We really enjoyed Oxford. We only had a fraction of the time here that we should have. We arrived around 5 pm and had about four hours of daylight. The profusion of beautiful architecture clad in ivy and beautiful landscaping is truly incredible.
The above shot was my first "real" test of the new Voigtlander 10mm f/5.6 lens I recently got. It's the widest production rectilinear full frame lens in the world. It exceeded my expectations with its low distortion and sharpness. I was very, very impressed.
As we were arriving in town, we spent some time wandering through town looking for parking and we finally found a very convenient spot (pay and display) on Broad Street right in the middle of the action:
Unfortunately the Bodleian Library was already closed when we got there. It has some gorgeous rooms that I wanted to photograph. I guess there's always next time.
After a wonderful time just walking around town, we headed to The Eagle and the Child pub for supper. The Eagle and the Child is renowned as the place C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and the rest of the Inklings met weekly to talk about the literature they were writing. As most of us are huge Lewis and Tolkien fans (especially my sister Kristi and I), this was a very cool stop. We even managed to snag the corner where they always sat!
This post is part of a series of posts about my family's British Isles trip in July/August of 2016. My parents and four siblings joined me as we went from London to Dublin and everywhere in between in 2.5 weeks. Here's our itinerary:
- London (England)
- Stonehenge (England)
- Oxford (England)
- Bibury, Cotswolds (England)
- Peak District (England)
- Chatsworth House (Peak District, England)
- Yorkshire and Staithes (England)
- Loch Lomond (Scotland)
- Glencoe (Scotland)
- Isle of Skye (Scotland)
- Edinburgh (Scotland)
- Northern Ireland
- Waterford/Dunmore East (Ireland)
- Western Ireland and the Cliffs of Moher (Ireland)
- Dublin (Ireland)