Day trip to Bury St Edmunds

On Sunday the seemingly neverending rain stopped and I decided to get on the train and spend some time away from Cambridge. I picked a historical town within an hour travel and it ended up being Bury St Edmunds, a market town in Suffolk. I got on the train with the intention of spending a few hours walking around and visiting the abbey ruins and the cathedral.

This is the entrance to Abbey Gardens.

There were a lot of children running around and even playing football between the ruins of the abbey.

The rose garden which had just started to bloom.

The cathedral is beautiful but unfortunately this is the best picture that I have of it. Up close my phone didn’t do it any justice!

Like I said before, I have a thing for ivy walls. Also street signs.

The most impressive Marks & Spencer I have ever seen, with an out of place looking car.

At the end of my trip I wandered around the streets looking for cute little shops and cafes. Unfortunately Bury St Edmunds has been taken over by the same chains as everywhere else. Still, I found a few gems, like this vintage shop! So cute!

Punting in Cambridge

Yesterday I went punting in Cambridge, which is one of the best things to do if you ever visit here. Not only is it a very unique Cambridge things to do, it also gives you the opportunity to see the college grounds without paying for entrance 😉

A punt is a boat that isn’t made for rowing. The punter pushes a long pole against the bottom of the river to move. Obviously this can only be done at the shallow part of river Cam.

You can hire a punt with a company and someone will punt you along the river while telling you about the history of Cambridge and the colleges. A cheaper option is to hire a punt from one of the colleges and do the punting yourself but this requires one of you to have a college membership.

These lovely flats are on Richmond Terrace, overlooking the river and Magdalene College gardens. Definitely bucket list material if you love Cambridge! I would look up how much these flats cost but I’m scared.

A very gorgeous building that is a very popular tourist destination: the King’s College Chapel. I definitely recommend a visit to both the college grounds and the chapel.

Ivy walls <3

More ivy walls!

This gorgeous bridge is the Bridge of Sighs. It connects two sides of St John’s college. This bridge is another one of Cambridge’s main tourist attractions and it’s easy to see why. The rumour says that it got it’s name from the sighing students who walked from their rooms to the main college grounds where their tutors’ offices were.

A better look at the Bridge of Sighs. I think I have a thing for Gothic architecture.

I also have a thing for walls with flowers and ivy.