3 Aug 2011


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Throwing stones on plates 1 £ (good for your nerves)

I swear I didn't

Nice clock !

Seen in Eastbourne during the Harvest Festival


On Monday morning I left my friends in Eastbourne at 10 am and went by train to London Victoria.

From there I took a bus, called "Oxford Tube" from London to Oxford. It was real nice it was almost like a sightseeing tour much better than a boring train. I arrived at 2.30 pm and the bus Station was near the Balliol college where I stayed for the 2 1/2 days.

Of course when I arrived, I had never thought about the fact that in 1263 there were no lifts and they had put me on the 5th floor !

A porter gave me a paper with a map to my room, on which was indicated Staircase n° XXII which is not my size but the Latin n° 22) room n° 27.

I wandered around pulling my suitcase behind me and of course got lost. Not a soul around and my Madam GPS ignores staircases. Finally a gardener showed me where my staircase XXII was.

Then I had to look for my room 27 I climbed up floor by floor and found it finally to be on the 5th. Fortunately I had left my suitcase downstairs, because the door didn't open. I went back to the entrance, (long way) and then back to XXII where I waited for somebody to come to open my door. Meanwhile I was half melted. It was hot !

Finally a man showed up, tried to open the door, he probably had thought that I was a stupid old blond who couldn't open an English college door, but the door didn't open. He had to dismantle completely one door handle, and repair the whole thing and finally we got in. As I am a weak woman when I want he had also carried my suitcase up the 5 floors !

Next surprise was that the Internet connection didn't work. When I complained (again to the porter) who was the only visible soul in these huge buildings, I got the impression that he didn't believe me, why should a woman (!) not the youngest one, be able to handle a computer. But apparently I wasn't the only one who had problems in Staircase XXII, the rooter had broken down, I was told the next morning !

Now you know, why I couldn't answer your comments !

But when you see this and where I had breakfast this morning, it was worthwhile !


Whisppy said...

I LOVE the ducks! We have many ducks (the ones that don't need feeding) at home. :)

Sounds like such an adventure just getting to your room! LOL.

catsynth said...

Cute ducks, but I would probably take the advice and not feed them, either.

Interesting to hear about your trip to Oxford.

Jo said...

Oh Gattina, I love the array of ducks and the pig clock. And what a business to get to your room. I'm glad you got the handyman to carry your case up the five floors. What a huge diningroom. How many of you ate there this morning? Hope you're having a really grand (in Oxford tradition) ole time. (((hugs))) Jo

Linens and Royals said...

You turn everything into a fun adventure. I hope you didn't have to eat alone in the massive and spooky dining room.

Cezar and Léia said...

wow I love that clock! :)
Glad that you are enjoying this fabulous vacations and thanks for sharing your pictures and adventures!
I want to visit Oxford someday!I'm taking my notes here.

Gracie said...

You choose the most interesting place to say at!

Pamela said...

you have some of the most interesting adventures.

Lifecruiser Travel Blog said...

Oh, I sooooo want that pig clock!!!! Ha ha...