Lovely - Kasia. Date of travel: Sep 2006
We were typical tourists looking to go and see the famous town of Oxford, and took the coach from London to see what all the fuss was about. The downside was that our timing was bad and we went during university holidays, which meant that the majority of the students, who make up so much of the vibe in the town were gone. The upside was that it really was beautiful, historic, charming and very very English. There are many little tourist shops selling overpriced goods, but we walked randomly past a church bazaar, which had the locals buying cake, other people's junk, and tea, and inviting us all in to take part. We went to a local bar which seemed to have a good atmosphere, but naturally did not have the usual crowd of students that filled it, and so was rather empty. Oxford is quiet, pretty, and a little sleepy - and I'm sure that if we didn't have a time limit (our coach left at 6), we would have had loads more fun. Cool things to check out are the beautiful graveyards, the gardens, and the incredibly old buildings.