As a famous university town, Cambridge gets a fair number of visitors. With BREXIT, I guess the money now goes even further.
This was a group of visitors from the Far East outside St Johns College. Of course, you have to take a few photos! This café, Le Pattesier, just opposite St Johns, serves decent meals at decent prices, with a smile.
Cambridge is famous as a university town filled with bikes! This shot, just across the road from Trinity College, is typical. There are a lot of bikes in Cambridge. In the summer months it is filled with foreign students on bikes, most who are lost and not used to being on the left of the road.
Every other Tuesday I have been going in to Cambridge on the service bus to my U3A course on Polar Studies at the Scott Polar Institute. As the speaker today was commanded to go to the Economic Forum in Davos, we had a different speaker at short notice: he was very good.
On the way in, I just relax and count the bird species I see. Usually it is between 8 and 12 different species, although in total I have seen many more.
What struck me today was the vast number of blackbirds. They were everywhere. I am not sure why there seem to be so many: are the marking territory or seeking mates?
For over 40 years there has been a grade 2 listed former farmhouse empty
in our village. Slowly it was going to ruin. Over the last 2 years it
has been extensively renovated and is now for sale. Today was an "open
house" so we went to have a look around. Someone will like it and buy
it. It is on the market for just under £1M. It would make a good Bed
& Breakfast house or large family home. It is just across the
road from the church. This picture shows the view from one of the
Our local museum has an exhibition about railways in and around Burwell.
Passenger traffic ended in the early 1960s but freight traffic limped
on for a few more years. They also had a video of the branch line to
Mildenhall from Cambridge which went through Burwell.
This redundant church in Cambridge was visited on Friday. It was open.
It is located just north of the Folk Museum. I'll do a write-up for the
church blog next week. Nice place - small but holy. It is a pity it is no longer in use.
Our best man 45 years ago (we married in 1971) has left after a few days with us. He is a good friend and guest and we always pick up as if we saw each other just yesterday. He live 200 miles away and it is often 6 months or more since we last met.
Today we did a walk at Quy, knowing that nearby Anglesey Abbey (National Trust) would be quite busy at the weekends. On this walk we saw very few people, but quite a few birds including 2 little egrets and 1 buzzard overhead. We heard a couple of green woodpeckers and saw mute swans, tits, a coot and several mallard ducks.
Mondays this term I have been attending a University of the Third Age course in Cambridge. I go into, and out of, Cambridge on the bus using my bus pass. As I usually have some time after the course, I get a bite to eat in different places in the city. At the moment my favorite is Le Patissier, opposite St John's college. This is a small place but prices are reasonable and I have found the service very good.
Today we visited the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and had a very nice
meal at a cafe at the URC church just down the road. Cafe prices were
very good, as was the food. All the cafe staff are volunteers and many
have mental disabilities.
The Fitzwilliam has some famous exhibits. It
is funny how one takes this wonderful city for granted. People travel
half way around the world to see sites we can see every day if we want, for nothing. I am sure a visitor would love Cambridge.
Most Mondays this term, I go into Cambridge for my U3AC course, "Living
with less". The course is very good. I travel into Cambridge and home
on the bus and enjoy the bus ride. It involves a walk through the centre
of Cambridge, which is quiet at this time of year. In the summer it
can get busy with language students and visitors. I am fortunate to have
a wide choice of U3AC courses and Cambridge on my doorstep. Many people
travel the world to see sights I just take for granted.
College Chapel is probably the most famous building in Cambridge and is
known the world over. Yesterday my wife and I went there for a
lunchtime concert (great) and I have updated the churches blog.
This is a view of King's College Chapel from the River Cam.