The biggest highlight of the recent festive period for me was taking a road trip to Oxford for the day. We piled into the car and drove the several hours to the city, arriving with snack-filled bellies, the car radio blaring out the weather forecast: suspiciously sunny for a December afternoon.
As my brother lives in Oxford, we let him lead the afternoon tour. First stop: Port Meadow. This beautiful stretch of grass next to the River Thames was home to this adorable little pony and his friends. The public are free to stroll through the meadow and see the animals, and it was such a surprising sight to see so close to any city centre.
Oxford sure was a feast for the eyes. Beauty could be found down every street, with famous colleges everywhere you turned. Christ Church was particularly striking, though we didn’t have enough time to join the long queue to take a look inside.
My favourite sight of the tour was the Bodleian Library, especially the stunning architecture of the Radcliffe Camera.
We also passed The Eagle & Child – a pub frequented by Tolkien and C. S. Lewis back in the day. Again, we didn’t have time to go inside, but I managed to play tourist long enough to snap a photo of the colourful sign out the front – I thought the imagery was quite interesting/slightly horrifying.
My brother took me to two incredible shops that he knew I would love: the Blackwell Art and Poster shop, and Scriptum. I will not disclose how much I spent overall (spoiler: lots), but here’s a sneaky peak of some of the things I bought, including two graphic novels I’ve been desperate to own, and a new Christmas tree decoration for the tree (see: Christmas Traditions).
Somehow, we did manage to find a spare half hour to eat some Lebanese food – which I’ve never tried before, and was quite delicious – and I did sneak off to explore the enormous Waterstones. But, I’m dying to go back and see more of the city. Perhaps that’s something else to add to my list of New Year Resolutions…
Ever been to Oxford? Which parts of the city did you enjoy?