As summer slips away and tucks itself into the clouds I find it fitting to reminisce over the days of sunshine and seemingly endless blue skies.
It was only a few weeks ago that we visited Cambridge and went out for a bit of exploration. I am not a huge history buff but I am a lover of pretty things and Cambridge gives the perfect combination of both. What better way to explore the history of such a beautiful place than by punting down the River Cam.
Judging by the mass amount of people walking the streets on this sunny day this is obviously a tourist hot spot but it certainly doesn’t have the feel of it. I spotted couples snuggled up on the grass, ladies in frilly dresses sitting beneath the shade trees and smartly dressed men dashing about, bottle of wine in hand presumably taking advantage of this gorgeous day by planning the perfect date.
“P” and I strolled the paths along the river and booked in a time slot with one of many punting companies, typically manned by students of one of the local universities.
Punting is very similar to the gondola rides that are popular in Italy or at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. The only difference is that instead of an oar, punters use a long pole to propel the boat through the water. Punting takes a great deal of physical strength and skill so you can go with the chauffeur option or if you are really daring you can jump on a boat and do it yourself. In order to enjoy the scenery and get a guided tour we took advantage of being chauffeured down the river. Not only is it relaxing but it is ultra romantic in a very Pride and Prejudice kind of way.
Here are some lovely moments along with some tidbits of history that I was able to capture while floating down the river.
Even though the experience was nothing short of fantastic we did witness other punters experiencing moments of “River Rage”, and some playing what seemed to be “bumper boats”. We also got a brief tutorial of what bridge jumping looked like. Bridge jumping is when an adventurous soul is compelled to hop out of their punting boat, latch on to a bridge, climb up, run across and jump back down into the boat as it crosses underneath.
Apparently you can rent a punt for a “hen do” otherwise known as a bachelorette party. It comes equipped with your very own scantily clad masked bloke to navigate you and your friends down the river.
There are approximately 70 spaces along the River Cam permitted for residential boating. At present time, it costs approximately £1, 071.60 to moor (park) a two person occupancy boat along the river. Not bad for rent! I will certainly add this to my “Living List” (things to do while I’m still alive and kicking it).
A river seems a magic thing. A magic, moving, living part of the very earth itself” ~ Laura Gilpin