Whenever I write or post pictures from various parts of the UK, all my ActiveRain friends seem to like it. So this is part of a new series introducing you all to various parts of this lovely little island! If you've got any special requests for certain English places, just drop me a line and it could be featured next!
Today we're talking about Oxford :-)
Oxford, or The City of Dreaming Spires as some people like to call it, is in the South East of England. Perhaps best known throughout the world for its famous historic university, there's more to Oxford than just a fine academic institution.
The architecture is impressive, with buildings that reflect every architectural period since the arrival of the Saxons and if you're a history buff then you can while away weekends tracing Oxford's roots all the way back to the 9th Century.
But aside from the history, there's plenty on offer for those that prefer something a bit more modern. I spoke to one Oxford resident to find out why they love where they live...
"Oxford has absolutely loads to offer yet much of the cities character is defined by the university buildings - it's impossible to go to Oxford and not be inspired by the university's history which is there for all to see. That being said, I've never studied here and I don't feel like I've missed out. Of course, there's a big student population but there's lots to do whatever your age. There are great pubs, great shopping and I can safely get about on my bike. It's not an overwhelming city like London is sometimes, you can navigate Oxford really easily. Although if you want to get to London then it's only an hour or so on the train. I really like it here, and nobody does a better May Day celebration than us here in Oxford!"
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