One look at the Oxford skyline and you’ll immediately know why this city is nicknamed the “City of Dreaming Spires.” What’s even more breathtaking is to realize that each spire belongs to an ornate structure that has housed students and faculty for centuries. Some of the oldest buildings date back to the 10th century, meaning most of these stones were laid before the United States was a nation…or even a thought.
As I rode the bus into Oxford the architecture was the first thing I noticed. It was beautiful and old and historically authentic, not like the fake Disney World-esque castles the US creates for the benefit of tourism. This is the real thing. Welcome to the Old World, baby!
So, upon entering a such a place oozing with history, I did what any trueblood American traveler would do — I started snapping pictures. Here are just a few of my less-dorky shots, including the one of me standing with coffee in hand in front of the famous Radcliffe Camera, which is (according to my guidebook) one of the “finest examples of a circular library in England.” Not sure where the camera part comes in, but I’ll have to investigate that some more.