Last October my long waited dream came true: we traveled to Oxford UK. We left our kids into the loving care of the grandparents and flew to Oxford in business class. Yeah, an adult trip. Something we have totally forgot about being even possible.
What should I say. It is amazing place. I probably wouldn’t be so keen without Inspectors Endeavour Morse, Robert Lewis and James Hathaway and I’m not even shamed to admit that. I’ve wanted to travel to UK as long as I can remember (keen BBC series fan) and before Oxford I’ve only have had two separate half days in London, stop-overs on our way to somewhere else. But this time it was four days!!
Our accommodation was in St Michael’s St. Right in the heart of the city. Lovely place above a bicycle shop. Henry’s Guesthouse, highly recommended.
We arrived just before noon, so no time to sit inside. Some lunch and let’s hit the town. For me it’s very hard to present pictures in anything else than in a chronological order but now I try. First pictures are from the inner city. History and beautiful buildings every where. And cyclists, atypically not visible in the picture below because it was just before 8am on Saturday morning and we were walking towards our favourite breakfast cafe. A bit later this picture would be full of cyclists.
iPhone panorama not in the right scale (Radcliffe camera is too narrow) but gives the idea of this medieval spot seen so often in Morse and Lewis.
Our breakfast place
Nice and empty at 8am.
Oxford by night.
I think we were pretty lucky with the weather. There were blue skies, some drizzling but heavy rain only once and it didn’t last long.
And since we’re in Oxford I had to take pics of the boats even though we didn’t go punting.
Pubs pubs pubs. We visited only few. White horse of course being on of them.
Turf Tavern, even being very touristy it seemed to be popular among the locals, if students are considered as locals.
This was very nice pub, and how happy was I when I spotted this in one episode of Endeavor, he had drinks there with a beautiful lady (who turned out to be a killer in the end).
This was one of the things I waited the most:
Five levels of English language books. And a cafe inside! My idea of a heaven. I did good finds especially for my son, who does not want to read in Finnish and even we have pretty good libraries in Finland, there are limits when it comes to English language books.
I did literally spend several hours here!
Then it was time to visit some Colleges. Christ Church is one of the biggest and richest among the colleges.
“Curvy” panorama to the Great Dining Hall.
Yep, Harry Potter movies have got inspirations from this dining hall. How lucky were we not to have too many fellow tourists there. Almost empty hall.
I would like to see this part with trees and gardens. Quite dull as it is.
The Cathedral is unbelievable.
All this was done like almost thousands years ago. It is hard to grasp. What a craftsmanship.
Walking around Christ Church sports grounds and meadow.
Students popped out on Saturday, matriculation day of sorts. Fun to watch.
New College, one the oldest ones in Oxford.
Balliol College in full bloom.
I know, this is getting out of the hand again. Too many pictures. But few more. We visited Blenheim Palace, place where Winston S Churchill was born.
What has happened to this pheasant? Where are it’s tail feathers? Looks like a football poor little thing.