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Thursday, June 28, 2012

In Oxford

I'm re-reading The Defector by Daniel Silva while I wait for some books I have on hold to come from the library. The beginning of the story is set in the UK and Gabriel Allon, Israeli art restorer and agent, goes with a friend to a couple of places in Oxford. The first is the University of Oxford Botanic Garden, which has been featured in or has inspired many works of literature, including Alice's Adventures in Wonderland ...

The University of Oxford Botanic Garden is an historic botanic garden in Oxford, England. It is the oldest botanic garden in Great Britain and one of the oldest scientific gardens in the world. The garden was founded in 1621 as a physic garden growing plants for medicinal research. Today it contains over 8,000 different plant species on 1.8 hectares (4½ acres). It is one of the most diverse yet compact collections of plants in the world and includes representatives from over 90% of the higher plant families.

The other place is the Queen's Lane Coffee House ... an historic coffee house dating from 1654, the second oldest still in existence in Oxford, England. It is situated on the north side of the High Street on the corner with Queen's Lane, hence the name.

You can visit the coffee house's website and see the menu plus photos of various dishes - they even have a vegetarian breakfast :) ... Scrambled Eggs on Toast, Mushrooms, Tomatoes, Baked Beans, for £5.95 Here below is a photo from their site of I don't know what - it looks both strange and yummy ...

I do like the Gabriel Allon novels - he's always visiting interesting places around the world.


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