Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Oxford and London!

In late October, I went to visit Ross who is studying right now in Oxford for two months.  Thankfully he comes home in just a few days!  My trip out to visit him divided our two month time apart directly in half, so we were both so thankful to see each other!  We spent the first four days in Oxford enjoying the cozy, quaint college town.  We had the chance to tour C.S. Lewis' house,  Blenheim Palace (only 15 minutes North from where Ross is staying), Chipping Norton (one of the Cotswolds), and Christ Church College.  I must say, I love Oxford!  Ross has always raved about the lively buzz of this scholarly town, and I now completely understand why his heart has been won over! 

The second half of our trip was spent touring foggy London town, except it was bright and sunny London town for our four day stint!  We had amazing, crisp sunny weather every day.  We thoroughly enjoyed eating at delicious restaurants in the Soho district, trying as many as possible by eating appetizers, mains, and desserts at different restaurants.  One evening we took in a cheap and cheerful musical, Loveboats and Petticoats.  There is so much to do in this bustling town, which we ventured to tackle with a Hop on Hop off Bus Tour.  The highlight of our trip was meeting up with our sweet, Welsh friend Beth at Claridge's for a proper Afternoon Tea.  Yummy!!!!!  We so thoroughly enjoyed the delicious food and tea, as well as the posh atmosphere.  Great recommendation Beth!  Overall, it was such a great trip!

In the midst of this great opportunity to travel Europe and live in Oxford & Ireland, recently life has been absolutely crazy for us, and in particular Ross.  We would love and appreciate all of your prayers as we look ahead and begin making steps toward moving from Ireland.  Ross is now in his last year of his PhD at Trinity (crazy!!) and hopefully will be graduating this summer.  I am so proud of my sweet husband and all that he has accomplished thus far, unfortunately the journey is far from over.  Right now he is in the process of applying for jobs, we're up to 30 so far... eek!  It has been an incredibly stressful and exhausting process.  If you think of us, would you pray for the Lord's peace and shalom to cover us?  That we would not look to the difficultly of the job market, but that our eyes would remain focused on Him who has been so faithful.  That the Lord would protect our thoughts and emotions during a season which can easily be overshadowed with anxiety. And that we would be led to the perfect job next year where we would flourish both as people, in our marriage, and in Ross' budding career.  Thanks!
How cute is this restaurant!

Great outdoor seating area
English Tavern

C. S. Lewis' House

C.S. Lewis' writing desk...Ross felt right at home :)

C.S. Lewis' Grave

Thankfully Ross doesn't live on this street!

Oxford Christ Church

Christ Church College

Stunning---- Red ivy

Inside Christ's Church... A stairwell used in the filming of Harry Potter and it's not hard to see why!

Christ Church, Oxford

Harry Potter Style Dining Hall (inside Christ Church College)-- All the students who  attend the college eat in this dining hall for every meal!

Another courtyard inside Christ College, Oxford

In love with the architecture

Holiday Pimms by the fire at Eagle and Child (The pub C.S. Lewis and Tolkein met weekly)

Sticky toffee pudding...mmmmmm!!!!
The river in front of Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace

Back gardens

Seriously amazing!

Gardens on the other side 
Autumn color

Is it obvious that we grew up in a place where the Autumn season doesn't exist?  We had to!  We didn't get to do this as kids :)
 London lights


Westminster Abby

Big Ben

I'm sure happy to be here!

The beauty of the House of Parliament

Changing of the guards 

It's hard to believe they still do this

Buckingham Palace... The Queen was in!
Love the architecture!

View of the London Eye from the park by Buckingham Palace

So pretty

London Eye Rainbow

River Thames

300 million pound penthouse suite.... seriously?!

 London at night!

Dream Boats and Petticoats Musical

Pastries in Soho, London... To die for!

Afternoon Tea at Claridges!

Yummiest clotted cream ever!!!!!!  I could get used to this!

Highlight of the trip

Our sweet friend Beth!  So blessed to have her join us!