Oh my goodness. Nothing made me feel luckier to live in the UK than being so close to such a lovely and historic city. Well, maybe not nothing...there are a whole lot of wonderful things...but being able to explore Cambridge whenever we wanted is right up there.
Cambridge was one of places relatively close to where we lived that had a bigger-city feel to it and offered shopping, restaurants, and tons of other fun things to do.
Getting into Cambridge was easy for the most part. There is a streamlined park-and-ride system that we often took advantage of, as well as a few multi-story car parks (aka parking garages). The whole city is very walkable and if you have a bike, even better, though as a driver, I always wondered when I'd accidentally run a cyclist over. Thankfully, no one ever got squished, at least by me.
Restaurants ranged from great pub fare to different international cuisines (including excellent Italian, Thai, Indian, and Turkish restaurants!) and chain restaurants. No matter what you were in the mood for, Cambridge could satisfy that craving. There were so many that I could happily have spent each day trying a different place.
Want to see a movie? There were two cinemas in town.
Want to do some shopping? There were stores in two malls, the lovely Cambridge Market which runs seven days a week, and the shops that line the winding, curvy roads around the colleges.
Want to see a show? The Cambridge Corn Exchange (yes, it's a weird name) had plenty of shows to choose from. We saw a Russian ballet production of the Nutcracker there one January.
Want to hang out in a park, have a picnic, and sit on a blanket and read for hours on end? You'll have your pick of parks, as long as you don't mind sharing them with locals who lose their shirts at the first sign of spring.
Want to get a good education? One of the most famous universities in the world is there. You just have to choose which college within it to go to--if you get in.
Want to spend the day at a museum? The Fitzwilliam Museum has a great collection of items from tons of civilizations and eras, and is FREE.
Want to get to another part of the country? Cambridge has a major train station that'll easily get you to another city or another part of the UK. Our favorite was the express train into London.
Want to enjoy the day out on the River Cambs and get a history lesson besides? Go punting! But seriously, go with a company...it's comical--and often wet--when people try to pole the boats themselves.
I even took a photography class that involved walking through the city and taking different shots throughout the day, and the city is very photogenic.
So I'll stop boring you with my writing and stick some more pictures I've taken of Cambridge. Enjoy! I'm going to go cry and drool in equal parts over Buzzfeed's Cambridge articles.
34 Reasons You Should Never Go To Cambridge
58 Reasons Living In Cambridge Ruins You For Life
26 Delicious Things You Have To Eat In Cambridge
*note* All pictures in this post are mine.
Stop by tomorrow for D...something that took a lot of getting used to when we moved to the UK.