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Cambridge

Cambridge is mainly a university town located at north east of London. It is home to many famous colleges like King’s college, Trinity college, St John’s college, Magdalene college etc. The city is dominated by colleges and chapels and looks awe-inspiring.

Cambridge city

Cambridge city

Cambridge is home to two major universities, University of Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin university.King’s college Magdalene college are included in the University of Cambridge. Other important colleges like Trinity college, St John’s college, Queen’s college(the rival of King’s college), Peterhouse(oldest college established in 1284) are also well known here.

King's college chapel

King’s college chapel

The major attractions that we visited in Cambridge were the
Fitzwilliam Museum: You can get to see art and antique collections from all over the world like Egypt, Greece, Rome, Cyprus, china etc. From treasure coins to stunning ceramic, from medals to manuscripts the treasures exhibited from all over the world will take your breathe away. That is why this museum is rightly called the monument of first importance of the nation. If you wish for detailed explanation you can attend the introductory tour which takes place every Saturday.
Sedgwick Museum: If rocks, minerals, and fossils fascinate you then this is the museum which you must visit. You get to see more than 1 million collection of rocks and minerals. what’s more you can have a look at 1728 fossil collection of John Woodward. You can also see strange creatures, dinosaurs almost 540 million years old in this museum.
Botanical garden of Cambridge: The botanical garden houses around 8000 different plant species in 40 acres of land. img_6293

The lush greenery, the small water bodies, the colorful hues of flowers…it was sheer delight to the senses.

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Posted by on November 19, 2016 in UK

 

Brighton and Beachy Head

Beachy Head:

Beachy Head brings back memories of Enid Blyton days with its sparkling blue waters, chalk headlands and its old light house. Good old smuggler stories and cave adventures pass through me as I view the sea located serenely beneath the high cliffs.

Beachy Head,South Coast of Britain

Beachy Head

It has an alluring beauty with its high chalk cliffs and undulating downs which makes it a sheer joy for a nature walker.
Beachy Head is located in south coast of England near the town Eastbourne. It is one of the highest chalk cliffs in Britain. The story behind the formation of the cliffs is an interesting one. It is said that the Beachy Head area was under the sea some 65 million years ago. As Ice Age ended the level of sea water rose forming these cliffs.
Even today these cliffs are constantly getting eroded by high winds and sea waves which target the lower parts of the cliff.
It is amazing to see the limestone of the hills, touch and observe the chalk layers.

Chalk cliffs, Beachy Head

Chalk cliffs, Beachy Head

And it is sheer joy to trapeze the downs of the hills.
Many noted films have used Beachy head as reference. Notable among them is”The Living Daylights ” a James Bond film.

Brighton:

Cold winds, drizzle of rain greeted us when we reached Brighton. What a deary way to start the day or so I thought.
The rain was a bit troublesome but was definitely not a hampering element as it showcased the Brighton beach splendidly .In fact the heavy winds, the dashing rain added to the beauty of Brighton sea as it came crashing towards the coast.
Brighton is located in the south coast of England and has emerged as a popular sea bathing destination right from the 18th century.Today it is famous for its vibrant night life.

What can you view in Brighton? Plenty if the report of http://www.visitbrighton.com/things-to-do/top-50-things-to-do is anything to go by.

But we had time just to visit the Royal Pavilion and take a walk through the narrow Brighton lanes. The Royal Pavilion was a sea side palace of prince Regent. The palace is famous for its oriental style. With domes, towers and imported Chinese oriental pieces the palace is a symbol of luxury and opulence. You will be mesmerized by its interior decorations, gardens and springs.

The lanes are a wonderful way to explore Brighton as it is a twisted maze featuring quaint shops, antique stores, jewelery etc. The Bohemian north lanes of Brighton showcases some funky shops like African drums, Kites,Kitsches to ethnic pottery, handicrafts, tribal textiles etc.

A walk on the Brighton piers is also worth it as there are plenty of shops and fun games vying for your attention.Ghost rides, Merry go rounds( for the kids:-), Hurricane experience are some of the experiences which you must try out. And don’t forget to savor the Banana crepe and the hot doughnuts.

All in all a mind blowing experience;what with the bustling shops, sweet savories and the light drizzle coupled with the misty wind from the sea.

 

 

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2011 in UK, Uncategorized

 

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First impression of UK

My first impression of UK was from a flight;The sun setting, Pink city and the river Thames flowing through the bustling city
My eyes could capture the well spaced villas with its large glass windows and traditional chimney on roof tops. Beautiful, well spaced, clean city.
The notion stuck when I reached Cambridge. The sense of space is tremendous and the green spaces of city refreshing.
But the cold, Brr… I cannot bear it.
The villas are spacious, heated up and carpeted. the warmth envelops you and you forget the cold outside. The kitchens are equipped with latest gadgets ranging from toasters, blenders, mixers and automatic gas hobs.
The outside of villas are paved with pebbles and stones. This is to avoid slipping during snow fall.
The sheer variety of trees, shrubs and flowers can leave you mesmerized. The flowers are a delight to watch with rainbow colors present everywhere.

Flowers of cambridge

Flowers of cambridge


There is no resemblance to Indian plants anywhere.
Flowers of cambridge

Flowers of cambridge

The weather; what can I say about it? There are 4 seasons in a day. The daylight begins at 4:30 and ends at 9 during summer. So you can never predict the time looking at the sky. The day changes from being sunny to cloudy in minutes with occasional drizzles. Mind you I am talking about May here.
The city is breathtaking. And I will be covering it in my next post.

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2011 in UK

 

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