Well today we saw something in England we have not seem before, SUN! Woke up today to a fine clear morning, not a cloud in the sky. (Went to the gym, Kim). Actually tried to get some pix of my gym/barn but failed, so if you want to see an English country-side gym check out: www.stonebarnfitness.co.uk/
Cindi had a choice today of visiting Oxford or Stratford-on-Avon. Since the grandchildren are reaching college age, she chose Oxford. Last night I checked the glove box of the rental car (no navi) and found that it was compatible with Apple Car Play. In two minutes I had the navi working via my phone and even had Andrea Bocelli on the radio! I am a techno wizard!
We decided on a hop on – hop off bus tour as the most expeditious way to get an overview of the small city. Actually kind of a joke as they stopped several times for five minutes so that the entire circuit would last 30 minutes. But the view from the top deck was nice and the commentary was informative, so we rated it a solid B.
Oxford is of course home to the University, which means something totally different than what we think. It is 38 different colleges, all under one university umbrella. The entire town is a mish-mash of college campuses, each with their own specialty, from philosophy to genetic science. So, there is no “Oxford University Campus”, though there are plenty of Oxford University sweatshirts (Jeada and Josh take note).
Again, I found these ancient (12th century) English towns difficult to photograph. The streets are so narrow and winding that you cannot get a good angle, even with a wide-angle lens. Some of what you see here are stolen from the web.
Some real photos are from our lunch stop, The Crown. As the sign says, it was 300 years old when first officially mentioned in the 1600’s. Today it is run by a company that specializes is operating historic taverns. They have their own, very good, ale.
Locals enjoying the sun
The story of the pub, hope you can read it.
The best part. Sauage sandwich. Three great brats, Colman’s mustard and hard dry rye break….6 pounds was the price, 3 pounds was the weight.
On the way home, we stopped at a HomeBase (sort of a Lowe’s) for some checklist stuff, and then next door to a sporting goods superstore. These places are not easy to come by in rural England and are usually packed. My observation is that they are poorly organized compared to our stores and the merchandise quality is not great. I guess if it is your only option, it is acceptable.
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