The 18th century diarist Samuel Johnson (who went to Pembroke College, Oxford) wrote, "When one tires of London, one tires of life," and sometimes I think you could say the same of Oxford. For a city that in some ways changes very little over the centuries, Oxford is still always so vibrant with life and things to do.
Stuart, Max, and I each have our own idea of what the perfect day in Oxford is. Stuart's is in the summer, mine is a day in December, and Max's is any day that involves bacon, squirrels, long walks, and his bed tucked into a corner of our kitchen.
*The day begins with coffee at the Vaults Cafe tucked into the University Church of St. Mary's.
*Climb up the church tower of St. Mary's to take in the dreaming spires.
*Walk east down the High St. and turn right onto Rose Lane, past the Botanical Gardens toward the Cherwell, and walk around Christ Church Meadow.
*Come out to Merton St. through Grove Lane .
*Stop into Merton College to see the
library and Mob Quad.
*From Merton College it's back up to the High Street, through the Radcliffe Square, cut through the Turf Tavern to Holywell and home to pick up the car for our next stop...........
*A quick drive to the Cherwell Boathouse to rent a punt for the rest of the afternoon.
|Stuart's an expert punter.|
*Punt the Cherwell River down to the Victoria Arms (Vicky Arms) pub, tie up and have a pint and grab a bottle of bubbly for the lazy ride back to the boathouse.
*The day finishes in one of the college gardens and a Shakespeare play, with a picnic dinner before the play and a glass of Pimm's during the intermission. The gardens provide a beautiful and natural backdrop for plays from As You Like It to Macbeth.
*The day ends with a walk around Holywell Cemetery with Max in the last of the day's light, as it finally gets dark around 10pm.
|The clock tower of Harris Manchester|
Summer 2014, still light at 10pm.