Oxford – City of Dreaming Spires (Part 1) 

  
Oxford is often named the City of Dreaming Spires, from its world famous university and colleges to old architectural (and historical) buildings.. Botanical gardens to the Carfax tower.. Radcliffe Camera to the Ashmolean Museum.. Hall of Hogwarts to the footsteps of Inspector Morse.. and the list goes on and on! 

This historical city has some of the finest sights on offer, from its lush green parks to high saxon towers, this city will draw you in from the get go. It’s a beautiful mix of ancient and modern which is visible as soon as you step foot in it. Apart from the main attractions, there are so many little gems hidden away in every nook and cranny.. All of which are photo- worthy! 

As Oxford has so much to offer, it would be impossible to cover it in one post. I will do a detailed post for  you when I’m back in the country, where I can take fresh pictures of all the famous sights for you to enjoy. 

But for now, here’s a brief series of pictures taken randomly at different times (come rain or shine!) to give you an idea of how stunning this city really is.. 

  

High Street – on a rainy day

  
As you walk further down the path above, you come across this lovely little cafe called Vaults & Garden.. You must give this a try! 

Just a few steps away is the Sheldonian Theatre.. It can be seen in the very first picture of the Oxford rooftops. You literally have a birds eye view of this fine city from the first pic.. 

  
On the High Street – just how beautiful and uniformed do all the shops look with their bright coloured buildings even on a dull rainy day.. simply stunning! 

  
  
You’ll find tons of street lighting – the city is full of them. Call me bizarre but I love taking pictures of the street lights for some reason! Hmm *scratches her head* 🤔 

  
This has to be one of my personal favourite pictures, I took this pic of the punts on my way back from work on the Magdalen Bridge. 

This is where the infamous rivalry of Oxford and Cambridge plays out – also if you’re an Oxfordian, you’d know of the tradition of students jumping off the Madgalen Bridge on the 1st of May every year.. needless to say this has resulted in major injuries and lots of students needing medical help. As you can see from the pic above, the exceptional low waters do not help at all.. I believe this tradition started in the 1980’s  or thereafter.. However, on the brighter side, there’s plenty of music and dance from early dawn and the festivities continue throughout the day. The pubs and cafe open at the crack of dawn (well almost!) to cater to the students and you can hear large number of students gathered together, singing, dancing and being all merry. 

  
Now, you cannot mention Oxford without its bikes. As you will have guessed, Oxfordians love their bikes and it has also become synonymous with comfort and practicality. Oxford is best explored by foot but when our good ol’ feet give up, bikes are the next best thing. It’s cheap, convenient and a whole lot of fun! 

  
  
You can even hire bikes in and around the city. It’s a great form of exercise whilst exploring the city.  Not to mention, no fuel cost and burning calories on the go! 

              *to be continued* 

 

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14 thoughts on “Oxford – City of Dreaming Spires (Part 1) 

  1. I fell in love with this city as well. Although I think my absolute favorite places are St. Andrews, Swansea and Bristol. I haven’t been to every other city but these three are just breathtaking.
    Thanks for bringing back so much memories ❤

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  2. Oh I’m so glad you liked it. Yes it’s beautiful and so are the places you mentioned. Next time you ought to visit Cambridge and Bath, I’m sure you’ll love it as they are very similar to Oxford.. xx

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  3. It really is stunning, most of us living there take it for granted as we see the beautiful city day in and day out.. It has so much history attached to it.. I’m so glad you were able to see it for yourself. Thanks so much! 😉

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  4. Ah, simply breathtaking! Have never been, but have always dreamed of going! Thank you for sharing! You are not alone in your passion for street lamps/lighting… The low hum of soft lighting has an appeal all its own – a character so steadfast yet so unassuming…

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  5. Thank you! It truly is a beautiful city to visit, there’s so much character and history attached to it. I would highly recommend as I’m sure you’ll love it 🙂 p.s haha yes the street lamps are so alluring. I’m glad I’m not the only one! x

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