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Jul 20, 2012 - Cambridge, Ely and The Lion

Friday, July 20, 2012 Today we went to Cambridge. We parked and took the Park and Ride bus into the city. We decided to take a city bus tour rather than tramp around in the rain. There are many beautiful old buildings, only to be seen from the outside, for the most part. The river Cam runs through the city with a number of bridges and the opportunity to punt on the river. There is a cemetery and memorial to American forces in Cambridge. We would have gotten out and looked at it and and the botanical gardens and probably at some of the other...

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Jul 19, 2012 - Time Travel!

Wednesday, July 19, 2012 Today is an adventure in time travel. We start in 1962 when Jim discovered Sutton Hoo in the Scott Foresman 12th Grade Senior English book. Our first drive took us to Sutton Hoo itself. Sutton Hoo is the site of an Anglo Saxon ship burial from about 625AD. After the Romans withdrew from Britain in 410 AD the Anglo-Saxons gradually moved in. They were rural people; the cities that there were, established during Roman times, were gradually abandoned. At this site, about 7 miles from the sea there are a number of...

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Jul 18, 2012 - Audley End in Saffron Waldon

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 We started the day with Mike and Jim running out to help to help move a huge tree limb off the road. It was a brittle limb that had broken off and completely blocked a rather big road we were driving along. Three other guys from two other trucks helped, too. Drove to the west to Saffron Waldon to the fine home – Audley End. Saffron Waldon made its wealth in medieval times in wool and the culture of crocus for saffron. Saffron was used for yellow dye. Audley End 's history as a great hall begins, like many places,...

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Jul 17, 2012 - Felixstowe and Mike's Old Home

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 Headed down to the beach town of Felixstowe. First we went to Landguard Fort. There's been a fort there since the 16th century when there was a wooden fort there. In 1667 they repelled the Dutch at Landguard. This was the last invasion of British soil. It was constantly a military site until 1956 and is now maintained by Landguard Fort Trust and English Heritage. It was quite well done. It's at the south end of Felixstowe, right next to the docks. We didn't go to the docks, but we could see the big cranes and all the...

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Jul 16, 2012 - Off to the races

Rainy Day. We went off to Newmarket to visit the National Stud. At one time, the crown owned this facility; now it is run by the Jockey Club. It's located by near the two race courses in Newmarket. The town claims to be the birthplace of the thoroughbred - the three Arabian stallions that were imported in the 18th century were housed here. The Stud itself is not especially large - this year there were 69 foals. But in the town of Newmarket, there are about 60 other stud operations, and the total of horses involved in breeding exceeds 8000...

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Jul 9, 2012 - Newmarket, a bridge, and Ickworth

Monday, July 9, 2012 Probably the most noteworthy thing about today is that IT DID NOT RAIN! It's 8:15 and it hasn't rained and it doesn't appear to be going to rain. That's the first day since we've been here that it hasn't rained at all. We set out at about 10:15 and drove to Newmarket to look for the National Stud. Newmarket is a big horse-racing area and the National Stud is a great big horse farm with 2 race tracks and lots of training facilities. Same kind of facility as Hanover Shoe Farm. They do tours – we may find out about the...

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