A sad and fond farewell to a fast and lovely friend, @stephliakos. Glad I got to show you a favorite part of my city. Miles will miss his bestie @djangothegent but at least we'll have Portugal. Sorry Miles....
Best table in the house, with a view of Magdalene College across the River Cam. You are also looking at a row of punts on the river. A punt is a flat-bottomed boat for use is shallow waters. The punter propels the punt by pushing against the riverbed with a pole. A picnic on a punt is certainly a favourite Cambridge pastime.
On a sunny day, would you enjoy frolicking on a bench at a garden outside your residence? Better yet, enjoy the swimming pool? Christ's College is home to England's oldest bathing pool which dates back to mid-17th century. Lucky folks!!
If you have been following my picture series on Cambridge College gatehouses, you will find the stone carving of this Gate Tower familiar. Indeed, Lady Margaret Beaufort was foundress of both Christ's College and St John's College. It is therefore natural that her coat of arms adorn the entrances of the two colleges. At Christ's, however, the statue above the mythical animals is that of Lady Margaret herself.
Christ's College was refounded by Lady Margaret Beaufort, mother of King Henry VII, 20 years after the end of the War of the Roses. The marriage of King Henry VII and Princess Elizabeth of York united the two warring fronts. The emblem of their unity is the Tudor Rose which is a combination of the Red Rose of Lancaster and the White Rose of York.
Lady Margaret Beaufort was a staunchly Lancastrian lady, it is no wonder that the college is still dotted with the Red Rose of Lancaster, instead of the new Tudor Rose. For political reasons, I would have chosen pink! 🌸
Darwin College was founded in 1964, and named such as it was built on Newnham Grange, land belonging to Charles Darwin's family. Darwin College is the first graduate-only college and the largest, with half of the students coming from outside the UK. Insider's tip: the bar (known affectionately as Darbar) stocks a wide range of exotic whiskies from all over the world, with a particularly good selection of Japanese ones. It is also highly subsidised- just be sure to get a Darwin student to bring you there.
The Milan Cathedral or Duomo di Milano, took almost 600 years to complete (1386-1965). Mark Twain, after his 1867 visit, remarked:
"What a wonder it is! So grand, so solemn, so vast! And yet so delicate, so airy, so graceful! A very world of solid weight, and yet it seems ...a delusion of frostwork that might vanish with a breath!"
The Great Gate of St John's College features painted stone carvings of the coat of arms of Lady Margaret Beaufort. She was the mother of Henry Tudor, whose side defeated King Richard III in the Battle of Bosworth, and went on to be crowned King Henry VII, the first Tudor monarch.
The curious beasts on either side are yales, mythical animals having elephants' tails, antelopes' bodies and goats' heads, with horns which can supposedly swivel from back to front! 🐘🦌🐐
"In a Wonderland they lie, Dreaming as the days go by, Dreaming as the summers die:
Ever drifting down the stream- Lingering in the golden gleam- Life, what is it but a dream?"
- Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass
Birthday Dinner 😁
River Bar & Steakhouse is a small bistro-style steakhouse with an extensive cocktail selection and ample vegetarian options). I had the chateaubriand with green peppercorn sauce, hand-cut potato wedges, salad, and French beans. Their Elderflower and Cucumber Collins is my favourite 😍