I travelled to Oxford this week to participate in a colloquium on blogging at the Catholic Chaplaincy sponsored by the Newman Society.
I had a chance to walk around the town a bit and enjoy the sights in the company of some young men who are students and know the place well.
Here are a few views.
First, one of the beautiful quads with the gentlemen who took me around.
The chapels of the colleges are stunning. I had to strive mightily to keep my jealousy in check.
And when the interiors are perhaps grand, the exteriors are amazing, as in Keeble.
After lunch at the Eagle and Child, known for having been the meeting place of the Inklings, we had Mass together at the Oratory in a house chapel.
However, the night before, after the colloquium, I was very pleased also to be able to go to the Eagle and Child to be interviewed by a journalist from the Catholic Herald and to conduct the interview in the little corner of the "Bird and Baby" where the Inklings met.
I had been there before with a dear friend some years ago, but it gave me great pleasure to return. C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Dororthy Sayers, et al., had enjoyed conversation and pints in that very spot.
I am very grateful to all the fine people I met in Oxford for the welcome they extended to me and the kind invitations to return.