Since the sun was shining we decided to go to southwest part of London to see Kew Gardens and then the Oxford-Cambridge boat race. Our hotel provided daily newspapers so we knew about this famous rivalry and could not pass it up.
After visiting Kew Gardens we planned to take the train close to the
start of the Oxford-Cambridge boat
race. But after asking direction
in the small town of Kew, we walked about a half mile to the
Thames River, then about a mile or two along the banks to the finish
line. We had front row seats for the race. The race is 4.5
miles and takes about 16 minutes to complete. The reserves from both
schools started about 30 minutes before the real race. Oxford won
both races. It was an exciting race with less than a boat length
difference. There was a lot of hollering
at the end of each race.