An English Idyll

May 31, 09 An English Idyll

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Its been a perfect English summer day in which we have somehow packed a whole host of activities. We walked into Cambridge centre this morning under a perfect, clear, summer sky to partake of a good old English roast and a ploughmans meal. Afterwich we went on a tour of the famous Kings Chapel. The word magnificent is too small a word to describe the overawing architecture and grandiose, gothic fan vaulted ceilings. The builing of the chapel & college was initiated by Henry VI in 1441. Kings was one of his two royal and religious foundations, the other being Eton College. However Kings College wasnt fully completed until a century later. The awesome and inspiring nature of this edifice is as impressive today as it mustve been to medieval minds when it was built. Even the large wooden doors inside, and still used today, bear the royal seals of Henry VIII and Anne Bolyn carved into them. After our tour we met up with some of Julies friends and drove out to a charming village called Grantchester. Here we had afternoon tea and scones in a tea room called The Orchard. The Orchard was, at the start of the century, a meeting place for a group of intellectuals amongst them Virginia Woolf (author), Rupert Brooke (poet), Bertrand Russell (philosopher) and Maynard Keynes (economist). Right next door is the house and residence of Jeffrey Archer, in the front of which, is a life size bronze statue of Rupert Brooke in WWI military uniform. Rupert Brooke was sadly to die in 1915 but is immortalized by the words of his poem “The Soldier” …. ” If I should die, think only this of me: That theres some corner of a foreign field That is forever England ” After this we headed off to Ely, a small town north of Cambridge were we able to walk around the towering Ely Cathedral. The countryside around Ely is lush and green, made so by the extremely rich and...

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Culture overload

May 30, 09 Culture overload

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Weve had a fantastic day touring Cambridge with Julie again. The weather has been glorious and we took an open top bus tour around the city followed by lunch at a cost little pub right on the river Cam. Afterwards we went punting on the river expertly piloted by one of the students. Im so glad I didnt go for the self drive option. Its incredibly hard going and judging by the efforts if those who did take this option , its not at all easy. The trip down the river was delightful. We passed the truly majestic and ancient Kings College, Queens College and Trinity. Mum and Dad arrive back in the UK from their 3 week China trip today and will be joining us in Cambridge...

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Those dreaming spires

May 29, 09 Those dreaming spires

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Well here we are in the academic idyle of Cambridge visiting lil sis Julie. Shes just completed her first year at Anglia Ruskin University studying Graphic design. Cambridge is a truly wonderful place. Theyve managed to fuse old and new very well to create a truly charming and cosy place. I arrived yesterday and spent a wonderful time walking with Julie in the centre with modern shops nestling tastefully with the famous Kings & Jesus colleges. Cambridge is celebrating a staggering 800 years as a University. The whole city reeks of an ancient historical timeline that runs right up to and includes contemporary use of these famous sites. Julie is doing really well and is loving her course, working hard and achieving some fantastic results and Im really proud of her 😀 Tomorrow we plan to go on an open bus tour and maybe go punting on the...

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