Friday, September 11, 2009

I'll wait while you get a drink and some popcorn...

Yes, I'm back! Two by 24hours of flying and 10 days of UK architecure immersion later, here I am ready to bore y'all with the holiday photos, lol.
While it was a business trip, time zone changes meant several mornings I was awake and walking around Oxford with my trusty camera phone to kill time before breakfast was served in the Hall of New College at 8am (very Hogwarts); plus 3 days with my godmother which allowed me to visit Porchester Castle and Winchester Cathedral.
Also went to Blenheim Palace, but didn't happy snap there, just sent postcards to the girls.
So without further ado:


New College Oxford - outside view of the Hall where a full English breakfast is served every morning 8-9am.


Accommodation at New College, stair 11 Old Building - I was in room 3 which is the window on the 2nd floor on the right (under the open window).







Views of Holywell St, where one of the two entrances for New College is located.


Views of the old city wall. These sections are on Longwall St.

Various views of Oxford, including punts waiting for the students to come back, The Examination Schools, and the Bridge of Sighs replica.



On Sunday, I went to Southampton to stay with my godmother. The following are of Portchester Castle - the best preserved Norman castle in Europe (the walls are Norman, as are parts of the church; the keep is circa Richard II, if not a bit earlier). It was built on the site of a Roman fort.







On the way to Heathrow for my flight home, we stopped in Winchester - the capital of Alfred the Great's England,


and location of the fabulous Winchester Cathedral. The transept of this building is Norman, and rest is C11-13. I'd forgotten how huge English Cathedrals are!


The town itself, like Oxford, has lovely old buildings everywhere you turn.


And then it was time for the flight home.

NZ038 ready for boarding at Heathrow, then refueling (avgas and meals) in Hong Kong.
I used the flights to catch up on LOTS of movies I hadn't seen. Gotta love these new planes with the individual screens and multiple choice of in-flight entertainment!

5 comments:

Little Miss Flossy said...

Welcome back! Loved looking at the beautiful old buildings. How did everyone survive without you?

Andie said...

Gorgeous photos! Wish I could have come in your suitcase :D

Ally said...

Oh yes, I love Air New Zealand as well, the entertainment was just great when I went last year

Barb said...

Looks like you had a nice vacation. Great pictures.

Lhassa said...

Belle balade, j'aime regarder les photos des pays ├ętrangers. Les tiennes sont tr├Ęs belles.