Europe 2013-Citizens of the Republic of Ushington visit England, France and Spain travel blog

Gargoyle in Oxford

I love them

Really I do

They are everywhere

University bookstore

Surprise-another gargoyle

a lovely couple

Famous Blackwell bookstore

Typical street scene

Sheldonian Theatre

Busts around the theatre

Graham's favorite

Magpie Lane

Magpie Lane

Christ College Meadow

Basking on the lawn at Christ Church college

The Hall-Christ Church college

Look familiar?

It should

Ceiling of the hall

The Buttery

Inside the Christ Church Cathedral




Student residences

Beautiful architecture

Surprise-more gargoyles

In the courtyard of the Bodleian library

Library courtyard-100 miles of bookshelves underground

Library courtyard

London-Paddington to Oxford at 1022. This is a truly beautiful city, much of it built with the limestone from the Cotswolds near Bath. We rode the hop on hop off bus and then visited the Ashmolean museum and Christ Church College and cathedral.

The Ashmolean is the oldest museum in the UK, opening in about 1680. The collections are extensive and it would take years to get through it all.

Christ Church College may be one of the most famous in Oxford, as it is in their quadrangle that the famous race from Chariots of Fire took place. Also there is the dining hall, that was transformed into Hogwarts for Harry Potter. The cathedral is also beautiful.

We planned on seeing the Bodleian library, but it had already closed by the time we arrived. They have an extensive collection of books and documents, including a signed copy of the Magna Carta. Much of the “stacks” are located underground on over 100 miles of shelving.

There are many colleges that comprise Oxford. The largest one has only 550 students, the university 16,000 in total. The tutorial is the method of teaching used here. This involves small group weekly meetings rather than lectures and provides the students with immediate feedback on their work. It is employed at Oxford and Cambridge and is apparently much more demanding than the traditional methods that we are used to.

We took the train back to London and decided to have sandwiches for supper. It was nice to eat at home.

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