Wednesday, 7 April 2010

A Day in Durham

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The university city of Durham is probably best known for it's famous cathedral, based in the North East of England. It has lots of quirky cobbled streets with beautiful buildings, nice cafes and of course a few little shops to look around too. Here's what I saw...

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This little courtyard reminded me of The Secret Garden, look through the square in the gate into another world.

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I loved the chandelier, stained glass and table base details within Chapters cafe.

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Accessorize is very much a high street shop than a one-off boutique you would expect from a city like Durham, but I just love their kitsch flamingo displays they currently have on display around the country.

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A tribute to Dr Marten's 50th Birthday celebration?

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I had read about the Oxfam Boutiques opening in London, so I was excited to see one here too. Massively over-priced to your normal charity shop, I still think it's an enterprising idea for Oxfam to jump on the vintage band-wagon. As a charity shop that pretty much pioneered the second-hand revolution, it's good to see them benefiting as a charity. It was fun to see the differences between your normal Oxfam to the Boutique concept. Young, fashion-conscious staff who surely know their fashion, there was a beautiful 1960's vintage wedding dress hung on the wall for the pricely sum of £249.

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This being a university city, I was not surprised to see the amount of vintage shops that had sprung up since my last visit around five years ago. I especially liked how the windows had been styled and inside it was like an Aladdin's cave - my favourite kind of shop!

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47 comments:

  1. How gorgeus! That vintage shop looks so fantastic!

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  2. Wow!! all these pictures are so beautiful... makes me want to pay a visit to Durham myself :) Lovely to see the Oxfam boutique too, not seen one of those before! x

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  3. Durham is a lovely place for photography, and you have captured some lovely shots :D Thanks for sharing.
    Have to take a trip to the vintage shop, ding dong indeedy!
    I hear you about oxfam/charity's shops. All for a good cause, but I have noticed depending on the area, how they increase/decrease the price. Love a good ole rummage in a CShop.

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  4. You take such beautiful pics

    That oxfam boutique looks fabulous!!
    I haven't seen one before we just have an oxfam vintage shop in belfast and even compared to some of the other vintage shops in the area it's over-priced.

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  5. Durham's such a pretty city, I love the Accessorize flamingos too!

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  6. Beautiful photos! You're one of my favourite photographers, did you know? :) And just like everyone else reading this post, I know want to head straight to Durham. I need a vacation!

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  7. really nice pics and a lovely place!
    xx cat
    CiTiEs of B

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  8. Great pictures! That vintage shop looks like loads of fun....:D

    starsandshoes.blogspot.com

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  9. I always enjoy seeing places through your eyes...beautiful pictures and it sooooo charming there. Makes me want to take a little trip across the channel :-D

    xoxo Bardot in Blue

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  10. Durham sounds like an absolutely amazing town! I wish I lived in England.

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  11. I love Durham, haven't been there in a while though. The cathederal is so lovely and I love all the little streets (I went to the Oxfam Boutique too!)

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  12. Oh heaven!! I think you've just rocketed Durham's tourism. x

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  13. that last vintage shop looks amazing!!! the window's kind of similarly styled to Liberty in london.

    Danni xxx

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  14. This is so gorgeous. I love your picture taking skills so much! And I want to go here... now! Too bad I'm across a huge ocean!

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  15. lovely lovely photos! The vintage shop looks amazing as does the oxfam, may have to take a trip up north! x

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  16. Lovely photos my dear!! love the secret garden style court yard!! I would really love to explore England more! :)
    vicki xo

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  17. You find the loveliest of places!

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  18. That boat photo is absolutely gorgeous- it's my favorite photo in this post!

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  19. I've been to the Camden Oxfam branch, the Durham one looks so much fancier!

    Gorgeous photos as always.

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  20. Oh, I'll very much love to explore the secret garden and those lovely looking vintage shops:)

    xx

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  21. love love love these images... they are gorgeous! congrats!

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  22. These photos are so dreamy looking! The one of the little boats all lined up is so perfect.

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  23. Hello, you have a such a pretty blog! I loved the lavender gate. You are so right, it looks like the perfect entry to the Secret Garden :)
    Have a pretty day, gail

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  24. Beautiful place! i love the 1st photo with the boats.

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  25. I havet o move to England. A dream land:)

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  26. Wow you can take beautiful pictures
    You must have had tons of fun:]
    and i liked your secret garden refrence its my favorite movie

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  27. such beautiful photos! and that little vintage shop, eeep i want to pilfer everything esp those heels! and suitcases, oooh how i love old suitcases

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  28. Gorgeous pictures. I love Accessorize- I bought a couple cute pieces in LDN & Harrogate.

    I really like your posts about places in England! :)

    I want to go back soon! ;)

    S*

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  29. Gorgeous pictures again! I can't believe all those Doc Martens!!! What a collection :)

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  30. Thank you for taking me to this beautiful place without having to travel! simply divine! I see myself taking lots of beaufiful, oh the possibilities!
    xoxo

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  31. I really need to visit more of the UK! Durham looks amazing

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  32. these photos are wonderful, Paula. i especially love the photo with the line of Dr. M boots! :)

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  33. I love your photos :)
    That vintage shop looks amazing :)

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  34. Oh, there is still so much to discover on the Island... Durham seems lovely. I had no idea that Oxfam has branched out into 'boutiques'.

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  35. lovely photos! and the dress and belt from your last post is gorgeous!!

    xxjess

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  36. Your pics are beautiful!! The shop looks really nice.

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  37. This town looks so nice!!
    I'd like to live in england (London), because I love it so much!!!!!!
    Where are you exactly?
    Do you live alone?

    Beautiful photos ma chère!

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  38. Your photos are gorgeous - I love Durham, I went to Uni there and I'd forgotten how pretty it is! xx

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  39. Lovely pictures and great jumpsuit!!

    xx

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  40. I really love your photos its so nice ^^ It makes me want to visit the city

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  41. just love your photos and the little snippets of daily life you share with us.

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  42. Durham looks so pretty! I know £249 for a wedding dress froma charity shop seems expensive, but when you think the average one costs 1k it isn't too bad! hehe. i got my dress for my school formal from an oxfam, £8 it cost me! that was expensive then too haha

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  43. Absolutely beautiful...

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