Oxford University and Windsor Castle – and a farewell dinner

Our last full day in England — and it was pretty incredible, as we took in two top sights — Oxford University and Windsor Castle — and finished up with a farewell dinner for the whole crew in London.  We’re packing tonight for a rather early start tomorrow, as we need to get loaded up and out to Heathrow to catch our plane.  So here, in pictures, is our day!  Remember – I’ve been taking literally hundreds of photos every day, so when we return we will figure out how to give you access to all of them so you can share them.   OCYSO staff will be in touch with you on that.  See you soon!!

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Entering Oxford. we passed the famous Eagle and Child pub where “The Inklings” writers’ group — including J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis — often met.

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View of Christ Church College, Oxford

 

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OCYSO members watiting to enter Christ Church College, Oxford

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Medieval fan vaulting on ceiling in Christ Church College, Oxford.

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OCYSO members on the “Harry Potter Staircase” (seen in the films) in Christ Church College, Oxford.

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Also used as inspiration in the Harry Potter films: “The Hall” (dining hall or refectory) in Christ Church College, Oxford.

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South transept window of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford: St. Michael and angels battling a red dragon.

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Window in Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, by the 19th-century pre-Raphaelite Burne-Jones.

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A thoughtful pause in Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford.

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The high altar, carved and painted wood, Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford.

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Tom Tower and Tom Quad, Christ Church College, Oxford.

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OCYSO students in Tom Quad, Christ Church College, Oxford.

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Heading to the Bodleian Library, Oxford.

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One of our two great guides, Jan, tells us more about Oxford.

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Exploring Oxford, cameras at the ready.

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Pondering the history of Oxford .

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Oxford landmark the Radcliffe Camera, now part of the Bodleian Library.

 

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Get off the beaten tourist track in Oxford and you’ll find plenty of quiet streets.

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Brasenose College, Oxford.

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A peek inside one of the locked colleges at Oxford (most are not open to the public).

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Group photo (of half of OCYSO, the “Bernstein” bus) in front of the “Bridge of Sighs” at Oxford – a copy of the one in Venice.

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Pan figures on a building on St. Mary’s Lane, Oxford.

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A boss (a shield at the joining of a groin vault) showing the crest of Oxford University.

 

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Windsor Castle, one of the Queen’s royal residences.  (She was not there — she spends August at Balmoral in Scotland.)

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The “Long Mile” at Windsor Castle.

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A spot of tea with Maestro Wachs and Concertmistress Phoebe Kim near Windsor Castle.

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Farewell dinner in London – Maestro Wachs thanks the students for a fantastic concert tour of England!

 

 

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