Bristol & Oxford, UK

Summer 2016

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Bristol, UK

Bristol, a city where you can truly experience authentic England, lacks the international flair of London, preserving old English traditions that can still be observed on its streets. The weather also offered typical English conditions, with non-stop rain and chilly dampness, but even this adds to its English charm, allowing a deeper immersion into the local atmosphere.

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While strolling through the streets of the old city, you can discover numerous intriguing places, trendy bars, craft shops, and music stores. Craft beer enthusiasts will also find plenty to enjoy, as almost every pub brews its own variety of English ale, each offering a unique atmosphere filled with countless stories and memories. On King Street, you can find a multitude of diverse and historic pubs in Bristol.

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In the heart of the old city, there is the historic St. Nicholas Market, a farmer’s market where you can take shelter from the rain and find something interesting for the soul. What you’ll come across depends on the day of the week, it could be vintage shoes, an antique Shakespearean tome, or fresh farm produce. Any day at the market, you can discover excellent vinyl records or savor pancakes with hot marmalade.

Bristol is also a place where you can find numerous works by Banksy. The trendiest street artist grew up in Bristol, and for street art enthusiasts, there exists a map of his creations.

Bristol art museum
Paint Pot Angel

Oxford, UK

Oxford, often referred to as the “City of Dreaming Spires,” is a historic and prestigious city in England. Known worldwide for its prestigious university, the University of Oxford, it exudes a unique charm that combines academic excellence with captivating architecture. Walking through the cobbled streets, you’ll encounter stunning college buildings, libraries, and picturesque courtyards, each contributing to the city’s rich history.

Oxford offers much more than just academia; it’s a vibrant city with a diverse cultural scene. The bustling Covered Market offers a variety of shops and eateries, while the meandering River Thames provides a tranquil setting for leisurely walks or punting.

The city has inspired many literary greats, such as J.R.R. Tolkien and Lewis Carroll, and you can explore their connections to Oxford through themed tours and visits to famous landmarks like the Eagle and Child pub, where the Inklings used to meet.

Oxford is not only about the past; it embraces modernity with art galleries, theaters, and lively street performances. From the historic Bodleian Library to the contemporary Ashmolean Museum, the city seamlessly bridges the gap between the old and the new.

Whether you’re captivated by academia, fascinated by history, or simply seeking a charming English experience, Oxford has something for everyone, making it a must-visit destination for travelers from around the world.

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