Today’s deadline in Cambridge is 2pm so there is no need to hurry. We have tickets for the 9:45 train from King’s Cross and can travel together for once. Looking out of the window at 8:15, I see blue sky and sunshine warming the buildings across the road. Let’s hope this weather holds for the rest of the day.
The journey was without incident and on arrival at Cambridge we took a taxi to the client’s premises, then a bus back to town.
For lunch we went to the Rainbow vegetarian restaurant where we had been twice before. It is difficult to classify the Rainbow as to cuisine style. It has dishes from all over the world. Today Tigger had spinach lasagne and I chose Latvian potato bake. Both were very tasty.
After a stroll through town we took a bus more or less at random. This is a good way to see the country, especially if you add “Plus Bus” to your rail ticket, which gives you a cheap travel card for the day.
The bus took us to Milton, a village with some old and quirky houses and also inevitably these days, a lot of modern ones.
After a stroll through the village, during which we discovered an unusually large number of pubs for such a small backwater, we paused at one of these, the Jolly Brewers, for hot chocolate.
Milton is a pleasant enough village but there was little there to retain us, so we took the bus back to Cambridge. At this point, we were in two minds whether to explore Cambridge further or to return home, as we were both feeling a little tired as a result in the travels and late nights of the last couple of days.
Here we discovered the inevitable modern “shopping centre” with all the usual suspects, resembling every other shoping centre you have ever seen, carefully designed to prevent any chance of novelty or innovation slipping in by accident. This one is called Grand Arcade and opened fairly recently.
We also discovered some public works of art, of which the picture on the right shows a sample, and, amidst the honourable old buildings, we discovered some modern ones. Some, of course, were awful but a few were surprisingly attractive.
Maybe all the decent architects have been sequestered in Cambridge, leaving the duff ones to run riot in London. Here is one that appealed to me. There seems to be something of Ancient Egyptian style to it.
But our best discovery was the Fitzwilliam Museum, though “discover” is perhaps not quite the right word as the Museum is justly famous and we knew of it already. We just happened to find ourselves in front of it and decided to go in.
You are allowed to take photos in the entrance hall but nowhere else, so I cannot show you any of the gems to be found there. It is a magnificent building, and I hope my photo gives at least a hint of this.
Emerging from the museum, we felt the day was complete and that it was time to return to London. We caught a friendly bus to the station and within 20 minutes or so, we were able to board a train for King’s Cross.
Mission and day out accomplished with success!