Ill health caused us to cancel our projected trip to Scotland and the Lake District, but we did manage a couple of day trips. One of them was to the University town of Oxford. Known as the City Of Dreaming Spires, it is an epithet well deserved. Like most old towns, it is compact, with everything of interest within easy walking distance.
Most of the colleges you can pay an entrance fee to walk around the campus. This is well worth doing, as the architecture, and the sense of age and learning is amazing.
Outside of the colleges, the city centre itself has many spectacular buildings, and there are plenty of places to eat and drink.
There's also a fudge shop and a really old-fashioned sweet shop. I tried very hard not to buy anything, but eton mess fudge and pear and almond chocolate both got the better of me.................
The Martyrs Cross
The Oxford Martyrs were tried for heresy in 1555 and subsequently burnt at the stake in Oxford, England, for their religious beliefs and teachings.
The three martyrs were the bishops Hugh Latimer, Nicholas Ridley and Thomas Cranmer, the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Some of the beautiful buildings in the City Centre
The Radcliffe Camera
The Bridge Of Sighs
Hertford Bridge, popularly known as the Bridge of Sighs because of its resemblance to the bridge of the same name in Venice, is a skyway over New College Lane.
New College is one of the largest Oxford colleges, with some 400 undergraduates and nearly 300 graduates. It is, like all Oxford colleges, an autonomous, self-governing institution.
The front quadrangle, dining hall, chapel and cloisters were built within a few years of the College's foundation in 1379; this was the first time that an entire scheme had been built in this way, and it formed a model for later colleges.