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Started this discussion. Last reply by Marilee Taussig Aug 31, 2007.


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What is your favorite place in Europe so far?
Where would you most like to go next?
Alsace and Lorraine
Tell us about one of your favorite places to stay on an Untour. Do you have a favorite host? Apartment? Village?
We find that Meiringen meets all our needs and we return year after year. Our favorite apartment is Steinli although we have enjoyed others. The on site caretaker is a doll and the absentee landlords have become our friends. I can look out the living room window and see Reichenbach falls and the tip of the Wetterhorn. If it is glowing pink it will be a good day for the mountains
Do you have any special interests or hobbies that you follow when you travel?
Hiking is what we do
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It didn't start off funny as there were fierce floods two years ago which knocked off train and bus service to Meiringen. The road to our aparetment was blocked so we had to slog though ankle deep mud and climb over barricades to get to the station. Untours managed a bus to get us to where trains were running (Spietz). What turned out to be funny was that because of delays we barely made the plane and had no time to clean up or change clothes. Two muddier people have never been seen on Swiss Air.
Which Untours have you already done?
Swiss Heartland (over and over) and Provence
What advice would you give others considering an Untour?
Go for it
What is your favorite Untour? (so far)
Swiss Heartland

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Driving in France

Not too late for us, and I hope not for you. Trick one: When following signs, find a major place further than you want to go. For example if I were in Colmar and wanted to go to a small town betwen there and Strasbourg, I would follow signs to Strasbourg knowing that before I got there I would see a sign to turn off for the place I really want to go. Sounds obvious, but it wasn't until we learned. That is instead of trying to go by route number which we tend to do here in the States and they… Continue

Posted on January 22, 2010 at 2:09pm — 1 Comment

free phone card

When we were in Alsace recently we purchased a French phone card in case of emergency. We didn't have any, so the card is unused with all the 50 minutes remaining. Viviann said it was the best kind as it has an imbedded chip and doesn't require pin numbers. It expires Jan 1, 2010. We don't expect to be back in France before that so I am offering it to the first Untourist who asks with our blessing and best wishes. Email me direct at sjnncme@aol.com and it is yours. If you haven't ever used a… Continue

Posted on September 29, 2008 at 6:07am — 6 Comments


It may be my ineptitude in finding my way about the Untours Cafe, but I don't see much on Alsace. We just came back from a two week Alsace Untour and can recommend it highly. If you are going directly to Alsace you will be met in Strassbourg and excorted to your home as usual.Since we came from Switzerland we made our own way from Zurich to Basle and got our car in the French section of the shared airport. It was a breeze.

The Alsace Untour is less structured than the Hearland, more like… Continue

Posted on September 16, 2008 at 1:17pm — 2 Comments

Reed Organs

If reed (parlor or pump) organs don't interest you, you can stop reading now. But if they do, or you enjoy finding the biggest or best of anything, read on. We stumbled upon a wonferful bed and breakfast in Truro, Nova Scotia. The warm welcome, the comfortable rooms, the lovely garden and sun room along with a gourmet breakfast are enough to draw one, but the special attraction is the collection of reed organs the owner has assembled. There are over 100 of them, all in working order (except…


Posted on September 18, 2007 at 7:38am

A day trip to Gruyere

On the very last day of our recent two-weeker in Meiringen, our gear was all packed and the weather didn’t appear conducive to hiking, so we took the long train ride to Gruyere. You can start at Meiringen on the 8:39 local to Interlaken Ost. From there the connections at Zweisimmen and Montbovan are snappy so the trip passes quickly. The ride takes you from the steep,austere bluffs of our Hasli valley past Lake Thun…


Posted on September 1, 2007 at 2:09pm — 2 Comments

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At 10:24am on July 20, 2007, Powen Shiah said…
Hi! Glad you're on board with us here at the Untours Cafe. I really think it's so amazing that there are folks who Untour again and again to and basically have a second home in Europe.

Would love to hear some more stories, so if you're up to it, add some blog posts!
At 11:17am on July 21, 2007, Marilee Taussig said…

I just sent you a friend request....anyone who climbs through mud in Switzerland has a Untourist spirit. I would have been proud to sit next to you.
At 5:54pm on July 21, 2007, Jean and Fred Agneta said…
Hope to see you both on another Untours trip to
At 3:12am on July 23, 2007, Marlene Hench said…
I remember reading about those floods that year. We had been in Meiringen visiting the year before. We were actually staying in Gwatt near Thun. Frank's great grandmother's family was from Meiringen and I remember reading about how many floods that town had in those years ago and how the people had to rebuild their town..
At 6:05pm on September 9, 2007, Barbara Eslinger said…
Jerry and Sandy--So glad we could be a help--As the song goes "That's What (Untour) Friends are For". Bob and Barbara Eslinger
At 6:54am on April 21, 2011, Mary Ann Miller said…
Yes!  The McDonalds in Avignon did spell hamburger as "hamberger."  Glad you liked TWABV.
At 11:44am on December 18, 2012, Brian and Jan Cooley said…

Hi, Jerry and Sandy.  It's nice to hear from you.  Unfortunately, we'll arrive in CH on 8/28, so we'll miss you.  We hope to see you again soon.

Brian and Jan

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