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:
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.
Cambridge has a number of wonderful places to wander, including:
The medieval University of Cambridge still features many remnants of a past age, whether in its architecture, reconstruction, or large collections of manuscripts:
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…
…and the eighteenth and nineteenth century busts and paintings in the entryway to the Wren Library at Trinity College.
If you grow tired of wandering the winding streets of Cambridge,
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.
After a long day, I like to relax with a drink, a (medieval) puzzle, and a good book.