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Cambridge - the quintessential British college town

King's College Chapel, built from 1446 to 1515, is England's best example of Perpendicular Gothic architecture and the single most impressive building in Cambridge

King's College Chapel, built from 1446 to 1515, is England's best example of Perpendicular Gothic architecture and the single most impressive building in Cambridge

The areas of parkland on either side of the River Cam are called The Backs; the colleges in Cambridge are scattered throughout the town and largely off-limits to tourists

The areas of parkland on either side of the River Cam are called The Backs; the colleges in Cambridge are scattered throughout the town and largely off-limits to tourists

King's College Chapel opened when Henry VIII was king; the intricate, 80 meter long, fan-vaulted ceiling in the chapel is the world's largest

King's College Chapel opened when Henry VIII was king; the intricate, 80 meter long, fan-vaulted ceiling in the chapel is the world's largest

This 14th century church is dedicated to St Botolph, who is the patron saint of travelers; the church was by the south gate of medieval Cambridge, through which travelers from the south and west entered the town

This 14th century church is dedicated to St Botolph, who is the patron saint of travelers; the church was by the south gate of medieval Cambridge, through which travelers from the south and west entered the town

The Polar Museum has displays of both the history and contemporary significance of the Arctic and Antarctic and their surrounding seas; founded in 1920, it is part of the University of Cambridge Department of Geography

The Polar Museum has displays of both the history and contemporary significance of the Arctic and Antarctic and their surrounding seas; founded in 1920, it is part of the University of Cambridge Department of Geography

The 26 stained glass windows in King's College Chapel date from the 16th century; it's the most Renaissance stained glass in one spot anywhere in the world

The 26 stained glass windows in King's College Chapel date from the 16th century; it's the most Renaissance stained glass in one spot anywhere in the world

The Brits (and even the ducks) are experts at queuing; the Cambridge area is a high tech hub and the British version of Silicon Valley

The Brits (and even the ducks) are experts at queuing; the Cambridge area is a high tech hub and the British version of Silicon Valley

St. John's College; Cambridge is the UK's most unequal city in 2018; residents' income was the least evenly distributed of 57 British cities measured, with the top 6% o earners accounting for 19% o its total income and the bottom 20% fr only 2%

St. John's College; Cambridge is the UK's most unequal city in 2018; residents' income was the least evenly distributed of 57 British cities measured, with the top 6% of earners accounting for 19% of its total income and the bottom 20% for only 2%

One of the unique activities in Cambridge is punting on the River Cam; you can rent a boat yourself for 20 pounds or take a ride on one while the captain delivers an interesting narrative

One of the unique activities in Cambridge is punting on the River Cam; you can rent a boat yourself for 20 pounds or take a ride on one while the captain delivers an interesting narrative

The Mathematical Bridge links the old and new buildings of Queen's College; this wooden bridge, although curved, is made of straight boards

The Mathematical Bridge links the old and new buildings of Queen's College; this wooden bridge, although curved, is made of straight boards

Peterhouse College was the first of Cambridge's colleges, founded in 1280; Cambridge is the town where DNA was originally modeled, the atoms first split and electrons discovered

Peterhouse College was the first of Cambridge's colleges, founded in 1280; Cambridge is the town where DNA was originally modeled, the atoms first split and electrons discovered

When King's College Chapel was built it had the largest single span of vaulted roof in the world; during WW2 the priceless stained glass windows were removed for safekeeping

When King's College Chapel was built it had the largest single span of vaulted roof in the world; during WW2 the priceless stained glass windows were removed for safekeeping

Pubs in England are easy to spot because they have baskets of flowers all over their facades;  the city in Massachusetts (home to Harvard and MIT) was named after the university here

Pubs in England are easy to spot because they have baskets of flowers all over their facades; the city in Massachusetts (home to Harvard and MIT) was named after the university here

The King's College Porters' Lodge is where one or more porters can be found to respond to inquiries from the public and direct them around the building; bicycles are the easiest way to get around Cambridge

The King's College Porters' Lodge is where one or more porters can be found to respond to inquiries from the public and direct them around the building; bicycles are the easiest way to get around Cambridge

St. Catherine's College, founded in 1473, is moderately sized (by Cambridge standards) consisting of approximately 70 fellows, 150 graduate students and 410 undergraduates

St. Catherine's College, founded in 1473, is moderately sized (by Cambridge standards) consisting of approximately 70 fellows, 150 graduate students and 410 undergraduates

The free Fitzwilliam Museum was a treat to visit since it had exceptional pieces and wasn't nearly as crowded as London museums; on January 25, 2006, a visitor tripped and shattered three massive Qing Dynasty vases so I was extra careful

The free Fitzwilliam Museum was a treat to visit since it had exceptional pieces and wasn't nearly as crowded as London museums; on January 25, 2006, a visitor tripped and shattered three massive Qing Dynasty vases so I was extra careful

Rubens' masterpiece, Adoration of the Magi (1634), adorns the altar at King's College Chapel; entrance to the chapel costs 10 pounds

Rubens' masterpiece, Adoration of the Magi (1634), adorns the altar at King's College Chapel; entrance to the chapel costs 10 pounds

The 1695 Wren Library has priceless items including Isaac Newton's notebook, A. A. Milne's manuscript of Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner and several works printed by William Caxton, including the first book printed in English

The 1695 Wren Library has priceless items including Isaac Newton's notebook, A. A. Milne's manuscript of Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner and several works printed by William Caxton, including the first book printed in English

King's College courtyard; it is one of the 31 colleges in the University of Cambridge; alumni include cryptographer Alan Turing and economist John Maynard Keynes

King's College courtyard; it is one of the 31 colleges in the University of Cambridge; alumni include cryptographer Alan Turing and economist John Maynard Keynes

The King's College Choir performs a daily evensong during the school term; on Christmas Eve, a special service is held here and broadcast worldwide on the BBC

The King's College Choir performs a daily evensong during the school term; on Christmas Eve, a special service is held here and broadcast worldwide on the BBC

The sole Neoclassical building of King's College was built in 1729; King's College was the first in Cambridge to admit women (1972)

The sole Neoclassical building of King's College was built in 1729; King's College was the first in Cambridge to admit women (1972)

Church of the Holy Sepulcher, built in 1130, is one of the four medieval round churches still in use in England; Cambridge suffered no damage in WW2 so all town buildings are original

Church of the Holy Sepulcher, built in 1130, is one of the four medieval round churches still in use in England; Cambridge suffered no damage in WW2 so all town buildings are original

Trinity College is the richest and biggest of the town's colleges; more than a third of the Cambridge's 83 Nobel Prize winners are Trinity alumni

Trinity College is the richest and biggest of the town's colleges; more than a third of the Cambridge's 83 Nobel Prize winners are Trinity alumni

Courtyard at Christ's College; Cambridge is 50 miles north of London with a population of 123,867 including 24,506 students

Courtyard at Christ's College; Cambridge is 50 miles north of London with a population of 123,867 including 24,506 students

The Chelsea bun is the famous, local cinnamon roll but we didn't try it; Wordsworth, Isaac Newton, Tennyson, Darwin and Prince Charles are all alumni of the University of Cambridge

The Chelsea bun is the famous, local cinnamon roll but we didn't try it; Wordsworth, Isaac Newton, Tennyson, Darwin and Prince Charles are all alumni of the University of Cambridge

This apple tree is supposedly a descendant of the very one that once stood in the garden of Sir Isaac Newton; Newton spent 30 years at Trinity College

This apple tree is supposedly a descendant of the very one that once stood in the garden of Sir Isaac Newton; Newton spent 30 years at Trinity College

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