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Featured Blog Posts – September 2007 Archive (13)

CH Headlines

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

Added by Vance Roy on September 29, 2007 at 1:36am — 2 Comments

Oktoberfest 2007 Is Here- Started Sat Sept 22nd

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…


Added by Marlene Hench on September 28, 2007 at 2:07pm — No Comments

Best of the Cafe: Sept. 28th

Since the last "Best Of" ( more than a week ago) here are just a sampling of the many noteworthy contributions:

Photos to Die for

This is a shot Bill Kover made in Quebec.....(several of our staff stood around and gawked at the monitor displaying this....and someone said, "is that a photo or a painting!?") Here's his blog about…


Added by Marilee Taussig on September 28, 2007 at 12:26pm — 1 Comment

Usually I think "modern" art is sort of flaky but...

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

Added by Marilee Taussig on September 27, 2007 at 9:40am — 6 Comments

Episode (1) Quebec...The other France!

Episode (1) Through the eyes of an artist

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…


Added by Bill Kover on September 23, 2007 at 1:50pm — 1 Comment

For the Frugal Traveler

I came across a great article yesterday about ways to save money while traveling. Here are the condensed highlights; click to the full article on Freemoneyfinance.

  • Research your destination
  • Budget
  • Carry a guidebook
  • Pack light
  • Pack smart
  • Manage your money
  • Carry a moneybelt
  • Sleep cheap
  • Eat…

Added by Powen Shiah on September 19, 2007 at 9:47am — 2 Comments

2007 Eslinger Heartland Untour

Switzerland Vacation – Aug/Sept – 2007

By Bob & Barbara Eslinger – Phoenix, AZ

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.

We like to fly into Zurich…


Added by robesl on September 14, 2007 at 3:37pm — 7 Comments


Ellen Peter's pictures of Alphorns moves me to muse about this Swiss Alpine instrument. First of all just a bit of background information. The alps (small "a") is not the Swiss word for mountains;

it rather refers to the high meadows where the farmers take their cows to graze during the summer.

On these meadows, huts are… Continue

Added by Hal Taussig on September 14, 2007 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Fooding Spain Part II

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,…


Added by Lotta Rao on September 12, 2007 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Matterhorn Memories....a wonderful portrait of a trip!

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

Added by Marilee Taussig on September 9, 2007 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

Paris 2001 - Part 1

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

Added by Sara and Christopher on September 8, 2007 at 11:54am — 5 Comments

Transforming a photograph into canvas art

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…


Added by Liss Poulson Small on September 6, 2007 at 6:42pm — 7 Comments

A Few Structural Changes around the Cafe

We relocated the "what we're reading" list of articles to the New Stuff page. It's been planned for a while to reduce the busy-ness on the site, but I just hadn't figured out a good place to put it.

It's very gratifying that some of you have written blog posts inspired by those articles, and feel free to send me any suggestions or link to articles that we can add to the "what we're reading" list!

Also, we have switched over the… Continue

Added by Powen Shiah on September 4, 2007 at 2:59pm — No Comments


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