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Hal Taussig
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Jean and Fred Agneta left a comment for Hal Taussig
"Happy Birthday Hal, 86 years old, and still going strong!!! It was great to see you in Meiringen in September--- keep on travelling!!! Jean and Fred Agneta"
Nov 22, 2010
Judy Zerbe Kampmann left a comment for Hal Taussig
"Hi Hal, How did your September trip go? Was it a nice group of travelers? I plan to go Sept 1o and anxious to hear of your expierences, Judy"
Oct 31, 2009
Catherine Titus commented on Hal Taussig's blog post Celebrating Berit
"Berit truly was the "hostess with the mostest" in Switzerland. I met her in 2004 when I was there with Shirley Thornton. We had taken the boat and train from Meiringen to Sachseln and visited her, and the Roys -- all of whom were great and…"
Sep 14, 2009
Brian commented on Hal Taussig's blog post Celebrating Berit
"Thanks for posting this, Bill. Her humor does really come through."
Jun 12, 2009
Bill Kover commented on Hal Taussig's blog post Celebrating Berit
"Berit's last Christmas letter. All of our Christmas cards have long since been put away.....all except one, Berit and Albert's. It still sits on our shelf. I looked at it a few minutes ago, read it and laughed. There's a statement I…"
Jun 11, 2009
Bill Kover commented on Hal Taussig's blog post Celebrating Berit
"Friday, April 23, 2004. It was our second Swiss Heartland Untour. Albert had thought of driving us up into the mountains above the Sarnersee, but the roads were still closed. Driving west was out of the question because rain showers were coming. So…"
Jun 9, 2009
Bill Kover commented on Hal Taussig's blog post Celebrating Berit
"Wednesday, March 20, 2002, 6:05pm. Berit and Albert invited us over for a traditional raclette dinner. We were naive about Switzerland. We had never had raclette before. As a matter of fact, we never heard of raclette. So during the meal, Berit and…"
Jun 9, 2009
Marilee Taussig commented on Hal Taussig's blog post Celebrating Berit
"I have a memory of a dining car with Berit....we would often sneak off to do a hike in Ticino...same deal as with Dad (first train out, last train back) and I had a mild obsession with the deliciousness of a salad dressing they served on the dining…"
Jun 9, 2009

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Celebrating Berit

I am unable to celebrate Berit Greutert’s life with those who did so in Sarnen on Thursday

I consider her to be my very best friend—that’s counting all my 85 years. I want to honor her now with those of you who knew her and who also frequent the Untours Café.

Those of you who knew her can testify, Berit spread happiness in the wake of every path she walked, a happiness that was a profound version of fun. Berit and I had carloads of fun on day-trips together. I wish to… Continue

Posted on June 5, 2009 at 11:11am — 9 Comments

Biking on the Rhine

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I and Brian Taussig Lux, my nephew and the COO of Untours recently traveled together for ten days in Europe staying in two of our Untour locations: the Rhine and Vienna. The biking video featured here took place the very day after our arrival in the charming town of Kaub. We rented bikes from a hotel just steps away from our apartment. I knew that… Continue

Posted on June 5, 2008 at 4:04pm

"What comes first?"; duty as understood by an Alpine villager

One of the early Untourists to stay in Margrit's apartment was a certain Jim Cashman. Mr. Cashman, who, it happens, owned the Cadillac agency

in Reno, Nevada asked me what the family did to earn a living. I explained that

they had a number of sources of income but that the family saw themselves as

"farmers." They sold their cows' milk

(and cheese made from it); and sometimes they slaughtered a calf or a cow,

selling and eating the meat.

"How many cows do they… Continue

Posted on October 29, 2007 at 10:14am — 1 Comment

Margrit's role expands

So, Margrit, and about fifteen other landladies agreed to rent their properties to me for almost the entire 1976 tourist season

(late May to mid-September). I was over-confident about the prospect of finding

enough clients to fill these facilities; in fact found clients for only about

1/3 of the space reserved. Aware that I had not met my obligations, I went to

each apartment-owner agreeing to pay the full amount, but bargaining

(successful in all cases but one) for… Continue

Posted on October 22, 2007 at 10:48am

Margrit Winterberger: the beginning

I'd like to start a little mini-series of blog posts about our the Untours staff people you meet when you are on site in European countries. . Since I've recently returned from two weeks in Switzerland I begin by musing about our one full-time European colleague. We have about 55 part-time (full time equivalent 25) staff in Europe.

When I took the original six Untour guinea pigs to Meiringen, Switzerland in September, 1975, I stayed…


Posted on October 16, 2007 at 8:03am — 5 Comments

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At 6:53pm on June 22, 2007, Eleanor - 'El' said…
Have your ears been burning? We've been hearing a lot of comments about you. Don't worry, they've all been good ones. Although, we did hear about the neighbors complaining about a behavior you and I share. When we meet, I shall enlighten you as to what it is.
At 9:42pm on June 27, 2007, Robert W. Miller said…
All my pictures are in the Koday gallery. How do I send from there to get it on the Cafe?

At 9:44pm on June 27, 2007, Robert W. Miller said…
I hear that you are going to be on the TODAY SHOW and I defintely want to watch. Can you tell on what date and at what time?

Bob Miller
At 1:47pm on June 29, 2007, Jean and Fred Agneta said…
Hi Hal, I too second that comment--- when will you
be featured on the TODAY SHOW????
We'll send you some new batteries to keep you
running forever and ever!!!
Hugs, Jean and Fred
At 2:43pm on July 3, 2007, Robert W. Miller said…
Hal, I've gotten a fresh picture made and have it in my files. I've asked Powen for instructions on how to insert it in the Cafe Untours file.
At 4:40pm on July 5, 2007, Marlene Hench said…
Thank you for setting up Untours. Frank and I love it and promote it to everyone we meet.
Love the new site. Just started checking it out.
From one of your loyal photographers!
Marlene Hench
At 12:00pm on July 6, 2007, Jean and Fred Agneta said…
Loved the NBC show featuring YOU!!! Only one problem, it wasn't long enough. We need to see more of you, and the Foundation, have you checked your batteries lately?? they will keep you running for a long time. Jean and fred
At 9:41pm on July 6, 2007, Robert W. Miller said…
I've got an up to date picture but haven't yet figured out how to insert it. I tired but must have made a mistake in the procedure. If I can't do it on second try, I'll ask Powen for help.
At 2:16pm on July 10, 2007, Jean and Fred Agneta said…
Hi Hal, I did post that Funny Story you sent me,
about Lizabeth Von Moos. It is under discussions,
at the bottom of the page, under Soup to Nuts.
Hope this is what you wanted.
Jean and Fred
At 11:51am on July 11, 2007, Jean and Fred Agneta said…
Hal, I hope you will expand on the first time you took Untourists to Switzland 32 years ago. You started to tell the story, but had to run.
Hopefully you will continue your story.

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