We visited Oxford in the summer of 1992, and although the weather was unsettled in the morning it improved throughout the day – but didn’t deter shoppers at this market in downtown Oxford.
The town itself had many period buildings overlooking narrow, winding streets; and the volume of traffic, bicycles and pedestrians made driving problematic – so we parked the car and began this sightseeing tour on foot.
We had no idea what to expect from Oxford University – which we anticipated to be one large, single campus – when instead it is comprised of many individual colleges that are spread throughout the town.
From the sidewalk the stone buildings look very impressive but give you no idea what lies behind them – we read the signs and were allowed to pass through into this beautiful courtyard – which you would never know existed from the sidewalk.
If you Google Map Oxford, England, and closely look at the satellite photo of the city; you can see many of the individual colleges spread throughout the town with their own secluded and private courtyards.
This beautiful chapel was an amazing architectural experience to see – the intricate lace stonework of the ceiling alone was an unbelievable sight to see.
The chapel’s detailed stained glass window made up of many individual panels fills up the entire end wall of the chapel, creating a wall of beautiful light, colors and images.
An amazing view of the chapel’s pipe organ and intricate lace ceiling made of solid carved stone – the work of these craftsmen simply created a heavenly experience with their unbelievable work.
This cropped photo shows another view of the courtyard and one of the exterior entrances into the private domain of the college, creating a calm and tranquil experience.
I wanted to focus in on the signs that meet the visitor entering the courtyard, that require the guest to be respectful and well mannered in this inner sanctum of the college – which preserves the historical integrity of the atmosphere and experience for everyone.
This photo shows David under blue skies in a common park area during our stroll through the city and colleges of Oxford – he was full of high spirits during our tour.
Here David is eager to run and play in this park in Oxford, and now 18 years later he is a university student himself studying engineering.
As usual, David and I found some opportunity for horseplay while sightseeing at Oxford – a couple of goofballs that loved to clown around.
A closer look at our sillyness in Oxford as my wife takes our picture, and this day trip was a nice family outing for all of us.