Walking tour of the Colleges of Oxford

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Christ Church College
Well the morning is a late one because we do not have to travel far and new need to sit on a bus for hours. We get up in the morning and there is a slight drizzle coming down. We wait until the stores to start and open up then shop until we are to meet out tour group at 1030am. If you are wondering the streets of Europe and come across a store called Lush. You must pop in an purchase a bath bomb from them because it will come in handy to help those aching muscles. And a word to the wise use the bath mat or ask them to scrub your tub at the hotel because they can make the tub slippery.  Okay back to the trip. So we meet in the lobby of the hotel and walk to Chist Church. Of in he awww of the buildings and folage thoughout the city.
Christ Church College
We walk through alley ways to areas where historical writes once gazed upon and helped them create great works of literature. Authors like J.R.R. Tolken, C.S. Lewis and Lewis Carroll. We looked into the grounds to which Alice once played and Lewis Carroll watched. We walk up beside the dorms of Christ College. We walk through those grand double doors into the courtyard. we head to the entrance of the dining hall. The grand staircase is the one used in the first Harry Potter where the first year students wait to be sorted. At the top of the stairs is the dining hall for the college. This hall was the model for the Great Hall in the movie. As we enter they are sitting up for lunch. Each group has a different arrangement of the plates, utensils and even the color of the napkin.
Christ Church College
There was even a place setting with chopsticks. As you walk down betweent the three tables you cannot help but notice the portaits that line the walls and the fireplaces parellel on in the center of the walls. At the end of the hall is the Dean's table with portaits of King Henry the 8th and Cardnial Woolsy. As you walk back up the hall on the right hand side is the Alice in Wonderland stained glass. This glass had a picture of the real and fictional Alice, The white rabbit, the mad hatter, the cat and many of the other character. We make our way back out of the hall and down the stairs into the large grounds area. We walk though the college out the the street out infront of the St. Mary's Chuch. We walk toward the Radcliffe Camera and under the Bridge of Sighs.
The Radcliffe Camera
Down this quiet little streen we pass some researchers studying the water content of the walls and way some retain more then others.  At the end of this street is the entrance to New College. Over this little opening in a wood wall is this great sign "Mind you head". We go through this little door and meet the coolest doorman. He was very nice and showed picture he took during filming of the Harry potter movies. We make our way through the courtyard through a hall and into a cloister where they filmed under this grand draping tree. We then walk through the church and gaze at the beautiful stained glass window and into the chapel. Back out into the court yard we climb this very steep staircase and into the colleges dining hall. This small hall was used as the filming location of Dance lesson in the 4th Harry Potter movie. We make our way back out and we have free time until 130pm when we board the bus and head to Blemheim Palace. We wonder around trying to find a place to eat lunch where we finally agree on Beefeaters near the college. Lunch was geat and they had some geat breaded mushrooms.  After that some do some shopping and others head to the hotel to drop off items they have puchased.
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Christ Church College
Christ Church College
Christ Church College
Christ Church College
Christ Church College
Christ Church College
The Radcliffe Camera
The Radcliffe Camera
Bridge of Sighs
Bridge of Sighs
Walk to New College
Walk to New College
the Cloister at New College. This …
the Cloister at New College. This…
The Dining hall at New College. Lo…
The Dining hall at New College. L…
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