Luckily, we arrived just in time for the downpour.
Lots of beautiful buildings here.
In fact, the architecture all around is so amazing, it is hard for just one thing to stand out.
Sue enjoying the weather at the University green with cows in the background.
More stunning architecture....
Hey, what is that beneath the clouds?
Enjoying the sheep on our train ride home.
Honestly, we had a lovely day in Oxford. Other than the initial rainstorm, it was cloudy but not too cold and wet (nothing like Stonehenge!). We shopped, we ate lunch at a lovely Brittish pub, went to an adorable candy store, saw beautiful buildings and appreciated all of the English and our tour guides (slightly Hungarian and Irish).
For dinner, we cooked J french toast (her favorite!) and eggs...but sadly never got to make her chocolate chip cookies (she loves some American foods....).
The next day we were going on a further journey, to the town of Brighton on the Southern coast. The train ride was long (1.5 hrs) but we had a lot of trashy Brittish magazines and newspapers to pass the time. You never knew there could be so many articles on cricket!
Upon arrival, we could tell the town was happy and festive, and the weather (for England!) was quite good- 70ish and mix of sun and clouds.
Sue's dream job.
Walking toward the ocean.
Yay- the English Channel! This is an award winning beach. If you don't believe us...there are signs all over. It really is quite clean and the rocks are soft and people are enjoying laying out in their sweatshirts.
The boardwalk right off of the beach.
Fish and chips- American style (with 16 packets of ketchup at 5 pence each- J and Tilly had to explain that we were American when they asked for that much ketchup).
We were so close to the beach that we could hear the waves and smell the salt.
We found our most favorite, delicious Hungarian desert at a street fair here. J helped us order from the Hungarians and got us a deal. It was amazing...everything the remembered. Best food on the whole trip?
Not the Taj Mahal....but impressive!
We were all exhausted when we got on the train to head back, and when we got to the house at 9 pm, we were knackered. Had some tea and biscuits (took a Microbiology test, just for fun) an headed to bed.
As if we were not reluctant enough to leave....we woke up and started traveling at 8 am GMT and because of a delayed on the runway for two hours flight, were not home until 5:30 pm Eastern time....about a 15 hour journey....whew.....we were lucky to stay up until 7:30 last night and by 4 am we were both wide awake today.
Tonight we are pushing to stay up until 8:00. Wish us luck.
It was a really fabulous and wonderful trip.....so sad to be over....Look for one last blog...we have a few more tidbits to share!