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Day 1: Oxford by Míriam

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Oxford is a small city located about 80 kilometers west of London and is known above all for its university. The University of Oxford is the oldest English-speaking and is composed of various colleges scattered throughout the city center. Apart from the colleges, other buildings such as the Bodleian Library and the Christchurch Cathedral stand out. The whole city consists of low houses, and the streets are full of flowers hanging from the street lamps, all very well maintained. Being a small and flat city, the transport that triumphs there is the bicycle. On the other hand, it is not highly recommended to travel by car through the center, since it is full of blue areas and pedestrian streets. We chose to leave the car in a parking lot and, at night, at our friend Julia's house, further away from the center. After about two hours by car, we arrived in Oxford around 3:30 in the afternoon. We had met Júlia in the center, next to the Bodleian Library, to eat. His idea was to take us to "Vaults and Garden," a very cool cafe that is next to a church and has a garden in front with tables to eat. But of course, at 4 in the afternoon the lunch menu was no longer served, but the snack menu, so we changed plans and went to a nearby pub to eat (Pub Beefeater / The Miter). In England, pubs are not only a place to drink, but also serve food such as fish and chips, jacket potatoes (potatoes cooked with skin and garnish), hamburgers and others… In addition, pubs have their charm, with their wooden decoration , its large tables and benches ... everything invites you to enter and have a good time.

High street

With a full stomach we saw each other with more courage to begin to know the city. We pass the Bodleian Library and the Radcliff Camera, which is next to the library but cannot be visited on a tourist basis. On the outside, remember a bit of a baptistery. Very close to the library is the English version of the Bridge of Sighs of Venice, with its Gothic style. We went down an alley and discovered a tavern with a garden, very pretty, but it was quite crowded already and we wanted to see more things ... Another thing that catches the attention of the historic buildings of Oxford is its gargoyles, which can represent animals, Heads and some imp. They are very curious and are characteristic of the city's architecture.

Replica of the bridge of sighs.

As colleges can be visited in general, we wanted to enter one, Hertford College, but it was a bit late and they just let us into the inner courtyard. He was very well taken care of, with his lawn, his flowers and benches, the climbers that climbed the walls of the campus… he wanted to stay for a while in a bench to read, with such tranquility!

Hertford College interior

To leave, we returned to Broad Street and passed the Blackwell library, a place that book lovers cannot miss! The bookstore is a pass, with several floors, one of them specialized in old books. We went to look a little, but we didn't have time to look much, because it was almost 6 in the afternoon and they were closing. In the store, Oxford-related authors stood out, such as Tolkien, C.S. Lewis or Lewis Carroll. There were also very tempting 3 × 2 offers. Isabel bought Twilight, Pride and Prejudice and Alice in Wonderland.

Entrance to The Miter / Beefeter restaurant in OxfordFish & Chips is the traditional English dish. Cod with a thick batter and chips.

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