Weekend in Cambridge

Last weekend I got to stay with friends in their very lovely home in Cambridge.  While I was there I was on a mission to take photos of spring for a photo competition I’m running at work.  So our first little venture out was to a park where there would be plenty of cherry blossoms and hopefully some cute little fluffy ducks.

On the drive back from the park we stopped by the side of the road for some shots of some glorious trees in full blossom.


We had a really lovely walk around the park and I even learnt some history.

For dinner we went to an amazing restaurant called Alpha St.  The food was amazing and I had the most fabulous desert ever.  You pour this hot berry sauce over a stunning ball of white chocolate to reveal the dark chocolate mouse inside.  Not only was it fun but it was very delicious.

  
The next day we drove to the Hamilton Zoo where we got to see some very pretty birds.

  
Meerkats, pigs and giraffes.


Tigers, ducks and a turtle.


A family of monkeys with a really cute baby.


But my favourite was the rhinos because it was their feeding time and we got to see them up real close.


After the zoo we headed back to Cambridge for lunch and then I drove home amongst all the school holiday traffic also heading home.

London Day Eighteen 

Wednesday 19 April

Today I went on a Thames River cruise all the way out to Greenwich and the Barrier which was about two hours long and packed with information on all the best bits along the riverside, but the highlight was definitely passing through the Barrier and being right up close.

The boat departed from Westminster and while waiting for it to head on up the river there were plenty of great photo opportunities to get some different shots of “Big Ben” and the Houses of Parliament.

  

This was definitely one of the best ways to see the many stunning buildings and travelling under all those famous bridges was so cool.

        
We travelled past Canary Wharf the new financial centre of London, which looked more like New York than London.

  
We went right up to the O2 and learnt that it is a lot more than just a concert venue and you can actually walk on the roof.

  
There was so much to see including fascinating new buildings, works of art and even a cable car that takes you over the river to the O2.

    
Eventually we went past the Thames Barrier, something I’ve wanted to photograph for many years.  We were very lucky with our timing because one of the barriers was actually up so we could see how it actually works.

After the Barrier I got off the boat for a look round Greenwich and something to eat.  There’s a famous old boat permanently docked there floating on an ocean of glass – the Cutty Sark – it used to transport tea – so I imagine it was a very important ship to all those tea drinking English people.


Apart from the ship there was also some stunning buildings which I enjoyed walking round and photographing.

    

Then it was back on the boat to return to Westminster and enjoy some more stunning sights.

  
From there I decided to pop in on the Queen to see if she was home.  This required a walk through St James’s park where there was loads of beautiful flowers, fascinating birds and cute squirrels.

      
Eventually I found The Mall which looked awesome with gigantic flags lining both sides of the road.


I didn’t get to see the Queen, she didn’t even pop out on to the famous balcony for a quick wave, I guess she didn’t see me amongst the hoards of tourists also hanging around outside her place – oh well never mind, I’ve seen her being driven up Manukau Rd back in Auckland.