Viking River Cruises – Cruising Portugal Douro Valley

[I was invited to experience Viking River Cruises. I chose Portugal’s Douro Valley. My airfare and cruise were paid for. Financial compensation was not received for this post. Opinions expressed here are my own, always are and always will be.] Vine roots in Portugal's Douro Region grow deep. Driving into the rock and soil taking hold as deep as 30 feet. I imagine like most roots, they … [Read more...]

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