I arrived in Cambridge at about 3:00pm and checked in at the IBIS hotel, which is literally next door to the train station - couldn't have been any easier! I'm rooming with Dr Karen Coats of Illinois State University. We teach together at Hollins and are on a panel this weekend at the Synergy and Contradiction: How Picturebooks and Picture Books Work Conference hosted by Cambridge University. We caught up at the cafe in front of the hotel that overlooks a wonderful open square.
As it was our first day in Cambridge, we walked around and played tourist. The nicest part was the welcome of the bells from Greater St Mary's Cathedral! It seemed that every corner we turned revealed something else that was just wonderful.

This bizarre clock has become quite famous in Cambridge - this bizarre creature forwards the wheel that forwards time.

They don't feature unicorns down here, but the emblems are just as grand and gilt.

Very, very old buildings are everywhere, and some are just so charming - I have way too many photos to share!

And of course, the gargoyles are splendid.

There's also a park similar to The Meadows in Edinburgh.

And there are hidey holes everywhere, like this sweet pub that is obviously well-known with the locals.

Truly, every street was another beautiful surprise.

Of course, I had to take a photo of the local Waterstones...

I must admit, I am in love with this town!!! More soon!

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