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Apr 6, 2007 - Oxford

Oxford was a special trip for myself and for Larissa. We are both fans of several fantasy writers who hail from the renowned colleges around Oxford University: C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, JRR Tolkien, Philip Pullman , Diane Wynn Jones, Matthew Skelton and Lewis Carroll to name a few. A few short stops on the tube, and then onto a very pleasant and fast train ride 50 minutes into the countryside. Getting off the train there awaited a double decker tour bus which took us around town with some very pleasant narration. It was especially nice...

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England/Ireland 2007

Sep 6, 2006 - A visit to Oxford

Headed off to Chipping Norton this morning to post off the excess and the winter woolies that luckily I have not needed. It is a quaint little village with a market place and all the Cotswoldy charm about it. While there I found a car key and enquired but with no luck so handed it to the traffic warden. When I asked in the market a man had been enquiring so hopefully he went to the traffic place and found them. I headed into Oxford aroung midday and found the car hire place easily without getting lost so that was good. I spent the...

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Sep 5, 2006 - Heading south to Kingham and the Cotswolds.

Well hello again. I woke to the roar of traffic and thought, I'm back in the big smoke! Left around 9.30am and headed south on the M6. The number of flyovers I had come through lastnight between Liverpool and Manchester just kept coming and the traffic was pretty intense. I was so glad I had driven until 10pm the night before as the driving was really nice. HUndreds, literally hundreds of trucks but great driving. I am sure every family has at least 2 truckies in the family. I'd be suprized if there are hjalf the men at home of an evening...

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Aug 23, 2006 - Cotswald splendour

Woke to a pretty overcast day with light rain drizzling. Headed to the local laundromat to again do some much needed laundry. The clothes that couldn't get tumble dried got taken back to the room and hung in every conceivable place - the housemaid will have a freak-out when they come to clean the room - there are two pairs of jeans hanging from the shower rail, t-shirts hanging over the back of chairs and all the wardrobe space taken up with t-shirts. Hit the road just after lunch to head to the next village down the road. Stowe-on-Wold is...

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Jul 16, 2006 - Can't Get Enough of Those Cotwolds!

Jack and I have enjoyed several more weekend trips to the beautiful Cotswolds...perfect tranquil beauty ripe for motorcycle touring. We visited the Upper and Lower Slaughters, names having nothing to do with the fate of sheep, but rather from the sloe tree. We also toured Chastleton House, near Morton On The Marsh, a beautifully restored 1600 manor house, known for the location of formalizing rules for croquet. What a connection to the past you feel when you gaze at the many family photo albums of weddings and parties through many...

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Jun 22, 2006 - Stonehenge: the apex of an unbelivable journey.

May you all live lives in such a manner that at moments you'll have to stop yourself and say "I am the coolest freaking person I know!". Over the last three nights I've slept on a) the hill of Tara: the seat of the pagan Irish kings for more than three millennia, b) the tor on the island of Avalon: the mount beneath which King Arthur lies, and where the Holy Grail is supposedly buried, and c) spent the night sleeping on the stones of Stonehenge, partying all night with a couple thousand druids and neo-pagans (and a couple time...

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Cognosce te Ipsum

May 7, 2006 - Beautiful Bath & Spooky Stonehenge

On the Easter long weekend, we took a trip down to Bath, in England's rolling Somerset countryside. Apparently, this World Heritage site is the English city most visited by tourists, other than London. Have to admit, our trip was motivated by a bit of retail therapy...Bath has a shop, the only in Britain, that sells women's boots by the calf size - how could I resist perfectly fitting boots?? Bath is actually quite a remarkable place - it's all built of sandstone from the nearby hills, so its a lovely beige colour. I heard someone joke...

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Apr 3, 2006 - Oxford, Stratford-Upon-Avon

Brought to you by the Olympus FE-100 I travelled up to Oxford on Saturday 8 April by bus from London for an overnight visit. My flat-mate, Talita, was moving out that day so I ended up leaving a little later than planned, but arrived at about 2:30pm. I planned to see three things - the Pitt Rivers Museum, the Bodleian Library and Christ Church College. However, things didn't work out quite as planned... I located my hostel, dropped my things off and made my way to the Bodleian. On the way, I located some good photo opportunities and...

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Oct 14, 2005 - Historic Oxford

Our first trip out of London had us taking the slow train 30 km out to Oxford. It is early autumn, but its freezing. Just a taster of what is to come. Oxford is a lovely place. Such a relief to get out of London. We bought a couple of Oxford jump-on jump-off bus tour tickets to give us an easier time deciding where to go. As we rode around looking at the beautiful buildings and sampling the atmosphere of this famously historic town, it seemed to us that all the cliches about the old university town were true. Bespeckled, gown-wearing,...

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Jun 28, 2005 - Oxford GCBE (Global Conference on Business and Economics)

Today started with a dreadful wakeup time of about 4:25 am. I slugged out of bed in a real stupor. I had not slept well. I had difficulty going to sleep and then because I had not all of the items for my transport today worked out, thought about these at night. I could get from the hotel to the tube and the tube to the train station and on the train to Oxford, but how to get from the train station in Oxford to the right college and at what cost. I got out of the hotel and to the tube station in time to catch the first underground train at...

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Jun 26, 2005 - Days 13-15

Sorry for the delay in updating! We've been insanely busy packing things in over the past few days. There are pictures above of all the places I've been lately, including London (or, correctly "Tower") Bridge, the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral (the Catholic church of Westminster, also the building I'm working on for one of the papers I have to write for this course), and Oxford (which we went to on Sunday). Enjoy! :)

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Jun 25, 2005 - Avebury, Lacock, Bath, and Stonehenge

Today was a super long day....We got up very early to meet our tourguide for the day Pauline. Mom had hired a car and a tourguide to take us all over England...well local to London mostly! Our first stop on our trip was Avebury, a small town outside of London that has a stone formation very close to Stonehenge. But since it is not very commercialized, you can get up quite close to the stones and touch them, where at stonehenge you cannot. I think this was probably my favorite part of the day. Just standing next to the huge rocks and trying...

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