It's been a chilly, rainy day...perfect English weather! We caught the train at Paddington Station and rode to Oxford, where we were excited to explore all sights related to C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.
Past two small, wood-paneled rooms and the bar, a doorframe with a placard above naming "Rabbit Room" leads to a small room with two adjoinivng tables. We imagined the great men who sat alround these tables telling stories, debating theology, and drinking their "liquid lunch" (as the guidebook says).
After a hasty meal here, we met up with our tour guide and began our two-hour walking tour. Our guide took us to Bodleian Divinity School (fun fact: the room where they filmed the Harry Potter scene when Professor McGonagall teaches the students to dance for the Yule Ball); Queen College, and Wadham College, among other locations.
Oxford is made up of 38 different colleges, with three dating back to the 1200s. They are each enclosed by walls and entered through a gate; some are open to the public. Some not. So, having a guide was very helpful. The three we saw were absolutely breathtaking, so imagining that x38 is mind-blowing.
(New College, where Lewis had his rooms.)
(No. 3 - the door that leads to Lewis's Rooms.)
Needless to say, after all of that walking, we were tired, and I slept for the hour-long train ride back into London. (I think everyone else dozed off too!). Back in London we ate dinner at Bizarro, an Italian restaurant, which we thought was a "bizarro" name for a place...but it was delicious and fueled us for r our short return trip to our flat.