Oxford, England – Around Town

Oxford, England – Around Town

Oxford. There’s something inherently magical about college towns, much-less home to a university that is nearly 1,000 years old and the location for numerous Harry Potter scenes. Although our hotel was just outside of town, the 20 minute walk didn’t stop us from venturing in for dinner and ales each night. Oxford is charming and possesses some of the most impressive architecture I have ever seen. It’s dripping with history and makes me envious of the students that get to call it home.

IMG_0644We passed by Parade Street on our way into town each night. On Thursday nights the street is closed for an evening market, which vendors setup charming food, crafts and art stands by candlelight (!!).IMG_0655 IMG_0657 IMG_0660 IMG_0662 IMG_0678 IMG_0681-copyIMG_07161 IMG_0745 IMG_0747 IMG_0664 IMG_0718 IMG_0721 IMG_0725 IMG_0659 IMG_0739One pub we returned to numerous times, Lamb & Flag, was along our walk to/from town. Like most places in Oxford, the history of this little pub super-secedes that of the United States. It was originally established as an Ale House in 1695 over the centuries it’s been the watering hole for literary legends – CS Lewis, JR Tolkien, to name a few. IMG_2164Named after the Prince, the Duke of Cambridge pub was established in 1981 after his birth. Although I adored the signage, it was one of the only pubs we went to that didn’t have anything on draft. Shame. IMG_2229FYI – When given the opportunity, ALWAYS always go with Marston’s Oyster Stout. I can’t say how many pints of this stuff I inhaled. A rich, dark, creamy stout – smoother than Guinness, it’s my absolutely favorite beer.IMG_0732When visiting England, expect to spent around 90% of your waking hours in a pub. It’s the community center, gym, and food supply, all in one.

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  • wow! these photos are really really good! you’re getting to be quite the photog!

  • Thanks for adding your link! I love your Oxford post! You have such an eye for capturing those colors…it’s so cute and now I REALLY want to go back soon!!