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Cambridge

sunny 22 °C

With a sunnier day in store, I walked into Cambridge. It doesn't take long to be assaulted by the history here – it's almost overwhelming because everywhere you turn there is another ancient building – either a church or a Cambridge college. It also doesn't take long to get assaulted by tour groups blocking the narrow streets or college students wanting to give a special deal today only for a punt ride (10 pounds down from 14 was the going rate). Glad I hit the town early to avoid as much as that as possible – although I still can't get used to nothing opening until 10 at the earliest. That's no good when you wake at 6 or 7 am! King's College was amazing – the architecture, the Tudor motifs, the stained glass, the vaulted ceilings. Note to GCC team members – am averaging 15 – 25k steps per day but boy is my back noticing it!

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Teh backroads of England

Cambridgeshire / Suffolk Tues 27 July

rain 21 °C

Had a short drive to Cambridge and dropped my luggage off at the B&B before heading out of Cambridge. The weather was fine in the morning while I again visited some family history towns before heading to Anglesey Abbey, a National Trust site. of course I got it wrong and the house wasn't open today but the extensive gardens were – and were magnificent. The whole site felt like it was larger than a Melbourne suburb and are superbly maintained. I left just as the rain started to come down and headed to another National Trust site on the other side of Cambridge called Wimpole Hall built in the 16th century (last owned by the daughter of Rudyard Kipling). Not enough superlatives for how beautiful the house and gardens are. Luckily I was in the house when the rain was pouring down and in the gardens when it wasn't. It still has a working farm attached to it and at times you could certainly tell from the smells that were around! Spent the rest of the rainy day driving around Cambridgeshire and Suffolk visiting more family history hamlets (many only have a few houses and a church). So it is fair to say that I am now a seasoned country lane driver – but most thanks go to TomTom for telling me where to go (in the nicest possible way) even when I miss the third exit at the roundabout!

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On the Road

Woburn / Bedford Monday 26 July

semi-overcast

Picked up the car and headed north of London – and very happy I decided not to drive through London as the traffic is mad. Headed off to Woburn Abbey, a beautiful stately home located near Woburn, one of the towns my ancestors come from. Beautiful home still lived in by the current Duke of Bedford and family and set in massive grounds with a deer reserve along with a safari park. The rest of the damp afternoon was spent driving around Bedfordshire visiting other little hamlets with family history significance. At least it gave me plenty of practice to get used to the sometimes woeful English roads. A lot of road works going on as well so travel was slow (probably a good thing for me). Spent the evening in Bedford, did a little family history research at the archives office which had positive and negative results.

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Day 3

V&A Museum

semi-overcast 23 °C

A leisurely day spent at the V& A museum. Lots of beautiful treasures from across the centuries – far too much to take in with just one visit but needs must. Leaving London tomorrow to start taking in that beautiful English countryside.

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Day 2

Hampton Court Palace

sunny 23 °C

A much nicer day today with the sun shining, so a perfect day to head out to Hampton Court Palace. It's quite an amazing place with so many different phases to it and the various gardens are spectacular. Didn't see the ghost of Catherine Howard but did get lost in the maze (although clearly found my way in the end). The decorative ceilings were amazing – you just don't see work like that these days and I think we are the poorer for it!

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