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
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..
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!
*to be continued*