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English students of CVO Janitor went on a four-day trip to Oxford and its surroundings.
We spent our first day of the visit in Oxford. As we all know this city locates one of the oldest universities in the world, (unofficially) established in 1096. Probably it was the second after the Sorbonne in Paris.
Old students of Oxford that we all know are for instance the British Prime Ministers Edward Heath, Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair, David Cameron and Theresa May, or world wide well known people like Benazir Bhutto, Bill Clinton, Oscar Wilde, T.E. Lawrence and Stephen Hawking.
This famous university does not have a main campus. Its buildings and facilities are scattered all over the city centre. It contains 38 colleges, places where students live their daily lives. The most famous college is Christ Church, founded by cardinal Thomas Wolsey under King Henry VIII, with not only rooms for the students but also with huge sports pitches, a wonderful dining room for students and professors and even a marvelous cathedral.
It really is an astonishing place in the centre of the city.
Although the historic centre of Oford is dominated by the university buildings and its students, it is also a beautiful and wealthy town with many pubs and restaurants. Outside the city we find the main factory of the Mini cars, owned by BMW.
For our second day we went to Bath in the county of Somerset, known for its Roman built baths. Several hot springs produce water with curative features and with a constant temperature of 46° Celcius. After the Roman times and during the Middle Ages the city lost its importance but later in the Georgian era (17th century) it became popular again as a spa. Georgian classical architecture dominates the city. Today Bath is a very attractive city. The whole centre is classified as world heritage site.
Wim Boon student English 2.3
Janitor trip to Oxford: Day three
It was an early morning and the weather forecast didn’t look too good, they expected rain, but finally it would turn out to be a very acceptable day with only a little bit of rain.
Everybody was happy and enjoyed their breakfast, at nine o’clock the Cotswolds Tour started and a charming lady would be our guide for the entire trip. The first stop was at a typical small village, with the name of Burford.
Burford with the beautiful St. John the Baptist Church.
The beautiful town of Burford on the river Windrush was the site of a fortified ford in Anglo-Saxon times. The town grew to be an important crossroads and very wealthy wool town and is today very popular with visitors.
The broad main street slopes gently down to the river and is lined with old houses and ancient cottages and many shops all of which appear little changed since Tudor times.
There are wonderful little side streets to explore, old pubs, tea and antique shops . The 15th century parish church of St. John Baptist is magnificent and is another sign of riches based on wool. While we visited the beautiful church we got lucky and could enjoy a choir rehearsing some church songs.
After having a drink we continued our trip.
Bibury with the Church of St Mary.
Bibury is situated in the Gloucestershire Cotswolds on the River Coln. The village was once described by William Morris 'the most beautiful village in the Cotswolds'.
The village centre clusters around a square near St. Mary's, a Saxon church. Some of the Saxon remains inside the church are replicas as the originals are housed in the British Museum.
One of the village's main tourist spots and overlooking a water meadow and the river is Arlington Row, a group of ancient cottages with steeply pitched roofs dating back to the 16th Century.
It was very busy , it was a Saturday, and we just managed to get off the bus and make a short walk to Arlington Row. That gave us the opportunity to take some nice photos.
Bourton-on-the-Water has been described as the 'Little Venice of The Cotswolds'. The river Windrush is crossed by several low, arched stone bridges. The village is one of the most popular tourist spots in the region being serviced by the many shops, cafe's, and attractions.
After this nice visit and a lovely lunch we went back to Oxford where we arrived around 4 P.M. and enjoyed a free afternoon.
We used that time to continue our exploration of the town of Oxford and had a pleasant evening meal with a part of the group.
After this beautiful day we returned back to the hotel, tired but very happy.
Eric De la Ruelle, student gevorderden 3, en Patrick Nys, leraar Engels.
Sunday, the last day of our tour in England.
After our last full English breakfast, we hopped on the coach ( with all our luggage ), up to Woodstock to visit Blenheim Palace. It would be a sunny day.
Blenheim Palace: It's a masterpiece of Barok architecture. Its history goes back to the 18the century. The Royal Manor of Woodstock, more than 2000 acres ( 1 acre=0.404 hectare ), was given by Queen Anne to the 1st Duke of Marlborough to honour him for his heroic victories over the French army, including the Battle of Blenheim. With it came also a gift of £ 240.000 with which he could build a house to commemorate his achievements.
Now, it's the home of the 12th Duke of Marlborough. The estate is also a Unesco World Heritage Site. The Palace contains a very beautiful collection of sculptures, furniture, paintings, and so on. There is also a permanent exhibition on Winston Churchill because he was born in the Palace, his mother gave birth during a visit to their family. Churchill’s father was the brother of the 8th Duke of Marlborough.
The estate also contains a beautiful park, with the Great Lake, the Grand Cascade and more than thousand planted trees. During the centuries, the garden got more special places, like the formal garden with water terraces and the Duke's private Italian garden and later the Pleasure Garden, now a family garden with the big Marlborough Maze and Butterfly House.
You can spend an entire day there, but unfortunately, we only had four hours. So at 2 p.m. after having lunch, we got on the coach, direction Dover. When we arrived at Dover we had an earlier ferry, everybody happy. On the deck of the ferry, we saw the white cliffs of Dover disappear at the horizon. Every story has an end, we had good company, laughed a lot and had seen beautiful places.
Mia ( our careful bus driver ) brought us home to Janitor after a great trip.
We really enjoyed this trip: good weather, nice company and lots of beautiful places!
We thank Patrick, our teacher, for the organisation, and Cem, our other English teacher, for his support during this tour.
Benny Vercauteren Student English 2.3