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July 8, 2015 / Jim Fenton

Europe Day 1: Oxford

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Our first day in Europe was a short one, owing to the time change. We arrived at Heathrow about noon, endured the line (ahem: queue) at immigration, and grabbed sandwiches from Marks & Spencer for a quick lunch. Surprise: pint bottles of milk were considerably less expensive than soft drinks.

One of the many courtyards at Oxford

One of the many courtyards at Oxford

We got our rental car from Hertz, and it turned out to be a brand-new Ibiza, made by Seat, a Spanish company. Our suitcases just barely fit in the boot (trunk). It was still early afternoon, so Kenna suggested a side trip to Oxford. We had stopped there in 1998 and remember having a very pleasant picnic lunch in a field, but I have no idea where that had been. We followed the signs and eventually found ourselves in downtown Oxford. We parked and walked around for an hour, enjoying the town but not really knowing where we were.  We did find a Vodaphone store where we were able to buy a local SIM for one of our old phones and grabbed a quick snack at Pret a Manger before heading on to Warwick, our base for the next two nights.

Driving in to Warwick, we quickly realized that we didn’t know our way to the hotel. One of the challenges was that the major streets don’t have their names marked very often – just the side street names were visible. But after a few wrong turns, the hotel turned up. The Castle Limes Hotel was conveniently located and our two-room suite was very comfortable.

We checked out some online restaurant reviews and settled on a small Italian restaurant up the street for dinner. After dinner, jet-lagged, we got to sleep right away.

This article is part of a series about our recent vacation in Europe. To see the introductory article in the series, click here.

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