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Visit Oregon's capital of cool, where the art is avant garde, the food is fantastic – and there are flowers galore, says Terri Judd

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The Eastern Columbia building

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James Litston makes the most of the the sprawling, lively and cultural capital

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New York's secret sanctuaries revealed: How to find tranquillity in the city that never sleeps

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Chicago has some stunning shopping

All set for cocktail hour in Chicago

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Unlock the Florida Keys

Kate Eshelby traces the tracks of the old railroad that once connected these tropical islands

We are sailing: Carlisle Bay, Antigua

Learn to sail in Antigua

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A visit to this dramatic nation is a chance to explore a vivid cultural history, says John Walsh

Rastafarians gather in Shashemene, Ethiopia on April 21, 2012 to celebrate the anniversary of Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie’s visit to Jamaica in 1966

Justice for Britain's former slave colonies? Caribbean leaders to ask the UK for apologies, repatriation and debt cancellation

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Vancouver: A hundred and fifty years, BC

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Florida: Some bright ideas for the Sunshine State

Thomas Edison and Henry Ford lead the way for today's tourists, says Chris Leadbeater

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