Trip to Ely and Duxford

As sad as we were to say goodbye to our departing First Seshers this Friday, life here on the CamTrad goes on – this Saturday, while Second Seshers have been familiarizing themselves with their new home for the coming two weeks, Lifers went out on a day trip to Ely and Duxford.

Ely is a picturesque little English town, most famous for its magnificent cathedral. As our informative tour guides pointed out, the cathedral is so big that it is completely disproportionate to the town surrounding it: indeed, the building is longer than Ely’s main street which runs parallel to it!

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During the tour, we  not only marvelled at the cathedral’s colorful stained glass windows, elaborate painted ceilings, and majestic Romanesque and Gothic arches, but we also learned about the building’s eventful journey through history, which has resulted in the cathedral being an amalgamate of diverse architectural styles and a relic of the turbulent developments throughout European history.

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In the afternoon, the group headed to the Imperial War Museum in Duxford. There, students walked through the very same hangars that had served the Royal Air Force, took a very close look at over hundreds of aircraft on display, and even watched aircraft take to the skies from the airfield that Spitfires first flew.

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While the Imperial War Museum is a great place to learn about how Britain’s air defences developed and protected its skies during key historical battles, the American Air Museum located in one of the hangars rang closer to home for the American students among our cohort. This fascinating video depicts air traffic coming in and out of the USA on a regular day: