Leaving the island was difficult. It’s so beautiful and we had such a ‘jolly time’ as the Famous Five would say!
Cambridge and the punts beckoned, so after lunch at the pub we packed up and headed off.
Arriving in the afternoon around 4 it was still very warm, so after checking into our accommodation – Newnham College – we headed off.
Accomodation in Cambridge is quite expensive and we had a car to park so this College, just over the river from the town, was perfect.
Steve did some study here a while ago and remembered the layout. So we started walking and opted to jump on a punt for a close-up view of the Colleges that line the river.
They are beautiful. Our guide and pole master, Charity, was very good at storytelling and brought alive some of the history behind the establishment of these famous Colleges.
Kings College, Trinity and St Johns are big, imposing and rivals!
We glided along – sometimes ducking the poles of the punters who thought they could ‘do it themselves’ and obviously couldn’t!
After river excitement it was beer and Pimms time. Very traditional to have a Pimms before, after or during punting.
Dinner in a pub on the river then a walk back to our College. It would be great to be a student here for awhile.
The next morning we bought tickets to view the Kings College Chapel – a must. It’s huge. Hardly a Chapel and has an interesting history to go with it.
Read about it here.
From here we went up the Wren Library in Trinity College. It’s a must for Library lovers. It opened in 1695 and is still a working library.
They have a wonderful collection including a hand written copy of Winnie the Pooh! But no photos allowed.
I loved the little brass motifs all along the footpaths.
Then it was off to the countryside to visit the Henry Moore Sculpture Garden.
I’ll have to blog about that separately. It’s that wonderful.