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Joan and Bruce
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  • San Rafael, California
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Joan and Bruce's Friends

  • Arlene Collins
  • Nancy Gongloff
  • Blanche Blakeny
  • Bill and Marge Hill
  • Stefan Gretener
  • Carol Cavena
  • Linda Paplinski
  • Bob Young
  • Judy and John Zankowski
  • Johana Thornton
  • Ryder Doty
  • Shirley Thornton
  • Marlene Hench
  • francy
  • Lee Forstie

Joan and Bruce's Destinations


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What is your favorite place in Europe so far?
Tell us about one of your favorite places to stay on an Untour. Do you have a favorite host? Apartment? Village?
We treasure our visits to Chalet Berit in Sachseln. There are insufficient adjectives to describe the hospitality extended by the Greutert family.
Do you have any special interests or hobbies that you follow when you travel?
Always check out textile arts, quilting, embroidery wherever I go. Finally visited the quilt shop in Bern--in a cellar!
Which Untours have you already done?
Swiss Heartland, Castle, Austria.
What advice would you give others considering an Untour?
Don't procrastinate. Don't worry about the exchange rates. Don't overplan. Leave your electronic devices at home and feel the stress and worries melt away!
What is your favorite Untour? (so far)
Swiss Heartland

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Wildflowers From Magisalp Trail

There have been some discussions of wildflowers in the May/June time frame. Here is a photo taken in May from the trail down from Magisalp. I am in the process of making a small quilt, painting the scene on white background fabric, using the photo as a guide. So far, so good.

The flowers may appear to be dandelions, but they are what makes the cheese and schlag taste so good.

So, for any of you on the fence--make your reservations now! May in the Heartland or…


Posted on April 6, 2010 at 4:56pm

A Thimble-full of Memories

A Thimble-full of Memories

On our trips, we always save some “serendipity” days. These are unplanned days, often devoted to one of our special interests. In 2006, on a spring day in Sommersdorf, at the Castle,

I requested a visit to the Fingerhut Thimble Museum. Bruce, always up to satisfy my eclectic d adventures into the world of stitching, heads the Peugeot up the Autobahn to the town of Creglingen, off the Romantic Road. The museum is… Continue

Posted on January 27, 2010 at 1:30pm

Help from Cafe Experts

I am a Windows user. My "My Page" settings are not those shown in the Help section of the Cafe. This week I prepared a blog in Word, complete with photos and wrapped text. I discovered I could not copy and paste the blog into My Page blog window. I had to re-type the blog and only add one photo, as other added photos appeared at the top of the page, each in the left margin, leaving the text far below. Also, the editing tools in my "My Page" are limited.

Also, I am… Continue

Posted on June 25, 2009 at 9:24am — 5 Comments

Bern: The Rosegarten

Breezes chasing fleecy clouds, scattered showers between bright sunshine--what about a trip to Bern to visit the Rosegarten? If it rains, we could always explore the myriad of shops along the arcade, and duck into the webs of passageways. The Rosegarten is a destimation not to be missed by serious gardeners, those who love gardens, and especially those who love roses. It is a photographers dream location, as the view from the Rosegarten, overlooking… Continue

Posted on June 24, 2009 at 8:26pm — 1 Comment

Untourist SBB Friend Stefan Gretener Comes West!

As a matter of background old-timers recall that friendly,helpful SBB employees staffed rail stations along the Golden Pass line from Luzern to Interlaken. Untourists who lived in Sachseln were fortunate to have met Stefan Gretener and several other friendly SBB staff associates, including Barbara Blatter. We fondly remember their independently created “take-out coffee service”—enjoyed by early morning travelers, and their helpful ideas for… Continue

Posted on October 13, 2008 at 1:08pm — 4 Comments

Comment Wall (22 comments)

At 3:26pm on July 19, 2007, Marilee Taussig said…
HI, Joah,

love your words of advice! Welcome to the Cafe? Are you a photographer? or a journal writer?
At 10:41am on July 20, 2007, Powen Shiah said…
Hi Joan & Bruce! Great to see that you've joined our little club here at the Untours Cafe. I love what you've done with your page -- the colors are very sunny.
At 11:20am on July 20, 2007, Bill Kover said…
Welcome aboard! I just learned something from you...color changes can be made on the Cafe page!! But you have to tell me how you did it.
At 7:46am on July 22, 2007, Vance Roy said…
Hi Joan and Bruce! Have to tell you that we all went to a Red Sox game at Fenway Friday night. I wore my Tennessee shirt that you brought me, and four different people greeted me with "Go Vols" or "Rocky Top". Some of these New England Yanks do get the big picture!
At 12:15pm on July 24, 2007, Johana Thornton said…
Hi Joan and Bruce,
Thank you. Glad to have you as friends. Where are you from? When are you going back to Switzerland ? I am really enjoying this new Untours Cafe.But what else could you expect. Everything about Untours is the greatest.
At 6:58pm on July 25, 2007, Eleanor - 'El' said…
Yellow brightens one's outlook. Perhaps, it's due to the golden sun that warms our dear planet, and those upon it. Your spirits are uplifted, and you find yourself smiling more. See my smile. You brought that on with your yellow/gold trim web page.
Side Note: Three cheers for Albert and Berit. Hip, hip hooray! Hip, hip hooray! Hip, hip hooray!
At 7:08pm on July 25, 2007, Johana Thornton said…
Hi Joan and Bruce,

We stayed in Sachseln at the Britschgi Chalet on our first Untour. We loved Sachseln and the BRitschgi's. We will be going back to Kandersteg in Sept 2008n and will be taking friends who have never been to Europe before. Can hardly wait to show them around that gorgeous country.

Yoiu said that you go to the Oberland and hike some. Did you ever do the Lotchental or the Gasterntal? They are great places to hike.

I agree that Untours are wonderful and I really do enjoy this untours Cafe.
At 7:20pm on July 25, 2007, Jean and Fred Agneta said…
Loved the bright colors on your home page, boy does that brighten up our spirits!!!
Glad to be your friend. We love the Heartland also.
At 12:53pm on July 29, 2007, Shirley Thornton said…
The garlic festival was fun - garlic ice cream very tasty. California sure has plenty of food festivals. Maybe at the asparagus one they have asparagus ice cream. I can't believe I'm not having my Swiss fix this fall. 2008 is so far off!
At 1:37pm on August 7, 2007, Robert W. Miller said…
Hi, Joan & Bruce, I'm delighted to include you as Cafe Untour friends. We just got backfrom two weeks with Berit and Albert to find 289 e-mails backed up. Am still struggling to get order out of chaos. Bob

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