Day trip to Oxford…

Bridge of Sighs selfie.  Yeah, I'm getting a bit shaggy.

Bridge of Sighs selfie. Yeah, I’m getting a bit shaggy.

We got up early and took the train out to Oxford.  The train was a bit long, making stops at a couple of other places along the way.  But we got there and the walk from the train station to town was quite short.

I think this is how to work the stargate.

I think this is how to work the stargate.

We started the day at the  Ashmolean museum, a surprisingly complete and entertaining museum.   We worked our way through ancient Egypt, added Egypt with the Roman conquerors, explored Japan, and India, and saw more impressionist work.  Primarily Pissaro.  There were quite a few mummies, which a leather wrapped one being J’s fav of the museum, maybe the day.

View from the University church tower.

View from the University church tower.

We ventured to Oxford University.  I wanted to see the Bodian Library, which was begun in 1488.  yeah, library started before Columbus discovered the Americas.  The tour was a complete ripoff.  it was 5 quid each for a 30 minute tour.  Half of which was spent lecturing in an empty room .  We saw one part of the library, and we couldn’t take pictures.  If you’re thinking of this, PASS.  Not quite to the shithole level though.

the wind was blowing and the sun would pop out brightly every so often

the wind was blowing and the sun would pop out brightly every so often

We went up University church tower.  The view from there was great, but it was really windy today, and we got all of it up there.  Luckily there was a solid stone railing that had kept folks safe for hundreds of years.  The stairway was very narrow, and had two way traffic which made J climb back up a time or two to let folks through.

Nice illuminated manuscript  We should do the budget book this way

Nice illuminated manuscript We should do the budget book this way

Finally we went to the new Bodian Library (which just looks like a normal library).  They had an exhibit that was free to the public and had some great looking book-based treasures.  Much better than the old library.

Another old manuscript from the 1200's.  Looks like it was done in the uncial hand of calligraphy.

Another old manuscript from the 1200’s. Looks like it was done in the uncial hand of calligraphy.