Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Ely Cathedral & Spring

We went back to Ely Cathedral, this time to hear a concert given by the Britten Sinfonia and Polyphony. Since it was a much prettier day than the last time we were here (in January), we took more pictures of the exterior of the church.

This beautiful picture is of the famous 'octagon tower.'













This picture, of the side of the Cathedral, was taken as we were walking up the Gallery road to the church entrance. The Bishop's residence is off to the right, behind the wall.

















Here's another great picture of the 'octagon.'

















This is a close-up of some of the details on the exterior of the Cathedral.













Here's the west front. Also notice, the BLUE SKY! The sun really does shine in Cambridgeshire.

















Before the concert we tried to get a better picture of the interior view of the octagon. The orchestra and choir were situated immediately underneath the octagon.

















We passed this great sign on our way home. It's in front of the Tesco grocery in Ely, 'open 24 hours.' Which 24 hours? Mon 8am until at 10 pm and Sun 10am - 4pm. Hmmmm. . .













These instructions on the train for what to do in case of emergency are also pretty funny. Break the glass to retrieve the hammer to...break the window glass?












These next few pictures were taken to prove that spring is actually coming to Cambridge. They were all taken just at the bottom of our street, on Jesus Green (a large park-like area). You can see the River Cam in several of the pictures.

These beautiful trees are blossoming all over the city.

















The Cam is lined down one side with thousands of these daffodils. We were told that they were planted as part of a fundraiser for a lady who was suffering from cancer. People would buy bulbs for a pound or so and then plant them along this bank of the Cam.













Here's a close-up of the daffodils.













This planting is also on Jesus Green. (You can see the Victoria bridge over the Cam in the background.) The colors currently blooming are just so pretty: pink, red, purple, yellow, orange, white, etc. And you can find them all around town.

1 Comments:

At 3:23 AM, Blogger Sara & Keith Eiser said...

Picture #4 looks like the church version of fractals!

You know you're the child of mathematicians when... ;-)

 

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