Thursday, February 21, 2019

A Visit To Oxford University town.

I have been back home for over a week now. The jet lag has been terrible which made me doze off anywhere inside my office, restaurant and car! Now it is fading off a bit but I still wake up widely awake at 4.00am. Tomorrow I will be off to Taipei to attend a few Tibetan Buddhism Prayers at a monastery in Taichung and also Taoyuan. This will be presided by the same Living Buddha Guru who was in Jakarta in December. I attended that prayer sessions in Jakarta and my fate changed indeed for the better because I could visit England, Scotland and Wales.

 After suffering for a whole year of stress and depression from my office, this 2 weeks break was a welcome relief to spend my Chinese New Year in overseas with my old friends at London's Chinatown. It was a cold winter throughout but we were well prepared with all kinds of jackets, thermal undergarments and winter shoes. We visited many famous landmarks around London before making a trip to Reading to visit my niece who had just given birth to a handsome baby boy with a mixture of Irish-Asian looks. My sister was there too as a new young grandmother to cuddle her grandchild for over a month. My niece is still very young and the baby's arrival was unplanned. No prize for the right guesses! Ha-ha!....

We visited Oxford by train from the Paddington Station as blogged in my previous post here. I was glad that we stayed a night to fully discover the entire Oxford's ancient town against 2 friend's advice that a day trip would be sufficient. Several friends had visited Oxford for just few hours to look see from their cars only. We were more adventurous and walked almost the whole town by foot in the snow besides walking inside 2 famous churches to explore. That's me!





This is the entrance into the main campus area of the world famous Oxford University. Their university is most unique as all their faculty buildings are spread all over the whole town and operates individually under the same brand. You need to stand there to believe that it is really a prestigious university with the best quality of education being taught at the world's oldest English speaking university. Along the streets, we could see very old professors leading their adult students in neat Oxford attire uniform jackets walking together in a line to other faculty buildings to attend lectures. This pretty sight is so unique and I did not even see such group of university students marching in uniform jackets in the American campuses. Oxford University still keeps their oldest school traditions since its founding that stretched as far as Year 1096!!!




This is the official Oxford's University Church of St. Mary The Virgin which was founded in the 1200s. We ventured inside the church and admired the coloured stained windows. I took many photos of the interior but I have to limit the photos for this post. I have better shots of what lies above the top of the church's tower!!

 


 Here we go! We paid £4 each to climb up to the church's tower to admire the whole view of Oxford. We were surprised and not prepared with the road ahead to the top! We had to climb several flight of steep stairs.




We had to continue climbing iron stairs into other connecting paths. It was like a scene from the movies of Robin Hood from Nottingham Forrest!



The final was winding ourselves up of the very tight spiral stairs for the final leg to the top. I bet in olden days, the English folks were all very thin and petite sizes! LOL.
 



Finally! We reached the top of the tower that overlooks the whole town and campus of the University of Oxford. The narrow balcony was barely over 2 feet wide which needed everyone to graze their walls. It made me think what prompted the ancient architects to design such narrow stairs and balcony when land was abundant.



  This spiral dome landmark looks prominent in Oxford.




  
The panoramic view of the entire town and campus of the University of Oxford.



  
This famous Christ Church where the many scenes of Harry Potter's movie was filmed. We loved the ancient Roman looking interiors of this huge church buildings which is part of the Oxford University. It was founded by the King Henry VIII in year 1546.





The many long corridors of cobbled bricks and stones inside the Christ Church of Oxford.



This is the famous long dining room where the Harry Potter's movie was filmed. Look at the eerie portrait photo behind my wife. She posed exactly like that lady, not knowing of the painting's existence until I took the photo.



 This is a very large prominent square inside the Christ Church where big assemblies take place.



I was posing with somebody's car outside the hotel. Each day, we walked easily from 15K to 20K steps all over United Kingdom throughout the 2 weeks. We ate a lot and walked too much until my pants loosened! We stayed in a comfortable Hampton by Hilton Hotel at Oxford. 



