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Traveler of the Week: Back to School in Cambridge

Posted on September 17, 2010 in Traveler of the Week

Our Traveler of the Week’s journal about a “most anachronistic town” starts with a joke, then gets down to some serious reviews of Cambridge, the University’s colleges, and the most serious of matters--local pubs. Member Liam Hetherington returned to Cambridge after studying there from 1996-2000. He shares his trip in Back to the Backs, a journal who's thorough introduction includes tips on visiting from London and pointers on what you can’t miss.

Trinity College definitely makes Liam's list of must-sees. He points out the entertaining fact that the Wren Library there is home to Newton’s first edition of Principia Mathematica, an 8th century Epistles of Saint Paul, handwritten notes by Robert Oppenheimer concerning the Manhattan Project--and A.A.Milne’s original manuscripts of Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner.

Punting along the River Cam is a Cambridge tradition. You can hire a punt chauffeur/tour guide/instructor, or risk punting yourself and a friend along--just be forewarned that “beginners may end up making renewed acquaintance with the river banks pretty often.” When you’re all tuckered out from your flat-bottomed adventure, Liam recommends tucking in at Browns Bar and Brasserie or St. John’s Chop House if you’re feeling spendy and Eraina Taverna if you’re not. The Taverna is Cambridge’s oldest restaurant, most likely because “the grub is keenly-priced, the portions are impressively-sized, and the service is friendly.”

Liam warmly reviews some of Cambridge's many pubs. He tips us off that the Eagle Pub, once frequented by Francis Watson and James Crick, has Pimms on tap--a rare treat. If you want to experience a pub off the beaten path--or any path at all--walk, bike, or boat to Fort Saint George--it’s not on a road.

In Grantchester, a small village south of Cambridge, Liam ate at a restaurant that "has attracted individuals of an artistic bent since the 1890s," The Orchard. He writes that it is the "epitome of England," an "England of bucolic pleasures, of deckchairs, of freshly mown hay in the meadows, a England of a long-gone age before globalisation." Reminiscent returns to a place last visited long ago seem to be a recent theme for our Travelers of the Week (see Traveler of the Week Returns to Hayastan). Next week may have to feature a member’s journey to somewhere completely new!

Other Journals by Liam Hetherington
A Rose-Red City Half As Old As Time about Petra
The Sweetest Capital City in Europe? about Lisbon
Holy of Holies about Istanbul

More Cambridge Info
Cambridge Hotels and Restaurants
Cambridge Bed and Breakfasts
Things to do in Cambridge

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