Anglo-French Travel 2017 travel blog


Train from Gatwick to St Pancras, across the road to Kings Cross Station where the information board was watched by many people and when the platform for the Cambridge train came up there was a charge to platform 0. I don't know if there was something special happening or if this express Saturday train is always packed, but there seemed to be groups including one which I take was a bucks party with groom to be in pink bike shorts and tutu - well that's my reading of it.

Outside the station at Cambridge was an information stand with uniformed bowler hatted young man who gave me a map, pointed me in the direction of the bus station and confirmed that Tenison Rd was close by. Was able to drop my cases and catch the hop on hop off bus for a 90 min tour around the city and then continuing on the bus I spent a couple of hours at The Fitzwilliam Museum. One of the special exhibitions is on Renaissance religious art and artefacts. These came from a number of collections including the V&A and several Italian museums and included were a number of videos explaining rosary beads and other prayers as well as pilgrimages. It was interesting because the exhibition was organised to show the religious practices of households and individuals rather than focusing on the grand paintings of churches. Included were very naive panels showing devotion to various saints including St Sebastian who was prayed to because the multiple arrows seen in somany paintings caused no injury!

I was able to walk through a number of the other galleries organised by schools and then found myself in a gallery of very modern work including sculpture by Barbara Hepworth and a number of maquettes of Henry Moore pieces, including the seated figure in the Vmelbourne gallery, plus a couple of Picasso's. On the ground floor is a very large gallery of pottery and china from England and Japan - apparently the most extensive collection after that of the V&A.

Back on the bus for more looking at Cambridge. A very busy and lively city with a very young population. Many, many bikes not only for students but for families with one or two child seats attached and obviously helmets are not compulsory. According to the bus commentary students are not allowed to have a car within 5 miles of the University. There are 31 colleges and all the colleges formerly men only are now for men and women while three of the four women's colleges remain women only.

Tomorrow I'm booked on a tour which includes some of the colleges so will learn more as well as seeing more than the glimpses today from the bus. Email is working once again so guess the problem was related to the hotel.

Hoping to have a big sleep tonight as I'm feeling just a little woozy. It has been an overcast day and cool but quite pleasant for walking.



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