Thursday, December 15, 2011

An Excursion to Oxford

This morning we got to Paddington Station with plenty of time to catch our train to Oxford. But the self-collection kiosk wouldn't work, and the queue at the ticket counter was very long, so in the end we had to run across the station and jump on to our train with just seconds to spare. It felt like a scene in a movie. We should have had a soundtrack and some slow-motion.

Once we arrived in Oxford, we had a wonderful time. It's a beautiful, picturesque city, with lots of wonderful gargoyles! We found some fun little outdoor Christmas markets, where we did a little holiday shopping.We visited Alice's Shop, where the namesake of Alice in Wonderland used to buy sweets as a child, and we had high tea in a cafe down the road. And if you are having the Mad Hatter's tea in Oxford, shouldn't you be wearing a teacup on your head?We toured Christ Church, and saw beautiful stained glass and carved stonework in the cathedral.
We walked along the canal before we caught our train back. A pair of swans were annoyed that we had nothing to feed them, and the houseboats were beautiful.
Our Christmas concert at St. Martin in the Fields was wonderful. World class performers and a magnificent venue. We were up in the rafters and didn't actually have a view of the stage, but we could hear splendidly, and that's what it's really about.
Another wonderful day in England, and tomorrow we take the Eurostar to Paris!

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