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Day 2 - London

Oxford (Known to some as Hogwarts)

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After much deliberation, we decided to visit Oxford on our second day. We had previously spent a week in London, so had hit most of the highlights.

After booking tickets on line, we walked a few blocks to Paddington Station and boarded the train for Oxford, a little less than an hour ride. The train was great, clean and fast. It was a 10 minute walk from the station to the center of town where we met our guide.

Oxford was founded in the 13th century and consists of 39 separate colleges. Each college is a set of buildings surrounding a grassy quadrangle or quad. The buildings contain the dorm rooms, prof's offices, chapel, etc. They don't contain lecture halls. The teaching is done in the offices one-on-one or in small groups. When a lecture is necessary, it is conducted in a hall separate from the college. Each college has only several hundred students.

Although colleges may have their own library, they share the resources of the Bodleian Library. This library is one of seven copyright libraries in England that must contain at least one of every book published in England. Books must be read in the Library and cannot be removed.

Radcliffe Camera was designed by Christopher Wren to be a reading room for the Bodleian. Flames were not allowed so as to protect the books, so it was designed for as much natural light as possible. A camera is a chamber or room.

Christchurch may be the most well-known college. It has provided 13 Prime Ministers. All of the colleges in rival Cambridge have only provided 11.

Many of the Harry Potter Hogwarts scenes were filmed in Oxford. One of the pictures below shows the Divinity School, which was used as the Infirmary in several movies.

Lunch was in the oldest pub in Oxford, the Bear.

After the train ride back, we cleaned up and had a quick supper at the hotel. Our evening entertainment was The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theater in the West End. Funny, but very naughty and raunchy! After the show, we had dessert and prosecco in a nearby restaurant.

Judy in Paddington Station Headed for Oxford

Judy in Paddington Station Headed for Oxford

Balliol College (1249) - Oldest College at Oxford

Balliol College (1249) - Oldest College at Oxford

Facade of Sherburne Theater

Facade of Sherburne Theater

Oxford Street Scene

Oxford Street Scene

Radcliffe Camera

Radcliffe Camera

Oldest Bookstore in Oxford

Oldest Bookstore in Oxford

Entrance to Divinity School

Entrance to Divinity School

Divinity School (Infirmary in Harry Potter Movies)

Divinity School (Infirmary in Harry Potter Movies)

Bridge of Sighs

Bridge of Sighs

A College Quad

A College Quad

A College Chapel

A College Chapel

Street Scene

Street Scene

View of Christchurch College

View of Christchurch College

Posted by longjerr 16:34 Archived in England

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