Friday, April 27, 2012

We loved the bookshops

Oxford Botanic Gardens

What we did love being in England was the opportunity to go into Waterstones and spend some time browsing through shelves and tables of  English language books. This was bliss.

Sure we buy lots of books from Amazon but it is just not the same and using only Amazon you lose touch completely with what’s new and available. There is nothing like being able to pick up a book and leaf through it.

I should mention that some stores in Vienna do have English language book sections – but what we miss are big stores with a zillion books.

In Oxford Cate was at a conference so I mooched around – sat in no SB chairs – and took almost no photos because the weather was not too good and I didn’t want to get my camera wet. I even went on one of those tourist bus things – a first for me.

We did have another lovely hotel – Cate gave me another high mark – even though I did not choose it.

They were not at all worried about my Campers so we were able to have drinks in the bar and could even have gone to dinner if we had wanted to.

Oxford is interesting and one can usefully spend a day there. I suspect it is much more fun if you are actually going to the University.  It is rather more ancient and salubrious than my old Alma Mater.


  1. "We did have another lovely hotel – Cate gave me another high mark – even though I did not choose it." - hahaha

  2. According to your previously posts I`m imagine that "lovely hotel".

    I love books.
    Good luck there. Find an excellent book.

  3. Oxford is gorgeous. Glad you enjoyed it!

  4. Browsing books is one of my favorite hobbies.

  5. esb: all high marks are welcome - I need them to balance out the bad ones.

    GAVIOTA: We found a whole bunch of books.

    SK Waller: Thanks

    fmcgmccllc: And ours - which is why we miss it so much.