|Posted by Beth Barrett on September 3, 2013 at 6:35 AM|
We have just finished two and half marvelous days in Oxford under surprisingly sunny and blue skies with temperatures in the mid to high 70s. We have taken a trip back in time including the "official" tour of the university and 38 colleges where the students live. Classes weren't in session so we didn't mee many professors or scholars in their gowns and uniforms. But there were plenty of signs of academia with bookstores (Blackwell's has the most books on display on one floor of any such store), libraries and colleges everywhere. We got to see the divinity school at one of the colleges - which also doubled as a set for a Harry Potter movie, the scene where he goes to the hospital. We saw the Watham Chapel as well, so got a sense of what life is like for the students. Our big adventure was punting on the Thames with Laura handling the heavy, long metal pole going upstream and Beth handling it downstream. Janis shouted encouragements such as "Don't fall in!" It was very Henry James-ish and tranquil. We were escorted by various waterfowl looking for handouts. In honor of two of our favorite authors, J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis we went to the Eagle and Child pub where the two met weekly in the Rabbit Room to discuss Middle Earth. Sadly no one could tell us what beer they fancied. To top off our stay we took in a modern mashup of the Three Musketeers at the Oxford Playhouse. We are loving our daily tea!