"There are few greater temptations on earth than to stay permanently in Oxford." —Cyril Clemens
 Having Tuesday lunch at "The Bird and the Baby,” where the Inklings had Tuesday lunch for 24 years.
 Having Monday lunch at the Eastgate Hotel, where J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis had Monday lunches for two decades, and which Lewis described as “one of the pleasantest spots in the week.”
 Taking mass at St Aloysius Church, where Tolkien took mass daily and where, half a century earlier, poet Gerard Manley Hopkins had served as curate.
 Lewis’ house, the Kilns, and the C.S. Lewis Nature Preserve, which used to be its grounds.
 The Great Hall staircase at Christ Church College, where Lewis Carroll taught mathematics and wrote the Alice books. This staircase also served as part of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter movies.
 The birthplace of Dorothy Sayers, and final resting places of Tolkien, Charles Williams, Lewis, Kenneth Grahame, and Hugo Dyson.
 The house where Tolkien wrote most of The Lord of the Rings and the house where he lived when they were published.
 Addison’s Walk, where Tolkien, Lewis, and Dyson had the storied late-night conversation that led to Lewis becoming a Christian. The walk is along the River Cherwell, where the characters from Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows lived.
 St Mary the Virgin Church, where Lewis preached “The Weight of Glory” and where, 400 years earlier, Thomas Cranmer was convicted of heresy and sentenced to burn at the stake. The memorial on the site where Cranmer, author of The Book of Common Prayer, was burned. Behind it is Balliol College, where, two centuries earlier, John Wycliffe and his team made the first English translation of the Bible and where, three centuries later, Hopkins would study.
 A common wood-pigeon. Its description by Cornell University’s bird identification app gives me no end of delight: “Often rather unaware, and frequently crashes noisily and clumsily out of hedges and bushes."
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