Sunday, 17 May 2015

A spot of punting in Cambridge

I live only around 30 miles away from Cambridge. I love the city for its beautiful historical architecture, parks, river, bridges and shopping streets, yet I don’t visit Cambridge nearly enough – only really once or twice a year.

It’s become a tradition for Ruby, who lives just north of Cambridge near Ely, and I to meet up, in Cambridge, in November every year for Christmas shopping. This is something we’ve done for the last three years (and before that we were both at uni, anyway!). But for some reason we hadn’t met up in Cambridge to enjoy the warmer weather of Spring or Summer until yesterday. Although of course we do see each other more than once a year in other places!

It was a beautiful verging-on-Summer’s-day yesterday and we didn’t really have any plans. So, after catching up over coffee and a little bit of [window] shopping, we wandered to the river Cam and decided to go on a ‘chauffeured punt’ (how pretentiously posh does that sound?!).

Punting selfie!

A punt is a flat-bottomed boat with a square-cut bow, designed for use in small rivers or other shallow water. Punting refers to boating in a punt. The punter generally propels the punt by pushing against the river bed with a pole. A punt should not be confused with a gondola, which is propelled by an oar rather than a pole.

The most photographed building in Cambridge – King’s College.
Plus, on the right, the building that the original White House was based on! 
The ‘mathematical bridge’, built by a student of Isaac Newton.
Pub where Pink Floyd played their first ever gig together!
Charles Darwin’s house (also where he died).
The iconic Round Church.

Also, before all of that, we happened to walk past the Cambridge University Press book shop and a spotted some strangely familiar book covers in the window! Eyes Open and Empower are English Language Teaching book series designed by emc design. Eyes Open in particular is a series that I’ve worked extensively on, from start to finish (and there’re still a few bits to be finished off/wrapped up) over the last couple of years. Nice to not only see the books ‘in the flesh’ but also in a shop window!

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