Friday, June 26, 2009

In and Around Oxford

oxford architecture
On Wednesday morning I drove into Oxford, parked up (that was bloody expensive) and wandered down Queen Street - Wow. This is a junction where you are overwhelmed by fantastic buildings all around you.
radcliffe square oxford
Walk up an alley way and you are in Radcliffe Square and this is the Radcliffe Camera, one of the reading rooms of the Bodleian Library.
radcliffe square oxford
Surrounded by more fantastic architecture
radcliffe square oxford
on every side.
st mary's passage oxford
Walk away via another beautiful alleyway - St Mary's Passage

The indoor market has a medieval feel and even has it's own old post box in the middle.
the river thames
We stayed just outside Oxford along the Thames, sat and ate a delicious meal at this riverside restaurant which was on a lock and watched the canal boats passing through.
weeping willows on the thames
Took a stroll along the river where trimmed hedges and weeping willows are de rigueur.
riverside houses on the thames
I don't like to imagine how much a house, with its own mooring, costs here.
On Monday I will be showing you the Toast shop and another shop I found in Jericho (no kidding) where I didn't die but went to heaven. I met an Oxford version of me. COME BACK MONDAY AND PREPARE TO BE BLOWN AWAY.


Josephine Tale Peddler said...

Lovely shots! How blue is the sky? An Oxford version of you? I'll be back! What a build up Di! Leave them wanting more! xx

susie said...

Wonderful, wonderful Oxford with its dreamy architecture. Brought back so many memories - I used to work in a clothes stall in the covered market and I lived in Jericho! The very first episode of Morse was set there called 'The dead of Jericho'. We used to be able to go to the pub with a large jug, fill it with local beer and take it back to the house! Cant imagine that now somehow. Susie

Freshly Found said...

I have never been to Oxford! Seems like you had a wonderful trip. Looking forward to Monday!

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Thanks so much! It's just as I remember it, even with a beautiful blue sky. It is a magical place. If you buy that house, let me know. I'll be right over.:) Can't wait to see what else you have in store.
xo Lidy

Sarthak said...

i'm a fan, rather have always been one for this kind of architecture ! and no better place than London, and Europe to say so to devour these buildings !!

Linda Crispell said...

Those are as pretty as a postcard! The indoor market looks like a perfect spot to visit and shop.

nicolette said...

Oxford is one of the most significant architectural masterpieces in the world. Every designer should at least visit it once in their life time, because you simply can't appreciate it from a picture.


ParisBreakfasts said...

I love it what you do your own thing :)

rochambeau said...

Wow DI,
Thanks for sharing your photos experience! You had beautiful weather for your adventure.
The flying buttresses in the market are unique.

Have a wonderful weekend!

French furniture said...

Oxford is a magical place. Full of history, beautiful architecture and great people!

sinnlighet said...

Your blog is soo amazing & nice & very tasty!!

Regards from Agneta in Sweden

Bridget said...

Oh yes I'll come on Monday!! Oxford is fantastic, I want to visit this town, now!

Inspired Tokens said...

Beautiful Oxford! I love the architecture of the buildings. Love, love the indoor market! Can't wait to see what Monday will bring!

Sanity Fair said...

Boy this takes me back... I did part of my undergrad work at Oxford. I used to visit the indoor market all the time - particular for coffees. Thanks for the memories!