Thunderstorms and Lemon Drizzle

08/08/2014

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The Other Place

I didn't want to like Cambridge, after all I live in Oxford. But there was something about the Colleges, narrow lanes, bikes, tea rooms and general Britishness, that took me back to the early 90's, when I first discovered Oxford, and later fell in love.

I don't think Cambridge liked me, it sent a bucketload of rain (hence the greyness of these shots), took away my phone signal, sent me up the wrong road while looking for my accommodation, and put me in a haunted room at Clare College - old room, flickering lights etc. But I'm forgiving, and after meeting Cambridge blogger Briony for Earl Grey and lemon drizzle, I was already planning my next visit.

My Cambridge experience reminded me of what I love about historic university cities, and how inspiring they can be. I will return to Cambridge - just don't tell Oxford!

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My stay at Clare College was booked through University Rooms (this is not a sponsored post).

11 comments:

  1. There is something about those British university cities, which you can't find anywhere on the continent... I love it... Why wasn't I born in the UK ;-)...
    Your photos are absolutely gorgeous - I don't see any greyness in them, on the contrary !!

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    1. Thank you, I was worried they weren't up to my usual 'colour pop' standard!

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  2. We are giggling because we refer to it as "the other place," too! Having visited though, we do confess it is a lovely place. (Waiting to be struck by Oxford lightning now!) Surely it was sending you some Candy Pop love with the correct hue on the leather briefcase and bicycle.

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    1. I must confess I prefer the Cambridge pale blue to the Oxford navy blue. (Don't tell anyone!)

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  3. I haven't been to Cambridge for a couple of years (I need to do Oxford more though) but if these pictures are 'grey' they are still beautiful. That. satchel. !!! P.S. Nice to see you got some photos of the Le Tour bunting while you were there x

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    1. Thank you! And yes you need to visit me in Oxford!

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  4. I don't know Cambridge, neither Oxford but when I see your photos I will like to go there! I will tell anybody that you love Cambridge ;)

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  5. I have been to Cambridge quite a lot as it's a halfway point for meeting my aunt and cousins although we don't seem to get to the more picturesque parts!

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  6. Ha! We were there a few weeks ago - a right old trip down memory lane for me - it all came flooding back pretty quickly :) I think it's a beautiful city - prettier than Oxford ;) And the shops are fab too - I got lost in John Lewis for a good few hours! Just ploughing through my photos now....

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    1. What a coincidence! Although you were there a few weeks after me, and it looks like the weather had improved!

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