Exploring & Escapades

bits & pieces of my travels

Tag: Cambridgeshire

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. 

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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. 

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. 

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