Spotlight on Oxford, England


             Oxford, England is, of course, immediately associated with the great University, one of the world’s best.  The town of Oxford is a typical university town, in that all life seems to revolve around the people and events of the college.  The “campus” is fairly spread out but extremely pleasant to stroll.  One can’t help but feel somewhat spiritual or awed by the fact that so many of history’s greatest scholars, writers, scientists, etc. walked these same streets and pathways.  Oxford is known as the city of “dreamy spires” since so many steeples stretch heavenward here.  Notable structures include Christ Church and the Radcliffe Camera.  Oxford even has its own “bridge of sighs

            In the vicinity is another of England’s remarkable castles. Warwick Castle is another classic castle, very large, formidable, and situated high on a hill — a true fortress.  The interior of the castle is elegantly displayed, with wax figures representing residents and visitors, and realistic scenes in the rooms, as they were in 1898.  The settings are very impressive, with great attention to detail, such as, running water in the bath, the lighting of a cigarette lighter, etc.  In the great hall, there is a fantastic display of medieval armor and weaponry, and the furniture throughout the castle is extraordinary.  The castle grounds are also meticulous and provide a wonderful experience.

            Also near Oxford and well worth a visit is Blenheim Palace, in Woodstock, England, a masterpiece of Baroque architecture and, perhaps more importantly, the birthplace of Winston Churchill. Be sure to check out the Long Library, over 180 feet long, the Salon (parlor), with its wall and ceiling paintings, and, especially, the Park and Gardens.


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