After several days of heavy rain the sun shone once again so we decided to visit Cambridge. The town is renowned for its parking problems so we decided we would try out the local bus service. From Huntingdon, St Ives and some of the larger villages in between there is a dedicated bus road. We had experienced similar in Ottawa but this was slightly different as the road had concrete guard tracks so that the driver didn’t even have to steer. It was a very efficient service and quickly got us into Cambridge right on the main street.
Cambridge is famous for Cambridge University ranked as one of the top five universities in the world. The town is dominated by the University’s colleges. There are 31 in all. Most of the older colleges date back to the late 13th and early 14th centuries. It is believed that Cambridge was established by scholastic refugees from Oxford following a lynching of one of them. Hence this explains the rivalry between Oxford and Cambridge.
We walked along the main thorough fare walking into a number of colleges if they were open. The older colleges are all designed on a similar plan with a main gate leading through a series of courtyards surrounded on four sides by college residences and offices. All have chapels the most famous being the dominant King’s College Chapel. In Pembroke College we discovered Christopher Wren’s first chapel which was small but beautiful.
After lunch we wandered around further colleges and the quaint shopping streets before finding the bus to return to the campground.
A good day.