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WORLD'S MOST REMOTE RESTAURANT- CHINA

OK- this is a tricky one for us because we always like to report our experiences at unique places around the world, but we just couldn’t resist this feature for two reasons. A) It’s incredibly cool and B) This might just be the only place in the world that we actually do not wish to visit. This place is what is known as the most remote restaurant in the world. And just wait until you see the setting (and the journey required to reach it!). Since we haven’t been nor do we know anyone who actually has, we’re simply reporting what we’ve heard. We’d love to find someone that actually seen this so spread the word amongst your networks and let’s see if we can track someone down together!

This remote eatery is said to exist in China. Begin your journey with a treacherous tram ride up a mountain, over a staggeringly deep gorge. How the tram got there and what's supporting it is actually a mystery in itself. Disembark, and you're then faced with a series of wooden planks of teeny widths, clinging to the mountainside. These will serve as your pathway up the incline for an unspecified but seemingly long length until you reach the restaurant at the very top where the meals are said to be served.

We've certainly got tons of questions and we're sure you do too. What's the menu like? How's the food? How does the food even get there? How is it cooked? Who's waiting to serve you (and what the heck are their working hours?) Most importantly, is the meal free if you actually make it all the way up?

Again, we have no verification that this actually exists, only emails and posts, but we're totally intrigued. You? Share your thoughts on our Facebook page!

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TIVOLI PALACIO DE SETEAIS-

Once home to distinguished 19th century aristocracy, now home to the most discerning guests from around the world, Tivoli Palácio de Seteais combines the majesty and traditions of the elegance and grandeur of centuries past with a magnificent modern sense of place. This palatial property is located within a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and stands as a magnificent testament to XVIII architecture and elegance, graced with nearly 2000 pieces of extraordinary artwork, tapestries and frescoes which complement its superb sweeping views of the hills.

The 30 stunning rooms, including 1 suite, are a beautiful balance of old world elegance and technological innovations, while leisure activities abound at the sparkling outdoor pool, intricate maze gardens in which to wander, and a fully equipped Equestrian Center, ideal for children embarking on their first ride. Authentic local experiences specially designed by Tivoli including seeing Sintra by sidecar, royal wine tasting in a manor house, and a privately guided tour providing insight into the secrets and stories of Sintra.

Afternoon tea at Palácio de Seteais is positively a fabulous experience, served on the weekends from 4:30-6:30 PM, the lavishly decorated restaurant couldn’t be any more of a perfect setting to enjoy the views of the gardens, while indulging in an array of divine traditional delicacies including almond cakes with freshly whipped cream, tarts, and gorgeous selections of Portuguese cheeses.

theExplorateur Exclusive Offer-Complimentary fresh fruit array and bottled water in room upon arrival. Email info@theexplorateurportfolio.com for more info and as always, be sure & tell 'em The Explorateur sent you!

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OUTSTANDING IN THE FIELD- If you're anything like us, you'll agree that one of the most glorious aspects of a European jaunt is the food... the abundance, the uniqueness per region, the sheer joy and delight it brings to countless millions for whom a meal is an event.

If you've tried it all in the traditional sense, so can we tempt you with the prospect of a roving restaurant, without walls, that stages fabulous farm dinners between the soil and the sky? We thought that would get your attention...

Meet "Outstanding In The Field", a California-based group of culinary troubadours that tour the world, creating unique dinners in farm fields, orchards, and hoop houses and for the first time ever, they're bringing their dining experiences to Europe. (and they've given us a limited number of discounted seats, just for you Explorateurs to enjoy!)

The group strives to reconnect diners to the land and the origins of their food, while honoring local artisans and farmers who cultivet it. Imagine dining in the crisp air, at a rustic long table in a garden, on a ranch or perhaps perched on a mountaintop, cool greenhouse or stately museum, and indulging in the freshest of ingredients locally sourced, and prepped by a celebrated chef of the region. Take a glimpse into your culinary adventure by watching this video on EatTV.com. Then, take your pick of an authentic Danish lunch at Hans Lund's farm on the island of Lilleo , a hosted Holland lunch in Vollenhoven, a vivacious vino-infused meal in the heart of famed wine region La Rioja, Spain, or a charming Italian culinary indulgence in Chianti.

EXPLORATEUR EXCLUSIVE- Save 20% on these special experiences. Click on the destination of choice above to reserve your seats and get your special Explorateur discount. And, as always, be sure & tell 'em The Explorateur sent you! www.outstandinginthefield.com

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IL MATTARELLO RESTAURANT, LA BOCA, BUENOS AIRES
In the middle of Buenos Aires, sits a small Italian, tango-and-soccer-crazy neighborhood of La Boca, and in La Boca, lies a most amazing diamond in the rough. Il Mattarello is set just a few blocks from the famous Boca Juniors soccer stadium, quiet and unassuming, yet delivering inside a veritable powerhouse of homemade Italian dishes that would rival any taverna in Rome. You're treated like family from the moment you walk in- whether you speak English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese or even German, someone there is happy to communicate with you and they take the utmost pride in serving these very special dishes. The Carbonara is to die for, and the bread is so fresh it melts in your mouth.
NB** You'll find this just down the street from the real-life Diego Maradona impersonator who proudly works his corner off of the main pedestrian shopping street, so you can't miss it if for some reason you can't find the street signs. Have your hotel arrange for a taxi to take you, much easier and more secure that way! Av. Martin Rodriguez 517, La Boca
Pair this with a stay at the Park Hyatt, pick up some of their signature Celedonio bath amenities, throw in a meat frenzy at Cabana Las Lillas and you've pretty much achieved Buenos Aires bliss

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