Cambridge, England – An Afternoon Visit

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October 2016 – Cambridge (UK), a university city in about 50 miles north of London has always been one of the places that I’ve been curious about.  Last month I have had the opportunity to spend an afternoon in this very popular place; a home to one of the Ivy League universities.

 

Hello Cambridge!

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Entering the city (shot from the car).  

 

For a Sunday, the city centre was quite busy.   Both locals and tourists fill the streets.  Amongst them were groups of people from Southeast Asia (parents together with their freshman looking children).  I guess this is the time of the year when we see this kind of scenario in university towns or cities .

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I parked along the side of the Parker’s Piece park below but we learned that people can only park for an hour here.  I moved my car to the indoors car park just at the other side of the park at Gonville Place (A603).

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The Parker’s Piece green common at the centre of Cambridge

 

Cambridge was quoted as the ‘city of cycling’.  Sure enough there are bikes everywhere within the city.

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The different colleges of the University (31 in total) are very much integrated with the city. The first college that we explored was the Emmanuel College.

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Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge at St. Andrews Street

 

There are probably hundreds of similar photos of this Court out there but I took one too for my souvenir.

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The Front Court

 

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Front Court

 

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The entrance to another Court and to a college Library 

 

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 This might be the old library.  

 

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A smaller Court

 

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A souvenir photo of myself at this Court

 

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Part of the smaller court.  I think (i honestly forgot) we went to the Queen’s Building through this door here.

 

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A quite modern building compared to other buildings of this college

This college is quite big but we planned to have a quick glimpse of at least another one before we go home.  We have not really explored everything in this campus.

 

Our next stop was the Downing College just across the road from Emmanuel.

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The entrance to the college campus from Regent Street

 

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The Maitland Robinson Library

 

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The front of the library

 

This college has plenty of trees and open green spaces inside its campus

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The big open space infront of the Administration building

 

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My son is looking at the trees sculpture in front of the chapel

 

In June this year, the Chinese artist, Ai Weiwei presented his Cubes and Trees exhibition in this college.  According to the Downing College website, the exhibition will ran until the 9th of October 2016.

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The Chapel with trees sculpture

 

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Niko is photographing the detail of the Trees artwork 

 

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Ai Weiwei, the Trees artist (photo is owned by Cambridge News)

 

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To the The Howard Theater

 

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The Howard Theater

 

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The Administration building

 

And that was it.  We left the Downing campus and headed back to pickup our car.  There are more to see but we only have a short afternoon to spend.  I would like to visit other colleges next time I get near this side of the country.

 

As we drove out of the city we took some more photos from the car.

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The KPMG building at Hills Road

 

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Beware!

 

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On our way out of the city.  Goodbye Cambridge!

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