Last week I spontaneously took myself to Oxford where I spent the night in a lovely hotel pampering myself. However, on the next day, I spent it walking round Oxford.
I did sort of have a plan for this spontaneous trip to Oxford, grab the camera and to document everything I saw. Also to see Oxford castle and the famous university. But that really as far as my plan went. As I said, I planned this trip very last minute and spontaneously. It was either go out and explore somewhere or sit at home on my own, waiting for my husband to come back from business. So it was obvious what I picked.
I must confess, I never been to Oxford before. Well ok, maybe I went there with my parents when I was 5 years old. But I don’t remember any of it. So let just say, I never been there. Anyway, I have always been curious about Oxford. Partly I used to work with people who studied at the famous university, and also I’ve seen the famous town reference in so many books and films. Another factor is that I heard how Oxford is a beautiful place just to walk around.
By the time I got to Oxford it was night-time, which was something I planned as I wanted to see the town Christmas lights. But it did mean I couldn’t really see much of the town. It was still really nice to see the Christmas lights and it made the town very festive. Cause I was in an unknown environment and I was on my own, I headed straight to my hotel where I spent the evening pampering myself. Telling myself it would be better to explore during the day and take photos on my camera.
The next day came, I wish I could say I woke up bright and early. But I must confess I didn’t as I was so cosy laying in the hotel king size bed. So I spent the first part of the morning planning on where I would go. I decided on three locations to visit: the university, an archaeology museum and Oxford castle.
After leaving the hotel, I decided my first location should be the university. One thing I was pleasantly surprised at how the member of the public could walk around the university. Yeah, any ole joe from the street were allowed to walk into these ancient buildings. I mean I would have thought it would have been a security threat, and I must confess I didn’t really go into any buildings; As I had my backpack and didn’t really had time to properly walk around.
It was very peaceful walking around the university buildings. Don’t forget this they used the majority of these building for the Harry Potters films, so for me, it was nice to see them in real life.
The buildings – not just the university but also the surrounding area, were beautiful to see. I have this thing for old buildings, I mean that is why I explore so many castles. The level of details people used to go into making these building and it makes you think of the craftsmanship that went into even designing them. I mean a lot of these building are hundreds and hundreds of years old. Anyway, I’m going off topic here. But quick questions for all you guys, which do you prefer: old or new building?
I spent about 2 hours exploring the area around the university. It was amazing to finally see the place that been in so many films and books. But time was ticking on and I had other places to visit. For that, I will leave what else I saw while walking round Oxford for another day.
So have this made you want to be walking round Oxford and seeing everything?