Well, my "review" trip really lived up to its name. As soon as we arrived in London, we headed straight for Pitts River Museum. I went on a field trip here for a sketching lesson eight months ago. I am on very good terms with the dodo bird specimen in the hall.
Nana and Jazel were obsessed with the huge dinosaurs so they asked me how come I hadn't drawn it back then.
Pitts River Museum belongs to University of Oxford, containing collections in anthropology and archaeology. Because of its numerous treasures and limited space, the back hall (of anthropology) is crammed with cabinets packed with all sorts of funny stuff. The most amazing one is a mini-head shrunk by chemicals after the owner was captured and beheaded by a certain tribe. When we looked at it through the window glass, it stared back with its creepy eyes...
Like Cambridge, the buildings of University of Oxford scatters in the city centre. This is the library.
There are many architectural details such as gargoyles.
Our guide Duen-wei told us that students are very hard-working because of the keen competitions. This is the exam hall. On the facade you can see how students are awarded degrees upon graduation.
I finally got to eat Sunday Roast. I ordered pork to go with apple sauce. For the sake of my figure, I had children's meal.
This is said to be the most popular tea house in the city.
We accidentally found Formosan Tea Bar, and Jazel got to try Tainan black tea!
How could we forget beer?
Some bars in Oxford can be dated back to a long time ago. The ceiling is quite low. However, it's pretty cosy and warm on rainy days.
You can't come to Oxford without visiting the colleges. Founded in 1458, Magdalen College is the wealthiest and the most beautiful one. The famous attendees include Oscar Wilde and C.S. Lewis.
Each college has its own chapel.
Students can pray for people around them.
Students play cricket on the lawn in summer.
Magdalen College owns its deer park as well.
Even the river is part of the college.
The small garden provides a quiet haven for the lodgers.
Established in 1525, Christ Church is the largest and most visited college.
The Great Hall in the college inspired the set of Hogwarts in Harry Potter. Actual scenes were also filmed here.
The memorial stones on the walls are dedicated to ordinary people that committed their life to the college.
The Cathedral of Christ Church is the official cathedral for the diocese of Oxfordshire. It has been Oxford's Anglican Cathedral since the reign of Henry VIII.
In the past 200 years, Christ Church has produced 13 prime ministers, more than any other college in Oxford or of the whole Cambridge University combined.
We had formal dinner in the hall of University college. We were surrounded by smartly-dressed young people. Most of them put on their gowns. It felt really like being in the serious academic circle.
Every college employs their own chefs. In University College, extra hands are hired to serve on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday for the formal dinner.
The appetizer was asparagus, beetroot and feta salad.
The main course was breast of chicken, fondant potato, turned vegetables and Madeira Jus.
The dessert was raspberry cheesecake.
For visitors, this meal costs 11 pounds.