Before we went on this trip, I really didn’t know much about Oxford except that it is a college. Per Jean’s previous experience, we went to the car park outside of town and joined a bus tour. I for one really appreciate the city bus tours that I’ve had the chance to go on. The guides tell you so many interesting facts and it’s nice being able to see them as you’re learning about them.
This city is very old, started in the 1100s! It is a collection of 35 colleges all under the umbrella of Oxford University plus all the other kind of things needed for people to live. Housing, food, shops, etc. The architecture is amazing here and it’s such a busy, busy city that I’m glad we’re not driving!
There are bike parks here that boggle the mind. I’ve never seen this many bikes in my life, let alone in one place!
We went into a little mall and had some delicious pasties, bought a few t-shirts and looked around in the shops. The thing I found most fascinating were the gargoyles up on top of the buildings and I’m sure that many people agree with me.
What I wasn’t prepared for was so many homeless beggars, trash diggers and scam artists, it’s kind of scary. To this day I have an image of a little wizened looking person walking down an Oxford street in a long shapeless wool coat with a hood and gloves and wrappings around the legs and feet. I have no idea whether it was a man or woman, but I remember wondering what his/her story was. I think about that person sometimes still.
Here I am years later and hooked on “Inspector Lewis” which is set in Oxford and it’s fun to see the sights in the show and wonder if they are on a street that I got to see. With this many murders I guess finding it a little scary wasn’t too far off!