Saturday, July 31, 2010


from wikipedia

An Oxford shoe is a style of leather shoe with enclosed lacing;
in other words,  dressy shoes in the US.

Heh!??!  JPE is more of a Merrell man or an ECCO kind of guy! Nevertheless, I don't see him getting a pair of "oxfords" any time soon...
BUT, we did see some "gray-haired" professor-type guys (riding rather rickety bikes) around OXFORD on our day-trip Saturday!!
Oxford ~ Keble College
OXFORD is located about an hour (by train) NW of London... Purchased a map from the TI  (tourist information) Center... the 11am tour was sold out, so we got our tickets for the 13:00 (1:00pm) tour - which was led by Danielle (a Belgian, with a thick accent, whose husband is a professor).
What we learned:
  • the University of Oxford is comprised of 38 Colleges
  • the teaching staff & students studying for a degree of the university are affliliated w/one college
  • in general, students attend "tutorials" with professors from their college BUT lectures, examinations & labs are run by the University of Oxford. 
A bit confusing, huh?

Danielle took us through Keble College (a beautiful, Gothic design, known by architects for their college chapel)...
  • each college has a chapel (chapel played a significant part of an Oxford education in the past, but is no longer required!)
Keble College, Oxford ~ Chapel

William Butterfield, (Keble's architect) refused to include any paintings inside the church, so a separate room was added for displaying a painting that was left by a patron of the college.

Keble Chapel is accented with mosaic tiled pictures & stained glass, not found in all college chapels.
  • The colleges have interlinked courtyards, with several having beautiful garden-like courtyards or statues in the center of the quad. 
Keble College had a very ordinary courtyard ~ It appears they may have spent their money on the chapel!
  • A professor has an office at their college & holds their tutorials on-site.
  • Students live on-site (too expensive, otherwise), study (each college has a library), socialize, (some colleges have bars) & dine together. 
Keble College, Oxford ~ Dining Hall
Keble College, Oxford ~ Dining Hall windows
Keble College, Oxford ~ Library
Pretty impressive huh??? an this is just one of the colleges in the Oxford University system. Several colleges were holding "Graduation" which is hosted by the University of Oxford - and happens here....
Bodleian Library


  1. Absolutely great pictures...particulary the last one of the gate - beautiful! I haven't been to Oxford but I have been to Cambridge; both are so amazing. The shoes are kind of next too.(-: Ordered my new camera, kind of excited.

  2. How wonderful! I hope I get to see it someday!

  3. I'm so glad that you found me so that I could find your lovely blog! We hope to do a Harry Potter tour here soon with the kiddos. Thank you for sharing the photos :)




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