29 July 2013

Ella's Oxford adventure



A few Tuesdays ago, me and the little brother took the Oxford tube from Hillingdon station for a little adventure. It was lovely and warm perfect day to take a wander around one of my favourite cities. If you have never been to Oxford, well I suggest you visit there is so much history in the beautiful city. my favourite place to go for a drink and food is the famous the Turf Tavern, (off an alley by the bridge of sighs)I had the jalapeno bean burger which is amazing, but maybe not the best to eat on one of the hottest days of the year. As you walk down the alley to the Turf tavern there is a blue plaque dedicated to Jane Burden who was William Morris's wife and pre-raphite muse, I think my outfit that I wore ( i believe my cotton cardi was handmade in william morris fabric) was well matched and a lover of both morris and the pre-raphilites made me feel at home. Its probably the only other city in the country that I could see myself living.

I love going on day trips with Saul , he makes the best day trip companion because he is hilarious and likes to eat like i do. When taking outfit photos he pulled the best faces, which resulted in plenty of out takes. Oxford would seem to be the best place to take outfit photos, so many colourful walls and pretty settings, excuse the same outfits snapped in front of different walls.

We wandered around the city for a few hours, taking in the sites and eating ice cream and cookies. There are so many beautiful things to see and do in oxford I thought I would share my top 10. 

Here are my top things ten to do in Oxford

1. Covered market is the best place to get local produce and fresh british meat and at christmas its has the most beautiful Dickensian atmosphere.

2. I do love the oxfam second hand book store, they have some really variety of books. 

3. The new gallery and shop at the old fire station in oxford has which hold lovely hand-made items by different illustrators and creatives as well as a gallery. 

4. I have never been into any of the university's or colleges but they look intriguing and beautiful.

5. The natural history museum and the pitt rivers museum are just exquisite and filled with wonderful things found from all over the world. 

6.  Oxford castle have great walk around guides very spooky and a great fun thing to do. 

7. Favourite pubs in Oxford 

8. The botanical gardens in oxford are lovely for a wander, entries is a few pounds but it is really worth the the money the floral displays are beautiful. 

9. The Carfax tower has amazing views from the top and on the main high street and is great if you love your history. 

10. The vaults and Garden in Radcliffe square is a lovely little cafe built into the ancient vaults next to Radcliffe camera which is a lovely view.

 I will be creating a wonderful set of illustrated maps of my favourite adventures soon excited to share them with you.



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19 comments

  1. Oxford looks beautiful! I've never been there myself, but it's on my bucket list! What a beautiful setting-cities with historic architecture and quirky features are right up my street! x

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  2. I keep meaning to go to Oxford. It looks so beautiful!

    Becky
    xx

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  3. I've yet to take the trip to Oxford but it's on my list. After reading this I think I need to bump it up higher!
    Sophie
    x

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  4. Your trip sounds like the perfect summer's day out! I love your outfit too, especially that amazing bag! xo

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  5. You had some lovely drawings in that notepad Ella! Would love to see how they turned out :)

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  6. Lovely photos :) I think Oxford is a beautiful place - there is a pretty place nearby called Blenheim Palace which I remember visiting as a child and it had a butterfly house too. I also think your little sketch is wonderful :)
    Love Beeta from http://fillmylittleworld.blogspot.co.uk xx

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  7. All these photos are gorgeous!! I love your outfit, the food looks delicious and I love your sketch!! This seems like the perfect outing!!

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  8. I love this post so much - the photos are ALL gorgeous and it's so interesting to take a look at another city, and such a gorgeous one at that! You look gorgeous btw <3

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  9. Oh looks lots of fun & the photos are just gorgeous! Love a good adventure xx

    Stephanie

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  10. Looks like you had a lovely time.
    Your photos look amazing and the food looks gorgeous too!
    :)

    Emily / Glittery Teacups

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  11. Damn that motherfucker is sexy, his got a sweet style.

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  12. Your blog is such an inspiration to me. Absolutely love all your posts. Keep it all up xx

    http://rubyintherain.blogspot.co.uk/

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  13. Is your skirt vintage? Swear my mum used to wear one just like yours when I was little! X

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  14. These photos are sooo pretty I love how you've captured the mood & all the details. Your sketchbook looks really pretty tooxx

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  15. really like your lil' bros style, those shorts are great. I'd wear those. It's not an area I've ever been down to but it really does look lovely.

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  16. I love the little Alice shop there and off course that crazy secondhand shop, The Unicorn!
    It's definitely my favorite city in Great Britain!!
    X

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  17. It looks like you had an amazing time Ella! I love your outfit, and that Cath Kidstone bag is gorgeous! xxx


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  18. If I had known you were in Oxford I'd have kept an eye out! Gorgeous photos of some of the lovely areas xo

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