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July 2009 Blog Posts (9)

Untours' Tuscany and Provence


In Florence: A big city. The market here is wonderful. A note about markets: buy what you want when you see it

because you won't find it again. My favorite museum is the Accademia with Michelangelo's beautiful white marble David. I go there every time I am in Florence. Just BEHIND the Duomo is a tiny museum, the Opa or Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore with Michelangelo's "La Pieta di Michelangelo." This was meant for his tomb, and he gave his own… Continue

Added by Mary Ann Miller on July 30, 2009 at 4:20pm — 2 Comments

Kindness breeds kindness

My wife, Eleanor, is a natural at making friends. Whenever we are on a flight, she usually asks our flight attendant for an autograph and/or photo. That usually makes their day. Once after making this request, we received a bag as we exited the plane. In the bag were numerous snacks and bottles of liquor and wine that were left over from first class.

When we flew to Charles de Gaulle Airport on our 2008 Paris Untour, she made the usual request when our flight attendant was about to… Continue

Added by Bill Kover on July 30, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Switzerland in September?

I will be "Untouring" in Switzerland (Meiringen) in September. Is there anything of import to know for travel there at this time of year? Posted

Added by Warren F. Klecan on July 25, 2009 at 6:20pm — 1 Comment

Day trip to Clinton, New Jersey

A day trip to the quaint historical town of Clinton, New Jersey, July 22, 2009. Lunch at Old River House… Continue

Added by Bill Kover on July 23, 2009 at 6:03pm — No Comments

Switzerland in September?

I will be "Untouring" in Switzerland (Meiringen) in September. Is there anything of import to know for travel there at this time of year?

Added by Warren F. Klecan on July 23, 2009 at 5:32pm — No Comments

Paris in three weeks

We leave for Paris and Holland in three weeks! On Tuesday I had the delightful experience of speaking with Larry and Claudia and getting some wonderful ideas for our time in Paris. Rather than discuss the regular tourist "must do's" they gave me advice on walks...which my husband would much rather do than stand in a museum line...flea markets and small restaurants. Larry gave me some safety tips, advice on the latest scams, and the unwelcome news that the RER line C will be closed for… Continue

Added by Sallie Walker on July 23, 2009 at 7:46am — 1 Comment

The French Get a Bad Rap.


I just read this article on the website BonjourParis.com. I found it interesting. I felt that I should post my own comments about our experiences with the friendly French. Here are my comments:

"My wife and I spent a month in Paris (April-May) in 2008. We had an apartment near rue Montorgueil. Naturally we shopped there every day. We became familiar with the salespeople in many of the shops. We made an effort to try… Continue

Added by Bill Kover on July 19, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

New Hope Day Trip, July 13, 2009

Spending the day at New Hope, Pennsylvania. Included in the video are the New Hope & Ivyland Railroad, lunch at Fran's Pub and Gerenser Ice Cream.

Click on the HQ box at the bottom of the video screen to view in high quality.


Added by Bill Kover on July 18, 2009 at 1:58pm — No Comments

What is Wine?

It's been a few months since I posted here, and Kim suggested I write about wine.

Well, there's a loaded subject. I'll just start here with an interview with a real winegrower:

Now, I put this here because I just want to get something out of the way:

Most "wines" that we run into in the U.S. (the ubiquitous brands in every liquor store/ wine shop) ain't wine. They're food-processed beverages manufactured by… Continue

Added by David Moore on July 9, 2009 at 11:47am — No Comments

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