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(22) Swiss Heartland Untour 2014 (Day 23) Zermatt, Day 1

Swiss Heartland Untour - May 6 to June 4, 2014

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

We were both up at 4:25am before the alarm went off.  At 5:30am, when I opened our door, the cat…


Added by Bill Kover on February 2, 2015 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Istanbul Impressions

Impressions of Istanbul........http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/2014/11/18/istanbul-impressions/

Added by Vickie K on November 19, 2014 at 8:16am — No Comments

(21) Swiss Heartland Untour 2014 (Day 22) Reunion with Barbara

Swiss Heartland Untour - May 6 to June 4, 2014

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

We were both up at 4:58am.  It had rained overnight again.  At 5:33am the thermometer showed a temperature of 60 degrees Fahrenheit.  The skies were overcast.  

The Sunnis Bakery opened at 6:00am.  The saleslady was just putting out the morning delivery of pastries when I walked in at 6:10am.  I had been a regular customer for at least two…


Added by Bill Kover on January 22, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

Rome/Venice May 2007

Rome/Venice....May/June 2007

(Yes, this is from 2007 - I thought I had posted it on the Untours website last year, but when I just checked, I couldn't find it!)


We flew from Ft. Myers to Newark and then on to Rome. The Alitalia flight was comfortable and there were individual video screens with a variety of movies, games, etc. . When the earphones were handed out, many people were unable to plug them in. It seems that one of the two metal prongs has… Continue

Added by Vickie K on June 4, 2008 at 9:04pm — 3 Comments

Weekly Wed. Words: Weigh in on Ads & Meiringen

Summer greetings to everyone... we're starting to feel the heat here in the Philadelphia area, though the rain last night cooled things down some.

There are just a few things I wanted to highlight in these semi-regular "Weekly Wednesday Word" updates (please forgive the excessive alliteration).

First, we've been tossing around the idea of adding in some advertisements on the Untours Cafe site. Travel-related text ads, probably. Please let us know your thoughts on the… Continue

Added by Powen Shiah on June 4, 2008 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Hal Biking on the Rhine [video]

Brian & Hal were visiting the German Rhine Untour in May. There are many great photos and videos that Brian took while they were there, but I thought I'd share this one with everyone!…


Added by Powen Shiah on June 2, 2008 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Part 2 -Sankt Goar, Germany. Sun. July 22, 2007 - Tues. July 24th

Day 5 Sunday July 22, 2007

24thRiding the Rhine

weather: sunny and warm

Our routine is developed well by now. Up before 7 am and meeting mum and sis at the backerei before 9. Today, though, instead of catching the 9.30 train to somewhere, we mosey over to the boat dock. We will ride the Rhein today! We are so pleased that it is very sunny and warm. As indeed it stayed for the entire day!

We check in at the boat dock station to have our passes validated and get on board… Continue

Added by Rhonda on May 16, 2008 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

No wait!... Our best day in Paris was today!

Today began sadly. we told Madame Latifa that we will be returning to New Jersey on Mercredi ( Wednesday). She made a sign of tears with her fingers. We exchanged email addresses so we can stay in touch. We took the Metro to the Trocadero Metro stop. After some photos, we walked over to Bateaux Parisien. Our lunch cruise began at 12:50pm. There is nothing like classical violin music accompanying a fine meal and a slow smooth ride down the Seine River to lift your spirits. We showed our waiter,… Continue

Added by Bill Kover on May 19, 2008 at 10:25am — 1 Comment

Is Switzerland too Expensive?

Bob Bestor at Gemüt gave Untours a shout out in his latest blog post on travel to Switzerland. He touches on various hotel prices, food costs, and the deal that the Swiss rail pass is. It's basically a good reality check for anyone wanting to visit the Swiss, pragmatic about prices but still pointing how to make the most of their dollar.

I haven't been to Switzerland myself, other than the Zürich airport and the railway connection that… Continue

Added by Powen Shiah on May 19, 2008 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

Our Best Day in Paris

Today we tasted a Greek Gyro for the first time in our lives. We will never be the same. While Eleanor waited in the park behind Notre Dame, I went to rue St. Severin and purchased one gyro. Now my job was to bring this savory smelling concoction back to Eleanor without tasting it. On the way people commented on how good it smelled. I finally made it back to Eleanor, and our picnic began. The sun came out and the birds zeroed in. Our bottle of Bordeaux lost its cork. Our glasses were filled. We… Continue

Added by Bill Kover on May 17, 2008 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

Hal & Rita (of the Rhine Untour)

This is a picture that Brian Taussig-Lux took of Hal Taussig & Rita Jennsen (new main staff person for the German Rhine Untour) a few days ago. Rita's been filling in and helping out Untours on the Rhine for a few years now.

