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An Impromptu Day Out in Oxford

After an interview in Oxford I felt the urge to go and explore.

Although I only live a half an hour drive from this city, most famously known for its prestigious University, I felt as though I had never properly taken advantage of the history, the beauty and the elaborate architecture which it has to offer.

Therefore, on Wednesday I decided to take a mini self-guided tour around the city to see what I could discover.

After admiring some… alternate street entertainment and guzzling down a much needed coffee from Starbucks I made my way towards the covered market.

An Impromptu Day out in Oxford - My Culture Craving

An Impromptu Day out in Oxford - Entertainers - My Culture Craving

Located a five minute walk north of the high street, the covered market offers a variety of shops ranging from florists, cafes and milkshake bars to butchers, fish mongers and stalls serving fresh food from all over the world.

It’s a great place to pick up some unusual and eccentric gifts (I found a shop called East 2 West which sold Indian style clothing, Buddhas and incense sticks… I fell in love!!) as well as to stroll around and absorb the different sights and smells floating through the market.

An Impromptu Day out in Oxford - Covered Market Shops - My Culture Craving

An Impromptu Day out in Oxford - Flowers - My Culture Craving

An Impromptu Day out in Oxford - Market - My Culture Craving

Next, I played the old travellers trick of trying to get lost in a city to see what you can find.

On this occasion I uncovered a group of exquisite colleges which are a part of the University of Oxford as well as the breathtaking Bodleian library.

An Impromptu Day out in Oxford - University Building - My Culture Craving

An Impromptu Day out in Oxford - University - My Culture Craving

An Impromptu Day out in Oxford - Bodleian Library - My Culture Craving

As I caught a glimpse of the pristine cylindrical Radcliffe Camera and the surrounding buildings, my pace quickened.

I was instantly taken aback by the beauty of the architecture in front of me as well as by the fact that I had never seen this area of Oxford before, even though I live so close!!

I ended my journey relaxing with a book in the picturesque botanic gardens, reveling in the scenic view of punters, ducks (I was attacked by one hungry duck!) and picnickers – a perfect end to a perfect day.

An Impromptu Day out in Oxford - Punting - My Culture Craving

An Impromptu Day out in Oxford - Gardens - My Culture Craving

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  • Reply samanthaenroute

    Great post! I LOVED Oxford when I visited for the day from London. Beautiful and picturesque. I also like that we have the same themes! 🙂

    August 14, 2014 at 1:19 am
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