Sunday, 17 July 2011

A Day Out... In Cambridge (before the weather got the better of us)

So we were awake early again this Sunday so rather than face the pile of ironing and the sorting out of the spare room (just shut the door I say) we decided to jump in the car and head out on the A10 to Cambridge.

The colleges were beautiful in the sunshine (soon to be drenched in a typical Staycation downpour) and although everywhere seemed to be overrun by parties of either Italian or French teenagers Cambridge has a lot going for it. Beautiful buildings, more excellent pubs with great food than you can shake a stick at and lots and lots of individual shops and boutiques to while away a few hours. Of course it also has all the standard shopping too - everything from Holister and Mac to Jaeger, Carluccio's and Cath Kidson the usual affluent city centre shops are there in abundance, so if you want a weekend with plenty of arts, good restaurants and lots of retail therapy then Cambridge is a good bet.
The Cake Stall in the market which is on every weekend and is worth a visit all on it's own...
Cheeses and meats from the continent...
Fresh and local flowers...
Fresh fudge being made before your eyes.
One of the many individual shops...
We had lunch at The Eagle - a superb Sunday Roast, and sat next to the lead singer of James. The pub was founded in the 16th century and the airmen of bomber crews in the Second World War have signed the ceiling in the RAF bar. These include the crew of the Memphis Belle and those who dropped the bouncing bombs. Poignant as many will never have returned...
Punting on the River Camb.
The Bridge of Sighs - who needs Venice?

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