Princeton Ivy League

At this point we had visited 4 Ivies- Yale, Harvard, Brown, and Columbia, so it was only natural to make a pit stop at Princeton during our last trip to the Northeast to make it 5 Ivies. Princeton is only an hour away from Newark airport, so it was super convenient. 

Princeton University, NJ | RedBarberry.com

Also (and I completely forgot about this while we were there) one of my favorite movies, A Beautiful Mind was filmed at Princeton. And not any less of a significance, one of my ex-coworkers graduated from Princeton, so I had to make her proud. 🙂 

It finally warmed up after a three-day cold front and granted it was a Sunday, lots of students and professors alike came out to the benches and chairs located all over the green lawns. 

Princeton University, NJ | RedBarberry.com

Princeton University, NJ | RedBarberry.com

There were also a TON of tour groups! 

Princeton University, NJ | RedBarberry.com

Princeton University, NJ | RedBarberry.com

Princeton University, NJ | RedBarberry.com

Since the trees have not gotten their full foliage back, it looks a bit bleak on the photos above, but there were plenty of blooms to gaze at and smell!

Princeton University, NJ | RedBarberry.com

Princeton University, NJ | RedBarberry.com

Princeton University, NJ | RedBarberry.com

I expected the architecture at Princeton to be mostly Gothic, but it actually has a mix of Gothic, Renaissance, Tudor, and Greek. A strange mix, but it works! 

Princeton University, NJ | RedBarberry.com

I think there were actual classrooms in those buildings. Not sure. 

Princeton University, NJ | RedBarberry.com

Princeton University, NJ | RedBarberry.com

The day before came to Princeton, we were at a Yale college store, where I saw a pair of salmon colored shorts and a short sleeve button up with marine print. I said, “Wow, can it get any preppier? Just missing loafers.” Well, as we walking through Princeton, I saw two guys (pretty sure they were not gay either, in case you’re wondering) wearing that exact outfit and almost perfectly matching. 😂 It is now my impression of Princeton – super preppy! 

Princeton University, NJ | RedBarberry.com

I bet this alley is super pretty once the foliage is back!

Princeton University, NJ | RedBarberry.com

It was a quick 2-hour visit to the campus, but was totally worth it! Part of the campus felt like we were in Hogwarts or Narnia, and part felt like we were in Athens.

Princeton University, NJ | RedBarberry.com

Princeton University, NJ | RedBarberry.com

2 thoughts on “Princeton Ivy League

  1. You make me proud every day, Iryna! But especially today. Beautiful pictures, and I am so honored that you made time to visit Old Nassau. I agree – it is a magical place.

    Those two buildings are Whig and Clio — there are classrooms inside, but mostly they are used for the two debating teams (of the same name) that represent the more conservative minds vs the more liberal ones. (I forget which is which.) They were founded in the 1760s.

    Thanks again for the trip down memory lane. My 20th reunion is coming up next year. Now I can’t wait to go back.

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