Meeting With a Lord

Today was one of the most beautiful days we’ve had all summer, and it couldn’t have come at a better time than our trip to Broughton Castle — filming site of Shakespeare in Love and Jane Eyre. What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than walking through a moated medieval manor and its splendid gardens, feeling the breeze from the roof, and sipping tea in the sun? The trip started off with a talk from Martin Fiennes, cousin to Ralph and Joseph Fiennes, and the next Lord Say-and-Sele, in which students learned about the history of Broughton and the Fiennes family. Then, in the middle of a tour of the grounds, we were surprised by a visit from the current Lord Say-and-Sele, who is still happy to greet visitors at 96 years old! It was a relaxing day to prepare us for our final week in Oxford.

A Student in Bath

Over the weekend, we had the opportunity to visit the English town of Bath, set in a rolling countryside that inspired many of Jane Austen’s novels. For the blog, I’ll hand over the picture and writing reins to one of our many creative students, Francine Schaft:

On Saturday we traveled to the beautiful city of Bath. We started off the day by visiting the ancient Roman baths that were believed to cure disease. My favorite part of the tour was having the opportunity to taste the water. I wasn’t surprised that it tasted like pennies!

After a nice lunch at a Tapas restaurant and ice cream with friends, some of us went on a tour of the city. We walked through winding roads and pathways while stopping at the Royal Crescent, The Circus, and The Assembly Room where the upper class used to gamble, dance, and have tea. Before it was time to leave, I even had the chance to do a bit of shopping and watch some street performers! Bath was such a fun city to explore and learn about. It was definitely a day to remember, even if it meant waking up early!

Thanks to Francie for a great reflection!