Exploring & Escapades

bits & pieces of my travels

Tag: Cambridgeshire

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. 

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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. 

Grantchester, Star & Mouse

A movie night out, under the stars in charming Grantchester, marred only by the fact that I completely smashed my phone screen (oops). It was the first day of May, a bank holiday weekend in England. We snuggled up under blankets with popcorn and wine.

Aren’t the striped chairs adorable?? I want them for my house. 

Spring Botanic Garden

This Botanic Garden that I love, my favorite place to wander and practice using my camera. I’ve visited in the fall and in the winter. Now, the spring. It’s never the same. Something new is alive every time. 

Ely Spring

Ely is beautiful in all seasons, but especially in the springtime when the pink flowers burst open against the grey skies. It’s still a bit chilly here in England, but the rainbow of flowers everywhere are a reminder that summer isn’t too far. Warmer days will be here soon and, with them, a new kind of beauty. 

Anglesey Abbey

Anglesey Abbey is the closest National Trust site to us in Cambridge, and yet, somehow we had always overlooked it. To be honest, we assumed it was “only” a giant, old house. In fact, it’s much more than a house. The grounds are expansive, full of gardens and woodland paths. There’s even an old, working mill. 

It was such a nice afternoon out in the sun. 

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