Saturday, March 26, 2011

Week One of Wonderfulness +

Dave is here for two weeks.  Here is the first week report (sorry for those of you who have already seen pictures):

Days 1, 2 and 3 - Cambridge: Sainsbury's (our neighborhood grocery store); Church; Walk to Class; Libraries to Return Term-Time Books; King's College; Cornish Pasty; St. John's; Gruffalo Paraphernalia at Heffers Children's; Falafels:

Cambridge in the Spring


King's College Chapel



(See the following two posts for the rest of the week.)

Days 4 & 5

Day 4 - London: British National Library (English exhibit and lots of really cool original manuscripts from really cool literary people [Jane Austin, Darwin, Lewis Carroll, Shakespeare], the Magna Carta, music manuscripts from every cool composer you can think of, and the Gutenberg Bible); National Gallery (Caravaggios [yaaaaaay], Monets, Van Goghs, Cezannes, Renoirs, Seurats, Rembrandts, Rousseaus, Vermeers, Titians, THE Holbein, Michelangelos, Da Vincis, Raphaels, Velazquezes, Botticellis, etc.); Buckingham Palace; Westminster Abbey (outside only); Big Ben; River Thames; Noodles for dinner while watching the lights turn on in Big Ben:
















  
Day 5 - London: British breakfast at Allison's (where we spent the night - gorgeous neighborhood!); Museum of the Bank of England (on Allison's recommendation - very fun, especially touching the 350,000 GBP gold bar...); St. Paul's; Tower of London; Yummy Pub Dinner; Les Miz (which was awesome):













Sad Family History...

Days 6 & 7

Day 6 - Cambridge: Sleeping in; Long walk through the British countryside; Tea at the Orchard in Grantchester (Virginia Woolf's favourite tea house and writing location); Dinner at a Spanish Tapas restaurant:












Day 7 - Punting on the Cam (as part of a community service effort to clean the river.  Free punting and a fuzzy feeling for helping out?  I think yes):




He did very well for a first-time punter.  AND he looked pretty darn good doing it ;)









It's been a busy, but very happy first week.  Bring on the next, but let it pass delightfully slowly...