Place: Cambridge, England.
Date: October 26, 2013.
Camera: Sony DSC-HX20V.
Yesterday we took advantage of Greater Anglia's Duo train ticket and ventured north to Cambridge, my first visit in about 13 years.
We didn't really have a plan in mind, but after wandering the grounds of Emmanuel College, we eventually found ourselves sitting on the river deck of the (excellent) Anchor pub, enjoying the intermittent sunshine and hoping the fast-moving grey clouds would keep on moving. Predictably, after a few pints and time spent watching the punts on the Cam, it began to rain. We headed indoors and ordered our lunch — the most delicious fish'n'chips for me, mussels and fries for T — and another round of drinks.
"What did you do in Cambridge?" we imagined people asking us.
"Umm, we spent four hours in the pub!"
So, then, shocked into at least seeing some of the sights, we braved the hordes of tourists and took a long wander, heading in the direction of King's College, which is where everyone heads when they visit Cambridge. We were deterred by the £7.50 entry charge to the chapel and, as it turns out, if we had decided to join the (very long) queue, we probably wouldn't have seen much: they closed the gates five minutes after we arrived!
We admired the grounds of nearby Clare College instead.
We saw lots of other things too — the Round Church, the main shopping thoroughfares, the winding building-lined alleys, the Corpus Clock and St John's College — before stopping for another drink at the (distinctly average) Baron of Beef pub.
When it was time to head back to the train station we discovered most of our route cordoned off, thanks to a bomb scare, and we ended up having to walk a mile-and-a-half very quickly to make sure we didn't miss the 17.04 back to Liverpool Street! Despite the crowds and the inclement weather, it was a rather relaxing (and somewhat boozy) day, the perfect way to unwind after a busy week.