Never in my whole life I would have thought that I would find "the" Alice out of my childhood's book in Oxford. So when I was sitting on the top of the sight seeing bus and heard the voice in the headset telling me that we would now approach the little shop where Alice used to buy her sweets, I was really surprised ! I had read the book long ago and don't remember very much, only that I didn't like it and that I had found it very strange. After that I had never touched the book again and never watched the film either. But this book is such a part of children litterature that it is impossible to ignore it.
I got out of the bus and followed Alice's footsteps !
First I saw the church where her father was a Dean. I don't know if she also lived in there
The whole story was written outside
Just in front of the College was the little shop
Besides the fact that there were tourists of all colors and shapes, the shop probably hadn't changed very much.
modernized of course
and the evidence that I had been there ! Photo taken by a young Japonese student.
I wandered through the shop and took pictures of everything which seemed interesting to me. The real Alice was dark haired and not blond !
I just had finished when the owner touched my shoulder to tell me that it was not allowed to take pictures inside the shop. I assured him that I wouldn't, I just had put my little camera in a wallet in which I carry it around and therefore looked very innocent as usual.
Of course I couldn't resist and buy a little souvenir, the Cheshire Cat !
The original Cheshire cat design from 1866. At least they have the same smile !
If you want to know more about the history of the book you can find it here