It was supposed to be a day trip of exploring Cambridge and meeting up with friends, but the unpredictable English weather decided to throw a spanner in the works – leaving us with the option of either staying indoors or gritting our teeth and fight the damp cold to explore parts of this historic university city.
Cobblestone streets in Cambridge near Trinity College
So grit out teeth we did and explored the major spots, renown collleges and beautiful architecture of this 13th century institution. Prior to that it was a trading centre during the Viking era.
Statue of Isaac Newton, together with statues and lists of other famous Trinity College alumni at the college’s ante-chapel
It was a pity that the King’s college was closed to the public the day we were there but we managed to capture the beautiful architecture from the outside.
OUR LADY AND THE ENGLISH MARTYRS CATHOLIC CHURCH
THE CORPUS CLOCK
One of the more modern fixtures in Cambridge, it’s face is gold plated and mimics ripples created when a stone is dropped in liquid, and also alludes the Big Bang that created the universe.
The rather bizarre monstrous insect above it is dubbed as the ‘Chronophage’ or the time eater.
It was unveiled on Sept 19, 2008 by Cambridge physicist Stephen Hawking.
FITZBILLIES (famous Chelsea bun)
The Fitzbillies Chelsea bun, topped with a gooey sugar syrup, is apparently a must have for first timers in Cambridge. Goes well with a cup of piping hit black coffee – especially on a wet winter’s day. Fitzbillies has been an institution in Cambridge since 1921.
There’s still a lot more of Cambridge to explore, and that’s more than enough reason for a return visit – preferably when it’s warmer.