After our introductory hike out of Broadway, we spent a day in Oxford. The pacing of the trip was perfect with vigorous hiking days followed either by travel days or options for a less hearty excursion.
We had been to Oxford in 2009 therefore I only took pictures of places that were unique to this visit. We started our Oxford outing by walking along the Thames (or Isis as it is called within Oxford) to Christ Church meadow. We then followed the Cherwell River as it skirts the meadow. These two youngsters are punting along the river in a shallow boat propelled with a pole. Readers of Dorothy Sayers' Gaudy Night will learn a lot about punting.
There has been a long-standing controversy over traffic and roads to ease traffic congestion within Oxford. One proposal was for an inner beltway, so to speak, across this meadow. This being a university town, books have been written about it and the conflict was still simmering when we visited in 2009.
The issues are similar to those encountered in the 2005 US Supreme Court decision about eminent domain.
Our guide explained the relationship of the colleges and university as this: the colleges are where a student lives and where the overall course of study is guided by a tutor. Since students at Oxford are considered to have gained their general education prior to coming to the university, their coursework is focused on their "major:" history, physics, etc. The various lecturers, on the other hand, work for the university, and lectures are open to the students of all the colleges. Final examinations are also administered by the university. Faculty doesn't designate the professors, it designates the building in which lectures are given, e.g., the "chemistry faculty" is the building that contains lecture halls, labs, etc. devoted to chemistry.
This is very different from the system in the US although our guides didn't seem to think so. Perhaps I got confused along the way?
Next to the café was the student bar (didn't have one of those where I went to school!), which was closed at the time. It is located in the oldest remaining part of the college.
The grounds are about 100 acres in total.
We had hoped to have enough free time in Oxford to visit the Ashmolean museum, which had been closed for renovation the other two times we visited the city. It was not to be. I was able to get inside briefly, at least, to visit "the loo" before getting on the bus for our trip back to Mickleton!
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