England Trip Part Three: Cambridge

Alex and I were able to spend a day in Cambridge and we had an incredible time! We met up with one of Alex's good friends from his childhood, Kilby, and her husband Paul and their daughter Hillary. I'm not exaggerating when I say that it was the most picture perfect day. The weather was beautiful and we started the day off by grabbing some wine, meats, and cheeses from a local market to take punting with us. If you're unfamiliar with "punting," a "punt" is a flat bottomed boat and the punter propels the punt by pushing against the river bed with a pole. Punting is very popular in Cambridge and there are probably more punts on the Cam than any other river in England. While on our boat ride, we took in the beautiful sites and ate our picnic lunch. Afterwards, we walked around Cambridge, stopped and got turkish delight, had lots of coffee and good conversation, and ended the day by sitting in the beautiful courtyard of Emmanuel college and feeding the ducks. 

To give you a little more history about Cambridge, Cambridge was founded in 1209. After disputes between students and Oxford townsfolk in 1209, some academics fled northeast to Cambridge where they established what became the University of Cambridge. Cambridge is the second oldest University in the English speaking world. 

Here's some of my favorite pictures from our time in Cambridge:

 
This is the Airbnb room we stayed in before heading out to Cambridge for the day. It was adorable!

This is the Airbnb room we stayed in before heading out to Cambridge for the day. It was adorable!

 
We met up our friends Paul and Kilby and had the perfect day together! We hit up the open air market and got a picnic lunch of fantastic english cheeses, bread, and meat!

We met up our friends Paul and Kilby and had the perfect day together! We hit up the open air market and got a picnic lunch of fantastic english cheeses, bread, and meat!

And then went punting in Cambridge with our picnic lunch!!! So gorgeous!!!

And then went punting in Cambridge with our picnic lunch!!! So gorgeous!!!

I told Alex the one thing I wanted to do on our trip was to go punting...and we did! Loved it!!

I told Alex the one thing I wanted to do on our trip was to go punting...and we did! Loved it!!

King's College Chapel where Charles Simeon ministered.

King's College Chapel where Charles Simeon ministered.

Alex experiencing Turkish Delight for the first time (after reading about it in Chronicles of Narnia, he was pretty determined to try it)

Alex experiencing Turkish Delight for the first time (after reading about it in Chronicles of Narnia, he was pretty determined to try it)

Pembroke College, Cambridge! The Puritan, Roger Williams graduated here.

Pembroke College, Cambridge! The Puritan, Roger Williams graduated here.

Emmanuel College, Cambridge. This was the center of Puritanism in the early 17th century. So many of the leading Puritans were educated and trained in this College.

Emmanuel College, Cambridge. This was the center of Puritanism in the early 17th century. So many of the leading Puritans were educated and trained in this College.