Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Corner view: Oxford souvenirs, UK

This week's Corner View theme is Souvenirs of your city. Ah, Oxford! One of the most beautiful cities in the world. What could you take as a souvenir after visiting? What would you remember?

Well, there is the obvious, a postcard of the Radcliffe Camera, which is probably the most recognizable building in town...

Or a postcard of one of the Colleges, like Christ Church. One of the most beautiful buildings in the city, it's now famous because it inspired Hogwarts school in the Harry Potter movies. This is the back building overlooking Christ Church Meadow and my favourite part of the college.



You could get a book about the city. This is, after all, one of the most important Univeristy cities of the world, and it offers plenty of bookshops where to spend a fun afternoon...



You could go for something British... with a twist...



Or you could simply go and enjoy one of the old pubs in town. The Eagle and Child, in St Gilles, is where the writers' group, The Inklings used to meet. Its members included J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis, so you'd be in good company.



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24 comments:

  1. A good souvenir, have a drink in a literary pub...could be.
    I was in Oxford so many years ago...and I remember those college scarfs..of multiple colours.
    I prefer the drink.

    where could we meet?

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  2. Very nice tourist tour !!!! It looks like a lovely place !

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  3. It's so nice how you've really grown to love that city!

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  4. I'm not sure about the most beautiful city in the world bit but it sure is lovely. Not as lovely as Cambridge, of course, but still...

    Thank you for this tour!

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  5. Wow I wish I could be there right now! The picture of 'Christ Church is beautiful! What is all the raspberry colored ivy? It's amazing!

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  6. De verdad que me tienes enamorada con Oxford, cuanta culturilla!!!!
    Aquí no hay pubs literarios ni colegios Hogwarts jajajaja (de pequeña era una viciadísima de Harry Potter).Me suena haber visto alguno de esos edificios en la película de Los Crímenes de Oxford, puede ser, no? xD

    Muchos besitos y muchisimas gracias por leerme y comentarme, me das unas alegrías :)

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  7. Oxford looks really beautiful. Would be lovely to visit there someday!

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  8. Inspiring mementos and great literary souvenirs. THank you !

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  9. I really should get myself over there sometime.
    So many places - so little time ! :)

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  10. what gorgeous buildings! and you can never go wrong by spending time in a bookstore!

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  11. Wasn't Alice and Wonderland also written at Oxford? I know that Harry Potter was only filmed there.

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  12. so much history and the ivy wow. i love the color change. great shot!

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  13. thank you for this trip in your town! I hope I can visit it, one day or another... Have a nice nice day :)

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  14. Beautiful !!! Thanks for this interesting visit !!! In on of ma drawers, I got playing cards with gargoyles from... ;)

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  15. Oh! I looove Oxford! I spent two weeks there back in 1994 and fell in love with it! I remember every single detail. I'm so happy I came to your blog.
    Greetings from Greece!

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  16. What a great tour guide you would be!! All these spots would be a must! Love the cafe and red pole shot!

    Happy Day, B!

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  17. I'll spend most of my day in the bookshops, I'm sure. ;)

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  18. i want to visit! i want to visit! i want to visit! so pretty! thanks blanca!

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  19. Oo, we visited Oxford this summer, so great. love it!

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  20. I´m sure, looking at the pictures, that I would find a perfect souvenir in Oxford. Probably an old book in one of those great bookstores.
    Isn´t also the Inspector Morse city?

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  21. B., this is breathtaking. Hogwarts~ bliss.

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  22. Lovely. I really like the building. the color is just gorgeous!

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  23. Love the ivy on the building

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  24. Oh, I loved reading this. Somehow reminded me of my time in Glasgow! Glasgow University's main building always reminded me of Hogwarts as well...

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