Strolling through Cambridge

Trip Start Apr 01, 2012
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Trip End Oct 01, 2012


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Friday, August 31, 2012

Very cool morning but dry and the promise of sunshine for the day. We made ourselves comfortable first and turned the heater on first thing this morning. Got ready and caught the bus into the city of Cambridge just after 10am. It is only a short walk to the bus stop and a short bus trip to Cambridge. As soon as we go off the bus we felt that Cambridge was different from lots of other places we have visited and felt good. Found the tourist information and collected all the info we could gather. A sit down, cup of coffee and planned our day in the city. Of course the colleges dominate the city and everything draws you to it. They are all situated along the river in very splendid grounds and the best architecture we have seen for a while.
First stop was the famous Kings College, this college was founded by King VI in 1441.Kings was one of his two 'royal and religious foundations, the other being Eton.The college's aim was to admit 70 scholars drawn from poor backgrounds to further their education. Henry drew up detailed instructions for the building of the "Great Court" but only the Chapel was ever finished and even that took nearly a century.  King's is a working College and today has 600 students, and 100 tutors. Most of these students live and study at Kings. The Chapel is magnificent and awesome to see. The Chapel is 88 metres long, 12 metres in span between the piers and the vault is 24 metres high.It has 26 sets of of stained glass windows, which took around 30 years to make. As soon as you enter the chapel you sense the sublime spaciousness of the chapel, with its fan vaulted ceiling. The organ dominates the centre of the Chapel. While we were there , the organ was being tuned which was not a nice noise to listen to but gave you a pretty good idea how it would sound when played properly.  After Kings we walked to the Trinity College, most of it was not open to visitors so we walked around the courtyard only and had a stroll in the gardens and along the river.  Next stop St John's college, not as magnificent as Kings. This University of Cambridge has been in existance since the early 13th century when scholars moving from Oxford and from Paris formed a school here.the early students used to live in private houses and not until a lot later were they provided with communual hostels. You can tell by the different architecture of the building that this was built a lot later, it almost looks modern compared to the main building. Still very nice to look at though.
Ready for our late lunch pit stop by now, found a nice little pub in the main street and enjoyed a nice lunch.On our way to the bus stop we came across a little round church, on of only 3 in England. Built in 1130 and looks as cute as anything. Not very spectacular inside and very small but good to visit. Finally caught the bus back to the park and enjoyed a nice cup of tea.
A lovely day today, no rain and walking around in the sun made all the difference. We are a couple of happy bunnies once again.  On the move again tomorrow.
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