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July 2007 Blog Posts (67)

Location, Location, Location!

Google offers a program for free called Google Earth at http://earth.google.com.

It's very difficult to explain what it is - essentially what they've done is taken high-rez satellite imagery from around the globe and actually mapped it onto the globe. So you can zip around all over the world with a few mouse clicks. It zooms in and out and you can "fly"…

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Added by Julie Siebel on July 31, 2007 at 5:45pm — 10 Comments

Watching Bonds Hit Home Run 754

I know this is not an Untours travel story but I just had to share.

Our family loves baseball, both as players and spectators. This is something we have shared together for the past 39 years. We love watching San Francisco Giants games both on TV and at the park since we live…

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Added by Marlene Hench on July 30, 2007 at 4:32pm — 2 Comments

Digital Photography As A Trip Journal…….Marlene’s Secrets!

Ever spend time and money planning a trip, take it and when you get home have a hard time remembering what you saw and did. Have a hard time with writing a trip journal along the way? Try photography as an aid to remembering simple details.

If you ask anyone who knows me, they…

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Added by Marlene Hench on July 30, 2007 at 4:30pm — 6 Comments

Oktoberfest in Bavaria ….Prepare Ahead.

Are you going to Bavaria and Munich during Oktoberfest? Then prepare ahead and you will have a really great time.

The first thing you really must do is get a room reservation in Munich. You don’t want to miss out on all the evening fun by having to return to your Castle by…

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Added by Marlene Hench on July 30, 2007 at 4:25pm — 3 Comments

Photography Tips (2)

Portable Storage Device

Just as important to me as my camera is the portable storage device I bring with me on vacation. These devices make it possible to go out into the field each day without having to worry about running out of memory. They have a built-in rechargeable battery as well as the capability of being plugged into an electrical wall outlet. At the end of each day I download all my photos to the storage device. I can then empty the memory cards by…

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Added by Bill Kover on July 30, 2007 at 3:51pm — 4 Comments

Photography Tips (3)

Permanent storage and archiving of photos

The seemingly unlimited possibilities offered by digital photgraphy also create a problem : permanent storage and archiving the thousands of photos that pile up after some unforgetable Untours trips.

Here is one solution that has so far satisfied my needs :

Since getting into digital photography, I have always saved my photos on CD's, and now on DVD's. A second backup copy is also made and stored in a fireproof…

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Added by Bill Kover on July 30, 2007 at 3:47pm — 6 Comments

let's all start tagging and rating stuff so we can see just the slice of the Cafe we want.

Wow, more than 30 new members in 24 hours!



Can I make a suggestion? Now that there is a bunch of us. let's start using the rating system for videos and photos. I hesitated to suggest it, because I think there are so many good things, and I want everyone to feel appreciated. But I think , now that we are a bigger group, if would be a real service if you rated photos you LOVE highly. That way,people who have a limited amount of time for browsing, can view the ones that everybody seems… Continue

Added by Marilee Taussig on July 30, 2007 at 12:49pm — 4 Comments

In My Grandfather's Footsteps - Episode (1)

I never knew my grandfather. He died 18 year before I was born. Until recently I knew nothing about him. My father only spoke of him twice in my memory. Both times my father had too much to drink and was crying. The words he spoke gave me the impression that my grandfather had commited suicide. And so I never asked about my grandfather for fear of upsetting my father. My father died in 1967. In the 1970's the mini-series "Roots" brought my curiosity back to the…

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Added by Bill Kover on July 30, 2007 at 12:28pm — 2 Comments

Photography Tips

I don't pretend to be an expert photographer. But I have learned from experience as well as some college photography courses. Today's digital cameras are excellent for learning photo techniques because you get to see the photo immediately. Here are some tips I have learned for photo situations that come up fairly often while traveling:

Buying a new camera for vacation

I just purchased a Nikon D40X DSLR camera. I've been slowly reading the manual to…

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Added by Bill Kover on July 30, 2007 at 5:51am — 8 Comments

Hidden Treasures of Germany

German Treasures – Discoveries of Untour Travelers

The middle-Rhine village of…

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Added by Pete and Maggie Haggart on July 29, 2007 at 6:58pm — 2 Comments

Tennessee comes to Rhode Island

We were out at a berry farm here in RI one evening where everyone tailgates, and they have music by various groups. Here is an mpg file that surprised me. You can't see much, but the music was a shock to me.

