Rhine as that was fun and the transportation on the boats was part of the package.
I know the Christmas apartments, there was a wine shop near them on the river and the owner was really nice. We sent wine home.
I will be interestedt o hear about your trip when you return.
Jean McCall
At 1:39pm on August 24, 2008, Janice Westfall said…
Hi Norm and Barbara: How kind of you to welcome me to the "cafe"! Actually my husband and I have travelled all over the world..Europe, Asia, OZ, etc . We have never (and, frankly, would not have even contemplated ) gone on an "organized "tour. We have always made all of the arrangements ourselves. However, having looked at the untours website, and seen comments by people like yourselves, we think untours may suit us. This is because it would take some of the burden off me of planning the whole trip, while not "directing" us the whole time. Also, unlike many sites, it seems the travelers on untours, such as yourselves, are more compatible with our way of thinking and tyraveling. So, again, thank you so much for your note!
At 3:48pm on August 25, 2008, Janice Westfall said…
Hi Norm and Barbara: No problem..as I said, it was so kind of you to contact me. It really gave me a good feeling about the people at untours cafe =). We love Spain, not sure why it's my fave..a boyfriend dragged me there in 1970 when I was 19. Can you imagine?? I didn't want to go, but, obviously, fell in LOVE with it. I also love the Alps area, and France. I had the opportunity to bring groups of students to France a few times when I was teaching French in CA. I love hearing from you!! Thanks again. I guess I'd best have a look at your pages to see which untours you've done and get some advice. We signed up for a bus tour to Granada one time in Spain..to avoid driving, etc. I was ready to kill half the people on the bus before day's end!! haha
At 11:05am on September 1, 2008, Janice Westfall said…
Hi Barbara: Nice to hear from you!! I noticed you and Norm have a trip to Leiden coming up. That's the one my husband, Dominic , and I are currently interested in. I'm going to join the "Leiden" group also. This will be your first to Leiden right? I look forward to learning more about this destination from all of you.
At 4:04pm on October 10, 2011, Linda Paplinski said…
Barbara:  It is nice to have another travel friend. Yes, we have been to Spain.  We spent a month there last year.  We were on our own and not with Untours.  It is a marvelous country.  I'd be glad to answer any questions you might have. I have never gotten around to posting a blog and/or pictures about our trip, but hope to.  This year we went to Rome,Tuscany, and Florence.  I'd like to post something about that trip too, but somehow "life" keeps interferring.

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