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Chuffed about Chur’s Libraries

Chur (pronounced coor) is in the idyllic “Heidi” country of eastern Switzerland, so the sounds of ringing cowbells echo from the surrounding verdant hillside meadows. In the heart of the pretty old town, through a vaulted passage, lies Kantonsbibliothek Graubünden (KBG). The … Continue reading

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Inspiring Innsbruck

I got a taste of this pretty Austrian metropolis many years ago, a few years after their 1976 Winter Olympics.  Bigger now, it retains its charm.  A short walk from the pastel houses lining the sparkling Inn River I came to the Stadtbücherei … Continue reading

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Serene Sežana

Just 11 miles from Trieste, nestled in the rolling green hills of tidy southwestern Slovenia, lies the town of Sežana.  Once belonging to Austria, they had to hide all Slovenian books while occupied by Italy after World War I.  During WWII it was … Continue reading

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Tremendous Trieste

Bordered by Croatia to the south and Slovenia to the east, Trieste, Italy clings to the lower reaches of a karst plateau.  Flanking a cobbled walk and reached by either steep streets or staircases Biblioteca Comunale Quarantotti Gambini’s (BCQG) locale is typical of this tranquil metropolis on … Continue reading

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Debonair Deshaies

Butterfly shaped Guadeloupe in the Leeward Islands has close to half a million people and is the biggest EU territory in North America.  An “overseas region and department of France” they speak French and Antillean Creole and offer a fascinating … Continue reading

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Handsome Hilton Head

Though just 45 minutes from downtown Savannah, the drive passed romantic stretches of Spanish moss draped trees and marshy South Carolina Lowcountry brings you to a different world.  You probably know the island as a golf mecca with beautiful beaches, but despite … Continue reading

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Timeless Tybee

The easternmost point in Georgia, Tybee Island reminds me of the coastal hamlets of my New England youth.  Just up from the massive pier (unfortunately closed since sustaining damage during Hurricane Matthew last fall), the street is full of beach shops … Continue reading

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