DOC Review – Fine Dining in the Douro Valley of Portugal

Dining options in the Douro Valley are limited if you're not staying in one of the town centers, but DOC is one of the saving graces of the area. Set along the Douro River about midway between the towns of Peso da Regua and Pinhao, DOC offers tasting menus and a la carte options from Michelin-starred Chef Rui Paula.

While it took us a bit of a drive to reach this one (nearly 45 minutes from our quinta, in the pitch-black night), it was worth it to have such a lovely dining experience in the wine region.

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The Yeatman Review – A Simply Flawless Prix Fixe Dinner in Porto

The Yeatman, a two-star Michelin restaurant in Vila Nova de Gaia in Portugal, provides a once-in-a-lifetime gastronomic experience. From the elegant pre-dinner drinks and snacks in the bar area to the over-the-top plating and molecular gastronomy techniques, to the “kitchen snack,” the surprises and delights during our meal at The Yeatman were unlike any other restaurant we've ever been to.

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How to Get the Most Out of Dia de los Muertos in Mexico

For many, attending Dia de los Muertos in Mexico (Day of the Dead) is a bucket list experience. Though it’s called “Day” of the Dead, it’s actually a two-day holiday; though some cities and towns begin setting up about a week in advance of the actual November 1 and 2 holiday.

While Day of the Dead is known the world over as the quintessential Mexican holiday, not every town has an elaborate celebration. In fact, in many places in Mexico, you’d not even know the holiday was taking place.

If you want to attend Dia de los Muertos in Mexico to see the beautiful cemeteries covered in marigold flowers, altars in dedication to the deceased, and more — you need to know where to go. Below you’ll find information on the best places to celebrate Day of the Dead in Mexico, and some history on the holiday itself.

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Traveling to Tibet Through Central China

Roads in Tibet

Traveling to Tibet through central China is a transformative experience; the journey itself is almost as interesting as actually visiting Tibet, an autonomous region within China.

I worked in China for about 8 years. This trip to Tibet was a team-building exercise with our local representatives in China. My partner and I were the only non-Chinese speaking Westerners.

There are many different roads and transportation options for traveling to Tibet. We opted for traveling to Tibet by private vehicle from Xining to Lhasa, a popular but very arduous route offered by many companies (so evaluate them before you pick one). A train line also exists as well.

Here is a peek into our experiences across central China to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet.

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