Oxford is a grand town. You can wander those cobblestone-streets forever, gazing up at the dreaming spires of one of the world’s great centres of learning. I have tried to give readers a flavour of the town as I read Harry Potter or haunted Inklings’ graves on a sunny Friday afternoon. I have visited churches, frequented pubs, held libraries hostage, and hiked the old hill where C.S. Lewis and his family lived, but it is truly difficult to catch the essence of the town with my meagre words and cheap camera.
Recently, though, someone in the Tolkien Society shared a BBC Oxford video that can change our point of view. It is an aerial photograph that gives a 360° view of Oxford. WordPress won’t load the interactive photo, but if you click through to facebook you can see the picture. Scrolling over with your mouse will let you explore various sites of Oxford, but it is even cooler with your phone or tablet, as the camera rolls as you do.
When we do finally get to visit Oxford, we spend so much of our time with necks craned upward looking at the sites. With this facebook post, we can finally look down on Oxford town.