My 1 hour Oxford tour

OXFORD - I had high hopes of spending a long day in Oxford today and reporting back to you with some fabulous photos of the city. But my friend and I ended up spending more time than expected at Bicester Village, an outlet mall, that’s actually very impressive if you want to save on top designer brands. In the end, we¬†walked around Oxford for about an hour or so, had a drink at the local pub, and then I hopped on the train to come back to London. But before I left, I did manager to grab a few photos.

I took this one because I thought the Winter vine looked a bit threatening and menacing.

Here’s one close up.

I loved this red door and the wall of this building.

Have you been to Oxford? What should I do next time I’m there?

Oldie woldie

HADDENHAM, UK - A friend of mine describes his village as ‘oldie woldie’. I’ve never heard the expression before. It means ‘old fashioned’ or ‘old styled’. Sounds very English. So I was excited when he asked me to come and visit his village and see for myself.

Haddenham is just 15 miles outside of Oxford and it took me approximately 40 minutes to get to from Marylebone Station in London on Chiltern Railways which just so happens to be very nice (a lot of trains in the UK are scruffy and grimey). The return journey was £24 which is fine but rail journeys have increased in price over the past year. I almost missed my train because I slept in late and because the DLR train was not running today (railway lines are often closed on weekends for works).

The village of Haddenham is small and there’s no traffic light. It has about two pubs and that’s about it. But it’s pleasant to walk around for a morning.

A lot of the homes had names to distinguish them.

It’s really quite a sweet place, don’t you think?