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Nov 13, 2019 - Oxford - Final Day

Today was our last day here in Oxford and we left our luggage at the hotel while we went to the Ashmolean Museum. It is a wonderful museum with relics dating back to 9000 BC! There are 3 levels with many rooms on each level. It is the world's first university museum with the first building erected in 1678–83 to house the curiosities that Elias Ashmole gave to the University of Oxford in 1677. The present building was erected 1841–45. In November 2011, new galleries focusing on Egypt and Nubia were unveiled. In May 2016, the museum opened...

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Nov 11, 2019 - Oxford

A partly sunny but windy day had us walking a little faster than usual when we had to be out in the weather. We took the Hop-on, Hop off bus today and make the entire circuit around Oxford (it took about an hour) to get our bearings. They had a very good recorded commentary and a live guide beginning the second lap. One of the interesting facts that we found out is that Oxford University is actually made of of 38 different colleges! These colleges are located all over the city. We got off the bus at the old Oxford castle & prison and spent...

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Nov 9, 2019 - Oxford, England

After arriving before 7:00 a.m. this morning, Otis & I took a quick hot chocolate break while waiting for the bus to Oxford. It was very foggy when we set out but had cleared up before we arrived. Since it was only mid-morning, the rooms were not ready but the hostess make us several pots of tea. April, Gwen & Irene arrived about 1 ½ hrs behind us and arrived at the hotel around 11. We visited for a while and then checked in a little after noon. After settling in, we meet back in the lounge and set out with our umbrellas for an old pub...

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Nov 7, 2019 - USA to England

We will start the first leg of our new adventure tomorrow with a flight (via Chicago) to London's Heathrow airport. From there, we will take a bus to the town of Oxford where we will be based for 4 days to do some exploring around that town and others that are near. I notice that the weather is only in the 40's and rainy there so we may just find a warm pub and throw darts!!

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Jul 29, 2019 - Oxford

Monday 29th July. We head back to Brackley, taking the long, long way again. Tony was following the satnav and knew to look out for a certain village to get on the motorway. As we get to the roundabout Cynthea says something, and Tony thinks he has to take that turn right now, but he didn’t hear right. We end up in Wansford, a pretty wee village, and have to cross over a weak, one lane bridge. There is a low weight limit on the bridge, and we are not sure how much the camper weighs, but surely it is under three ton. We don’t waste any time...

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Trip Journal

2019 tour

Feb 14, 2019 - London Airport to Oxford

The trip doesn't start in London, but arriving at a London airport because it's an international airport. First stop is Oxford. To get in the England mindset, I'll be using a chauffeur service to travel from the London airport to our Oxford hotel. In the UK, airport transfers are often done through a chauffeur service. What could be more British than having a chauffeur drive me about! In Oxford I'll be visiting a few of the main attractions, including the Oxford Castle and the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. The Oxford Castle...

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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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