Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Cambridge UK..


Went on a mission over Cambridge way to check something out. I know your busting at the mystery and intrigue of what it was but I'm not telling......

Whilst there we strolled up and down some mid city streets and what an interesting place it is. A university town  being largely occupied by broken arse students means their is a zillion push bikers commuting to and from the bottle stores and the quietness of pedal power means if you don't keep a sharp eye out whilst crossing roads you are likely to wear one. Silent Killers. Still it all adds to the setting  along with he River Cam that flows through the town centre.

First building to catch the eye was the Fitzwilliam Museum. It was getting on in the day but there were still heaps of visitors coming and going. I wonder if the quoted numbers of visitors each year, 470,000, has anything to do with the Free entry.  Makes for a nice change to be able to view for free.

From the street....

The columns and verandah look impressive...
As in anything you need to start somewhere and the first stone was placed in 1837 with the opening in 1848...

The ceiling of the verandah......



Tops of the columns and door way arches are so detailed...

From one side.....




These two Dudes were very hospitable......

Clean lines....



With no hint of whats through the doors...

The entry hall......No wonder it wasn't completed until 1875......

 

Marble and stained glass was stunning....



The light poured through the very top....



About 5 stories to the top....

Now we've seen a lot of architecture in the UK but I reckon......



This is tops... Unbelievable craftsman ship and visual effect...
 
Moving onto other rooms.....

 

More ceilings with style....



Art gallery around the lower and  upper levels...



In this age of Slashers Flashers and Bashers it was surprising to be able to walk right up to....



Paintings by the likes of  Monet and Picasso....

There was a so called security guard down one end of the gallery but one would have to have awoken him to tell of any goings on in the last twelve hours...

And then soon as I seen them I knew....dammit...



A couple by Paul Cezanne... Apples, He  loved painting fruit and self  portraits....A dead set giveaway....
plus his name was right there too..

A painting  to capture the eye was.....



The Oak and The Reed, middle, by Achille - Etna Michallon....1796 - 1822.. sounds French because he was.. A lost talent I reckon dying aged 25 from Pneumonia...

Back out on the street and we checked out, free entry, a couple of the university grounds.

Different strokes for different folks but I never tire of viewing the old buildings, architecture and engineering feats such as canals and locks.... Its not about saying Why, but How....

In through the....


 Oldest gatehouse in Cambridge.. 14th century....

Pembroke College....



Home to 700 plus students...

Buildings surround.....



The manicured green....
 

And standing on the other side...



The first chapel designed by Sir Christopher Wren...


 
Nice lamp and leadlight windows....

A path lined by...




Shaped Yew trees and a stone wall with character  lead to...  dunno where...

The layout of buildings  lawns and courtyards are...


 
Reached through sculptured arches...

Moving on to...



Kings College..... Across the green a dinner for Lawyers was being held. Plenty of black capes and Real Leather shoes......

Time was getting on and we just missed being allowed to enter the grounds.....



Gate house entry...The college  was  founded in 1441 by Henry V1 and the chapel was  finished in 1554 under the rule of Henry V111



College Chapel...


 

Waiting for some summer greenery....

Along the road....


 

Another gate house sporting a clock tower with Sun dials on each face...

Out on the.....



River Cam the punters were taking  the punters for a ride....

What comes around goes around.....
One can put it All Right here....



The Holy Sepulchre Church.... 12th century job....

Nice place Cambridge......

6 comments:

  1. Good to see you two back on the blog. Missed you.
    Great photos. I think the Fitzwilliam Museum was probably completed faster than the BNZ building in Wellington (well, close ...) and I know which one I'd rather have.
    Cheers, Marilyn and David

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    1. Thanks... Been reading what you are up too.. countdown to your return.. The new residence looks great after all your hard work... Cheers ..

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  2. Great to see you blogging again - it's been a while and you have been missed!
    Robin and Jenny - Romany Rambler

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    1. Hi, Thanks, will be blogging regulary once we head for Europe in our motorhome sometime early May so there should be plenty of interesting things to see, do and write about... Cheers Ray & Leonie...

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  3. Neat place, eh, Cambridge. Our local big city until we went boat-bound. The cyclists drive you mad tho. We are in Sharpness now - arse end of nowhere but great too. Have fun in Europe. Kevib&Vicky

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