This is the first year we got around to visiting Cambridge, and I fell in love with it.
As we drove into the area, we saw parks and fields and cows right up to the city center.
And then it is all there, a great big university town located in Cambridgeshire, England 50 miles north of London on the River Cam.
Within a relatively small area, there are these beautiful classic buildings of the various colleges and churches and shops.
We came in early after flying all night from the states, so to stay awake we wandered the streets.
I couldn’t think of a better place to get over jet lag than Cambridge.
Around each corner there was something else to see, and the shops were attention grabbing.
Many of the university and college grounds were admissible by ticket only, but we were just as happy this day to wander and look in from the main streets.
There was plenty to see just wandering around aimlessly.
Word has it that Cambridge was founded by disgruntled scholars from Oxford who didn’t get along with the educators there. I think they founded a mighty fine alternative. And the University of Cambridge, founded in 1209 is consistently ranked as one of the top five universities in the world. The city is flooded with tourists and students (there are over 24,000 students in Cambridge), even in August.
We ended the day perfectly for a first day in Britain…dinner in a Cambridge pub.
We decided then and there to return towards the end of our trip, and explore this magnificent city in more detail.