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Origins of Oxford

Everybody’s heard of Oxford at least once in their lifetime. Whether it was because of the extremely famous and prestigious University of Oxford or the amazing Harry Potter series we’re all familiar with the name. But there are lots of amazing secrets that are waiting to be discovered on the narrow, maze-like streets of Oxford. So shall we enter the magical atmosphere of Oxford?

When I first entered the city of Oxford I felt like the time just stopped and suddenly I found myself in the early 1800s. The buildings look like they were frozen in time, preserving several types of architecture: Anglo-Saxon, English Gothic, Baroque and many more. If you are a fan of classical architecture this is the place for you!

Moreover, in this small fairytale-like city I explored the traditional cuisine of the UK. Each street welcomed me with pleasant smells that invaded my nostrils luring me to the closest restaurant. The taste of fresh fried fish accompanied by golden fries is divine. I finished all my copious meals with cream tea. Delicious!

Furthermore, if you are a fan of science as me you must pay a visit to the History of Science Museum. When I first saw the not so big building of the museum, I didn’t know what to expect. After I passed the door, I was captivated by the many artifacts that were waiting quietly to be discovered. The object that caught my eye was the famous blackboard with Einstein’s original handwriting. The fact that the white, thin dust of the chalk was so well preserved in time, made me think about the immortality of Einstein’s theories.

Additionally, there was another thing that I found truly mesmerizing. Did you stumble upon The Chronicles of Narnia? If you didn’t read it you should give it a try! It all started in Oxford. The brilliant C.S. Lewis found his inspiration wandering the streets of the lovely town.

I followed his footsteps to discover what inspired him. I was surprised to find out that he created his character, Aslan after he was inspired by a carving on a wooden door. I found this door just opposite from the Radcliffe Camera entrance. It amazes me that something as simple and insignificant as a door inspired him to create such a captivating persona.

To sum it up, Oxford is a city that has something for everyone. The protective walls of Oxford are guarding the information and history, that is waiting for you in the home of Harry Potter’s school. I will never forget my trip to this amazing city and all the information I gathered from the narrow streets.

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