It’s true what the masters say about Oxford. As I cannot put into words as eloquently as the literary greats, I will allow them to do the talking.
“In spite of the roaring of the young lions at the Union, and the screaming of the rabbits in the home of the vivisect, in spite of Keble College, and the tramways, and the sporting prints, Oxford still remains the most beautiful thing in England, and nowhere else are life and art so exquisitely blended, so perfectly made one.”
“The world surely has not another place like Oxford; it is a despair to see such a place and ever to leave it, for it would take a lifetime and more than one to comprehend and enjoy it satisfactorily.” -Nathaniel Hawthorne
If you ever have the chance to go, please do. I loved this place far better than even London. It was full of history, romance, culture, and gelato. Everywhere we walked we saw the charming remnants of ancient stories. I hope you enjoy.
“Oh! Who can be ever tired of Bath?”― Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey
I am mad at myself for taking so long to post all these. I wish I had a better excuse than it-takes-so-long-to-go-through-them. All the same, we spend a day at Stonehenge and Salisbury. The stones were other-worldly. I am not sure I knew what I would feel upon meeting them, but I have to say the word that best fits the overall impression is unexpected.
“When you have seen more of this country, I am afraid you will think you have overrated Hartfield. Surry is full of beauties.”
“Oh! yes, I am quite aware of that. It is the garden of England, you know. Surry is the garden of England.”
“Yes; but we must not rest our claims on that distinction. Many counties, I believe, are called the garden of England, as well as Surry.”
“No, I fancy not,” replied Mrs. Elton, with a most satisfied smile.” I never heard any county but Surry called so.”
Emma was silenced.
-Jane Austen’s Emma
Now that I’ve been I am fully convinced that Mrs. Elton was correct. Here is the photo diary of our day trip to Surrey. Truly, a garden.
Denbies Wine Estates Bed and Breakfast in Dorking, Surrey.
If you do visit England (and I highly recommend it), do see Hampton Court Palace. It was gifted to Henry VIII by Cardinal Wolsey in 1529 and is chock-full of history. The immense gardens are worth a stroll in, and even boasts the oldest grapevine in England.
Here is a collection of photos from our recent trip to Tintagel, Cornwall where we met King Arthur, wandered around Tingatel Castle ruins, explored Merlin’s cave, gathered wild blackberries, and even befriended a mouse. Nothing prepared me for the natural beauty we encountered there. I am not sure if you are a believer in the Arthur story, but I certainly was captivated by its spell. Enjoy!
Long Live the King!