Libraries Round the World: Highclere Castle’s Downton Abbey

Highclere Castle, about two hours west of London, has one of the best private libraries I’ve ever seen. And you’ve seen it too, if you watched the popular TV series Downton Abbey. Highclere’s library contains over 5,000 books dating from the 16th century. The current castle, completed in 1878, is still owned by the family, … More Libraries Round the World: Highclere Castle’s Downton Abbey

Libraries Round the World: Finding Your Pocahontas

The main branch of the New York City Public Library on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street in Manhattan has a genealogy department, The Milstein Division. If you’ve ever been curious about your ancestors, drop by for a visit. The Milstein Division has computers available with subscriptions to genealogy websites. Many official paper records such as … More Libraries Round the World: Finding Your Pocahontas

Libraries Round the World: A Liquefying Brandy Library

Hidden away in TriBeCa at 25 North Moore and Varick, you’ll find a unique library. But whatever ‘book’ you check out has to be finished inside the bar. As you can tell, this isn’t your usual library, but I couldn’t resist a visit, and the husband was eager to browse and check something out. The … More Libraries Round the World: A Liquefying Brandy Library

How the 1% Live: NYC Holiday Mansion

If you can stop by NYC and the Upper East Side by December 6th, take a peek inside the magnificent Academy Mansion. The palatial residence was built in 1912 for William Ziegler, using some of his inheritance from the Royal Baking Powder Company. Later the mansion passed to the Woolworth family, and then housed the … More How the 1% Live: NYC Holiday Mansion

Libraries Round the World: Biblioteka Nashonal Kòrsou

Last week I visited the most unique library so far. But instead of telling you the name in English, it’s game time and let’s see if you can guess it. Just don’t take the fun out of it by looking too closely at the photos. Hint #1 ~ The library has fish tanks with tropical fish. … More Libraries Round the World: Biblioteka Nashonal Kòrsou

Libraries Round the World: The New York Society

Hidden away on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, at 53 East 79th Street in an old brownstone, lies The New York Society Library and well worth a visit. But don’t rush over with the intention to check out books. The library is private for members only. Even if you don’t intend to be a … More Libraries Round the World: The New York Society

John Grisham’s Rooster Bar

I had some success figuring out the location of John Grisham’s imaginary Camino Island novel’s setting. That June 13th blog, my most popular so far, has had over 5000 views. And now he’s done it again with another new best-seller, The Rooster Bar, about students in a sub-par law school buried in debt. While I didn’t … More John Grisham’s Rooster Bar