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Washington and Oregon offer everything you could want and more in the US's Northwest

Attempting to encapsulate an entire country in just a few generalisations can be foolish at the best of times, no more so than when the nation in question is as vast and diverse as the United States.

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Blue skies and turquoise waters in Jamaica, the most beautiful islands of the Caribbean

It’s a paradise island where they speak English and offer a variety of vacation ideas like no other. And it doesn’t warrant its reputation as being dangerous, writes Isabel Conway.

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You’ll enjoy plunging into the historic town of Bath

2,000 years of history, John Chambers finds there’s more to the historic town of Bath than buns and Jane Austen.

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The Wild Atlantic Way makes us realise what we have on our doorstep

 

The Wild Atlantic Way has reinvented the west, writes Marie Toft.

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6 alternative theme parks to choose from around Europe to suit all ages

 

Theme parks like Disneyland can be a daunting prospect at the best of times, let alone with the smallies in tow. But there are plenty of fun alternatives on the continent, says Arlene Harris.

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Italian beach resort Viareggio is a real gem under the Tuscan sun

Steve Cummins visits Viareggio, the resort that is just a short hop to cultural hubs like Florence, Pisa and the incredibly pretty Cinque Terre.

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Small town America really does exist, in Louisville, Colorado

 

Rory Boland arrived in Louisville, Colorado, searching for his dream of small-town America and found it really exists — and it really is as American as apple pie.

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2016 European Capital of Culture Wroclaw in Poland is quirky and eccentric

Sean Geary visits Wroclaw, the 2016 European Capital of Culture. The good news? Tourists have yet to really discover the city, so it’s a perfect time to visit.

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Mammoth memories made in the city of Nantes in Western France

Anna O’Donoghue samples sun, sea and castles and the odd mechanical elephant on her visit to Nantes, and discovers how the Loire Valley’s cultural capital comes into full bloom in the summer months.

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Gallic greatness with plenty to do on the Western coast of France

Taking advantage of new direct flights Sean O’Riordan headed to the Atlantic coast of France and enjoyed the beautiful La Rochelle and its scenic surrounds.

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Discovering hidden treasures in the Castilla y Leon region of Spain

Heading off the beaten tourist track to uncover the hidden wonders of Spain’s Castilla y León region, Carolyn Moore discovers it’s far from grim up North.

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Síle Seoige explains why there’s no place like her hometown of Galway

No one knows a city like a local. So who better to give the lowdown on Galway than Síle Seoige. She describes her perfect day in the county to Ciara McDonnell.

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Author Michael Murphy accesses all areas of the White House and Capitol Building

 A private tour of the White House was the highlight of a trip to Washington DC for author Michael Murphy when he visited the US capital.

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Planning a perfect staycation in Co Kerry

Planning a staycation? From accommodation to food, sight-seeing to spas, Ciara McDonnell has the lowdown on a short break in Kerry. 

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The Harmony of the Seas cruise ship is a big, brash behemoth

What is it really like on board the world’s biggest cruise ship? Hilary Fennell finds out as she boards Harmony of the Seas for its inaugural sailing.

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The people are friendly, the food delicious, in Rajasthan India

 

Darina Allen is delighted by the people, the sights and sounds — and of course the food — of Rajasthan.

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You won't be disappointed when visiting the Vendée region of France

Having first visited the Vendée region of France as a teen 30 years ago, Conor Power decided to return there with his own family. They weren’t disappointed.

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Legoland can be the perfect family holiday

 

Legoland doesn’t come cheap, but with a bit of planning, it can be the perfect family holiday, says John Carroll. 

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Sarah Holden is a “digital nomad” and her office is wherever she happens to be

She’s a digital nomad and right now Sarah Holden has swapped a drab Dublin commute for the open road in South America.

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Here's how you can combine a holiday with a music festival abroad

WE Irish know how to put on a music festival, and this year sees the return of our favourites, from city runs like Live at the Marquee to the annual highlight of Electric Picnic. 

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With new Cork-Dusseldorf flights, people should consider visiting gorgeous Germany

Former Irish Examiner sub-editor Mareike Graepel lived in Cork for years before she returned to her native Germany. With new Cork-Dusseldorf flights on offer, she gives the local lowdown on the Ruhr Valley.

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Charlie Chaplin’s former home in Switzerland opens as a museum this month

Kevin Pilley takes a cane-twirling, splay-footed stroll through Charlie Chaplin’s former Switzerland home, which has become a museum to the great man.

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The Girona region in north eastern Spain is a top location for Irish holiday-makers

Artist Salvadore Dali chose to live in the Girona region of Spain for good reason, says Liz Dunphy.

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Oregon is off the beaten track for Irish tourists and we're missing out

On our first night in Oregon we were greeted by a young maÎtre d’ at the Bridgewater Fish House, in Florence — a converted mercantile store reminiscent of the Oleson’s in Little House on the Prairie.

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Live like a local in north Vietnam and you won't want to leave

Want to live like a local in Vietnam? Just master crossing Hanoi’s chaotic streets. After that, you can do anything, says Shilpa Ganatra.

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