Monday, 16 June 2014

Oxford Culture Shock

Our friends Martin and Maggie came to stay for the weekend and we went out on the town on Saturday night. We just missed Happy Hour in the cocktail bar so our round was tear-jerkingly expensive but it was a good start to a great evening. If you're looking for a good restaurant in Oxford I can really recommend Pierre Victoire in the Jericho quarter of the city. The food was superb, one of the best French meals we've had in this country, and the service was very friendly and efficient too.

On Sunday we did "the tourist trail" following the map from the Oxford City Guide website. None of us have been to Oxford before but we all want to come back soon. It's a beautiful city with plenty to see and do.

The Carfax Tower

One of the oldest buildings in Oxford - now a Costa Coffee shop

The Bodlean Library, which contains over 9 million items on 176 kilometers of shelves and is large enough for 2,500 readers at any one time.

The Radcliffe Camera which was built in 1749 to house the Radcliffe Science Library and is now a reading room for the Bodlean Library

Hertford Bridge which connects two sections of Hertford College and is know locally as the Bridge of Sighs because of it's similarity to the famous bridge in Venice.

Christ Church College

Anyone need any wood for winter fuel?

When we came out of Christ Church we were shocked to find the World Naked Bike Ride riding past. They'd have been better off on Saturday as it was quite chilly on Sunday afternoon.....or maybe the chill made them a bit less "noticeable"

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