Exploring & Escapades

bits & pieces of my travels

Tag: Cambridgeshire

Grantchester

Summer broke early in Cambridge this year. Real summer. The summer that beckons you to the park. Picnic blanket, book, boat summer. Sun shining summer.

Grantchester Meadows is like the “beach” of Cambridge to me; a destination of sunbathers and swimmers. The place to which everyone escapes to a thousand shades of green.

 

Cambridge Spring

Sunny, hot, summer-springtime, April in Cambridge. I had forgotten what it felt like to be warm, to walk freely sans rain coat or weighed down by boots and layers. 

So rare, and so wonderful. We had cocktails on the Varsity roof deck to celebrate. 

Cambridge Snow

Living in Cambridge for nearly two and a half years; this is the first time I have ever seen snow. And so much snow! Blanketing the world, bringing everything to a silent stop – even if only a few hours. Then, it was all gone. Every trace. But it was there for a fleeting moment, and it is something that I’ll never forget. 

Cambs Summer

Cambridge summer, fast and fleeting. It arrives out of nowhere, and you swear you won’t take it for granted. But as quickly as it came, you forget that there was ever a time when the sun set before 9:00 pm or rose after 5:00 am. The days are long. If not warm, at least not cold. There are picnics in the sun, Shakespeare plays in the park. Biking to the center for gelato. Prosecco, rosé, brie, mozzarella, olives, checkered blankets, lawn games, a speaker, sitting out in Jesus Green until dinnertime.

And then, it’s gone. Slowly at first, then quickly, the world plunges into darkness. The sun rises after 8 and sets before 4, until one day, you wake up and the summer is gone.

If only it lasted forever. 

St Ives

St Ives, a Cambridge day out. We were eager (or as the British say, “keen”) to explore somewhere new and spend time outside, but didn’t feel like driving more than an hour or so. St Ives is only a 40 minute drive from us, so it was perfect.

The day began with a walk through the Houghton Meadows, continued along the River Great Ouse on to Holt Island, and concluded sitting in the sun at the cutest riverside tearoom, the River Terrace Cafe. Such a great discovery for us. I hope we can make it back  at least once this summer for Sunday jazz afternoons in the park. 

Peacocks Tearoom

Another week, another excursion to Peacocks Tearoom. The absolute best of it’s kind. To be honest, every post I’ve ever written about Ely is linked to a Peacocks trip… I just finally made some time to capture it in photos. It was wisteria season, after all. 

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