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Featured Blog Posts – July 2007 Archive (20)

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…


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

Hidden Treasures of Germany

German Treasures – Discoveries of Untour Travelers

The middle-Rhine village of…


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


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

Pictures of the week.....

What can I say....there is a cornucopia of talent in this group! I just put a bunch of new pictures on our main page (over on the right hand side) because our new members just keep wow-ing me with the quality of photos.

PS; Don't forget to title and tag your photos! (I think that gorgeous one of Pete's is Vienna, but without a title, you can't be sure.

Added by Marilee Taussig on July 26, 2007 at 4:01pm — 2 Comments

We're back from France!!!

We're back from France... recovering from jet-lag, sorting through several thousand digital pictures (35mm,APS and Movies too!) and trying to re-integrate into life in the States! Our intergenerational trip was an unqualified success and we all decided (except for the 8 year old who wanted to go home to play with his Legos) that we needed several more weeks to continue to soak up the Parisian life-style. More details later.

Added by Dave Kissinger on July 26, 2007 at 10:38am — 1 Comment

Best of the Cafe....and it is only Wednesday!

I just couldn't wait till the end of the week: too many good things going on:

1. Recent members are adding amazing pictures, just to mention a few...(and all the other ace photographers who have joined earlier are continuing to add great ones.)

  • kim's photos
  • johana thornton's photos
  • vicki K's photos
  • ryder doty's photos
PS; all you great photo up-loaders, don't forget to title and TAG your photos. We want people to see these… Continue

Added by Marilee Taussig on July 25, 2007 at 11:52am — No Comments

Clotheslines, Kovers, and ties that bind

El Kover and her husband Bill, some well-loved Untourists, recently spent a couple of days in Media, PA where our offices are. We had invited them to come to witness The Today Show filming (which we need not discuss in this space.) Rather today, I want to thank El for being such an observant and thoughtful person. On her first visit to our house she noticed the clothesline

running from our second floor balcony. Later she showed up with two…


Added by Hal Taussig on July 25, 2007 at 10:27am — 12 Comments

The USA Summer

Our summer trip to the USA in RI is about to end. We are always ambivalent about going “home” to CH. It, as always, has been a busy time.

Children and grandchildren all like to come to Newport, and we are always ready to see these precious people in our lives. It is always a joy to see these kids and grandkids and to hear how their lives are changing. There are members of Barbara's family that always are ready for some fun times. We get to experience the 24/7…

Added by Vance Roy on July 24, 2007 at 8:26am — No Comments

Monday morning at the Cafe....lots of new members,some great pictures and a NEW STUFF tab

Check out Johanna Thornton's pictures in the left hand column -- I think all the places she goes look like they've just had a bath! Much shinier than my pictures.

Lots of new people joined over the past few days and an astonishing amount of them are talented writers and photographers. You can browse through their pages by going to the Members tab OR you can explore our NEW TAB called NEW STUFF.

Some of you may have seen the video we posted last week about RSS feeds and why… Continue

Added by Marilee Taussig on July 22, 2007 at 9:22pm — No Comments


We have been going to Meiringen with Untours for so many years, we can't remember how long. When we were stranded in Zurich because of 9/11, we were invited back rent free until we could arrange transport to the USA. This was sort of an extra week vacation clouded by worries about home and really crummy weather. But we were eternally grateful to Untours for the hospitality. This summer one of our "kids" is coming along with daughter in law and grandson. We can't wait to show them our…


Added by jerrysandy on July 20, 2007 at 7:46pm — No Comments

Untouring Paris

A few notes from our Paris Untour

1. Rick Steves' Paris Guide Book, the Michelin Paris Guide and the Idyll Guide Book

One of the nice things that Idyll does for its travelers is to provide them with guide books appropriate to their destination city or area. For Paris the main sources of information…


Added by Pete and Maggie Haggart on July 20, 2007 at 5:17pm — 6 Comments

The Cafe in Review: This Week's Blogs, Videos, and Discussions

Dear Café Companions,

There’s been a lot going on this week at the Untours café! Here are just a few highlights from some interesting blog post and discussions in the past few days.

Pete wrote (and rescued from accidental deletion) a blog post with very nice pictures about his Untour to Paris.

Marlene Hench, whose love of photography is legendary here at Untours, has written about how she… Continue

Added by Powen Shiah on July 20, 2007 at 12:23pm — No Comments

United Methodists Post Story & Video of Hal

Today, the United Methodist News Service posted a story and video about Hal Taussig.

The story is called Unconventional businessman invests profits in others and the video is called Recycling Profit.

Take a look, and feel free to comment on this… Continue

Added by Powen Shiah on July 19, 2007 at 1:55pm — 1 Comment

RSS -- a plain English explanation of a techy tool that even non-techies can love

Question of the Day(from the Forum): (from a Cafe Member)

" On "My Page" in the left column there is a box marked "RSS". In it it says

"Please click Edit to specify the RSS feed for this box"

Can someone explain to me what a RSS feed is and what I can do with this box?

I'm clueless!"

My Answer:

This short , cute video in the link below is the BEST explanation of RSS feeds I ever saw. The RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication --… Continue

Added by Marilee Taussig on July 13, 2007 at 4:04pm — 7 Comments

Can you be addicted to a place?

I don't know if it is possible, and if it IS possible, can my addiction be Provence? All I know is that when I am home I long to be in certain spots -- and that longing for particular places can be pretty hard to ignore. And I am pretty sure I am not alone in this yearning for a particular spot.

It is different than a general wanderlust -- the desire to go somewhere -- anywhere. It is a deep kinship and sense of hunger for one… Continue

Added by Marilee Taussig on July 11, 2007 at 2:29pm — No Comments

best of the Cafe: New this week on our various member pages, forum discussion and blog posts

Wow, we just have a few members (compared to what we will have when we open it to our larger circle) and already there are so many interesting things going on. Here are just a FEW of the things you can go visit new this week:

  • Pete Haggart jumped in feet first to start blogging (Yay Pete! despite some technical goblins at first...check out his trip log from Spain.) Of course, Vance was blogging before we knew what a blog was and he is continuing to give us his inimitable…

Added by Marilee Taussig on July 10, 2007 at 7:56am — No Comments

A Bit of Peru and Panama (and I'm not ready to be back...)

I just returned on Friday night from a wonderful trip; the Explorama interaction with the schools is very much in the Untours tradition, I think.



Added by Amy G on July 8, 2007 at 10:32pm — 6 Comments

Discussion on the Today Show Blog about Hal

I'm sure many of you already have seen this on Idyllchat, but here's a link to the video on MSNBC's Today Show with Bob Dotson featuring Hal Taussig!

Watch the video.

There's also some discussion going on at the Today Show Blog about the segment.

Added by Powen Shiah on July 5, 2007 at 1:57pm — 4 Comments

Arriving in Europe with Ease - the Untours Way

Trip Log 1: Ticino, Switzerland, Fall 2006

September 20, Wednesday ARRIVAL

Our morning arrival at Zurich went very smoothly, and with the assistance of Untours staff, we were soon on the direct train to Locarno. On arrival, we were met by our local Untours staff and delivered to our apartment by taxi. A very stress-free beginning, well appreciated after an overnight flight. …


Added by Ann Peterson on July 1, 2007 at 10:10pm — 2 Comments


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