Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 6 miles, approximately 1/2 hour. Walking about 2.5 miles, periods of standing; paved streets and paths, some cobblestones.
In the hotel dining room, the breakfast buffet offers a range of hot and cold items such as eggs, sausage, bacon, mushrooms, hash browns, grilled tomatoes, baked beans, and more plus milk, juices, coffees, tea, water.
We will begin our educational adventure with a lecture by our Study Leader on the architecture of Oxford. From the Oxford City Council: “Oxford has a compact city centre with an outstanding collection of world famous buildings. Its origins lie in the late Saxon period and its original street pattern still survives along with some of its earliest monuments. It contains one of the best preserved groups of medieval and later university buildings in the world and a wealth of architectural gems from the classical to the modern.” We will then set out by motorcoach on a field trip to explore the Bodleian Library where our Study Leader will give us an introduction to one of the oldest libraries in Europe. We will also have some time for independent exploration.
At a local restaurant, we’ll have a 2-course plated meal with beverage choices of coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.
Next, we’ll walk with our Study Leader through the center of Oxford to see examples of Gothic and Classical styles. We’ll learn not only about the differences between them but the reasons for these differences. We’ll admire and investigate the architecture of buildings including the Radcliffe Camera, the Sheldonian Theatre, the Clarendon Building, the Divinity School, and St. Mary’s Church. Among the buildings we will enter is Exeter College, the fourth oldest of the Oxford colleges, founded in 1314. A lively college in the center of Oxford, Exeter’s exquisite Chapel as well as its tranquil Fellows’ Garden and terrace overlooking Radcliffe Square are famously beautiful. The college is full of history. J.R.R. Tolkien was an undergraduate here, as were Alan Bennett, Martin Amis, and former President Kufour of Ghana. Other former students include two Supreme Court judges (one from Australia and another from Canada) as well as Nobel Laureate Sydney Brenner. Phillip Pullman, another Exonian, based his fictional Jordan College on Exeter and the fictitious Inspector Morse collapsed on the lawn in the front quad. Exeter College Chapel and the whole of Keble College provide beautiful reminders of the impact of the Oxford Movement’s Anglo-Catholicism and the mid-19th century Gothic revival. We’ll return to the hotel by motorcoach after our field trip.
Hotel plated meal.
We will view “The Dead of Jericho” based on the Inspector Morse novel and the first episode of the eponymous British television detective drama. It is set in the area we shall be visiting tomorrow.