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A bright day on Cambridge streets

Although the sky was overcast and bleak yet my day ended up very bright and sunny..cuz  I was  in Cambridge, UK-  a vibrant university city with bustling shopping areas, beautiful green spaces and unspoilt historic buildings dating back through the centuries to early medieval times.

And these days it’s only about 50 minutes from central London by fast train. My brief ride from the station to the center of town, albeit along a main road, was a pleasure, with no buses driving on my back wheel and no cars revving their engines trying to overtake dangerously. First stop, the central market, of course :-)

Cambridge is a market city and stalls have been trading at the historic market square in the city center since the middle ages. From Monday to Saturday, you’ll find stalls selling all kind of stuff from books to clothes, jewellery and bags to fresh fruit and vegetables. And then there are second hand bikes, garden plants, mobile phones, accessories…

The market square also hosts a local food, arts and crafts market on Sundays selling organic produce from local farmers and work from some of the region’s most talented artists, craftsmen, potters, sculptors and photographers.

Going to Cambridge is a bit like stepping into a different world ..Hogwarts did always come to mind when I went walking here :-). It’s filled with young students and old buildings. .an interesting juxtaposition.

street, cambridge, UK

The University dominates Cambridge city center and the architecture of the city and gives the city the relaxed yet busy feel.

St. John's College, Cambridge

It was set up in 1209 and is one of the top universities in the world, which is no surprise considering it has created such minds as Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Francis Bacon, Lord Kelvin and Alan Turing.

Cambridge is a collegiate university, meaning that it is made up of self-governing and independent colleges, each with its own property and income.

The Church of the Holy Cepulchre, or the Round Church, Cambridge

There are plenty of churches here, some of which are still used by the universities and therefore have a sign saying “Closed to Visitors” in front to try to keep the nosy tourist out.

Bicycles are just everywhere. They are  both a sensible and popular method of transport in Cambridge which is aptly titled ‘the cycling city’. I saw bikes parked wherever possible: chained to every inch of railing or just locked to themselves, leaning against walls..

Follow “bike hire” signs and you find a warehouse that is hiring, repairing and selling old and new bikes. You can hire on a short-term (for day trippers) or long-term basis (for students). When I commented on the size of the place, the manager told me: “It’s just easier to get around Cambridge by bike.” It would not be the last time I’d hear this.

King's Parade, Cambridge

Between some of the famous colleges, King’s Parade is one of the most delightful streets in central Cambridge. The street continues north as Trinity Street and then St John’s Street, and south as Trumpington Street. I took some time to figure which street was I on but did that really matter! :-)

The city offers a unique and unrivalled shopping experience!  Cambridge has an abundance of  delightful independent shops, are hidden gems around virtually every historic street you come across.

The fabulously terrifying “Grasshopper Clock” on the corner of Corpus’ Taylor Library is a must-see.

Cambridge might be a university town, but it actually seems like quite a pleasant place to live in. There are a lot of wine & beer shops, butchers, breweries, markets, good restaurants and pubs. So even if you are just visiting, there is plenty to see, eat and drink.

And as I spent the day wandering through its winding streets, I realized that Cambridge lives and breathes its past in its present.

See more bright travels in Ailsa’s Travel Theme.

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15 comments on “A bright day on Cambridge streets

  1. ioanna aggelidaki
    November 4, 2012

    Looks bright indeed! :)

    • Deepali
      November 5, 2012

      Thanks, Ioanna!..did brighten my day :-)

  2. restlessjo
    November 4, 2012

    I went to Cambridge for the first time this year, Deepali, and I liked it very much. The tour of St John’s College was awesome.

    • Deepali
      November 5, 2012

      I’m so glad you’ve been there, Jo. St. Jones is my favorite does inspire awe :-)

  3. thetemenosjournal
    November 4, 2012

    Beautiful shots ;-) Ah, someday I’ll venture over ….

    • Deepali
      November 5, 2012

      Thanks a lot! Do try to make it there one of these worth it!

  4. adinparadise
    November 5, 2012

    Cambridge is a really wonderful place. I could so live there. Great photos, Deepali. :)

  5. dogear6
    November 5, 2012

    I loved the photos and description of your day. I felt like I was right there with you to visit it.


    • Deepali
      November 5, 2012

      Thanks so much, Nancy. That’s the best comment I can get for a post!! Love it :-)

  6. ohyesshesabitchbutnotyours
    November 27, 2012

    Somehow you made me feel that I’d be there too! The photos are beautiful! :)Followed!

    -Mari from

    • Deepali
      November 28, 2012

      Thanks for the follow, Mari. Loved your latest posts on fashion and life. Looking forward to seeing you more often :-)

  7. Richard Tulloch
    December 9, 2012

    We’ve really enjoyed Cambridge, especially cycling by the River Cam:

    Though I’m a bit torn – my daughter lived in Oxford for some years and Cambridge University Press published my first children’s books.

    • Deepali
      December 10, 2012

      Aww that’s a very tough one to pick :-) Loved your post on Cambridge.. your vivid narrative and lovely pics made me reminisce my visit to the city. Following your blog now.

  8. vishalbheeroo
    May 1, 2013

    It’s great to be in a big and soulful city. Your post and superb photos make me picture cambridge in the mind.

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