I know, I go there every day for work… But I had never seen Oxford from a tourist perspective. I had never been to the Ashmolean or visited Christ Church College, meandered along the river bank or browsed Alice’s shop…
In fact, I still haven’t done half of these things! In typical style we spent overlong in the Ashmolean – where I could happily have spent three times as long again!
We went to see the most spectacular exhibition, Heracles to Alexander the Great: Treasures from the Royal Capital of Macedon, a Hellenic Kingdom in the Age of Democracy. It was truly astounding to see such treasures, so intricate, so dexterously created, 2500+ years ago! The gold leaf crowns were the most astonishing items from my perspective – when you touched the perspex case the leaves shivered, they were that delicate!
We did have a wander along the Thames to see the punting, and we did wander towards Christ Church, but the queues to get in were horrendous! We were also short of time to do the full tourist thing, so we’ll definitely do another day trip soon – especially now we know just how easy and cheap the Park & Ride is!
I couldn’t resist taking a picture of these beautiful flowers!
Not sure what was going on here, but this fella was eerie!