The Rose City

oneroseWe recently returned from Portland Oregon to visit our son, and one of the standout attractions was the Rose Garden in Washington Park. In size, variety and quality, this rose garden is the most impressive collection of roses I’ve ever seen. Portland is the Rose City, and even the police cars are adorned with the image of a red rose. The climate and a tradition going back to the 1917 (it’s the oldest public rose test garden in the US) have produced an unsurpassed example of the glory of horticulture. Needless to say the coffee in Portland is very special (try stumptowncoffee.com to sample Portland’s favorite) and the food is superb as well. Bicycles are the preferred means of transport, and partly as a result cars are driven with a restraint and civility that are gratifying compared to the road rage prevalent in New Jersey. All in all, Portland is a low pressure, high quality of life town.

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