My initial hope had been to get a group picture, before we left London, at the site set up in King's Cross station for Platform 9 3/4. However, when we got there, the station is being refurbished, and access to the site was blocked by construction area walls.
We took a train to Oxford, where it was overcast and drizzling like it had been in London when we left. It was going to be a dreary day weather-wise, but it wasn't going to be in terms of anything else. In fact, it seemed that after our bad luck at King's Cross station, we had only good luck. When we lined up to go someplace, we would only have to wait a short time, but within ten minutes of our arrival at any given place, there were large crowds formed with much longer waits.
Our first stop was for lunch at the Eagle & Child pub. This was the location where a group of writers in eearly 20th century would meet. They referred to themselves as t Inklings, and they included notable writers such as J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and others. They would meet to discuss and share ideas, and to act as a sort of sounding board for specific ideas as they worked on their own writing. We were able to have lunch there, and it was very good.
|The sign for the Eagle & Child|
|part of the British Literature II class at the Eagle & Child pub in Oxford, England - L to R: Robin Padick, Kellie Patterson, Dr. Ray, Cassie Wooten, Brittany Wade, Rebekah Huffmaster, Kassie Bettis|
|the rest of the British Literature II class at the Eagle & Child pub in Oxford, England - L to R: Heather Ness, Kasey Mangum, Courtney Jess, Christy Prewett|
|A plaque marking the location of the palace of Henry II|
|the Sheldonian Theater - a building designed by Christopher Wren|
|a bridge built on the design of the Rialto (Bridge of Sighs) in Venice|
|door to the original School of Music library|
|door to the School of Languages (Hebrew and Greek) and the School of Geometry and Arithmatic|
|First view of Christ Church College, Oxford University from the visitor's entrance|
|a quad at Christ Church College in front of the cathedral|
|interior of Christ Church Cathedral, Christ Church College, Oxford University|
|Great Hall - dining hall - Christ Church College - Oxford University - inspired the design of the Great Hall in the Harry Potter movies|
|dining table in the Great Hall, Christ Church College, Oxford University|
It's onward we go as we enter our final week in England.