Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

October 24, 2021

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Where fact meets fiction

If you’re not hooked on PBS’ Downton Abbey, chances are you know someone who’s been completely sucked in. If that someone is special, you might want to let him or her know that HighClere Castle in Southeast England, set of the drama and home of the real-life Carnarvon family since 1679, opens for tours every summer, this year beginning July 14 through September 12. The grand 1840s mansion was a centre of political life during the late Victorian era and visitor books have records of house parties full of soldiers, aviators and politicians. Today, guided tours skirt through the staterooms then up the red stairs to some bedrooms before heading down via the oak staircase to the leather-lined saloon. For the real dirt, however, consider getting Lady Fiona Carnarvon’s new book, Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey. Its pics, recipes and even instructions to servants sheds light into what life was really like at Highclere around WWI. Castle and garden tours: adults $17, kids 4 to 16 $10.

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