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Mary Lou Grier
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What is your favorite place in Europe so far?
Where would you most like to go next?
Back to Buonconvento!
Tell us about one of your favorite places to stay on an Untour. Do you have a favorite host? Apartment? Village?
My favorite village is Buonconvento and the beautiful Poggio alle
Rose 1 apartment and host Elisabetta.
Do you have any special interests or hobbies that you follow when you travel?
Nothing is more special than the Italian people, food and wine!
Which Untours have you already done?
Tuscany South - 8 years in a row so far, number 9 coming up this May, plus Tuscany North and Provence.I
What advice would you give others considering an Untour?
Don't miss the opportunity!
What is your favorite Untour? (so far)
Tuscany South

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Remembering Thomas Jefferson

href="http://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/2539634947?profile=original">Celebrating Thomas Jefferson.JPGJuly 4th was spent remembering Thomas Jefferson, our 3rd President - who died on July 4th, the same day as John

Adams. Jefferson was a fanatic in support of liberty and, at the age of 33 and member of the Continental Congress,

he drafted the Declaration of Independence. In 1800, the year before he became President, he wrote in a private

letter, "I have sworn… Continue

Posted on July 5, 2008 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Latest News About Brunello Wine

Back at the end of 2007, I wrote a blog with the details of making Brunello di Montalcino and its "cousin", Rosso di Brunello, when they could be marketed, etc. While the wine has been the major industry of Montalcino

and a source of local pride, it is now a source of embarrassment since late last year a prosecutor has been

investigating whether some of the major producers of the wine have been violating the laws that determine whether

or not their product can bear the name… Continue

Posted on June 21, 2008 at 5:47pm


Today's Wall Street Journal Online has an article that could negatively impact Untourists! Beginning May 5th,

United and US Airways will only allow ONE checked baggage per traveller! A 2nd checked bag will cost $50

per round trip. Virgin Atlantic will also only allow one checked bag.

American, Continental, Delta, Northwest, and Southwest will continue to allow 2 checked bags, at least for the

foreseeable future.

A third bag or one that is oversize or… Continue

Posted on March 11, 2008 at 7:32am — 1 Comment


As a lover of all things Italiano, I've been reading a good many books lately about Italy. All have been fiction until now, and I'll tell you about them in a later blog.

But now I have found Ferenc Mate, a writer by profession, and his wife, Candace, an artist who paints mainly in oils. Most of Mate's books have been about boats, sailing and boat-building but he has now written two books'

about Tuscany - and they are outstanding.

Both are true stories about their move… Continue

Posted on March 3, 2008 at 9:23pm — 5 Comments

BRUNELLESCHI'S DOME The landscape of Florence is dominated by the magnificent dome of the Duomo, Santa Maria del Fiore, whose foundation stone was laid in 1296 and took 140 years to construct. In tho…


The landscape of Florence is dominated by the magnificent dome of the Duomo, Santa Maria del Fiore, whose foundation stone was laid in 1296 and took 140 years to construct. In those days, the economy of Florence was based on agriculture and its products and its wealth was concentrated in members of guilds, mainly those of wool, silk and goldsmiths. They were determined to build a cathedral that would be one of its kind in all the world.

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Posted on February 3, 2008 at 1:37pm — 2 Comments

Comment Wall (43 comments)

At 9:37am on July 20, 2007, Mary Lou Grier said…
This is my grandson, Jon Grier, at his high school
graduation party June 2nd. He enlisted in the Texas Army National Guard and is now at boot camp at
Lackland AFB in San Antonio.
At 10:15am on July 20, 2007, Powen Shiah said…
Hi Mary Lou! It's great to see you here with us at the Untours Cafe! We need more fans of Italy -- I'm all ears if you ever want to tell us more about your Untour experiences in Italy and beyond.
At 11:40am on July 21, 2007, Marilee Taussig said…

Mary Lou I am sending you a friend request...just to let you know it is someone from Untours Cafe. Thanks for joining.

What do you like best about Italy? I think I have been bitten by the same bug, but my bug was France.
At 4:26pm on July 21, 2007, Marilee Taussig said…
Hey Mary Lou,

What a great spokersperson for Tuscany you are...I gotta find someplace to quote you!
At 5:08pm on July 21, 2007, Sallymp said…
Hi Mary Lou,

I agree 100% with you on Italy. I have been there five times and would love to do the untours Tuscany Tour. My other trips have been shorter. I would love to retire near Rome and have unlimited time just to nurse a caffe in the bars near the Pantheon (my very favorite building in Rome). The Amalfi Coast is also just breathtakingly beautiful.
At 5:53pm on July 21, 2007, Bill Kover said…
Your son and I will have something in common. I enlisted June 9, 1966 after graduation from college and went through U.S. Air Force boot camp at Lackland Air Force Base. The Military teaches you discipline, team work and good habits. You learn the value of respect and dedication. The only problem is that you can wind up in a war zone.
At 9:51am on July 22, 2007, Teri Chaves said…
You will love staying with Anna. She is very friendly and the property is beautiful. She loves to take you on a tour through her winery. It is easy to see how proud of it she is.
At 3:00am on July 23, 2007, Marlene Hench said…
We really enjoyed Italy also. I want to go to Venice sometime.
At 6:55am on July 23, 2007, Teri Chaves said…
Anna does stock the apartment with a bottle of her table wine which is actually quite good. I do not know if that is her husband's nickname or not. His name is Ludivico. He does not speak much English but Anna and her daughter are fluent.
At 7:03pm on July 25, 2007, Jean and Fred Agneta said…
Mary Lou, I am also sending you a request friend.
have travelled with Untours 3 times so far.
By reading we can see how much you Love Italy.
Welcome. Jean and Fred

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