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Feeling jealous and very old in Oxford

Radcliffe Camera from the University Church of St. Mary the Virgin; the University of Oxford is the oldest in the English-speaking world dating back to 1096

Radcliffe Camera from the University Church of St. Mary the Virgin; the University of Oxford is the oldest in the English-speaking world dating back to 1096

The colleges at Oxford are not based on major but are more focused on living arrangements and social life; lectures can include students from many different colleges but they receive important tutoring within their own colleges

The colleges at Oxford are not based on major but are more focused on living arrangements and social life; lectures can include students from many different colleges but they receive important tutoring within their own colleges

The Tuileries Gardens, Pisarro, 1899; the Ashmolean Museum has an extensive collection that ranks second only to the British Museum

The Tuileries Gardens, Pisarro, 1899; the Ashmolean Museum has an extensive collection that ranks second only to the British Museum

Marconi used this device for a famous public demonstration of wireless in 1896; the History of Science Museum was generally way over my head but my Dad and Lee would have enjoyed it

Marconi used this device for a famous public demonstration of wireless in 1896; the History of Science Museum was generally way over my head but my Dad and Lee would have enjoyed it

Founded in 1621, the University of Oxford Botanical Garden is the oldest botanical garden in the UK and the oldest scientific garden in the world; the oldest tree here dates back to 1645

Founded in 1621, the University of Oxford Botanical Garden is the oldest botanical garden in the UK and the oldest scientific garden in the world; the oldest tree here dates back to 1645

Considered the first computer, these are pieces from Charles Babbage's unfinished Difference Engine (1830); it was designed as an early calculating machine that could produce astronomical or math tables by steam power

Considered the first computer, these are pieces from Charles Babbage's unfinished Difference Engine (1830); it was designed as an early calculating machine that could produce astronomical or math tables by steam power

The Magdalen Bridge across the River Cherwell was completed in 1790; just like in Cambridge, students pole small boats along the river similar to the gondoliers in Venice

The Magdalen Bridge across the River Cherwell was completed in 1790; just like in Cambridge, students pole small boats along the river similar to the gondoliers in Venice

The Ashmolean Museum is named after Elias Ashmole who acquired the initial collection during his travels; the museum has one of the best collections of Pre-Raphaelite paintings, majolica pottery, and English silver in the world

The Ashmolean Museum is named after Elias Ashmole who acquired the initial collection during his travels; the museum has one of the best collections of Pre-Raphaelite paintings, majolica pottery, and English silver in the world

The Messiah violin, Stradivari, 1716;  it is considered to be the only Stradivarius in existence in as new state

The Messiah violin, Stradivari, 1716; it is considered to be the only Stradivarius in existence in as new state

The Restaurant de la Sirene, Van Gogh, 1887; the Ashmolean was the world's first university museum and the oldest museum in the UK (1677)

The Restaurant de la Sirene, Van Gogh, 1887; the Ashmolean was the world's first university museum and the oldest museum in the UK (1677)

Carfax Tower is the only remaining part of the 13th century St. Martin's Church and stands in the exact center of Oxford; the tower is 23 meters high and no other building in town is allowed to be taller

Carfax Tower is the only remaining part of the 13th century St. Martin's Church and stands in the exact center of Oxford; the tower is 23 meters high and no other building in town is allowed to be taller

All Souls College is a grandiose, graduate-only college founded in 1438, known for its demanding entrance examination; the University of Oxford is comprised of 39 constituent colleges

All Souls College is a grandiose, graduate-only college founded in 1438, known for its demanding entrance examination; the University of Oxford is comprised of 39 constituent colleges

The Sheldonian Theater was designed by Christopher Wren in 1660 to host graduation ceremonies; the ceiling has 32 oil-on-canvas panels that relate the story truth, arts and sciences kicking ignorance out of the university

The Sheldonian Theater was designed by Christopher Wren in 1660 to host graduation ceremonies; the ceiling has 32 oil-on-canvas panels that relate the story truth, arts and sciences kicking ignorance out of the university

The Hertford Bridge is known locally as the Bridge of SIghs but it actually looks more like the RIalto Bridge; built in 1914, the bridge links the Old Quad and New Quad of Hertford College

The Hertford Bridge is known locally as the Bridge of SIghs but it actually looks more like the RIalto Bridge; built in 1914, the bridge links the Old Quad and New Quad of Hertford College

The Bodleian is one of the oldest reference libraries in Europe and one of only six legal deposit libraries in the UK, which means that a copy of every book published in the UK and Ireland is required by law to be deposited here

The Bodleian is one of the oldest reference libraries in Europe and one of only six legal deposit libraries in the UK, which means that a copy of every book published in the UK and Ireland is required by law to be deposited here

Trinity College, founded in 1555, only has about 400 students and was one of the locations used for filming of the original series Brideshead Revisited; the principal production site for Mini cars (owned by BMW) is in Oxford

Trinity College, founded in 1555, only has about 400 students and was one of the locations used for filming of the original series Brideshead Revisited; the principal production site for Mini cars (owned by BMW) is in Oxford

The Trinity College Chapel was the first to be designed entirely in the Baroque style; it was designed with advice from Christopher Wren and consecrated in 1694

The Trinity College Chapel was the first to be designed entirely in the Baroque style; it was designed with advice from Christopher Wren and consecrated in 1694

The Saxon Tower of St. Michael, constructed in 1040, is the oldest surviving building in Oxford; the tower is the only part of the city walls that still remains

The Saxon Tower of St. Michael, constructed in 1040, is the oldest surviving building in Oxford; the tower is the only part of the city walls that still remains

The Martyr's Memorial, built in 1843, is dedicated to 3 Anglican bishops who were executed by Queen Mary in 1555; Queen Mary restored Catholicism as the main religion and considered those that didn't convert heretics