See if this sounds familiar.

Download MOV01300.MPG

Added by Vance Roy on July 29, 2007 at 2:04pm — No Comments

Links in blogs: The basics.

(Note: To keep this blog open when using the links in this post, right click the link and choose "Open in new window" or "Open in new tab", depending on your…

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Added by Julie Siebel on July 29, 2007 at 1:27pm — 5 Comments

The beauty of Nafplio

We enjoyed the town so much - not just the scenery, but the living breathing town - that three days out of fourteen, we left the rental car in the parking lot and spent the day in and around Nafplio!

Added by Andrew Maverick on July 28, 2007 at 3:13pm — 1 Comment

Vienna Highlites

Here are some notes on Vienna from 1998. I was gathering

them to answer an IdyllChat question - and thought - well why not post them at

the Untours Cafe?





In Vienna we went to a Schubert concert at Schubert’s birthplace. This was our first use of the underground and trolley system and we found that we could figure it out after…

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Added by Pete and Maggie Haggart on July 28, 2007 at 3:10pm — 2 Comments

Wines of Montalcino

Marlene and Teri have mentioned the wines of Montalcino, since they have both done Untours at Poggiarellino, where Ludovico Ginotti raises the Sangiovese grapes used in producing both Brunello Di Montalcino and Rosso Di Montalcino and where he bottles both wines. Although this September will be my eighth trip to South Tuscany, it will be my first stay at the Ada Teresa apartment at Poggiarellino and the first opportunity to see this process up close and personal. So thought I'd throw out a…

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Added by Mary Lou Grier on July 28, 2007 at 2:52pm — 4 Comments

What's a Widget?

...or "What to do with that odd little 'Your Untours Cafe Box' that appears on 'My Page' "

One of the first things I noticed when Marilee, Powen and Kim created this site was the weird little box that said "Click "edit" to add text, videos, photos, or any widget to this box." I clicked edit, typed some text, it added my text and...well, that was it. Pretty unexciting. I tried a photograph there, and then a video, but the site already HAS photos and…

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Added by Julie Siebel on July 28, 2007 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Timing

It is an interesting coincidence that the Untours Cafe opened now. I recently received an email from a distant relative. My great grandfather's sister is our common link with German and Swiss immigrant and homesteading parents. That took my mind back to Switzerland and our 12 y/o son is now "homesick" for Switzerland and wants to go back. Twist my arm.

All three of our sons have at some time or another wanted to explore their options in Switzerland because of their direct Swiss…

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Added by Vann Schaffner on July 28, 2007 at 1:01pm — No Comments

China and Tibet, Mrch/April, 2007

When discussing our next trip after our Venice, Italy Untour in May of 2006 my husband said he thought it was time we did something more exotic, like China. I said if I was going to China I wanted to go to Tibet also. Tibet is one of those places, like Mount Everest, that has fascinated me and I never expected to get to either. We survived Tibet and still do not expect to get to Everest!

China is a puzzling place and Tibet is mystical. We have traveled to Spain; Florence, Italy;…

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Added by Jean McCall on July 27, 2007 at 5:06pm — 3 Comments

Switzerland 2002 Trip Log Part 4

September 8th today is Helen' Birthday (we won't tell your age). Every morning while we made breakfast we glanced out our kitchen window at this spectacular scenery. Imagine mountains all around us --- Switzerland is wonderful and we are so glad we chosen Switzerland as our first Untours trip.

The village bustled with activity; many cars were parked on our street as it had easy access to the center of Meiringen. We walked over the the Bahnhofstrasse; already some…

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Added by Jean and Fred Agneta on July 27, 2007 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Switzerland 2002 Trip Log Part 3

Friday, September 6th (continued) On Saturday and Sunday there would be a big celebration in Meiringen. It was called the Trychler Festival. 3100 Bell Ringers from different villages and town/cities would participate in this huge parade. There were 150 different groups; each group wore different outfits or costumes. Each group had a cadence they marched to; they carried the huge bells around their waist/or on their shoulders - they wore a heavy belt. to keep the bells in place. As…

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Added by Jean and Fred Agneta on July 27, 2007 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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