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Jul 21, 2017 - Oxford

There was a delay on the motorway while enroute to Oxford so we had an abbreviated visit to the Ashmolean Museum where we saw a very interesting display of money used around the word since about 600 AD. There was also a detailed exhibit explaining the techniques used to restore and preserve the priceless artifacts. Lunch was at a 17th century pub where we had the best fish and chips on the trip so far. From there we had a tour of Christ Church College, one of 38 colleges which comprise Oxford University. Check the photo of the Great Hall...

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Sep 9, 2016 - Oxford 2

Today has proven to be the proverbial "sun before the clouds," literally. This part of England is supposed to get rain all day tomorrow as I begin my exploration of the Cotswolds region. Not complaining since I've had outstanding weather for the most part. All of my adventure today centered in Oxford, which is larger than I anticipated, but not huge. It has retained, at least in downtown, a nice flavor of its medieval past as you will see from some photos. Of course, the town is known for Oxford University, which, to my surprise, is made up...

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Sep 8, 2016 - Warwick Castle, Stratford-upon-Avon, & Oxford

Today, aside from being sunny when it was supposed to rain, was a fourfer. I went to Warwick Castle, Stratford, Chipping Campden, and Oxford. Nice thing is that it didn't take all day to go to the places. Warwick Castle was initially built by William the Conqueror in 1068. He was a busy dude in those days. The first fortification was timber and dirt berms, but was replaced in the 1200s by the present stone castle. Like other castle, it went through a period of decay, but the Greville family did a lot of the restorations, such that it became...

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Jun 7, 2016 - The Ashmolean Museum

Although I thought a good night's sleep would be all the was needed to get over whatever had taken me down on Sunday, I was wrong. I woke up Monday and still felt so exhausted I could barely wobble down to breakfast and only managed to eat a little cold cereal. I was supposed to go with the group to the Griffith Institute to look at Howard Carter's King Tut excavation archives. Since there really wouldn't be anything much to photograph and I had already seen a number of Howard Carter's watercolors at the Egypt Exploration Society in London...

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Jun 5, 2016 - Trouble at the Bodleian Library

Today, we started out by catching a city bus into Oxford as our hotel is about 45 minutes outside of Oxford along the motorway. We arrived near the city center and were escorted to the courtyard of the Bodleian Library. We were divided into two groups as a tour of the library could only handle about ten people at a time. I was assigned to group two so a friend and I wandered up the street and checked out some souvenir shops stuffed with merchandise emblazoned with characters from the Harry Potter movies and the Inspector Morse BBC/PBS TV...

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Jun 4, 2016 - Oxford via Bath and Salisbury

Today we loaded up on a shuttle bus and struck out for Oxford via Bath and Salisbury. It took us about two hours to reach Bath where we were driven around the city then up to the Golden Crescent where all the wealthy people have townhouses built into a half circle that overlooks the town. I grabbed a couple of quick shots then jumped back on the bus. We were then taken to the city center to explore the Roman baths. We were told we would have only an hour to look around and grab a bite to eat. I'd explored the Roman baths and museum...

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Jun 1, 2016 - Day 10 Kington Langley to Oxford through the Cotswolds and back

It was heaven having our own little cottage. I woke early and enjoyed the luxury of lying around in a very comfortable, cosy bed. Decided to go for a run as we haven't been doing a lot of walking. Spending hours in the car with short walks here and there isn't enough for me so it's good to take the opportunity to move when I can. It just started drizzling as I set off for my run so I wasn't sure whether to keep going. I was rugged up so kept going and enjoyed a run down to the main road and back. Not super long however good to stretch my...

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May 9, 2016 - college life

An earlier start to the day today! It’s Monday and there is no one punting today so we continue across the bridge a bit disappointed that the show has come to an abrupt halt. At 11:00am we join a 2 hour Oxford walking tour with Matthew, a Caribbean student who is coming to the end of his studies here. He was full of interesting information about the city (the exact spot where the 3 Oxford martyrs were burned alive at the behest of Queen Mary aka Bloody Mary), about the college grounds (don’t walk on the grass as that is where they have...

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May 8, 2016 - Happy Mother's Day

A slow start to today as Donna didn’t exactly jump out of bed at the crack of dawn…………closer to the crack of noon!!! Hey, it was long overdue and much enjoyed! With our walking shoes on we headed through town to find the Thames River. After a few wrong turns and a few blocks in the wrong direction we found ourselves right where we wanted to be! There is a 184 mile trail that follows the Thames from its source through London ultimately ending at Greenwich. We wandered about 6 miles of this lovely path alongside the river through a rural...

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Jan 20, 2016 - TWO DAYS TO GO

The van is crammed with as much as we could possibly get in for a 10 month trip. Tomorrow we visit Jan's parents and take part in the christening of Jan's mum. The cats know there is something going on and today Littly sat on Jan's coat all day as if to say, "don't leave us". Well, that's how it felt to us. No doubt they will be spoilt rotten by Sharon and Simon. The last week we have been fed and watered by so many of our friends and neighbours wanting to say goodbye, that I think we will be the cause of any excess baggage!! So, we leave...

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Sep 22, 2015 - Blenheim Palace

Greg and I decided to take a day trip and visit Blenheim Palace. Blenheim Palace was a present to John Churchill the first Duke of Marlborough by Queen Anne in 1704. It was given in recognition of his victory over the French at Blenheim. It is the birth place of Winston Churchill on November 30, 1874. He was two months "premature" and his parents, Randolph Churchill, the youngest son of the 7th Duke of Marlborough and Jennie Jerome, an American who traced her roots back to the American revolution, were attending a ball given by his uncle....

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Sep 18, 2015 - Oxford, England

We are now in Oxford of 130,000 people not including students. The date of its inception is unknown but it came to importance during the Saxon period (9th Century AD) as a town on the major Saxon trade route between Mercia and Wessex. In the late 11th or 12th centuries, Oxford University came to exist as the center of learning for clergy. A little explanation on their education system is necessary since it varies from what we experience in the USA. The University is an administrative unit not a teaching unit. It is the colleges that teach...

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