Creative Inspiration, Oxford, UK

See Oxford: Christ Church Meadow



These ducks are all over the paths + meadows of Christchurch Cathedral in Oxford! Christchurch College’s alumni include Lewis Carroll + W.H. Auden.

Did You Know?

The Duck was a symbol of Isis, the Egyptian goddess who was a patron of nature and magic. The following quote is taken from the book ‘The Burden of Isis’ which was published in 1910: “Thy duck, thy sister, Isis, produceth the sweet odours belonging to thee and with thee, Yet thy way doth not tend toward us, oh our lord!”


Blog, London, UK

Highlight: St Paul’s Hotel, Hammersmith

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  • The building was originally St. Pauls School and was designed by Alfred Waterhouse in 1884, the architect of the Natural History Museum
  • St. Pauls was the location of the historic meeting of Eisenhower, Montgomery and Winston Churchill to plan the D Day landings
  • The hotel was also the setting of the 1971 film “Melody”, an international cult film about youth and lost love
  • The Melody Restaurant is within walking distance of The Hammersmith Apollo and the Kensington Palace


Oxford, UK

Highlight: University Church, Oxford

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University Church Oxford

The full name of the church is University Church of St Mary the Virgin.

University Church Oxford
In the early thirteenth century, the University of Oxford began to develop. Scholars and teachers moved into small halls of residence here. They needed a central meeting place, so they came to this Church, using it for academic lectures as well as for Christian services.
University Church Oxford
By about 1420 the Church had become too small for all these activities. Gradually the University moved its lectures, library and official ceremonies to other buildings nearby.
University Church Oxford
John Wesley, founder of Methodism, often attended University Sermons while an undergraduate and then a Fellow of Lincoln College.
University Church Oxford
Candles for the Oxford Martyrs – I stood on the spot where they were burned alive.
University Church
Oxford, UK

Experience Oxford: Famous Places To Visit

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On Your To-Do List

+ Where the famous “Oxford Martyrs” were hanged in Oxford in 1555 + 1556. The three martyrs were the Anglican bishops Hugh Latimer, Nicholas Ridley and Thomas Cranmer (the Archbishop of Canterbury). They were tried for heresy in 1555 and burnt at the stake for their religious beliefs and teachings. Latimer and Ridley were burnt on 16 October 1555. Cranmer was burnt five months later on 21 March 1556

+ The “Great Hall” from Harry Potter at Christ Church College

+ Christ Church Meadow, beside Christ Church Cathedral. Uniquely in the Church of England, it serves as both College Chapel and Mother Church for the Diocese of Oxford.

+ Alice in Wonderland Sweet Shop – buy your own Alice in Wonderland pop-up book at my Etsy shop here

+ St Michael’s Tower, oldest in Oxford

*Check out quirky photos from Oxford in my other post here


UK, Windsor

Experience Windsor

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On Your To-Do List

+ French Brothers Ltd for a boat ride along the Thames

+ High Street Eton for history + pretty photos

+ Welsh & Jeffries for menswear

+ Hop on Hop Off Bus for sightseeing – ticket prices are around $21.50 for adults + $10.50 for children

+ Windsor Castle for history. For a photo of Windsor Castle at night click here.

+ Windsor Royal Shopping Centre for shopping

Swans Greet You At Various Spots Around Windsor + Eton