The Other Blue – Cambridge

Our time in Cornwall signalled the end of the driving part of our trip.  We  returned our rental car to the depot in Plymouth and caught the train at midday from there to Cambridge.  We had to change trains in London and arrived at our accommodation late in the afternoon.  It was a relaxing day as we could sit back and let someone else do the driving.

Cambridge is flat and easy to get around.  Our accommodation overlooked the river and was about 15 minutes walk to the centre of town.  The walkway along the river makes for a scenic stroll.

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It was a short but most enjoyable visit.  We caught the Hop-on/Hop-off sightseeing bus which gave us a great overview of the city.  However, the highlight was definitely the punt cruise on the River Cam.

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This is the way to see many of the historic colleges which line the river,

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including the famous King’s College chapel.

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There are many footbridges which are part of the colleges lining the river.  Several colleges have buildings on both sides of the river.

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After having been to both Oxford and Cambridge, there seem to be some real differences and Cambridge is definitely my preference.  Oxford seems like a city with a university but Cambridge is clearly about the university and colleges and the city plays second fiddle.

 

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