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As I am getting ready to head out tomorrow, I wanted to share some of the pictures I’ve taken while wandering around Cambridge and Cambridgeshire. I have spent the last ten days here working in the archives at various colleges and exploring this lovely little town.

One trend in Cambridge that I saw immediately was the near ubiquity of wicker baskets on bicycles:

The lone bicycle

The lone bicycle

 

All in a row

All in a row

Bicycles in Cambridge

Attached to just about anything..

 

Bicycles in Cambridge

…and ridden by anyone!

 

Due to the sprawling campus and large student population, Cambridge seems to be the town for bicycles, which you can find on every street, post, and field.

Bicycles by the River

Bicycles by the River

 

Cambridge has a number of wonderful places to wander, including:

 

The River Cam

The River Cam

 

The Market Square

The Market Square

 

The Botanical Gardens

The Botanical Gardens

 

Bookshops, such as the supposed 'Haunted' Bookshop

Numerous Bookshops, such as the ‘Haunted’ Bookshop

 

The Fitzwilliam Museum

The Fitzwilliam Museum

 

The medieval University of Cambridge still features many remnants of a past age, whether in its architecture, reconstruction, or large collections of manuscripts:

 

Peeking through the wooden door

Peeking through a wooden door

 

The Findern Manuscript

The Findern Manuscript, 15th century (Middle English)

 

A Music Binding, Trinity MS O.5.13

A Music Wrapper, 13th century (Latin)

 

French Illumination

French Illumination, 14th century (Middle French)

 

Medieval Pricking

Medieval Pricking

 

This palimpsest-like history continues with other objects as well, such as the sapling grown from the tree in which Newton supposedly found his inspiration for the theory of gravity…

The sapling from Newton's Tree

The sapling from Newton’s Tree

 

…and the eighteenth and nineteenth century busts and paintings in the entryway to the Wren Library at Trinity College.

The Wren Library Entryway

The Wren Library Entryway

 

If you grow tired of wandering the winding streets of Cambridge,

Cambridge streets on a rainy day

Cambridge streets on a rainy day

 

Cambridge streets on a sunny day

Cambridge streets on a sunny day

 

then take advantage of the ample pathways though fields and meadows in the surrounding countryside (which are often completely deserted). I was able to walk from Cambridge > Coton > Barton > Cambridge in about three and a half hours or so (just over ten miles) and did not see another person in the countryside. The paths can become a bit muddy on a rainy day (it was raining pretty hard as I walked), but that is a small price to pay to get away from the crowds.

Field with Llamas, Cambridgeshire (just outside Coton)

Field with Llamas, Cambridgeshire (just outside Coton)

 

Another gate, another field

Another gate, another field

 

A Wild Pheasant

A Wild Pheasant

 

Mallard Ducks

Mallard Ducks

 

After a long day, I like to relax with a drink, a (medieval) puzzle, and a good book.

Bill's Restaurant

Bill’s Restaurant

 

Trinity College, MS O.5.13

Medieval Chess Problems

 

Book of Games (c. 1805)

Book of Games (c. 1805)

Cheers!

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