Two weeks ago I've spent my weekend in Oxford. I have never visited this cute little town and I can't even describe my excitement when I've learnt I'll be heading that way. Sadly, as for now, I've explored very little of the UK outside London (only Brighton, Eastbourne, few countryside walks and Stratford-upon-Avon), so any trip - little or small is always very much appreciated and welcomed. I hope you'll enjoy watching this VLOG from our trip (please subscribe to my channel too!) and read more on what we saw:
For our weekend-away trip we have been kindly invited to stay in the picturesque Mercure Oxford Eastgate Hotel - situated on the High Street and opposite Magdalen College. The Hotel is a townhouse and converted coaching inn, and it retains its original atmosphere, complemented by contemporary décor. It is literally few steps away from the University of Oxford Botanic Gardens and Magdalen Bridge Boat House where you can go for a peaceful time of punting or rowing (like we did).
I cannot recommend Botanic Gardens enough - they are full of greenhouses hiding the most amazing collections - from coffee, cotton and agave trees, you can peacefully stroll through a range of climatic conditions and see plants from around the world. You can see my outfit post from Botanic Gardens here, albeit the background is more concentrated on the punting boats.
I always wanted to go punting, but since there was only two of us and we wanted to have a quiet picnic on the boat, we decided to hire one. And so we did and took an hour to row on River Cherwell, up to Thames - where the current was really strong.
We also climbed up to the top of the Carfax Tower, which is considered to be a centre of the city. The Tower is all that remains of the 12th century St Martin's Church and is 23m tall, and no building in central Oxford may be constructed higher than it. The views from there are absolutely spectacular, you can see the city in every direction you turn and green fields in the distance. We were very lucky to be alone up there for the majority of the time.
The places I really wanted to visit in Oxford after reading A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness were Ashmolean Museum and Bodleian Library. Sadly, we couldn't make it to library since it was closed, but we compensated that by visiting the museum. Located on n Beaumont Street, it is the world's first university museum to house the cabinet of curiosities that Elias Ashmole (famous alchemist trying to discover philosophers' stone) gave to the University of Oxford in 1677. Sadly, there was no recipe waiting for me to attempt turning metal to gold, but I had great time contemplating drawings of Michelangelo, Raphael, da Vinci, watercolours by Turner and very famous Alfred Jewel, which looks even more amazing in real life.
Of course after some time spent on exploring Oxford, we had to sit down and relax with a cup of tea and something sweet on the side. We decided to settle for Vaults and Garden Cafe, situated opposite Bodleian Library, where we had an afternoon tea with the yummiest home-made scones and clotted cream.
We didn't make it to Christ Church's The Great Hall which was replicated in Harry Potter movies to create Hogwart's Hall, because of the Literary Festival, but it was since amazing to see such monumental building being part of the second oldest university in the world.
I hope you've enjoyed both VLOG and this little lifestyle post from me.
Have you ever been in Oxford?