Friday, December 26, 2008

Cambridge tour --- The Backs, Cambridge punting, Gate of Honour, King College Chapel etc…

The summer of 2008 (Sept the 18), I revisited Cambridge again, now well equipped with audio podcast tour guide and becoming a tour guide for my mate too! Haha…

First, I introduced the Math Bridge… The urban legend has it that it was built based on the theory of Isaac Newton (which was a Cambridge Uni graduate) and without any nuts and bolts. And some naughty students not believing it disassembled the bridge, and can’t re-assemble it back to the original form without nuts and bolts. Of course all these myths are not true, and I am amazed that there are actually some tour guide books take that fictional stories as facts! Haha!!!  More stories on wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mathematical_Bridge

math bridge

A visit to Cambridge this time will be fruitless if I didn’t visit this pub called The Eagle… You might asked why? Haha, It is because it was a place where Watson and Crick always hang out while discussing the DNA theory, maybe over a pint or two of the ales! Woot! Bring on the beer, er I mean the theories! And the best part is that the pub is just in front of the lecture hall! How wonderful!

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Me in front of The Eagle Pub.

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And I walked to the King’s College.. This is the King’s College Chapel.

I would personally recommend to pay a couple of quid to enter this chapel, as it has the world’s largest Fan Vault Ceiling.

inside king college chapel

See what I mean? Notice the human there as a comparison. The view is simply marvellous!

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People listened tentatively to the tour talk.

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And me sitting far right from the crowd. I am not part of the crowd by the way… Haha!

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When I came out from the Chapel, I bumped into this warden, he is the person who responsible for the grass in the college ground! Yeah, so don’t you dare to walk on the grass! You might get a penalty charge from him! Oh unless you are a professor in this university, which you can roam freely.(citation needed for this info)

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And we purposely walked to the world famous scene of all time in Cambridge—The Backs, with wonderfully sunshine and clouds!

After this, we went to the Gate of Honour.

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sun dial Wonderful summer breeze with clouds, produced a magical photo! Haha!

As it was a short one day trip, we quickly finished up the tour with a cam punting.

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For those who fancy a podcast and map for the Cambridge city sigh seeing, why not take a visit to the URL below. It is completely free and put them in your mp3 player!

http://www.stridedesign.net/ShapeWalks/tour.aspx?rid=2050978&p=4&ix=4&pid=1&prcid=17&ppid=416

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