I have been to the Cotswolds and Oxfordshire many times but never to Oxford itself. I thought it would be great for photography and to celebrate my birthday and it didn't let me down. I went to the Ashmolean museum where I had a private viewing of the pre-Raphaelite artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti's pen and ink drawings. He is an artist who I admire. My favourite drawing is of Ruth Herbert, who was a well-known stage actress and a model for Rossetti. What a treat it was to see works of art that are not on public display and need to be handled with gloves on. The staff were knowledgeable and very obliging and made the visit much more enjoyable. To have those drawings in front of you is amazing.
Oxford is lovely, Radliffe Square, always full of bikes, and Hertford Bridge in New College Lane, often called the Bridge of Sighs because of the similarity to the bridge in Venice.
I stayed outside of Oxford in a pub called the Trout at Tadpole Bridge, Buckland Marsh. It has just 5 rooms and the food was excellent. It has log fires and old wooden beams. It made a lovely weekend.
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