Our hotel room which is a typical Hampton Hilton style with thick comfortable mattress for a good night's sleep. I could not afford this hotel if not for their last minute "Winter Sale" which was few days before my visit. Probably they needed to fill up all the rooms in Winter.


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23 comments:

  1. Thanks for all the photos! we just visited oxford through these photos. Thanks for the tip. so now we wait for winter sale to get affordable nice hotel rooms in uk. the way you wrote very young made it sounds as if your niece is below 20 years old.

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  2. I have been to Reading a few times as I stayed in Thatcham which is quite close by. Also in West Berkshire. Maybe I can visit there again when I am your age.

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  3. Wow! Wow! Wow! Oxford University is one of the places I would like to visit someday and I want to do it during winter too! But my partner he cannot tahan cold lah. We visited Harvard in Boston some years back and I wished I had the opportunity to study there hah..hah... (no brains and no money!). I am glad that you had a wonderful holiday with your wife and hopefully things will be lots better for you this year onwards. As for your young niece, planned or unplanned, a baby is always a blessing.

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  4. congrats in becoming a grand-uncle! It seems so cold everywhere with snow on the ground, roofs and cars. Yes, I tend to go hungry easily in cold weather...Must eat a lot...although not doing much physical activity.

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  5. Thank you for sharing your lovely photos.

    Anay is sure a jet-setter, flying off everywhere.

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  6. I think everybody needs unwinding. Travel, rest and relaxation, prayer pilgrimage, spend time with family and friends, or just spend a day in bed with a book or a movie will always do.

    So jealous of your constant travel. Thanks for always sharing them with your readers.

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  7. Wow! You are grand uncle now, congrats! Thanks for bringing me a tour of Oxford through the photos as I don't think I will have a chance to visit England :(

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  8. Thanks for sharing... you have walked us through Oxford! but I would still like to visit one day...in winter, God willing. Congratulations to your family for the new baby! Pray that God be with you throughout the year!

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  9. You ate a lot, walked a lot, your pants loosened, came back fitter...and all that while enjoying yourself tremendously....way to go, TM...woot woot! ;)

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  10. Looks definitely a tough climbing to the top of the church tower for these pretty old marvellous oxford town views! The snow cover gives another impressive look for the town and glad you able to stay over there and explore the town full of architectural marvel and a designer of universal education.

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  11. Ouh...it is winter over there. Freezing cold right but I am sure you guys had a great time. :)

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  12. Wow...easily 15k to 20k? Those are a lot of steps if you ask me. So this trip is more like exercise trip. Ha :D

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  13. By just looking at Lechumy's smiling faces, I know you guys have a fantastic time there. So many nice buildings and views, I hope I will be there one day.

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  14. Love the panoramic view of Oxford with snow covered roof.

    Looking forward to more posts!

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  15. Those chair cushions look very well-used.

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  16. Wow! Take me along next time! xoxo

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  17. Oh dear, what happen to you for the whole year of stress and depression from my office? Hope u r feeling better now.
    It is indeed a very magnificent property!

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  18. Thank you for showing us these lovely photos. It sure looked cold and serene.

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  19. Wow love those photos. I feel the chill of temperature just by looking at them.

    Jetlagged and you are off to another country again. 2019 is indeed starting very good for you :)

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  20. This has made me miss the city that I had spent 2 years during my 20s. It's still as great as I was there. Hope I can afford to bring my daughters to visit Oxford soon to see the college, places I had stayed and wokrplace at London Road, Headington. Lots of memories though. Your photos are great just like postcards.

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  21. Hi! The winter scenery of Oxford is very beautiful. It's very nice that you can feel free from your stress during in your travel.

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  22. Such a beautiful place. I wish I could travel there for holiday (not work pls) one day! Haha

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  23. Wow I got breathless just looking at the pictures of the stairs but the view that greeted you is so amazing. Such beautiful pictures, they look like postcards.

    I do hope 2019 will be an awesome year for you with no depression ever again. I suffered from depression back in 2007 and it was such a dark period of my life. I'm thankful for my supportive hubby to help me through it.

    You have a wonderful wife too so here's to a great 2019 for both you lovebirds.

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