Well, HI. HELLO. Long time no see, huh?
When I headed into Spring, I knew I’d be slammed with work and other things (like, um, GETTING MARRIED!!), but I had no idea how all-consuming the build up and aftermath would really be. To say I’ve been in recovery mode for the last few weeks would be an understatement, so when you add in a trip to Boston right on the heels of our honeymoon, you can see why a low-key getaway was in order. I would not have been able to handle anything that required packing or advanced tickets, so after throwing out a few ideas we settled on heading to Oxford for the day.
Neither me nor Ryan had ever been so even though Oxford is only a little over an hour away we classed this as a whole new adventure together.
Our first stop of the day was Bill’s, chosen chiefly because Google Maps offered up the name when we typed in “Oxford Brunch” as we hopped off the train. I’m a sucker for a good brunch and even though I went the most basic blogger bitch route by ordering the Avocado Toast (which was yum!) I can see why Bill’s floated to the top of the recommendations. The staff was super friendly, the food was great and came out quickly, and best of all it didn’t break the bank. You’ll have to believe me as we ate too quickly to take photos, but it’s worth a stop in!
After brunch, we went for a little mosey.
While we were in the Garden, there was a lot of celebration going on (I’m assuming Commencement or the lead-up or aftermath of it) which added a really joyous air to the day. We strolled around and caught up with each other and didn’t really mind that the Garden wasn’t in full bloom.
Next up was the Library. Go for the history, stay for the Harry Potter fun facts, I say! This building was such a phenomenally gorgeous structure boasting hundreds of years of history. Our tour guide, Naomi, was absolutely delightful and I cannot recommend this tour enough. My only note would be that if you want to see the Radcliffe Camera as well, you’ll need to plan in advance as you can only do so on the Extended Tour and that is only offered at specific times. In fact, plan your visit to the library in advance, especially on the weekends, if you want to be sure that you can book into your desired tour at your desired time as they sell out.
Oxford is one of those places where you can visit and do everything or just ease through your day, popping through the gardens and side streets as you wish.
Or, you know, have a mini-photo shoot.
Just before we caught our train home, we decided to fuel up with some burgers (always) at the Three Goats Heads Pub, which is actually just across the street from Bill’s. It was perfectly fine pub food with nice staff and a bunch of seats near windows and natural light, for you Instagrammers. 🙂
So with that, I’m back! I’ve got so much wedding and honeymoon stuff to share and hopefulyl a little more time to share it, so buckle up!