16 września 2016

Oxford

Oxford zawsze kojarzył mi się z nauką, najstarszym anglojęzycznym uniwersytetem, bogactwem, starymi angielskimi tradycjami i butami, których nazwa jest tożsama z nazwą miasta. Podczas naszej wizyty urzekła mnie przede wszystkim bogata architektura, bardzo eklektyczna: saksońska, gotycka, barokowa, art-deco, mid-century, brutalistyczna, modernistyczna. Wszystkie typy koegzystują ze sobą, dając spójny obraz interesującego wizualnie miejsca.

W Oksfordzie czuć ducha nauki, na każdym kroku mija się eleganckie, staroangielskie uczelnie i college, zadbane i urocze. W takich miejscach pewnie wiedza sama wpada uczniom do głów 😉 Poza tym zachwyca ilość rowerzystów na ulicach. Można poczuć się jak w Amsterdamie. Błądząc po bocznych uliczkach i zaułkach, można natrafić na klimatyczne kawiarnie i knajpki, w których tętni życie studenckie.

Z ciekawostek, Oksford pełnił funkcję stolicy przez kilka lat. Jest połączony kanałem rzecznym z Coventry, miastem, w którym obecnie mieszkam. Znajduje się w nim fabryka produkująca samochody Mini Morris. Miasto naprawdę zachwyca. Adolf Hitler chciał z niego uczynić stolicę podbitego imperium Wysp Brytyjskich. Kinomaniacy mogą kojarzyć Oksford m.in. z takich produkcji filmowych jak: X-Men: Pierwsza klasa (2011), Złoty kompas (2007), Harry Potter i Czara Ognia (2005), Harry Potter i Komnata Tajemnic (2002), Harry Potter i Kamień Filozoficzny (2001), 102 Dalmatyńczyki (2000) i Rybka zwana Wandą (1988).

Oxford reminds me of: science, the oldest English University, wealth, English traditions and Oxford shoes. During our visit I was captivated by the richness of the eclectic architecture: Saxon, gothic, baroque, art-deco, mid-century, brutalist, modern. All the styles go together and make Oxford a visually beautiful place.

In Oxford you can feel the spirit of science, on every step of the way you see elegant, old, English schools and colleges, well cared for and very cute. In places like that learning comes easy. I was impressed by the amount of cyclist – it made me feel like in Amsterdam. If you wander the streets and alleys you see cafés and pubs pulsating with student life.

Fun facts: Oxford had been the capitol of England for few years. It is connected by a river canal with Coventry – city that I currently live in. There is a factory that manufactures Mini Morris cars. The town is delightful. Adolf Hitler had plans in making it the capitol of enslaved imperium of the British Islands. Movie buffs know Oxford from films like : X-men first class, Golden Compass, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone, 102 Dalmatians and A fish called Wanda.

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