"Brimming With Students & Tourists !" Oxford by coceng

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11th June 2004 (Friday)
Arriving in Oxford in the early evening of 11th June, with Pat on the driver's seat; From Burford (our last destination in THE COTSWOLD). Feeling excited...
Took us 1 hour to look for the parking space.
Explored the night in Oxford. Not much to see around 'the old sights' although lights came out from windows maybe by students doing their preps...
Had a KFC meal with Pat & it was the first KFC meal for him ! I feel guilty; Sorry Pat...
After the meal, another hour walking around & walked back to the car park, from the direction of Christ Church's Tom Tower. Back to our hotel, a few miles from Oxford & had a good night sleep...
12th June, had breakfast at the hotel; Checked out.
Pat dropped me off at Oxford Train Station & bought the train ticket back to London. Must reach there by noon, to meet up with Reg & Steve...Patrick drove back to Cheltenham, missed him. Thanks for EVERYTHING Pat !
In Oxford, I would have 2 hours or so to explore the city on my own...
Didn't really want to see the (dull) 'Cornmarket' area that I had been the night before; Didn't really have a good map to explore Oxford either...
'Follow The Tourists !...Follow The Spires !' My motto on that day (in Oxford)...
I must have got lost when I saw something, The Bridge of Sigh...
Recognized it from some guidebooks, memorized in my head.
That led me to more great sights !
Follow the tourists...
Tourists : All ages, all skin colours.
We don't really recognize the tourists (at least in this city); They could be students, lecturers, even Oxfordians running their daily chores around the city.
To me at least, everybody looks like a tourist except maybe those guys in suits who have that white curly wig over their heads, hurrying up somewhere...the 'magistrate' students !
My feet & eyes put me in front of The Radcliffe Camera; Excellent !
In Oxford, not all buildings welcome tourists; It's more like 'For Tourists - At Certain Hours', sign-boarded at most 'old buildings' around the city.
Nevertheless, 'Follow The Tourists' rang loud to my eyes ! I could easily sneak in to the old colleges !
Even if I get caught, I'd be forgiven for being, errr... a tourist !
I didn't dare to sneak in though because I had 2 short hours; Not enough to do some hanky-panky...
Instead, I went up St. Mary's Church & snapped Oxford from the best top !
I nearly didn't pay for this top views as there's nobody by the spiral-winding steps going up...
Of course I paid later otherwise I would be called 'cheeky' by you lot !
The views are just amazing !
Managed to catch world-famous Oxford spires views as shown by my photos :

Slowly, descended down. Walked back to the train station. Reg & Steve will be waiting for me in London...
In my humble opinion, I managed to do Oxford a justice, judging from all the photos shown here on my Oxford page...

Do you notice something weird ? Well I do !
I was in Oxford on the evening of 11th June, but my digital photos seemed to be showing the date 12th June instead !
How that happened, I really didn't know...
Maybe my digital camera was following the time of my country, Malaysia ! Any other explaination ?
Anyway, just ignore the date on my photos but look at the photos instead !

Oxford is an old city.
It has a fascinating history :
The Romans made Oxford a pottery centre; The Saxon princess by the name of Frideswide set up a religious community on the site of Oxford Cathedral; The Oxenford, the original Saxon crossing point, gave the city its name !
Now, Oxford is a city of learning known all through thw world. 39 colleges spreaded out over the city, ranging in age from 50 to 600 years old !
Oxford also boasts the best of British architectures, guarding quadrangles,, courtyards & gardens...

I have divided my photos & tips of what I saw in Oxford, according to these pages :
PAGE 1 : My Night Photos in Oxford...

PAGE 2 : Some photos as I approached Oxford; The sights that I saw as I walked from The Train Station, passing Balliol College, Sheldonian Theater, Bridge of Sighs, Radcliffe Camera...
PAGE 3 : More photos of Radcliffe Camera, The Church of St. Mary, Bodleian Library, Brasenose College...
PAGE 4 : Here, you can see the top views that I captured from the top of St.Mary's Church Tower !
PAGE 5 : Here, you can see the sights that I captured as I slowly walking to The Train Station, to catch my train back to London !
Please click HERE to see the map of ALL the colleges in Oxford...

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:An Old City; Beautiful But (Yet) Old...
  • Cons:Brimming With Students & Tourists ! What Do You Expect ?...
  • In a nutshell:Go Up St. Mary's Church For A TOP View Over Oxford !
  • Last visit to Oxford: Jun 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Oct 29, 2009 at 7:39 AM

    It's the Sheldonian THEATRE not Theater and the building has nothing to do with New College of any other building. It's a separate University department in its own right.

  • nickandchris's Profile Photo
    Feb 5, 2005 at 8:50 AM

    Amazing!! Our son started Oxford University (Magdelen College) in October this year and keeps promising to send us photos. So far he has managed four of the university, too busy having a good time for any more!!!

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Aug 29, 2004 at 12:41 PM

    Good suggestions and many beautiful pictures!


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