It's a Bank Holiday long weekend here in the UK and so, with an extra day to play with, we decided to take a train trip to Oxford for a bit of a look-see.
The last time I went to Oxford was in 1999, when I had to interview a scientist about her work on the Greenhouse Effect for a magazine I was working on at the time. Afterwards I had 30 minutes to fill in before my train whisked me back to London and so I really didn't get to appreciate the city of "dreaming spires". I'd seen enough, though, to make me want to come back.
So yesterday, with our £8 return train tickets in hand, we trundled out to Oxford on a beautiful blue-sky Saturday. We had no real plans other than to walk around and explore, cameras at the ready.
I took 130 photographs! Here's some of my favourites.
Hertford Bridge, also commonly known as the Bridge of Sighs, because of the similarity to the one in Venice.
Detail of the clock on Carfax Tower in the centre of the city. These little chappies chime the bells every quarter hour but miraculously don't seem to move as they do so. I suspect it might be a con...
View of the skyline taken from the top of Carfax Tower. I have to say that, on the whole, the view from here was largely disappointing, a sea of dull flat-roofed buildings rather than an ocean of dreaming spires as I had naively expected.
The gorgeous sandstone facade of the Bodleian Library, opened in 1602.
A statue standing guard in the quadrangle of the library.
Statue atop a building, many hundreds of which decorate Oxford's roofs, porticoes and and walls.