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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Oxfordshire » Oxford July 6th 2023

Reunited in Reading, Jeff was exhausted by the time he got back with his passport. It was a late dinner (Afghan Restaurant) and then turn in for the night. when on his own yesterday, Jeff worked out he could navigate using the MapMe App without a WiFi signal and so today Jeff would be leading and doing the navigating. We left the Abbey Motel at 8:30am, destination Oxford, some 55kms away. The route via MapMe took us onto an overgrown dirt track just outside Reading, which was a little damp. We had only gone about 80 meters where our path was blocked by a fallen tree with no getting past. Some ladies walking in the opposite direction advised we could push out through the bushes into an adjoining golf course and ride past the obstruction and ... read more
Quaint Pub
This is a well that can be locked so water isn't stolen
Home with thatched roof

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Oxfordshire » Oxford December 28th 2022

What a stressful start to the adventure . Who was to know when you book a seat with BA that you can be put on standby , not a care in the world that you have a connection…. Thank goodness some passengers didn’t make it so we were able to get on the flight ! ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Oxfordshire » Oxford December 27th 2022

And so it begins... so excited for this adventure though have never travelled with so little in all my life so heres hoping I have everything! Background to Fitflopfriends - Fiona and I have been friends for many years and when the kids were younger we used to camp in the summer together and had some amazing times and made some amazing memories. In the last few years we have lost a couple of friends, much too young, and we decided that life is too short, so we have decided, when possible to go on some worldwide adventures because you never know whats around the corner. I have to say this is the biggest adventure to date - Vietnam north to south flying early tomorrow. My children would say two grannies on tour.. (neither of us ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Oxfordshire » Oxford October 11th 2022

After our usual lovely breakfast (yes, Heinz beans again), we hopped in the car and headed south to Bletchley Park. Unfortunately, almost 2 hours into the drive, I realized I left myKindle behind! This led to a mad scramble to contact the castle to make no arrangements to have it posted to us at our last stop in London. It should all work out - fingers crossed! Having read about Bletchley Park (on the aforementioned Kindle), this was a highlight of our trip for me. I was looking forward to seeing where the code breaking all took place and where women were able to play such an important role in the war effort. It did not disappoint. Not only did the historical society do a great job with the restoration and displayed, the site itself was ... read more
Cottage where Alan Turing and this team developed the Bombe machine to crack Enigma
Room in one of the huts where the women code breakers worked on manually deciphering messages. .
Our AirBNB on second floor.

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Oxfordshire » Oxford May 14th 2022

After our night in Stratford, and some difficulty finding a place for dinner without prior reservations, we set out early to see the Shakespearean sights. There is evidence of Roman settlements in the general area of the town, and then subsequently the area was inhabited by the Britons and then the Anglo-Saxons. It was an important place to ford the Avon River (Stratford = street ford). In 1196 the king granted the town the right to hold a regular market, and this designation as a market town allowed it to assume greater local prominence. Located on the north fringe of the Cotswolds with its large sheep production, Stratford naturally became a center for tanning. A side effect was the emergence of various trades using the tanned hides. One such trade was glove-making, and one of the ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Oxfordshire » Oxford September 8th 2019

8 September 2019, Sunday The photos are back so we have revised and edited this post. A rest day and visit to Oxford. No walking on Thames Path today. Day 23 of travel. Our breakfast at Lakeside Guest House features fresh fruit with granola and yogurt. We plan our day to explore the colleges and see downtown Oxford. Here is Karen's narrative of our day. Sunday - A day amongst the 'dreaming spires of Oxford.' We have a lovely breakfast in a sunny dining area and then are off to see the town. - According to a 2017 census the population of Oxford is 154,600 people. This is misleading as the traditional, 'old' part of the city where the university is located, is very compact. We have signed up for one of those 'pay what you ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Oxfordshire » Oxford September 7th 2019

7 September 2019, Saturday Thames Path day 6, Newbridge to Oxford Day 22 of travel There are several items around Rose Revived about Newbridge in West Oxfordshire County. There is a sign indicating 40 miles from the source of the Thames and 154 miles to the barrier in London. The sign also heralds (from a time long ago) the early announcement of the opening of The Rose Revived by the new owners. "Redecoration of the facility, with all the amenities currently available, makes the inn quite desirable." Cross the road is a sign for the meadow and discovery of the lower windrush path and valley. Our taxi driver meets us at about 9:30 for transport back to the Ferryman Inn at Bablock Hythe to begin our walk and reduce the distance into Oxford by about three ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Oxfordshire » Oxford September 29th 2018

A glimpse into the life of Lord & Lady Nuffield & a look around this millionaires modest abode - we certainly walked into a time capsule. William Morris (not the William Morris of Arts & Crafts fame) this William Morris, later known as Lord Nuffield was one of the world's greatest philanthropist of the 20th century. He brought cheap motoring to Britain, by introducing mass production processes in 1912 he registered WRM Motors Ltd for the manufacture of cars. Lord Nuffield was never extravagant with his money and gave much away to good causes. In 1927 he started to give large sums to hospitals particularly in areas where he had car manufacturing factories. His name is familiar in regard to many aspects of medicine Nuffield Orthopaedic centre, Nuffield Institute for Medical Research to name just a ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Oxfordshire » Oxford April 8th 2018

A little over a week after getting back from Munich, I had a visitor come to London for the weekend on their way home back to Australia. Again, a bit of a surprise having Michael come visit whilst I’m over here, definitely unexpected but it was really good to have him here. I enjoyed showing him around this city that I currently call home and hope that he also enjoyed his stay here. Leading up to the weekend, Michael had expressed his interest in doing a day trip outside of London and so we decided on heading to Oxford for the day. As much as I love London, it’s also really nice to get out of the hustle and bustle of the city every now and then, and I’d been planning to go out to Oxford ... read more
Oxford Castle
'You're a wizard Haylee'

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Oxfordshire » Oxford October 17th 2017

A second day of exploring the city of oxford today. We decided to go back to some of the places we saw on the walking tour, and perhaps go inside if we were able. Christ Church is closest to our hotel so we started there. We did a self guided tour of the college. It is big, and I think pretty wealthy! They wanted to use the dining room to shoot the Harry Potter films, but the college didn’t feel they could feed their students elsewhere, and it was also not wide enough for four tables across (there are three rows of tables across the hall at present), so Warner brothers made a copy of the hall in their studios instead. Some of the shooting was done in the college though. The staircase was one area ... read more
The fanvaulted ceiling
The door that inspired CS Lewis to write the Narnia books in Oxford
The CS Lewis door, with the faun and the Lampost from The Lion, the witch and the wardrobe

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