I think Brian took it on his camera phone, and I played with it a little bit in my photo program (I use… Continue

Added by Powen Shiah on May 13, 2008 at 12:29pm — No Comments

Untours Cafe featured on Ning Blog this weekend

Ning is one of the services (well, the main one) that we use to keep the Untours Cafe running. They have a blog where they often featured interesting sites that use their technology, and this weekend we were on it!

Here's a bit of what they said about us:

Some people are content traveling, guidebook and sunblock in hand, seeing the most popular sites the world over. For others,…

Added by Powen Shiah on May 12, 2008 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Italy -South Tuscany 2007


By Will & Becky

After a wonderful experience with our first Untour (Alsace region in France, Spring 2005), we chose Tuscany South for our next adventure. We booked our own travel using AA frequent flyer miles opting for an extended trip. Our first destination was arranged with TheRightVacationRental, an associated Untours company.

September 7-14: Arrive Paris CDG and depart 3 hours later aboard TGV train for… Continue

Added by Will & Becky on April 22, 2008 at 8:39pm — No Comments

Untours Trip to Greece, February 27 – March 12, 2008

Untours Trip to Greece, February 27 – March 12, 2008

Our Untours trip to Greece was our first (first Greece, first Untours) – and after our experience there, it certainly won’t be our last. When we told people we were going to be staying in a town called Nafplio, we were often asked why we chose that town. We too wondered why Untours chose Nafplio, out of all the beautiful places in Greece. Having heard such positive things from other Untours travelers about their trips in Europe, we… Continue

Added by Marcia Venus on April 17, 2008 at 8:52am — 2 Comments

What's a B Corporation?

Some of you may have noticed the new logo on the back of our latest catalog. It's a B with a circle around it. What's that all about?

In recent years, we've talked more about the work of the Untours Foundation and the fact that our profits go to support its efforts. We've done this a bit reluctantly because Hal and Norma don't like being put on a pedestal and getting attention for work that is deeply meaningful to them personally. At the same time, we don't want to be seen as a… Continue

Added by Brian on March 13, 2008 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Europe on $5 and $10 a day

We used Frommer's "Europe On 5 And 10 Dollars A Day" to prepare for our very first trip to Europe in 1973. We signed up for a 15 day "Freelance" Tour covering the cities of London, Vienna, Rome and Paris. The tour company arranged flights, hotel and offered optional bus tours. Other than that, you were on your own to explore. We avoided the bus tours. At Speakers Corner in London, we listened among a small group of spectators. We marveled at London… Continue

Added by Bill Kover on April 7, 2008 at 2:30pm — 9 Comments

The last time we saw Paris...Revisited

Well after 35 years we were finally able to travel back in time and walk in the foorsteps of our youth. I had posted the 1973 photos prior to our Paris Untour. Today we took a walk down Avenue McMahon and found the Etoile Park Hotel still lives, along with the pedicure shop that was next door to it. Except for some minor changes, the exterior looks the same. The small secondary street in front of it is now a wide sidewalk. The view up towards the Arc de Triomphe is basically the same except for… Continue

Added by Bill Kover on April 4, 2008 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

The Heart of a Traveller

My childhood did not include traveling. Up until the age of 15, the only time I was out of the state of New Jersey was on a grade school trip to Washington's Crossing, Pennsylvania. In high school, bus trips opened up the vast new world of New York City. The Museum of Natural History, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the United Nations Building.....that was the extent of my world travels. Other than that, my world was restricted to the farm fields across the street from my home. The summer I… Continue

Added by Bill Kover on March 28, 2008 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Your Computer and WiFi

When I had spoken to our Parisian contact, Larry, he had warned me about using my laptop with WiFi.

He said that I would be vulnerable to other computer users within 300-feet. They could easily capture, for

example, my bank account information whenever I made an attempt to pay a bill online.

Today, one of my Tech News newsletters discussed this very topic. Rather than indicate the web

address, and leave it up to our Untour Café members to read the information, I've… Continue

Added by Eleanor - 'El' on March 30, 2008 at 6:00pm — No Comments

A Walking Stick (but oh so much more...)

I'm nervous to bring up this topic as I know how much discussion there's been in the past, but I wanted to ask if anyone had ever heard of the "TrekPod"?

The website of the company that makes them is http://trek-tech.com/

It's apparently a walking stick & tripod in one. Here's what their website says:

"It's a Walking Staff, It's a Monopod, It's a Tripod—and the

MagMount Works Like Magic!

"A revolutionary…

Added by Powen Shiah on March 5, 2008 at 3:00pm — 7 Comments

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