For a while now I’ve been getting to grips with my SLR Camera (Canon 400D) and venturing out on photography trips around my home city. Cambridge is hugely photographic, with plenty of postcard images on every corner. Combined with the creative buzz, architecture, river views and green spaces, it is difficult not to feel inspired every day. I know I am lucky to live here.
When I recently joined the newly created website Life After London as a county contact, I thought more about my favourite places in the city and how I could share these. Life After London is a friendly new support forum for anyone planning on moving to a new area – or just curious about living somewhere else. I wish something like this had existed when I made the move!
Even if you are not planning to move to Cambridge, I hope you will enjoy my ‘tour’ of the city through this post. If you don’t even plan to ever visiting Cambridge, I hope the photography will at least be something nice to look at.
The most iconic/postcard image of the city is Kings College, used by locals and tourists as a hotspot for outdoor lunch or meeting up (weather permitting) to watch the world go by.
Just opposite, is the super tasty and decadent Fudge Kitchen where you can taste, make and buy SLABS (yes, slabs) of fudge to take home. I recently tried the maple syrup & walnut fudge and it.was.amazing. They even have a loyalty card with double points on a Friday. Win.
The Market Square hosts all manner of sellers, incuding my favourite vintage sellers Retrovert and the Ostrich Farmer on Sundays. Waffles, fresh flowers, cakes and fruit and veg all week, come rain or shine. A shopping must for visitors and residents.
The River Cam is my little haven for quiet time and walks. Equally you can join the masses and punt along the backs of the college or even get up at the crack of dawn for rowing training. I am lucky enough to live incredibly close to the river.
My prerequisite for living in Cambridge, was getting a bicycle. It is the best way to get around the city and my trusty dutch bike gets me places in all weathers! You see all sorts of cyclists in the city, from those riding with an umbrella to pooches in baskets.
The Sheep Shop is a definite for knitters and crochet fans. Tucked away along the river, this quiet haven of yarn includes a shop and courses at a reasonable price. This weekend I will take the first steps towards learning crochet – watch this space!
If you have followed my blog for a while, you will know I am a lover of the arts and recently blogged about Creative Spaces - specifically my favourite one, Cambridge Art Salon. If you are ever in the city and want to see the work of local artists, this is the place to come.
I’ll leave you with my postcard from Cambridge and some links to some of my favourite local bloggers:
A Girl, A Style – Fashion blogger living in Cambridge and working in London (who looks far more glamourous cycling that I do….Mulberry helps!)
therealcambridge -blogging about the town/gown divide and local history
The Secluded Tea Party – Fantastic pop up and secretive tea parties/events around Cambridgeshire
The Lazy Giraffe – Local jeweller and blogs super yummy recipes and restaurant reviews