The pictured guide of Cambridge for the casual Pink Floyd fan

I am lucky to count some fine music connoisseurs among my friends.

As a consequence, whenever I have the chance to travel the beautiful world we live in, I pick my targets around them and their stories.
Even better, I try to meet them on their own turf.
This is how I fell in love with Timisoara (Romania), London, Montreal, New York or Seattle.
This October, as a birthday gift, I traveled to Cambridge, UK, where my host was longtime friend Andras Ferencz.

Andras is more than a music scholar: he is an esteemed gourmand and  has a keen insight in realizing the worth of a fine ale. Cambridge, his current residence, brings all these together!
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As most of the folk in Cambridge, Andras has an extra bicycle in a corner.
We did our two Pink Floyd themed tours on two wheels. They are too long for walks.
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The tour begins at the entrance to Grantchester Meadows, the end of the street with the same name.
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Just across the street sign in the above picture is 109 Grantchester Meadows.
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“David Gilmour moved to 109 Grantchester Meadows in 1956, when he was 10. Roger Waters later wrote a song called Grantchester Meadows for the band’s 1969 Ummagumma album.
Read more: http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Whats-on-leisure/Choice/A-Pink-Floyd-spotters-guide-to-Cambridge-20130826145629.htm#ixzz2irQJVKPI
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From Gilmour’s childhood home, enter the Meadows and cycle along the path. Stop by the river.
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Pull out your smartphone and play Grantchester Meadows from Ummagumma, the 1969 Pink Floyd album.
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“…
In the lazy water meadow I lay me down.
All around me, Golden sunflakes settle on the ground,
Basking in the sunshine of a by gone afternoon, Bringing sounds of yesterday into this city room.
… … “
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Grantchester Meadows
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Do not return, but rather keep cycling through the Meadows down to The Green Man – http://www.thegreenmangrantchester.co.uk – and quench your thirst. Cycle back to Cambridge on the main road (about 15 minutes).
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END OF TOUR 1.
The pictured guide of Cambridge for the casual Pink Floyd fan, part 1 of 2.
The pictured guide of Cambridge for the casual Pink Floyd fan, part 1 of 2.

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Begin your second part of the tour at 60 Glisson Road in Cambridge. ** ** Roger “Syd” Barrett was born at the family home at 60 Glisson Road on January 6, 1946. Read more: http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Whats-on-leisure/Choice/A-Pink-Floyd-spotters-guide-to-Cambridge-20130826145629.htm#ixzz2irWM9y1J
Begin your second part of the tour at 60 Glisson Road in Cambridge.
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Roger “Syd” Barrett was born at the family home at 60 Glisson Road on January 6, 1946.
Read more: http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Whats-on-leisure/Choice/A-Pink-Floyd-spotters-guide-to-Cambridge-20130826145629.htm#ixzz2irWM9y1J
Syd Barrett's birthplace.
Syd Barrett’s birthplace.
Cycle 1 mile to 183 Hills Road, across the railway. ** ** Syd Barrett lived at 183 Hills Road from the age of 3. After his siblings moved out, his mother rented out rooms to lodgers, including the future Japanese Prime Minister. Read more: http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Whats-on-leisure/Choice/A-Pink-Floyd-spotters-guide-to-Cambridge-20130826145629.htm#ixzz2irXHQ7rl
Cycle 1 mile to 183 Hills Road, across the railway.
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Syd Barrett lived at 183 Hills Road from the age of 3. After his siblings moved out, his mother rented out rooms to lodgers, including the future Japanese Prime Minister.
Read more: http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Whats-on-leisure/Choice/A-Pink-Floyd-spotters-guide-to-Cambridge-20130826145629.htm#ixzz2irXHQ7rl
Turn to Rock Road -  there's a good chance you'll become a Rock star if you grow up here. ** ** Surrey-born Roger Waters was brought to live here by his widowed mother Mary in 1945, when he was 2 years old. Read more: http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Whats-on-leisure/Choice/A-Pink-Floyd-spotters-guide-to-Cambridge-20130826145629.htm#ixzz2iraI61gT
Turn to Rock Road – there’s a good chance you’ll become a Rock star if you grow up here.
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Surrey-born Roger Waters was brought to live here by his widowed mother Mary in 1945, when he was 2 years old.
Read more: http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Whats-on-leisure/Choice/A-Pink-Floyd-spotters-guide-to-Cambridge-20130826145629.htm#ixzz2iraI61gT
A couple of minutes from Rock Road, at the end of St Margaret's Square. Syd's neighbours were actually out of the house, they shared a couple of memories. Nice people. ** ** **  Syd Barrett lived as a recluse in his mother’s house for many years until his death in 2006. Read more: http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Whats-on-leisure/Choice/A-Pink-Floyd-spotters-guide-to-Cambridge-20130826145629.htm#ixzz2irajUTqP
A couple of minutes from Rock Road, 6 St Margaret’s Square.
Syd’s neighbors were actually out of the house, they shared a couple of memories. Nice people.
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Syd Barrett lived as a recluse in his mother’s house for many years until his death in 2006.
Read more: http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Whats-on-leisure/Choice/A-Pink-Floyd-spotters-guide-to-Cambridge-20130826145629.htm#ixzz2irajUTqP
End your tour with a pint at The Rock (photo credit Google). It was Syd's watering hole to the end of his life. Legends abound about fans asking locals for Syd and them answering "he's not here", while he was quietly enjoying an ale at the next table.
Walk from Syd’s last home in his life to the corner pub. End your tour with a pint at The Rock (photo credit Google). It was Syd’s watering hole to the end of his life. Legends abound about fans asking locals for Syd and them answering “he’s not here”, while he was quietly enjoying an ale at the next table.
Part 2 of the Pink Floyd Cambridge cycling tour.
Part 2 of the Pink Floyd Cambridge cycling tour.

 

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  1. We did the same tours following your instructions. Great experience !!! Thanks for sharing !!!

  2. Don’t you love that: “Legends abound about fans asking locals for Syd and them answering “he’s not here”, while he was quietly enjoying an ale at the next table.”? I love it! this is how people in UK would behave in such circumstances. Can’t wait to travel there, and see those places.

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