Thursday, October 2, 2014

Down the Rabbit Hole...a Day Out in Oxford

One thing I love about living in England is that you can just whoosh away for a day somewhere that's still incredibly exotic to my American senses. Being a HUGE Alice in Wonderland fan (duh, check the name of my blog!), I was really excited to spend the day out in the birthplace of Alice.

One amazing place we visited was Christchurch in Oxford, which both partially inspired Harry Potter and served as much of the inspiration for Alice in Wonderland.

Can you imagine eating here every day for your meals?!

Lewis Carroll himself, with his real name, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson 

The Alice in Wonderland window panes in Christchurch. If you look closely, you can see Alice characters in each of the panes (Alice, Queen of Hearts, Mad Hatter, White Rabbit, Dodo Bird...)

Christchurch cathedral
Christchurch Cathedral
We were able to go to the Sheep Shop, where Alice went in Through the Looking Glass, which has since been converted to a store that sells 98% Alice merchandise. It is literally my dream store!

 My parents (who were visiting) and I spoke to the owner who was extremely passionate about his store. And I can see why! It is adorable and chock full of Alice treasures! I kind of wanted to buy them all, but I decided not to go too crazy. Here's the exterior to Alice's Shop: (You can shop online if anything tempts you!)

Although pictures are not allowed in the store, they were kind enough to email me over a few for use on my blog. The pictures belong to Alice's Shop and may not be reprinted without express permission from the owner.

Copyright Alice's Shop
Copyright Alice's Shop
Copyright Alice's Shop

Where history meets mom on her iPad in an 11th century church tower.
The city centre from the 11th century tower

View of Oxford from the 11th century tower

View from the tower
Alice in Wonderland keyring!

I highly recommend Oxford for those of you interested in all things history, whether you're English and just haven't been or if you're on holiday here in the UK.

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  1. Oxford is a place I still have yet to make it to here in England! Hopefully we will have a free weekend to make it that way soon! I just love all of the Alice things!

  2. I love Oxford! My friend was in University there and I used to love going up to visit
    Reinventing Neesha ♥

  3. Oh my goodness, I'm absolutely in looooove with that Alice in Wonderland store! As a fellow Alice obsessor, I will definitely have to make a stop on my next trip to Oxford. Lovely!

  4. acrossthehogsbackOctober 2, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    I definitely want to visit Oxford. That shop is adorable! And the characters in the stained glass panes are gorgeous!

  5. Call it AdventureOctober 2, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    Alice in Wonderland is one of my all time favorites. That's awesome that you got to go spend a day in Oxford. Those tote bags are adorable :)

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