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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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(Practically Antarctica) Punta Arenas

Though Biblioteca Seis Punta Arenas (#6) in Chile is not the southernmost public library in the world, it’s awfully close (I think Puerto Williams, just over one hundred miles south, probably gets that honor if one rules out McMurdo).  In January … Continue reading

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Clever Clive

Back again in the big skies of the American West, I came upon Clive Public Library (CPL) nestled in the lush rolling hills of central Iowa. Just half a mile from our hotel in a suburb of DesMoines, it shares a complex with … Continue reading

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