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My visit to the Oxford Museum

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Journey to Oxford, Continued

Oxford was beautiful. Dominated in ancient academic tradition, it’s many schools housed lush garden behind their castle like walls. If you look through the photos, you will see one of me peering through a gate at one of the exclusive university-only buildings. I think it was the student union. There was a former prison that a has been transformed into a hotel, where they’ve even kept one of the original rooms.

It was in Oxford, with all its academic institutions that I first saw a sign that read “free wifi.”

I had a friend of mine give my a tour of the city that I would have been unable to fully explore alone. I had lunch at a wonderful burrito joint and a quick stroll through the city’s main shopping district. I would have liked to walked through some of the school tours, but I didn’t know which one to choose and decided it was best to steal glimpses through the large stone and black iron defenses shielding the schools. You should be able to spot some in the gallery below. I visited the city museum which was just teeming with interesting finds from paintings to jewelry to china displays. France and ancient Egypt where on display next to busts of cardinals, popes, and kings. I love history and art is a fine way of bring it to life, especially when I get to use the knowledge I’ve learnt in art history courses to help me guess a few displays.

My friend and I, along with two of his schoolmates had dinner at a wonderful restaurant, Head of the River, where I had a pims (a supposedly very British alcoholic drink). With diced fruits floating I the sprite and liquor blend, it made for a nice after-meal refresher. I ate a venison burger with mushrooms and chips. One thing I had forgotten and tend to usually forget is that I find blue cheese simply repulsive, so I had to scrape that off. Other than that, the meal was sheer brilliance! I was so full, I was happy to see it was raining and that we needed to ring a cabbie.

Oxford seemed like a really nice place to explore (with more time, I would have checked out the Harry Potter backdrops scattered around the city that I’d heard about. If you visit, do take some of the school tours, take photos, and share please!

 

Journey to Oxford

Oxford was beautiful. Dominated in ancient academic tradition, it’s many schools housed lush garden behind their castle like walls. If you look through the photos, you will see one of me peering through a gate at one of the exclusive university-only buildings. I think it was the student union. There was a former prison that a has been transformed into a hotel, where they’ve even kept one of the original rooms.

It was in Oxford, with all its academic institutions that I first saw a sign that read “free wifi.”

I had a friend of mine give my a tour of the city that I would have been unable to fully explore alone. I had lunch at a wonderful burrito joint and a quick stroll through the city’s main shopping district. I would have liked to walked through some of the school tours, but I didn’t know which one to choose and decided it was best to steal glimpses through the large stone and black iron defenses shielding the schools. You should be able to spot some in the gallery below. I visited the city museum which was just teeming with interesting finds from paintings to jewelry to china displays. France and ancient Egypt where on display next to busts of cardinals, popes, and kings. I love history and art is a fine way of bring it to life, especially when I get to use the knowledge I’ve learnt in art history courses to help me guess a few displays.

My friend and I, along with two of his schoolmates had dinner at a wonderful restaurant, Head of the River, where I had a pims (a supposedly very British alcoholic drink). With diced fruits floating I the sprite and liquor blend, it made for a nice after-meal refresher. I ate a venison burger with mushrooms and chips. One thing I had forgotten and tend to usually forget is that I find blue cheese simply repulsive, so I had to scrape that off. Other than that, the meal was sheer brilliance! I was so full, I was happy to see it was raining and that we needed to ring a cabbie.

Oxford seemed like a really nice place to explore (with more time, I would have checked out the Harry Potter backdrops scattered around the city that I’d heard about. If you visit, do take some of the school tours, take photos, and share please!

To Kingston, Windsor, and Bath (Part 3)

After I left Windsor, I headed to Bath where I visited the site of the ancient Roman baths from whence the city got its name. It was there that I partook in the first paid tour for my trip.

The money was well spent, as there was a museum at the site with the most extensive baths still in existence from the roman period. I was guided through the history, architecture, and background of the site by an electronic system consisting of a digital audio receiver with numbered exhibits and displays. I was able to walk amidst the city’s beautiful architecture well until after 6, as the sun doesn’t set during this time of year until about 8 or 9 pm.

Earlier in my walk, i had spotted this restaurant that had a sign that read, “‘Our favourite place to eat in Bath’ – Lonely Planet,” and so I walked all the way back to it after I had had enough exploring, only to find that without a reservation, I wouldn’t be able to eat there that day. So I wandered further up and down a hill or to in the direction of the train station and I stumbled upon Bistro La Barrique, a quant little French restaurant. I had duck confit for the first time. With a tick layer of potatoes and cheese smothering soft lemoned duck meat, it was genuinely delicious. I hadn’t done my research and couldn’t remember if it was acceptable to tip in the UK, so I quietly asked one of the waiters. He replied in the affirmative, and although I was late for my train, I dug into my trousers to find some change (with anything below a £5 note denominated in coins, it’s always confusing as to whether I would dredge up a hand full of pence or a £20 fist).

On the train ride back to my hostel, I tried using only overground trains, because of my Britrail pass, but found it impractical when switching stations in London.

Tip #1

Take a smaller more portable bag than your big backpack. Items like electronics (cameras, batteries, computers, etc) and food stuffs will be used by you when you’re out on the road. If your hostel allows you to rent lockers (sometimes for free), you should use one to store the large burdensome bag, the contents of which will only be used at the hostel in any case.

If you see any fancy restaurants that say “rated in top 10 by major travel magazine” or something along those lines and you would like to dine there, then make a reservation right way.

Click here for my Roman Baths photos