Tourist In Cambridge #8

Today’s blog post is also known as “Wisteria hysteria and the day of bike spotting”. Spring in Cambridge is the perfect excuse for me to take a cycle around the city with my camera for another post in my Tourist In Cambridge series.

The wisteria around Cambridge is abundant this year – it covers the pretty cottages and terraced houses, and even appears on some student accommodation. This post took quite a while to shoot as there were so many people stopping to take photographs of this mound of wisteria!
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The sunny skies made for a beautiful backdrop and of course there were lots of bikes around as well as Florence who is still modelling her basket tassels.
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Cambridge has so many green spaces and the cows are back on the common! They are so friendly and often create traffic by wandering across the cycle paths. It’s a sign that summer is on the way in the city.Midsummer-Common-Cows

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There’s always a good door or two to enjoy as well.
Cottages-in-Cambridge Cambridge-CottagesMy favourite bikes to spot are Pashley and Bobbin. They have so many beautiful colours and styles. The new range of University of Cambridge Bobbin bikes are so classy, especially the 3 speed chrome paint ladies bike.Pashley-Bicycle-Cambridge Wisteria-Cottages

I’m definitely enjoying looking at the wisteria hysteria hashtag on Instagram lately!Wisteria-Close-UpMy red Cambridge Satchel Company batchel is the perfect bag for cycling as it fits in my basket and can also been worn across the body when I’ve got too many groceries.
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I can’t wait for Spring to turn into summer. We’ll be punting, kayaking, having picnics and taking long bike rides along the river. It’s the perfect place to be.

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Tourist In Cambridge #7

The change in season always makes me want to share another post for my Tourist In Cambridge series. This weekend, we took a walk along the riverside and captured some beautiful autumn light.

Living near the river is something I value so much. Even though we are in a city, there is a sense of calm near the water or green spaces. If I ever need to switch off and take a break from work, this is where I go.

So when Travelodge asked me to share my favourite place in Cambridge for their #FlauntYaHaunt campaign, I knew this would be a great excuse to take a photo walk. Along the river you always see plenty of rowers, kayakers, cyclists and runners. It’s also the place I’m learning to rollerskate!

I hope you enjoy the results of the photo walk and our impromptu stop off later on!

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Whilst we were out, we also took a slight detour to the Varsity Rooftop Terrace Bar to see some views of the city from up high. I think this could become a new favourite place and we hope to catch the fireworks from here on bonfire night.

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Looking down on the city reminded me of when I got G a flying lesson and he flew us over the city in a light aircraft. That’s a story for another day I guess!

I’d love to know your favourite place in your town or city. What makes where you live special?

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Tourist In Cambridge #6

The Tourist In Cambridge posts have naturally become a seasonal series and I like it that way. The change of season is when I begin to notice the best parts of my city and Spring has given me the opportunity to start a new hobby of rollerskating (more on this another time!). I’ve also had the chance to get outside and enjoy the warmer weather with my camera.

So welcome to Spring in my city! We have had some amazing days already so it’s a picture heavy post.

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I get so excited when I see a Watermelon Bobbin Bicycle!

If we ever leave Cambridge, I know I’m going to look back on these posts and it will be bittersweet. This is the only place that has ever truly felt like home for me.

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Tourist In Cambridge #5

Cambridge looks the most pretty in summer, but it is magical in the winter sun too. The ice rink arrives in the city in November and this year we had an outdoor Food Park with independent vendors and festive treats.

I took a photo tour on my bicycle one chilly afternoon to add to the Tourist In Cambridge series with a festive post.

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There were lots of traditional wreaths on the cottage doors.

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We added our new fabric wreath to the door for Christmas.

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Florence has been out and about with me in the cold and her pom poms are holding up well.

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Even in the winter chill, people make the most of the many green spaces around the city.

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I love spotting bicycle decorations and especially love this Pink Pashley with floral bunting on the basket.Pink-Pashley-Bicycle

The Fitzwilliam Museum always manages to look grand whatever the weather, but it is especially majestic in the low winter sunshine.Fitzwilliam-Museum-Cambridge

We don’t buy a real tree because of our cat, but I love the smell!
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This cycle counter is a great addition to the city. The lit up display really wouldn’t photograph well – there had actually been 514 cyclists. Not many, but most of the students had left the city for the holidays at this point in mid December.

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I love the quirky bikes you can spot around the city. I was at the traffic lights on my bike when I quickly snapped this strange mode of transport!

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I hope the winter sun lasts. We had a super sunny Christmas day, it was perfect for a walk along the river and around the city.

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I plan to continue this series into 2015, perhaps with some features on local favourites such as cafes and shops. Do comment if there is something or somewhere in the city you would like to see!

What do you love about where you live?

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Tourist In Cambridge #4

Autumn has finally arrived in Cambridge and the city is flitting between crisp sunny days and rainy showers. The next post in my Tourist In Cambridge series catches the cottage gardens and open spaces around the city, just as the season was changing and before the students returned.

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I think this might be the last week I can get away with wearing my Swedish Hasbeens outdoors this year *sob*! They are so comfortable I may have to get some boots from the range for winter.

If you enjoy my Cambridge photographs, be sure to follow me on Instagram as I love to share shots of my city here (as well as cat pictures and bicycles!).

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