Cambridge is one of the few remaining English cities that were able to preserve their medieval feel and charm and even the good old gentlemanly conduct among its people. I’ve been to so many places in the UK but it is only in Cambridge where – for the first time – an old man (in fine suit and tie) walking towards my direction lifted his hat to say “Good morning!”
I fell in love with Cambridge the first time i saw it. Just walking through the old town, on the narrow pebbled streets, where every now and then a student on a bike would be cycling gently past, you are mesmerized by the staggering old architecture, stilll majestically standing there, and now serving either as student accommodations or university/college halls.
If you come across the river Cam, follow the narrow footpath by the riverside and marvel at the sight of weeping willow trees bowing into the water, ducks and swans swimming with their youngs, and the green park, bordering the other side, rife with flowers blooming everywhere – and you cry with joy because this simply is the real England you have been dreaming to experience!
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre or the Round Church, now serving as exhibition venue. It is one of four round churches in the UK and was built by the Knights Templar. One of the other round church is the Temple Church in London, made popular by the Da Vinci Code .
Punting is a must-do activity when in Cambridge. Punt is a flat bottomed boat, without a keel, steered with a 10-foot-long pole. This tradition started in Edwardian times. The punters are usually enterprising students who want to earn the extra quid.