The Martyr's Memorial, built in 1843, is dedicated to 3 Anglican bishops who were executed by Queen Mary in 1555; Queen Mary restored Catholicism as the main religion and considered those that didn't convert heretics

My visit coincided with the worldwide Youth for Climate rally which drew tens of thousands of demonstrators to the center of Oxford; there were plenty of witty anti-Trump signs

My visit coincided with the worldwide Youth for Climate rally which drew tens of thousands of demonstrators to the center of Oxford; there were plenty of witty anti-Trump signs

The Bodleian Library now occupies several buildings and holds a staggering 11  million books; it has 117 miles of shelves and one of the last copies of the Guttenberg Bible

The Bodleian Library now occupies several buildings and holds a staggering 11+ million books; it has 117 miles of shelves and one of the last copies of the Guttenberg Bible

This is the cell door from Boccardo Prison in which the Oxford Martyrs were kept before being burned at the stake; the day I visited was open house day when parents and new students visit the different colleges

This is the cell door from Boccardo Prison in which the Oxford Martyrs were kept before being burned at the stake; the day I visited was open house day when parents and new students visit the different colleges

Monch asters at the University of Oxford Botanical Garden; since today was essentially open house for prospective students at the different colleges I was able to see inside the campuses where the public is usually not allowed

Monch asters at the University of Oxford Botanical Garden; since today was essentially open house for prospective students at the different colleges I was able to see inside the campuses where the public is usually not allowed

Magdalen College is one of the wealthiest colleges, with a financial endowment of £273.2 million and one of the strongest academically; famous graduates include Oscar Wilde, Dudley Moore and former PM of Canada John Turner

Magdalen College is one of the wealthiest colleges, with a financial endowment of £273.2 million and one of the strongest academically; famous graduates include Oscar Wilde, Dudley Moore and former PM of Canada John Turner

Considered the most beautiful of all of Oxford University's colleges, Magdalen College was founded in 1458; the Great Quad was completed in 1474

Considered the most beautiful of all of Oxford University's colleges, Magdalen College was founded in 1458; the Great Quad was completed in 1474

I climbed the 13th century tower of University Church of St. Mary the Virgin for great views of town; in the early days of Oxford University, the church was adopted as the first building of the university

I climbed the 13th century tower of University Church of St. Mary the Virgin for great views of town; in the early days of Oxford University, the church was adopted as the first building of the university

I heard just about every major language while I walked around Oxford; it was an odd feeling knowing that the teenagers here are the smartest of their generation from around the world although they looked just like normal kids

I heard just about every major language while I walked around Oxford; it was an odd feeling knowing that the teenagers here are the smartest of their generation from around the world although they looked just like normal kids

The Radcliffe Camera was the first circular library built in the UK (1749); unfortunately the library is not open to the public but it is the most photographed building in Oxford

The Radcliffe Camera was the first circular library built in the UK (1749); unfortunately the library is not open to the public but it is the most photographed building in Oxford

This marble table from around 1855 at the Ashmolean consists of a circular inlaid slab of marble and semi-precious stones (many re-worked from fragments of ancient Roman architecture)

This marble table from around 1855 at the Ashmolean consists of a circular inlaid slab of marble and semi-precious stones (many re-worked from fragments of ancient Roman architecture)

Portrait of Mademoiselle Claus, Manet, 1868; the Ashmolean has an excellent collection of Greek and Minoan pottery and an extensive collection of antiquities from Ancient Egypt and the Sudan

Portrait of Mademoiselle Claus, Manet, 1868; the Ashmolean has an excellent collection of Greek and Minoan pottery and an extensive collection of antiquities from Ancient Egypt and the Sudan

I've read all of Alexander McCall Smith's books and they are a philosophical journey about human nature; they are insightful and feature incredibly engaging characters

I've read all of Alexander McCall Smith's books and they are a philosophical journey about human nature; they are insightful and feature incredibly engaging characters

The Great Bookcase has been described as the most important example of Victorian painted furniture ever made; this 1862 piece is 10 feet high by 5 feet wide

The Great Bookcase has been described as the most important example of Victorian painted furniture ever made; this 1862 piece is 10 feet high by 5 feet wide

Guy Fawkes was reportedly carrying this lantern when he was captured in the cellar of Westminster; the Gunpowder Plot was aimed at blowing up parliament and King James I

Guy Fawkes was reportedly carrying this lantern when he was captured in the cellar of Westminster; the Gunpowder Plot was aimed at blowing up parliament and King James I

The Duck Sijctghen, Cuyp, 1647; Sijctghen (she laid 100  eggs a year) was 20 years old when her wealthy owners had her portrait painted making her one of the most treasured animals of the 17th century

The Duck Sijctghen, Cuyp, 1647; Sijctghen (she laid 100+ eggs a year) was 20 years old when her wealthy owners had her portrait painted making her one of the most treasured animals of the 17th century

Powhatan's (father of Pocahontas) mantle is the most important surviving artifact from the first period of contact between the Indians and British colonists in the early 1600s

Powhatan's (father of Pocahontas) mantle is the most important surviving artifact from the first period of contact between the Indians and British colonists in the early 1600s

Flora Macdonald, Allan Ramsay, 1749; Macdonald became a popular romantic heroine for helping Bonnie Prince Charlie escape to the Isle of Skye in Scotland following the Battle of Culloden

Flora Macdonald, Allan Ramsay, 1749; Macdonald became a popular romantic heroine for helping Bonnie Prince Charlie escape to the Isle of Skye in Scotland following the Battle of Culloden

1876 mantle clock; the Ashmolean, like most of the other museums in Oxford, has free admission although donations are requested

1876 mantle clock; the Ashmolean, like most of the other museums in Oxford, has free admission although donations are requested

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