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Hal & his new sweater

Hal came into our office today to show off his new sweater! It's Berit Greutert's present to Hal this year. It came from Norway, where Berit Greutert's sister knitted it.

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Posted on December 10, 2008 at 2:34pm

Vote for your favorite photo!

Dear Untours Cafe members,

(Read this update in blog format: http://bit.ly/I4KM To make this email shorter & easier to read, links shortened with http://bit.ly Click as you normally would)

Now that we've gotten all the photo submissions, you can now choose your favorite photo in the contest! Vote: http://bit.ly/jxvv

I've also placed all the photos into an album on the Untours Cafe so you can… Continue

Posted on December 5, 2008 at 5:30pm — 6 Comments

Untours Cafe Photo Contest

One of the best things about the Untours Cafe is the absolute amazing pictures everyone has been sharing. We've long thought that we should have some sort of photography contest to showcase the great photographs (and photographers) out there, and now we've finally got a good reason to do one.

Soon we'll be unveiling more details about the Untours Send a Friend program. Basically, as an Untours alumnus/a, you'll be able to earn $100 towards your next Untour for each new friend (who… Continue

Posted on November 14, 2008 at 8:37pm — 5 Comments

Newsletter: Relive Your Untours & Dream about Your Next Adventures

Dear Cafe patrons,

(To make this post easier to read, links have been shortened with http://bit.ly Click as you normally would - they go to the Untours Cafe)

The last few days here in Pennsylvania have been rainy & overcast, but we're keeping ourselves warm with memories of Europe. Read on to find recently added photos, videos, & triplogs to warm you through the winter.

We're also having a photo contest to kick off our Send-a-Friend referral program. For… Continue

Posted on November 14, 2008 at 8:30pm

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What is your favorite place in Europe so far?
Hamburg, Germany!
Where would you most like to go next?
I've now returned from visiting the Untours in Austria, so perhaps I'll go to Greece next. I've never been before, so it'd be quite the adventure.
Do you have any special interests or hobbies that you follow when you travel?
I am somewhere between amateur and serious enthusiast on the photographer scale... I particularly like to capture candid shots of people.
Which Untours have you already done?
I've visited the German Rhine, Bavarian Castle, Prague, Budapest, Salzburg countryside, Vienna, Nafplio in Greece, & Leiden in the Netherlands.
What advice would you give others considering an Untour?
Anything can happen, so don't fret!
What is your favorite Untour? (so far)

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At 6:44pm on June 24, 2007, Eleanor - 'El' said…
Hi there,
Bob W. Miller; rwm1029@chartertn.net; seems to be having some difficulty with the new Untours Cafe site, particularly in the area of accepting friends. I'm sure that he would be delighted if you could contact him, and provide some assistance.
At 8:50am on June 26, 2007, Pat Mc said…
Hi Powen,

We returned from Paris this past Sunday night (6/24). My birthday was June 21 and my husband asked me last fall where do you want to go? Paris please! It was a special birthday, my medicare birthday if you get my drift and he thought it would make it a bit easier and it did. We stayed at a hotel that we have been staying at for about 20 years. The staff is just now starting to turn over which made both of us oddly emotional because we have depended on their friendly faces and service. After a week we became very comfortable with the new repacements at the front desk and were very happy to see our old friends as well. The hotel is on the left bank the Rue de Bac metro stop and has some of the best walking streets in the city. We returned to the Orangerie after many years and WOW, Mr. Monet never looked better in his new digs. Also bought advance tickets to the Louvre and entered on the Rue de Rivoli side for a change. We were there for hours and hours and had lunch in the Grand Louvre dining room. Other than a visit to Notre Dame and a lot of other churches and walking on the Isle we got up in the morning had breakfast, either visited museums or walked and had lunch, returned for a nap and then out for dinner. We were there the week of the Paris air show and had lunch and a dinner with some of our friends that were at the air show. So much fun to see friends from our own home town so far away from home. My birthday dinner was at Taillevent, we were there with friends for New Years Eve in 2004, had dinner here the night before NYears Eve, it is a very special place, incredible polite service with attention to every detail, it is expensive but not something we do that often. We also had lunches or dinners at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon, Guy Savoy's Les Bouquinistes, which was a new find, Bofinger and a couple of smaller bistro's. If we hadn't been walking everywhere we would have had to ask for seat belt extensions! Did not gain one pound. We had showers on and off, some thunder and lightening, and one downpour, since we live in California and have had about 3 inches of rain this year it was ok with us and we loved the the late night light, almost till 10:30. Our sun sets here about 8:30. The downside of all of this is that we had to take an airplane to get there. Huge crowds in the airports, indifferent service except for our return on US Air from Paris to Philadelphia, they did a great job, (our outbound was a nightmare). Everyone know what it is like these days so I won't go on and on. This is longer than I planned. Pat Mc
At 3:57pm on June 27, 2007, Vance Roy said…

I have learned a bit about RSS, but I don't know what I need to do with my Mac to feed the blog articles to the Cafe blog. Any ideas? Thanks!
At 4:49pm on July 5, 2007, Marlene Hench said…
Hi Powen,
Met you last September/October at the Bavarian Castle, Sommersdorf. Hope you received the CD of photos that I sent earlier this year. I remember you were having a bit of trouble with your camera and I promised photos to you.
Just returned from Paris Untour. This new site is great!!!
Marlene and Frank Hench
At 5:19pm on July 5, 2007, Marlene Hench said…
Wow. That was a fast response. I love instant gratification!
Learning the site. I looks great. You have done a great job.
At 5:22pm on July 5, 2007, Marlene Hench said…
Are Blogs added immediately? I just posted one but it says I haven't written one yet on my page.
At 5:37pm on July 5, 2007, Marlene Hench said…
Hi again, Figured out what I did wrong and now have a blog posted.
At 3:31am on July 7, 2007, Betty Crocker said…
The great thing about a rail pass is you can "hop" on a KD lines at a moments notice. We did this one afternoon from Bonn to Linz and one of the sights is whats left of the Remagen Bridge at Remagen.
At 9:35pm on July 10, 2007, Marlene Hench said…
Wanted to try out different methods of uploading photos. I signed into Flickr and uploaded photos. I joined the Untours group but I can't seem to get my pictures added to the Untours group pixs on Flickr. Was I supposed to join the Untours group first before posting them? Help??

By the way, it is so much easier to post pictures to Untours Cafe without going to Flickr first. Any way to transfer them to Flickr from the cafe?
Thanks, Marlene
At 11:01pm on July 15, 2007, Shirley Thornton said…
I think I'll love this cafe once I get it all figured out. It's hard to get lost in Paradise also. Keep up the good work!

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