College days! I missed those days! There's something to be said when one is hopeful about the world & feeling invincible. Within the gates or compounds of the university, one tends to feel aspiring & all dreams abound. Try to go back to the university once in a while & you'll know what I mean.
Books & Music
Sitting in Duke Humfrey's fabulous library (a part of the Bodleian built in 1488) of an evening, pretending to research an essay but actually drinking in the sounds of Dvorak wafting in from the Sheldonian next door. Pure bliss. By the way, you can join the Bodleian (for a fee) if you can convince the librarian that you are engaged in 'serious study' and need its resources - you don't actually have to belong to the university.
Still at the Ashmolean Museum.....
Hear the war cry? It's WAR TIME! And these are the Tools of Conquest used in the early, early, early days of mankind.
The photo below shows the early weapons used in battle.
The Oxford Information Centre,...
The Oxford Information Centre, The Old School, Gloucester Green, Oxford OX1 2DA is open from Monday to Saturday, 09:30-17:00 and on Sundays and Public Holidays from 10:00-13:00 and 13:30-15:30 during the summer months. Closed 25 December - 1 Jan inclusive.
Tel: +44 1865 726871
All of humanity is here!
If Oxford is a genteel, civilised place, Cowley Road is its uncouthed, yet strangely alluring neighbour.
Just 5 minutes walk from the town centre, but a million miles away in terms of atmosphere, Cowley Road is a true Bohemian/ethnic enclave and is where most students live, drink, shop and did I mention drink?
Cowley Road used to be quite run-down, but in the last few years, it has sprung back into life as the beating, pulsating heart of creativity and fun in Oxford. Many Oxfordians now come to Cowley on the weekend, to escape the throngs on Cornmarket and visit the boutiques, restaurants and cafes.
At the lower end of Cowley Road are some inspired little cafes selling lovely food and coffee, which attract a mixture of students and 'yummy mummies' (young, trendy families). Also, eating at any of the multitude of Indian restaurants is an absolute must. Don't forget to walk as far as the NHS building to check out the amazing street art and murals. Magdelen St, with its health food restaurant and new age bookshop is also great.
If you like shopping, there are some superb vintage shops, skate shops, charity shops and cute boutiques where you'll find some really individual clothes.
For those of you who are familiar with London, I'd describe Cowley Road as Oxford's answer to Ladbrooke Grove or Brick Lane - ethnic, trendy, bohemian, cutting-edge and a great place for a pub crawl.