"Oxford Stories" Top 5 Page for this destination Oxford by evaanna
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I went to Oxford for the first time in 1977 with my language school day trip from London but I already knew I would have to come back there like the ghosts in some of the Oxford colleges. And I did. Many years later Barbara, an English friend I had met on that course and had kept in touch with ever since, moved to Oxford. She needed someone to water her houseplants while they went on holiday and I jumped at the opportunity. So I stayed in Oxford for a fortnight in 2000 and for three weeks in 2003. I had plenty of time to get to know that beautiful place and take a few trips to the Cotswolds, Worcester with its cathedral and the famous chinaware factory and even as far as Windsor, which I hadn't seen before. Unfortunately, I only had a camera during my last stay and I wasn't a VTer yet. So I simply had to go back there to take more photos. And in the summer of 2006 I was able to visit it again, if for one hot busy day only. This time Barbara drove me to most of the places I wanted to take a photo of. I wouldn't have managed to do that in just a few hours without her help.
Oxford itself is a lovely place steeped in history, where every building and every detail can tell you a story, often starting in mediaeval times. I will try to re-tell as many of those stories as I can for you. There are so many things to see there you just don't know where to start. The town has been described by a number of VT travellers so I am going to concentrate on what I liked best and some things you may not have heard of if you stayed there for just a day.
All the photographs on my Oxford pages are my own and must not be reproduced without permission.
- Pros:Great architecture, beautiful gardens, the atmosphere of a university town,
- Cons:Crowds of tourists in the centre, a lot of traffic, pickpockets
- In a nutshell:An unforgettable experience
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