Oxford is a city that inhales knowledge and exhales intellect. What can you expect, really, from a city where dons and scholars weave through the streets alongside mere civilian folk, and where the little pub around the corner is not just the nearest watering hole but the former gathering place of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. On this visit to the great mecca of wisdom and scholastic thought, my family had the privilege of seeing the city through my brother's eyes, as he had just finished a two-month study abroad program at Oxford's New College. From our AirBnB flat we established a home-base and did our best to squeeze as much Oxford into two days as we could. Our home away from home in Oxford was down a quiet street on Osney Island, just a short hop skip and a jump over the bridge from the rail station. When we walked through the front door I was immediately squealing with delight (on the inside...and a little bit on the outside) over the LIGHT in this SPACE!
Although my family had visited Christ Church before, I don't really think it's acceptable to go to Oxford without stepping inside this breathtaking part of the campus. Christ Church dates back to 1524 and has housed students like Lewis Carroll, W.H. Auden, and John Locke. I mean, really.
It's no small secret that Harry Potter was partly filmed at Christ Church, but it certainly bears repeating nonetheless!
I did a little research and learned something interesting about this graceful bridge ^ Posted it on my Instagram shortly after passing beneath it ;-)
On our last evening in Oxford my brother took us for dinner at The Eagle and Child near his former residence in St. Giles'. THIS was pretty cool, because it was at this pub that C.S. Lewis presented his initial drafts of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe to J.R.R. Tolkien and other members of their writer's club, The Inklings, in the "Rabbit Room," where they all convened for lunch on Mondays or Tuesdays.
Gosh, I just don't feel like I'm doing these cities justice! Again, I feel like I barely scratched the surface of everything we saw. In all honesty, though, we breezed through London and Oxford because our main destination on this trip was Edinburgh, where my brother is now living until December. But I do have oonnneeee more post in store before we make our way north to Scotland...