Saturday, 27 July 2013

An Oxford Education


On the Monday of our holiday in The Cotswolds, I begged for one special trip somewhere. Somewhere I had been dying to go for years. Somewhere that just captured my imagination due to its numerous film settings, and gorgeous architecture. That place was Oxford.

Famed for its University, I was neither clever nor rich enough to go for real, but for one day I could pretend I was an academic pounding the cobbles as I dashed from one lecture to the next, hoping I would run into Sergeant Hathaway... boy he could arrest me any day!

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Oxford lived up to my expectations, as there was just something about it that captured my heart. It is one of the most beautiful cities I have been to in England, with its outstanding buildings weaving around the city.  

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There are many ‘must see’ buildings, including the colleges, the Radcliffe Camera and The Bridge of Sighs- the most photographed building in Oxford apparently. 

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Of course doing all that walking built up quite an appetite , so I found a Pieminster! Ok, so not quite local Oxford cuisine, but seriously if you’ve had one of their pies before, you’ll know why I couldn’t say no. I went for the Heidi Pie; Somerset goats’ cheese, sweet potato, spinach & red onion, smothered in red gravy and minted mushy peas. 

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But soon we were back gawping at the buildings. 

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The  Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone hospital scene was filmed here.

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Of course, the colleges are one of the biggest attractions. Each one is completely an independent body, with their own traditions, customs and rules. My university was a collegiate system, but somehow I don’t think it quite compares, do you?

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Now before you think I’ve lost it, photographing a lamp post, this apparently is the very lamp post that inspired C.S Lewis in the Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. Remember how the lamp post is the very first thing Lucy sees in Narnia? This is it! Pretty sweet eh?

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Oxford just took my breath away. It is a gorgeous city, with so much heritage, so much to see. Good thing we returned the next day then! More tomorrow on the blog! 

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16 comments

  1. looks amazing! Definitely a place I want to visit in the future! xx

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    1. I would defiantly recommend for a lazy summer day out. It's really commutable too. x

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  2. Thanks for sharing! I wish to go there now <3 <3 <3


    Carla Cee

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  3. Looks beautiful ! I need to go ! Xxxx

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  4. Best of luck sweetie its a beautiful place. The pie I will love goat cheese peas and all other ingredients I will had enjoy eating.
    Keep in touch doll.
    http://tifi11@blogspot.com

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  5. Ah I love your skirt!
    I've never been to Oxford before, even though it's only a couple of hours from me, but it looks beautiful in your photos!
    And that pie has just made me incredibly hungry haha.
    x

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    1. If your only a couple of hours away, you should go- especially in this weather. Take a walk down the Thames too and see the boats. x

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  6. Oh my god, I'm so regretting not going to Oxford - it's beautiful! x

    Raves 'nd Ramblings | follow me on bloglovin'.

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  7. Beautiful photos! I love how much literature has been inspired by this place!
    - Rachel/ With Love, Rachel

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    1. Yeah I never knew either, but we went on a walking tour, and LOTR was written in Oxford too, and so was Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Maybe I'll write a great novel now :P x

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  8. What a beautiful city!! It is rich with stories and obviously plenty of stories have been created there. I always wonder who the people are that designed the gorgeous buildings! Thanks for sharing xo
    Etta

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  9. Thanks for the lovely comment. Love your blog too, following!
    Oxford looks so beautiful, looks like a good day out x

    Rachael | beautypea

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  10. These buildings just ooze prestige and cultural heritage ;-;
    Looking at these photos makes me envious of those who live/get to go to Oxford, but I'm glad you had fun in the city!

    Vanessa | Citron and Guavaberry | Makeup & Silly things

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  11. I've never been either but it looks beautiful in your pictures!

    CashmereTimes

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  12. I visited Oxford for the first time this weekend :)
    I found the Alice and Wonderland shop - I could have spent all my money in there!
    Alex from These Folk x x

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  13. You've certainly captured the beauty of Oxford. I've never been and am inspired to do so now.

    Victoria
    FlorenceandMary.com

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