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Holiday at Home: Take a tour with CB Travel Guide




Billed as a ‘guide to local gems curated by a local’, CB Travel Guide is the latest venture from Cambridge Food Tour founder Gerla de Boer. To celebrate its launch, Gerla takes us on a virtual tour of her favourite city haunts

Artwork - Dinky Doors

Dinky Doors latest has a space ship crashing into the wsall on Riverside by the Museum of Technology, Pam Halls from the muesum surveys the damage. Picture: Keith Heppell. (47874671)
Dinky Doors latest has a space ship crashing into the wsall on Riverside by the Museum of Technology, Pam Halls from the muesum surveys the damage. Picture: Keith Heppell. (47874671)

These unique cute pieces of art, dotted around Cambridge City Centre, always manage to put a smile on my face. I love the design and the stories behind it. Can we call these artists 'our Banksy’?

Artefact - David Parr House

CDCA Programme 2019 winners, Best Conservation, alteration, and Extension The David Parr House. Picture: Keith Heppell. (47874664)
CDCA Programme 2019 winners, Best Conservation, alteration, and Extension The David Parr House. Picture: Keith Heppell. (47874664)

It is fair to say that this is one of the most unique projects in Cambridge. This ordinary Victorian terraced house is home to an extraordinary collection of art.

Shop - Cambridge Contemporary Art & Crafts

Cambridge Contemporary Art front (47874662)
Cambridge Contemporary Art front (47874662)

Not easy to pass by these two shops without popping in to check out their latest additions of UK artists. The collection often changes, so a good reason to pop in when you're in the city centre.

Coffee Spot - The Orator

Orator, Cambridge (47874776)
Orator, Cambridge (47874776)

A place with many happy memories for me, which now is turned into a magnificent bar/restaurant. The Orator is the place where Town and Gown meet and perfect for a cup of coffee away from the hustle and bustle.

Eatery - Maurizio

Maurizio Dining & Co (47874660)
Maurizio Dining & Co (47874660)

There are so many excellent eateries in Cambridge that it is difficult to pick one from Michelin to quirky cafes. When life gives me lemons, I go to Maurizio for simple Italian fare, a good glass of wine and a bit of banter with the boss himself.

Indulgence - Eating & Drinking Spree

My ultimate favourite thing to do! Head into town with no goal, apart from let's see where we end up. A lovely walk through the commons and eat and drink my way around Cambridge. No plan, no bookings, let's have fun.

Building - Judge Business School

Cambridge Judge Business School. Pic from Cambridge Judge Business School (47874657)
Cambridge Judge Business School. Pic from Cambridge Judge Business School (47874657)

The Judge Institute is stunning, especially the back of the building in Tennis Crt Road. It’s such a pity that this colourful part of the building can hardly be seen these days. The view is now blocked by a new building.

Walk - The River Cam

The idyllic River Cam (47874654)
The idyllic River Cam (47874654)

Growing up between the lakes and canals in the north of the Netherlands, being close to water is important for me. Any walk along the Cam is fantastic, but the best ones are away from the crowds going towards the East.

View - Fen Ditton

Fen Ditton view (Camboats comp.) (47874648)
Fen Ditton view (Camboats comp.) (47874648)

This is a view I never get bored of. Meandering through the commons, heading to Fen Ditton and, if there is time, a drink at the Plough overlooking the River Cam.

Image: Mark Woods-Nunn

Gerla came to Cambridge from Cape Town in 2002, going on to become an esteemed city food blogger and founding Cambridge Food Tour in 2013. Devised during last year’s lockdown, CB Travel Guide is aimed at locals as much as tourists: from a tick list of top Cambridge things to see and do to a comprehensive events calendar, spanning everything from street food pop-ups to festivals, it covers it all.

See cbtravelguide.co.uk and follow @cbtravelguide


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