So as part of my 29th+1 year – I am just doing whatever the heck I like, this mostly seems to include a lot of travel!
So I am trying to tick off the staycations I can in my lovely home England. Last months trip was to the City of Cambridge! Can’t believe it has taken me so long – Cambridge has libraries, history, learning, architecture and authors (including my favourites Oscar Wilde and Lord Byron).
If you get the chance to go – its an amazing place to go! Being one of the University that has produced the most Nobel Prize winners, 32 in total and is in the top 5 in the world (coming in at number 4).
Of course a trip to Cambridge would have to start with a tour around The University of Cambridge and King’s College Chapel. Having the worlds largest fan ceiling, and just look at that beauty! The first stone was laid in 1446 by Henry VI and was continued to be worked on by Kings throughout the years up until Henry VIII. You can see the touches of the the most notable Tudor King in the engraved H&K for his first wife Katherine of Aaron, H&A for his second wife Anne Boleyn and H&K in the stained glass for his fifth wife Katherine Howard!
After the tour of the Chapel and grounds you of course have to do what Cambridge is most famous for PUNTING on the river Cam. It was a great way to see the sites along the river and hear the history and stories from our amazing ex-alumni punter.
The wooden Mathematic bridge – which is constructed from all straight beams, but curves – work that one out! Sadly the tales are false that this was build by Sir Isaac Newton (seeing as he was dead for 22 years before the bridge was built). Of course The Bridge of Sighs – which I have now seen in 3 different locations (The Real one in Venice, Italy. Oxford and now Cambridge)!
Then a spot of lunch in The Eagle Pub, where Francis Crick interrupted patrons’ lunch on 28th February 1953 to announce that he and James Watson had “discovered the secret of life” after they had come up with the structure for DNA. Also the place of the RAF bar – where the RAF and The United States Airforce during the Second World War grafittied the ceiling before being called to the fight!
The free Evensong in Kings Chapel – you experience the boys Choir of the College and get to experience the whole chapel by candlelight!
A visit to the beautiful Fitzwilliam museum – why not see beautiful art in a beautiful setting!
For any reader and lover of the classics a visit to Trinity Universities Wren Library – they have manuscripts on display by the greats Oscar Wilde, Shakespeare, Lord Byron, Isaac Newton, A.A. Milne. I mean 15,000 books – I WAS IN HEAVEN!!
Whilst in the area – a visit to Grantchester is a nice little detour. With the highest concentration of Nobel Prize winner, presumably being current or retired academic from the nearby Universities of Cambridge. Students and tourists usually punt from Cambridge to this little town. Notable residents included the Edwardian poet Rupert Brooke.
Also home to Byron’s pool, named after Lord Byron, who is said to have swum there (According to Rupert Brooke). For the Music fans Cambridge and Grantchester have strong ties with Pink Floyd, the village being home to the band member David Gilmour.
The village is also the setting of the detective novels ‘The Grantchester Mysteries’, now adapted to the screen by ITV. The drama has been shown since 2014 under the title Grantchester and filmed on location in the village itself.