Oxford, in a day

We are fortunate to live within a relatively short drive of some must-see sights in England. I count Oxford as one of these places, and when my parents arrived for their last visit to England before we move back to America, I thought it would be nice to take a day trip to this oh-so-famous university town.

If you are visiting Oxford for the day, Christ Church college is certainly one of the highlights. The grounds are stunning, and it is fascinating to see its 16th century foundation fit in with the modern day university setting.

And if you visit during Autumn, you are in for a real treat: Christ Church's facade, decked out in red. 

In addition, if you time your visit right, you might be able to sneak a peak into the Hall of Christ Church, where current students dine during term time, and where Harry Potter dined while attending Hogwarts.  Just watch out for the tourists posing with their wands.  (Seriously.  It happens.  A lot.)

I was quite taken with the autumn light on this early October day.  The light and shadow play was beautiful both inside ....

... and out.

But my favorite part of the day was climbing the tower of The University Church of St. Mary and getting that spectacular 360 degree view.  Words don't do it justice.

View of Radcliffe Camera from The University Church of St. Mary, Oxford.

View of All Soul's College from The University Church of St. Mary, Oxford.

View of High Street, from The University Church of St. Mary, Oxford.

View of High Street from The University Church of St. Mary, Oxford.

Truly, a spectacular town.  One I'm glad to have visited more than once during our time here.