We’re back in England. This is the 5th year Kristi has taught here in Oxford at the Oxford Summer School. Lucky me gets to travel along.
If you like architecture, shapes, patterns, this is a fabulous city. Since I love all those things, I am endlessly entertained just by walking around and looking. I think I got into historic preservation because old buildings are so different, unexpected, varied. They are warm, cozy, surprising. And they are all about geometry, the one math class that came naturally and easily to me. Because this city has a wealth of great architecture resulting from all the different colleges making up Oxford University, there is much to enjoy in a relatively small space.
I don’t know how many times I’ll post on this blog while here, but I do have an idea of what I want to do. Today, I’m just going to share some pictures that grabbed my attention the first couple of days here. This will provide just a bit of the flavor of Oxford, though by no means covering all its diversity. Then, what I thought I’d do, is arches!
While walking around the first two days I came to appreciate all the different Gothic arches there are here. At first I thought I’d do a series of entries of pics just of Gothic arches. But there are some nongothic arches that are pretty nice too. So I’m just going to do arches. And who knows. I may be inspired by other things as the week unfolds. And I’m discovering that each day I could limit myself to the arches of just one building. It is amazing how many different arches a single building can have.
Finally, what does this have to do with Italy? Well, you’ll find lots of arches in Italy, a fabulous Gothic cathedral in Orvieto where we spend most of our time. But Italy? Well not much I suppose except that, if you visit England or Italy or anyplace different, there is, quite simply, sheer joy in seeing things so different it makes you stand up and take notice. So here is a bit of what I’m noticing here!
I love this, Oxford’s oldest street, the brick crosswalk amongst the stones, and the facade behind. Medieval period.Isn’t this a wonderful set of windows, near to the street above and part of Merton College.Look up anywhere in the center of Oxford where all the colleges are located and you will see spires. Simply wonderful. This is Merton College again.Then there is the Thames which flows through the city. Much of it is surprisingly rural and this carriage path is a great way to see it. This is just above Iffley Lock. People in shells, canoes, houseboats, tourboats. People walking and biking on the path. Just alive and fun.Just around the bend on the Thames is the Isis Cafe where we sat on the back lawn having tea. We love our Iffley neighborhood south of the center. Beautiful row houses of all style and size. The repeating gables, the details, the details catching light makes it a delight to walk.There are several pubs in our neighborhood. This is the Rusty Bicycle, our favorite serving Arkel ales. Just at the end of the street is the Magic Cafe where we go for coffee and Internet. Chimney pots in our “hood” in the fading light, which here in the summer is about 9:30. A taste of Oxford. Cheers!
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