We spent 2 1/2 days or so sightseeing in Cambridge. The Clare Bridge is said to be the oldest and one of the most scenic. There is a piece missing from one of the spheres…they propose that the artist did it to protest his poor pay.
Reed’s friend Malcolm East and his wife Ann currently live north of Cambridge with their nearly 10 month old son. They were able to meet us in Cambridge for a day and a half. Kim and Ann became fast Facebook friends when Eliot was born, and Reed had not seen Malcolm for 23 years. Gotta love Facebook or this meeting might not have occurred! Here, we approach THE icon of Cambridge, Kings College.
A lovely walk is “The Backs” along the River Cam that takes you along the back of various colleges for some incredible views. Most colleges are closed, or you may pay to enter, so it is nice to get some free views!
Cambridge is known for it’s quaint bridges and thank God for that since the only thing Eliot gets more excited about is tunnels. So, I will share a short snippet of our bridge experience for his sake.
And for my engineering friends and family:
Okay, I could go on, but let’s move on to the Colleges of Cambridge. Much to our surprise, you will not find one campus named “The University of Cambridge.” Even thought it is 2nd oldest university in the English speaking world and the 3rd oldest surviving university (approximately 1209). Instead, the student population is approx 18,000 and the town is made up of approximately 31 different Colleges all with their own admissions criteria etc. Here, some pics of popular tourist stops:
“The College Arms are flanked by curious creatures known as yales, mythical beasts with elephants’ tails, antelopes’ bodies, goats’ heads, and swivelling horns” (downloaded from wikipedia 2013). Try explaining that one to a 2 1/2 yr old!
After hangin’ with these friends for the afternoon, we grabbed grub at Jamie Oliver’s restaurant. Turns out he is more than a trendy new chef, he is very much looked up to here and his restaurant was awesome. He believes in healthy kids menu food.
The green grass may make it appear spring-like, but don’t be fooled. I think we missed the warm weather by about a week. Still, we are so glad we got to experience Cambridge and to meet up with friends!
Next up, museums, but now, off to sleep for these tired parents,
Kim and Reed