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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 February 7th 2018

Here I am, back with a very special blog entry; in fact this entry is made special by its simplicity and complexity at the same time, by its lack of importance and, maybe the most important moment of my life since I started writing this blog. What makes it special you say? Well, this is the first blog written since I permanently left Asia, having started TravelBlog when I decided to leave Europe for the Far East in 2010. It has been almost half a year since my "return" - to use this term lightly as I have returned to a country I actually never had been to. I live in England now, where I work and where also THH moved at the beginning of this year. A happy ending of my story you might say, ... read more

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

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Oxfordshire » Oxford October 15th 2017

We started our exploring with a town walk. The walk was billed as a free walk, and was run by the same company as our walk in Cambridge. The company was set up by students, who ask you to join the walk and if you would like to give them a gratuity at the end, they will accept whatever you give. You are asked to pay what you think they are worth. Our tour guide was Jamie, and he was very entertaining! He had graduated a few years ago, and so knew Oxford well. He guided us around the sights, giving both history and geographic information. With the information from the walk we were able to decide where to go back to look in more detail. We saw a number of the oldest colleges - Balliol, ... read more
The bridge of sighs
Magdelan College
The Bodleian Library

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Oxfordshire » Oxford October 14th 2017

Moving on to Oxford today, we decided that we would spend the day at Bletchley Park, as it was close to Oxford. We knew that because it is the weekend that many people would be out and about, and the other place we really want to visit, Blenheim Palace, would be better after the weekend. Bletchley Park was a secret base during WWII. It decoded messages, troup movements and orders from the German enigma machines. We arrived about 11.30 after a two hour drive through some lovely autumn colours. It has taken until the last week or so for the trees to really change into the autumn colours. We began with an introductory short film, then picked up our audio guides and started to wander around the property. To keep the work really secret, the team ... read more
The cottages where the decoding work started
A typical room used by the decoders at Bletchley
The front of Turing’s machine (the recreation)

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Oxfordshire » Oxford March 6th 2017

Day 2 started off really early for me. I woke up around 6am from my "Privileged Room". No joke, my luck this trip was amazing. Andrew and I had lucked out and got an upgraded room that was way too fancy for two college students, but I was not complaining. I decided to do some exploring. It was nice to see the Oxford streets so empty. The masses of people often time detracted my view from the beauty of the city. I had grabbed an English breakfast, which I later found was not authentic after further exploring. Then I went to go get a haircut. The barber unfortunately was not able to cut my hair, but I appreciated his honesty. For Lunch we went to a place called Nandos. I was honestly disappointed by the meal ... read more
Oxford Castle
The tour guide and the Jabberwockky Tree
The Great Hall in Harry Potter

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Oxfordshire » Oxford March 5th 2017

The last time I had been in a plane was in Richmond airport back in 2012 with my parents and sister; we were coming back from Orlando, Florida after spending a week in Disney World. And now, here I am, sitting aboard a British Airways double decker plane, casually sipping on Heineken and Red Wine, sitting beside some of the best friends a person could ask for, and geeking out to J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beast movie as I head to England. The trip started off on a positive before we even landed, in fact, before we left Heathrow Airport I knew luck was on my side. More on that later, but I must first mention about how efficient and frankly easy the check in process was for getting into England. I had very little memory of ... read more
The Double Decker
Fantastic Beast
Got make that Money

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