Hello dear Fenny's readers :)
I am really pleased to be here today with a little taster of Oxford, UK. This is my first ever guest post and I was thrilled with the opportunity when Fenny invited me. I feel so honoured! Hopefully I will succeed and you will be buying your tickets to the UK the minute you finish reading this post :D
I moved to Oxford 3.5 years ago and it was love at first sight. Oxford is beautiful and inspiring and living here has proved to be a remarkable experience. Would you like a little peek at my master plan for dear friends who visit me here? Ready? Go!
:: Wake up and have a lovely breakfast. That's always a good start to the day :)
:: Let's go for a visit to Christ Church College. The Harry Potter Hall scenes were filmed here and there is a pretty good reason for that - it is stunning! Take your time here and make sure you photograph it from every possible angle.
:: I think you now deserve a chocolate chip cookie at Ben's Cookies in the Covered Market. Have just one or you won't have lunch (if you can resist it)! While you're there, check the shops and the funky cake shop too.
:: If the weather is on your side, now would be a good time to go punting (see below), an Oxford must! I can't punt to save my life, but I've always picked my punting partners well and got to just sit on the boat enjoying life... lovely!
:: Darn & Stitch is the place to go next for some cute fabric and unusual buttons. Be careful you don't buy the whole shop, it's a real risk!
:: An experience of Oxford is not complete without visiting a bookshop. Blackwell on Broad Street is the iconic one, but my favourite is actually Waterstone's. My friend Nicky has done a lovely review on the history of Blackwell, if you're interested. If you have the time, just go from bookshop to bookshop and enjoy :)
:: Dinner time yet? The Turf is a good bet. Do you have a city guide or a map? It's hidden away bang in the middle of town and I would lose myself just trying to explain it here. Ask around :)
:: After waking up and having yet another delicious breakfast, have a slow walk along the river path. Oxford revolves around the river and the walk is absolutely beautiful.
:: Fancy a view from above? Then you should go back to St Mary's Tower by St Mary's Church (where you may have had lunch on Saturday). Best views in town and you get to walk past some pretty cute gargoyles too!
:: I bet you're hungry now. Worry not, I have it covered - head over to the White Horse, a very typical Oxford pub, small and welcoming, serving a really delicious roast dinner!
:: Shops close at 4pm on a Sunday, so I suggest you go to Cath Kidston for a bit of drooling over her prints and overall lovely items. Like hand cream. And mugs. And bags. Found anything you can't live without yet?
:: Wishing to take some tea home? This is the UK after all! Whittard is just outside the Covered Market. Take your pick. And sample the tea of the day.
:: I bet now you could do with a little bit of fuel. Let's go to the Oxford Buttery Hotel for the best lemon drizzle cake in town! And chamomile tea. Or any other tea you fancy, they're good like that :)