Oxford, standing in front of the "Radcliffe Camera," the historic and not very old (only 1800's) science building. Part of many colleges that make up Oxford. I'm not sure yet which one Bill Clinton attended but will hopefully find out before I finish this post.
|To the right of the "Camera." Expecting Monty Python of Spamelot to come clopping out at any moment.|
The very large Hotel Randolph owned and run by the Scottish MacDonalds family in the center of town- very plush.
Yes, this is an actual street sign in Oxford and no, I'm not sure what it means, but hey, it's England.
We had lunch in a small pub near Woodstock Road that was once the weekly meeting place for C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. They would sit in front of the fire on Tuesdays and talk for hours, eating lunch and drinking beer, whiskey and tea. They both signed several letters to the owner thanking him for his indulgence (holding a tab?) and they hang over the fireplace in the small room in which they met. I believe it was called the "Rabbit Hole."
A mob scene.
|An ancient house on one of the back streets.|
One of many Radcliffe Camera wrought iron doors-I like the gold leaf.
|Inside the Oxford Botanical Garden|
|This fountain was frozen- a very rare occurrence here. Global Warming?|
|Greenhouses of the Botanical Gardens|
|A typical 250 year old with a typical 42 year old.|
Close up of "cut" ties in Oxford's oldest Pub, The Bear Tavern.
IN SEARCH OF BILL CLINTON'S TIE
Oxford's oldest Pub, "The Bear Tavern" has a tradition dating back centuries involving college students drinking themselves under the table literally and passing out-at which point the barkeep comes over and cuts off the end of their tie and keeps it behind the bar until they wake up the next morning and realize they've had their tie cut. They are then supposed to come back to the bar and "sign" the end whereby it is put in a nifty glass case (with their name attached). I, of course, went looking for Bill Clinton's.
|Is it here?|
Here's the wikipedia link to Oxford. Invaded by the Normans in 1066, about the time Malmesbury was getting sacked. Lots of history here.
|A spire in the "City of Spires."|
|I liked the carved heads on this building-too many to fit in one frame.|