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Cambridge’s Granddaddy

King’s College is the granddaddy of Cambridge and the most photographed. It’s due mostly to the cathedral, which is quite impressive. It is, however, at least for me, difficult to get pictures that truly convey the light, airy feel of this structure. But you will at least get a sense of it from the following. There are other pics of the college as well, not just the church.

From the street

From the street

Still on the street

Still on the street

Inside the cathedral

Inside the cathedral

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King Henry VIII had a large hand in the church

King Henry VIII had a large hand in the church

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The organ sits in the middle of the length of the church

The organ sits in the middle of the length of the church

Really quite incredible

Really quite incredible

The yard outside the church and looking toward the street

The yard outside the church and looking toward the street

From the back entrance

From the back entrance

Looking from King's College toward Clare College and Senate House

Looking from King’s College toward Clare College and Senate House

Church from the yard

Church from the yard

Looking at the back side with the River Cam behind us

Looking at the back side with the River Cam behind us

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Cambridge’s Christ College

Many of the colleges have famous people associated with them. One of Christ College’s is Darwin. It is an attractive college.

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This garden is dedicated to Darwin

This garden is dedicated to Darwin

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Lavenham 2

Now that we are home, I have had a little time today to look at my pictures from England. Here are a few more from Lavenham.

Incredible wood carved detail

Incredible wood carved detail on the guild hall

So cute!

So cute!

There is quite a large church just outside of town that is impressive

There is quite a large church just outside of town that is impressive

It dominates the land from miles around

It dominates the land from miles around

This nice building had brick in between the timbers rather than wattle and daub

This handsome building had brick in between the timbers rather than wattle and daub

Front door

Bricks apparently don’t help it stand up straight!

Nice street off the beaten path

Nice street off the beaten path

The End!

The End!

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Lavenham

There is, some 35-40 miles east of Cambridge, the improbable town of Lavenham. This former wool town, once one of the richest in England, is just so much fun to see. Like so many towns preserved by poverty after its boom, much of the original architecture remains. As a result there is this wonderful town of 15th-17th century buildings all leaning at dizzying angles complemented by delightful colors.

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When we arrived in Cambridge we soon met another couple just arriving in the neighboring apartment. What fun to learn they are Italian, living outside of Milan. Andrea is a techno wiz and helped Richard, our host, set up WiFi in our apartment – a long, challenging process. While that was going on Laura, who teaches English to Italian children, was interpreting a letter Kristi had found written by an Italian during World War I. Before we knew it Andrea and Laura had invited is to dinner the next night, cooked by them. Richard brought wine, we brought wine and antipasti. Laura and Andrea cooked carbonara, which I now know how to make, and turkey stuffed with ham and cheese. I love that we had this Italian connection here in Cambridge – and we ate well!

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Richard, Andrea, Laura and Kristi

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Pembroke College

We saw a number of colleges including the iconic King’s College yesterday, but it was Pembroke that we liked best. Though Christopher Wren’s first building ever is the chapel here, it was the gardens, lawns and Victorian buildings that grabbed our attention.

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Love how the shadows from all the towers and chimneys look on the lawn.

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Eating in Oxford

For a time I wrote reviews on Trip Advisor. I’ve decided not to do that anymore. I used to do it to try to help those great places I liked and wanted to do well. The down side to that is that, to the extent I am successful, with a site like Trip Advisor and its huge audience, it overwhelms the place and makes it less enjoyable to visit – at least in my opinion.

So I thought better to highlight those places I like here on my blog and reach my small audience, who, if they visit, will enjoy the qualities that I liked. So here are places I enjoy in Oxford. Let me say that all of these are outside of downtown, which is overloaded with tourists and just no fun to be in – unless you are taking pictures of the amazing architecture. All of my picks below except the last one, are south of downtown in a wonderfully multiethnic neighborhood.

* Rick’s Cafe Patisserie, 90 Cowley Rd., cozy, good coffee, free WiFi, friendly, great music.

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* Door 74, 74 Cowley Rd., excellent restaurant with a fun, progressive menu.

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* Everest Nepalese Restaurant, 147_151Howard St., our favorite restaurant because the food is so authentic and full of subtle, different flavors. You can end up eating typical Indian food here, so ask them for recommendations on Nepalese. Lemon rice, something I’ve had nowhere else, is fabulous.
* Oxfork, 39 Magdalen Rd., cafe full of personality, friendly people, and good food.

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* Kaz Bar, Cowley Rd., near the circle. Tapas. Excellent food, good wine.

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* Rusty Bicycle pub, corner of Magdalen and Hurst, cozy neighborhood place with great selection of beers and way above average pub food.

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* Cape of Good Hope pub, at the circle where Cowley and Iffley Roads intersect. Great beers, can sit outside in front and back. Food is average.

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*Fir Tree pub, Iffley road, nice,  independent pub with different beers.

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There is an area north and east of the center called Jericho. We have explored it some, though it is quite a distance from our neighborhood. It is a charming area. This year I had a nice lunch at
*Jericho Cafe, 112 Walton St.

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Happy eating and drinking!!

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