29/05/2016

♥ A Week in England #3: Henley-on-Thames ♥

Typical example of someone thinking 'it sounds better in French': calling 
their boat 'The Big Cheese' haha

It is time for my third (and last) instalment of my England trip series! On our last day before going back home, my friend Julie and I set sail for Henley-on-Thames. Well, I wish we went there on boat, but we actually just took the train (boring!). Henley is a cute little village at the very South of Oxfordshire, and is known for his River & Rowing Museum, as the place is bordered by the Thames and home to a lot of boat-related events. Although I am not particularly fond of rowing, I adore small, peaceful villages so this is the main reason I knew Henley was right up my street! We went for a pleasant afternoon stroll and coffee break. The weather was not as good as we'd hoped, but the scenery was so perfect it didn't really matter. 


If you were to visit Henley, I'd advise you to keep it simple. Walk along the tiny streets, take a look at all the beautiful houses and enjoy the view. There are a lot of little coffee houses there, like Hot Gossip, which is a tiny coffee house in the city centre that would make a nice spot for a break. Henley is also a great spot for a shopping afternoon, with quite a few vintage shops (although we failed to spot these when we were there, probably because we can't use a map properly haha) and really cool independent shops where you'll find cards and stationery, candles, clothing or books.


Speaking of books, we stumbled upon the cutest second-hand and antiquarian bookshop everRichard Way Bookseller. Although the Visit Henley website says the bookshop specialises in books about rowing, they do have a great selection of fiction and non-fiction books. We rummaged through the shelves, looking at vintage books and maps, and I would have taken all the books home if I could! 


After our (much needed) coffee break, we went for a walk along the river, taking photos of all the boats we saw and wondering how it felt to actually own a boat and maybe live in it. There were quite a few people having a walk there as well, I feel like Henley is a place most people in the area know about, and I surely know that if I lived in the surroundings, I would go there for weekend days out. I'm hoping to go back to Henley-on-Thames in the summer one day, so maybe I could enjoy a little boat trip, see what the rowing thing is all about! ;)

Do you know any similar villages as Henley? And do you also enjoy walking around peaceful villages and towns instead of facing the bustle of big cities?
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18 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos Julia! The place looks so serene, and nice and cute and picturesque, I just love it. I adore small places like this, away from the big cities, although I like big cities a lot too, but only for a while.
    Hope you are having a nice weekend.
    Much love,
    Mona

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    1. Thanks Mona! I feel just like you, cities are great but I guess you live more peacefully in a smaller place, it's all about balance! xx

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  2. I have spotted you on Fleur's blog and I decided to come and say hi! I really enjoy reading your posts. I would love it if you stopped over at my blog, too: shoppingobsessive.blogspot.com
    Are you up for any collaborations?
    xox, The Shopping Addict

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    1. Thanks, that's nice of you! I'm going to check out your blog of course :) xx

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  3. Beautiful pictures and i love your white shoes.

    www.stylenbeautylounge.com

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    1. Thanks! Stan Smiths are really not original at all haha, but they are super comfy and look quite cool! xx

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  4. Aw this seems such a beautiful, quintessentially english place! It's so charming, I love the archaic style of the houses and quaint bookstore! It sounds like such a sweet adventure - you have the most beautiful hair shade btw! :D xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara | (lets follow each other on bloglovin or instagram)

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    1. It is indeed quintessentially English! I love cliché places like that haha. Thanks for the compliment as well lovely Elizabeth :D xx

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  5. There are so many small villages like that to visit in the UK.I love how quiet and peaceful these places are and I love walking around and exploring small shops :) I haven't been there but I went somewhere close to Oxfordshire and it was beautiful there. It is better to visit these places in summer, or warmer days then you can actually enjoy the water :) x

    Ela BellaWorld

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    1. It is true that it feels better in the summer, then you can enjoy ice cream whilst walking around the cute tiny streets :D xx

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  6. Beautiful photos! :) I love how colorful everything is!

    Julia
    http://www.thephillyphotoblog.com/

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  7. This post made me so excited about my upcoming trip to England! x

    www.yourbeauty.ie

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    1. Aw, I hope you'll have a great time! xx

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  8. Wow, lovely pictures! I'd love to visit the UK one day.

    XoXo,

    Tamara - LoveofMode.com

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    1. You should totally plan to visit the UK, it is wonderful! xx

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  9. What a beautiful place! Great photos! =)

    - Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

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    1. Thanks Cielo! You have a lovely name :) xx

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