Thursday, March 29, 2012

Punting in Cambridge

What a perfectly delightful day we had in Cambridge! The history is of this great University of the World is fascinating and unending! The sights of early spring with the baby green leaves, fields of daffodils and magnificent architecture is one of the most awe-inspiring in the world.

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After a walk through delightful Clare College we were thrilled with the King’s College Chapel. What a place on earth! The cornerstone was laid on Palm Sunday in 1444 which makes this building over 550 years old (although it took 1000 years to complete). The stained glass was commissioned by Henry VIII. The organ case bears his name along with Anne Boleyn, whom he had beheaded 20 years later. The kids perk up whenever Henry VIII is mentioned because they have been studying British history and he is one of their favorites. If you ask Charlie to tell you about the fate of Henry VIII’s six wives, he instantly replies, “Died, Divorced, De-headed, Died, Divorced, Survived!”

As we walked through the King’s College Chapel Dad whistled (which we later found was against the rules) the theme from Chariots of Fire as we were practically next door to where one of our all time favorite movies was filmed.

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BUT the hit of the day for the kids was PUNTING!  That means we joined the throngs of people who were enjoying the spectacular sites of Cambridge from a little boat, steered by a guy with a long pole in the manner of Venice minus the charm of the gondola. 

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We were all in awe!

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Back on solid ground the kids started posing for us. Cuties!

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That baby,even though he was all stuffed up, so an ANGEL!

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This is how we all felt about our day in Cambridge:

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A day never to be forgotten!

3 comments:

Jonah and Aja said...

That is a fantastic post! So great to see Saydi's kids from someone else's camera too... I don't know why--it just rounds out the experience somehow.
-aja

The Circus said...

That last picture is wonderful!

Saren Loosli said...

Such beautiful photos - looks like you had a wonderful wonderful time. I love Cambridge. You're making me homesick for England!