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.
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.
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.
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.
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.