The following day was all about Cambridge, which we explored both in our rental car and on foot. A busy, bustling college town filled with incredibly impressive buildings dating to the fifth century, narrow cobblestone lanes, and lush, carefully tended grounds and gardens. (Those pictures were lost, too. (Double waah!!)
We hiked, visited a trout farm, stuffed ourselves with scones, tea and sandwiches, explored the countryside, and wound up in the absolutely charming little village of Cirencester, where we visited the beautiful St. John the Baptist Church, the Corinium Museum (Cirencester was the "Roman capital" of England during the 1st through 3rd centuries, complete with a working amphitheatre). Parts of the ancient Roman wall surrounding the town still stand.
The best part of the trip, though, was the company. I got to spend time with my dear friend Anna (here we are soaking up some literary vibes in London):
And these two handsome blokes, who for some reason, followed us everywhere :-):
All in all, a truly wonderful time, some great memories, and worth those incredibly long 9 hour flights both ways. Still recovering from the jet lag, though! It was a long-awaited and much enjoyed vacation, but now it's time to get back to the real world... Book #2 in the Devil's Bargain series isn't finished yet, and Halloween is coming up!!