Taking a punt on Cambridge, England


Cambridge was a lovely tranquil place to be after the insanity of London. (Don't get me started! The airport. Ughh! I'm going everywhere by boat from now on. But luckily we were there before the riots.) What does the above photo remind you of? Well it reminds me of Harry Potter but I'm sure I've seen King's College, Cambridge many times in various tv shows over the years so that as you're walking past it you feel like you're dreaming. It's just another world. This kind of gothic architecture evokes for me the same kind of awe and wonder you get looking at stalagmites in caves. It's like it's not built by men but grew somehow. As an aside the large square of grass in front of it was used by Roger Waters from Pink Floyd as inspiration for their song 'Brain Damage'! Yes the same guy who created 'The Wall'. Didn't like school obviously.

Punting around the canals in Cambridge was popular in spite of the weather. Punts are flat bottomed boats with a square cut bow. They use them in smaller rivers or shallow water. This was a funny minor collision between a few punts no doubt from the umbrellas blocking the view. It was always cloudy in England when we were there. I don't know how they can stand it. And I suppose a lot can't stand it as plenty of people from the UK (around 20,000 each year) go to live in Australia.

Strolling along the Kings Parade, the main street where all the colleges of Cambridge University are. Sir Isaac Newton went to Trinity College and I was listening recently to an internet radio talk by British author Lucy Wyatt. She thinks Isaac Newton was an secret 'alchemist' who perhaps owed some of his discoveries to the 'ancients' secret knowledge of light and gravity. Interesting. Supposedly on his bookshelves when he died were many books on alchemy. Who knows?

The incredible Kings College Chapel. Started in 1446 by Henry VI and which took over a century to build. Cambridge is pretty old. Well not by Australian aboriginal standards but there were people settled around Cambridge since before the Roman Empire. The Romans developed it as a military outpost in about AD40.

Little old church cemetery. Sometimes as we were walking around the streets of Cambridge surrounded by piles of very old stone and bricks I had the occasional thought of feeling suffocated with it all. Would it be such a bad thing to knock some of it down?

A pair of stony-faced stone lions out the front of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. Yes turning patchy grey can make you feel like that.

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  1. You were incredibly unlucky - I live near Cambridge and we have had a fantastic summer around here!

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  2. I'm glad to hear that Jane as I'd like to go back and explore the area one day.

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  3. On the whole, it's usually good until mid July, when it becomes unpredictable - but of course that is when many europeans take their holidays. August brings humidity and thunderstorms in this area, or damp mornings and very hot afternoons, which is awful if you have gone out for the day in heavy jeans and a thick top!

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  4. Late July and August are unsettled, you need to come earlier if you can.

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  5. Thanks Jane for the good advice. Yes we'll definitely make it an earlier trip the next time.

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  6. how beautiful are the structures. i know i'll never see them in person but thanks for sharing. :-)

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  7. Wow so beautiful pics Thanks for sharing :)

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  8. Thanks Bing and Tegel Outlet for the great comments.

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