I have added a few Swiss headlines that I find interesting/amusing.
A guy arrested for speeding (106 mph in a 75mph zone) gave the judge an excuse that he had severe diarrhea and needed a toilet in a hurry. The judge was not impressed and gave him 20 days in jail, a 1000CHF fine, and 3 months without his license.
A lawyer in Zurich left the lights on in a public building for five days over a vacation period. The court fined him 300CHF because the light disturbed the… Continue
The festivities have started in Munich (Bavaria, Germany). The first keg of beer was tapped and the festival began. It runs for two weeks ending in October. To celebrate the event, I have posted pictures from our trip to the Oktoberfest in 2006. You can view them as an album with descriptions from my home page. Hope you…
I am having a brainstorm that involves Untours, videos and a modern work of art....hang on to your hats - this is going to be a wierd post....
As part of the Untours marketing team, I am doing some research into how people are using video on the web to tell travel stories.
I am doing this because I have a passionate belief in the Untour way of traveling, but I think it is very hard to communicate what an Untour is. I truly believe (and I think I would even if my Dad HADN'T… Continue
Almost on an annual basis in September, Eleanor and I motor on up to Montreal, or for the past 10 years, the area in Quebec called Mont Tremblant. The purpose is to visit with Eleanor's cousin Richard Vaskelis and his girlfriend, Danielle Ste-Marie. In Mont Tremblant, we have the added benefit of a wilderness countyside to explore as well as some nice little towns, like nearby St. Jovite. Tremblant Village is an expensive shopping and…
This was our sixth trip to Switzerland with our first trip ten years ago. We have taken Untours to other countries as well, but always come back to Switzerland. This time we had the normal two week Heartland Untour followed by a week on our own.
During the next few days, Emily and I continue to visit the sights, explore the neighborhoods (we are especially struck by the architecture and colors of Madrid de los Austrias--the Austrian, or old, quarter)
(here's a map that tells you the location of the Austrian Quarter, where we have some apartments for the Madrid Untour)
and, of course, sample the food. We sample churros y chocolat,…
Vance Roy's video narration is 49 minutes, I must admit I felt daunted when I saw that length.
But I was very delightfully surprised.
I HIGHLY recommend braving that long-sounding time; Vance is a great, great narrator. The videos are casual, the humor is good, and he has done a terrific job of informing you about what a trip to Zermatt entails (from the touristy parts, to the neat little backstreets where the tourists don't go, to the pristine… Continue
Hello dear readers....it was recently suggested to me by someone named Brian (he left a comment on my Blogger.com blog) that I post my 10-part saga of our 2001 Paris trip here on the Untours Cafe. Thank you Brian, for tipping me off about the Untours Cafe! Being a brand new Blogger as of June 2007, my first choice of what to write about was our 2001 trip to Paris...more explanation is below. I hope you enjoy our story....thanks for stopping by, and anyone is welcome to…Continue
I recently turned some of my very favorite travel photos into canvas wall art, and I was so pleased with the results. Perhaps someone here is interested!
I struggle with what to do with my photos after a trip. I love to make scrapbooks and albums, but I don't thumb through the finished products all that often. This solution is great, though - I now have some nice artwork on my walls, I get to see two of my favorite places in the world every day, and everytime I see them I remember…