If you could visit the oldest-English speaking university in the world, the oldest English museum, and the place where hundreds of famous Oxfordians have schooled themselves, wouldn’t you go to Oxford? Well, we did just that today.
Our train ride over to Oxford took us through Paddington Station and north for an hour or so on a fast-paced train. While it was raining in London when we left, the weather in Oxford was very comfortable in the cloudy 60s. This helped in our walk around the city, and nobody got soaked. Our noon meal was spent at a famous pub, The Childe and the Eagle, the very place where two Oxford professors, J R R Tolkien and C S Lewis, used to meet and talk about religion, politics, philosophy, and literature. The theme of being there where the literature was comprised or contemplated was never so obvious. After lunch we toured the world-famous Ashmolean Museum. They had an exhibit of da Vinci, Raphael, and Michelangelo drawings that was awe-inspiring. After two hours of drooling, we walked a few more blocks to see Christ Church College and the Alice Liddell candy store, site of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” inspiration. Not done yet, we walked over to the Oxford replica of the famous Bridge of Sighs in Venice, and then over to the covered market in the middle of town to shop.
After a full day in Oxford, we rode the train back to London and hit the later rush hour on the Tube. My fine students handled the crowded “carriages” just fine, and we all arrived safely back at our lodging by 8:00 p.m.
Tomorrow we will take a two-hour walking tour featuring Charles Dickens and William Shakespeare sites. Then we will attend a matinee play at the Globe Theatre. Perhaps you’ve heard of it: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
All is well with us.
Dr. Martin Moldenhauer