Thursday, 31 December 2015

Cambridge (Saturday 19th September 2015)

Before the summer, Tom had been invited (via his school) to go to five Saturday maths classes at Queens College, Cambridge. One other kid from his school was at this particular set of classes - his friend Eddie (who turned out to be Lucy's English teacher's son, we realised on the very last session!) We took it in turns with Eddie's parents to take the boys.
This was their second class, and Scott and I dropped off the boys, then had a morning in Cambridge by ourselves. (Lucy was looking after Harry, and Jack had gone gliding.)

I was emailed the photo below, by the organisers. Tom said he really enjoyed himself.

It was gorgeous weather, and Scott and I started off with a little wander round Queen's College itself. Here's Mathematical bridge, built originally in 1749. It was made with all straight timbers, built to an unusually sophisticated engineering design, which is where it got its name.

The place is just gorgeous.

We walked into the main part of Cambridge after that, and were asked if we wanted to go on a punting tour for half price (£10 each). It was still quite early, so they were trying to fill the first tours of the day. We paid, but there was still a bit of time to kill before the tour, so we went and had breakfast in McDonalds.

We met back up with one of the tour guides, who walked our group of 12 down to the river, and after waiting around for a bit, got us into our punt.
The tour was great! We went through all the beautiful bits of Cambridge, and our guide was an A Level kid who was very amusing, and told us loads of interesting stuff about Cambridge.
The place is just so lovely, and posh! Part of me would love to be a part of it all!

The Bridge of Sighs!

On our way back to the starting point, it began to get busier - I think we timed our tour well!

Scott and I then went for a walk along the river in the opposite direction for a bit, then came back to Queen's College for another look around. It was nice just being allowed in through the porter's lodge, because we had kids doing the classes!

There was a wedding going on too!

Picking up the boys afterwards and heading back to the car.

Tom with his head out the window going down the hill on the way home!
What a really great morning!


Anna Stephenson said...

One of my oldest friends got married in Cambridge during the summer. Had the service at the Chapel at Gonville and Caius then the reception at Queens. Beautiful, beautiful place!

The Cryer Family said...

Oh wow - I would have loved that Anna!!