Today started off with a solo jaunt to Cambridge, specifically King’s College (read here), followed by a visit to St. John’s College (read here). After exiting St. John’s college, I was glad to see the sun shining through the clouds – it was a bit chilly (and the wind wasn’t really helping much), so some extra warmth was nice.
The Cambridge Bridge of Sighs is a neo-gothic structure that was built in the 19th century (1831 to be precise) and named after the covered bridge in Venice. The name came from prisoners who would sigh as they were escorted to their cells. As opposed to the Oxford Bridge of Sighs, the Cambridge structure does not have glass in its windows and it is built over water – the Oxford bridge links two buildings over a road.
The next bridge I spotted on my walk was the Trinity College Bridge – an arch bridge designed by James Essex, it replaced the stone bridge built in 1651. I decided not to walk across this bridge because it was already getting a bit late (the sun was slowly starting to set) and I wanted to finish the rest of my self-guided tour of Cambridge AND head back to the train station before it got dark.
After the Bridge, I wandered around a bit more through the park, and sat down by one of the benches to enjoy the sun for a bit. The weather was surprisingly nice (and stayed so) throughout the day, and while I was tempted to join the rest of the college students who were sunning themselves on the lawn, I decided not to sit on the damp grass – this time. The next stop on my list? Clare College!