Home to the oldest university in the English-speaking world and a haven for the intellectual elite, Oxford is a city that boasts not only some of the smartest people in the world, but one of the most detailed and rich histories of any of the most famous cities on the planet. Home to architectural styles of every kind dating back to the days of the Saxons, Oxford is a study of time held still, preserved for scrutiny under the microscopes of those blessed enough to be able to call the university their school of higher education. But the city is not just a haven for the intellectuals. These days Oxford has transformed into a place where tourism joins hand in hand with history and the privileged few, and there are few places on Earth where you can experience the special vibe that the city puts off.
Depending on where you are in Oxford depends on how the city looks. From a distance you can see the rising spires and towers that have given the city the nickname “city of dreaming spires”, but once you are among them your view of the sky is limited to a sliver of blue straight above as you make your way down the various cobblestone streets between centuries-old buildings. The parks and courtyards open up into secluded areas where the view suddenly expands, and you have a chance to marvel in the wonders springing up around you.
From places like the Eagle and the Child pub which is commonly known as the Bird and the Bastard. This is where C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien met with their fellow Inkling members to discuss their literary projects, to sights like the Bodleian Library, Christ Church, the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, or the Oxford University Parks, there is a never-ending list of things to see or do in this town. It’s very easy to lose yourself in the age and prestige surrounding the town, and definitely worth exploring on more than one occasion.
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