Not many years ago I was given an opportunity to visit (in an official capacity) Cambridge University Press’s headquarters in the UK. Luckily it was summertime which means daylight was much longer and the sun usually set at 9:00 in the evening. Summertime in Cambridge was time-disorienting but strangely fantastic. You don’t get to enjoy that in sunny Manila.
One summer day, after work, our host colleague took us on an historical tour in and around the university city by punting on the River Cam, which is the main river flowing through Cambridge. It was an hour long chauffeured punt tour. Punts by the way are square-ended boats with flat bottoms and propelled by using a long pole.
Since the river runs through the heart of Cambridge, we get to enjoy the picturesque views of the world famous Cambridge College ‘Backs.’ A stretch where several colleges of the University of Cambridge back on to the River Cam, their grounds covering both sides of the river.
Our ‘chauffeur’ (a college student) provided some facts about each college’s interesting history. It was like listening to a one-hour talk about the university’s early history. However this one, you get to observe the actual place and not just view some photo slides.
Pleasure punting on the River Cam is a quintessential Cambridge experience. It is something I still eagerly look forward to repeating.
In case you are interested already, you may go to Visit Cambridge and Beyond website, the official tourism service for Cambridge and its surrounding areas. Cambridge: Take Your Time Punting Tours.
Watch the video below to have a better glance of how it feels to sit on those punts.
Header photo: Wooden Bridge, Cambridge UK
Multiple photos: Sites along the River Cam
All photos courtesy of © Guwaphotos