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What is your favorite place in Europe so far?
Italy . . . though the Alsace region of France is a strong contender
Where would you most like to go next?
We're considering several, including Prague-Budapest-Vienna . . . northern Tuscany . . . or a rental on the Amalfi coast
Tell us about one of your favorite places to stay on an Untour. Do you have a favorite host? Apartment? Village?
We were near the hill town of Trevi, on a marvelous olive farm, "i Mandorli," owned and worked by the Zappeli family since the 1700's
Do you have any special interests or hobbies that you follow when you travel?
I've made pen & ink sketches, adding watercolor, of memorable places during all of our Untours thus far . . . some of these are shown on these pages
When you upload photos to Untours Cafe, you are also giving Untours permission to use the photos in their promotional material (with credit to you)
In a tiny alpine village of stone houses and shops high above Locarno, Switzerland (Ticino Untour), I came upon a street vendor of cheeses. Trying a couple samples, one in particular was just incredibly good. I just had to know the name of this cheese! Expecting a specific type or variety I asked the vendor In my rudimentary Italian, and he answered: "Swiss cheese." Oh. Guess I'll never know what it was, but I bought some, plus some crusty bread, for Sally and me to savor on the bus ride down the mountain . . .
Which Untours have you already done?
Ticino, in southern Switzerland (Locarno) . . . southern Tuscany (Torrenieri) . . . Austria (Kuchl) . . . Umbria (near Spoleto) . . . and in '08 Leiden, Holland . . . and Beblenheim, Alsace, France
What advice would you give others considering an Untour?
First, as the Nike ad says, "Just Do It." One way to look at it is, Adventure Travel With Training Wheels. You're as alone or as social as you wish to be, but there's always backup & problem solving by the terrific (I mean, REALLY terrific) Untours site managers.

Once you;ve chosen any Untour, As Doris M. recommends, read up on the country / region. And I definitely agree with her advice to learn at least a bit of the local language. Consider buying the very good "Pimsleur Method" cassette language-learning tapes, by Simon & Schuster --- we began learning Italian that way, and the fact that we were trying to speak their language delighted (most) of the Italians we encountered.
What is your favorite Untour? (so far)
Umbria and Alsace are tied!

About my travel sketches . . .

The photo of Sally & me was taken by our (non-Untour) hosts, Signor e Signorina Della Pane, outside their home overlooking a quiet garden just a block or two from the Spanish Steps in Rome. Moments later they were serving a perfect breakfast in their perfect dining room. We hope to go back again to explore this truly magnificent city.

About my photos: Everywhere we have traveled, on Untours or on our own, I've spent happy hours observing, sketching (and then, for years afterward remembering) land, sea and townscapes. I first draw using Faber Castell pens (brick red and black), then add watercolor washes from a tiny Winsor Newton travel kit. I hope you enjoy my travel sketches.

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New sketches on my Café page

In the months since our 2008 Untours in Leiden, Holland and the tiny Alsatian village of Beblenheim, I have been sketching along the California central coast near our home in Morro Bay. Just up the coast highway is Cambria, where I go out with the "Wednesday Irregulars," a great group of artists who paint in the "plein air" tradition. This is a fancy way of saying that we paint outdoors, beginning and completing our work in a couple of hours -- then gathering for the world's least threatening… Continue

Posted on May 30, 2009 at 4:57pm — 3 Comments

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At 7:40pm on July 26, 2007, Marilee Taussig said…
Yippee, Bob has joined the party.

Everybody else is uploading pictures....can you upload of few of your wonderful sketches. We could get a whole artists collective going...if you start it off.

I am going to send you a friend request. (We recommend that you only say yes to friend requests from folks you know, so we like to give you a heads up its. coming.)

Great to see you!

Marilee
At 3:31pm on July 27, 2007, Judy and John Zankowski said…
Hi Bob:

To my new friend....thanks for accepting my invitation. I don't "know" any one yet, but look forward to sharing lots of good stuff!

Your sketches are fantastic!

Judy
At 3:16pm on July 28, 2007, Tom Keyes said…
Well done - artybob!!!
I really like & enjoy your work. 1st look was poppies, & I mistook it for some "playing" in PS. All very nice!
At 3:18pm on July 28, 2007, Pete and Maggie Haggart said…
HI Bob - your art work is very nice - perhaps Untours should commission some work from you for their web site and printed materials. I met someone from your area on an Untour - lives in Cambria - also have a relative that has a place in Cambria. Anyway, welcome to the group - and happy traveling
At 10:07pm on July 28, 2007, Marlene Hench said…
Bob, Your sketches are awesome. Thank you so much for sharing them with us. It is great to see the sights thru your eyes and hands!
At 1:06pm on July 29, 2007, Tom Keyes said…
Hi again!
You're right on. One of these years I'll learn how to use the program! Spending a lot of time in a wet darkroom makes it aa lot easier - also nice to see results NOW!
At 2:33pm on July 29, 2007, Marlene Hench said…
Mendocino is one of our favorite local haunts. We make at least one trip out there each year. We have stayed at the Seafoam Lodge in Little River for the past 38 yrs.
At 10:01am on July 31, 2007, Joanne said…
I added a comment the other day, but I don't think it took so I will try again -- your sketches are wonderful -- that is a great idea to add sketches instead of photos -- I dabble in watercolor -- :0)
At 6:38am on August 2, 2007, Joanne said…
thanks for the comments on my poppy field painting -- that is a good idea about the greens, I never thought about that -- I am still pretty new to painting --
At 7:20pm on August 3, 2007, Doris M said…
Thanks for inviting me to your friends' list! Your delightful sketches remind me of Untours when it was very new and everything was sketched - little Idyll villages and apartments - it was wonderful to visualize these tiny towns from the simple line sketches. Yours do this for me too and I'm so happy you're putting them on the Cafe site. Umbria is definitely on my 'want to go' list and I'm happy to hear it's your favorite.

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