Wednesday 14 May 2014 68 °F
The final leg of our travels takes us to the English countryside. After a one-hour train ride from London, we alighted in the university town of Oxford. Just by walking around town, our IQ's jumped at least 10 points.
For just a taste of Oxford, we only visited one of the 39 colleges: Christ Church College. Here in Oxford, John Wycliffe and his followers sparked the rebellious precursor to the Protestant Reformation. Last year Sue and Henry read an extremely dry history book titled Morning Star of the Reformation--a book that our homeschooling neighbor Helen never dreamed anyone would want to borrow. Visiting Oxford helped us put some pictures of those turbulent times in our minds. For keeping the kids' attention, it didn't hurt that the Harry Potter movies were filmed and inspired by this college.
Hanging with Uncle John in the quad at Christ Church College of Oxford University
From this staircase Professor McGonagall greeted the new students of Hogwarts.
The Great Hall inspired the banquet hall scenes in the movies.
Pearl completed a fun scavenger hunt provided by the cathedral
After a one-hour drive west, we are spending the next two days in the Cotswolds. Rolling hills, bleating lambs, thatched roof cottages. It's a refreshing change from the big city and the perfect ending to our travels across Europe. Haven't seen any scaffolding anywhere...
We are staying in a 1600's manor, and at dinner, we had fun taking turns adding to a ghost story set in this old B&B. Hopefully, Pearl will sleep through the night.
Another great view from a bathroom