My absolutely favourite top stop was in Chur, Switzerland. We never intended to even be in Switzerland, but as luck would have it, the trip was rerouted and required a 5 hour trip in the car from Munich to Milan. In that single drive alone, we drove through 5 countries (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, and ending in Italy), stopping only for gas and coffee.
As a fan of unique architecture, the textures on every face of the walls and edges of this building were really incredible! No two rooms were the same, but the theme translated so beautifully between all of them.
For all the Harry Potter fans reading, you will recognize the room in the next set of photos right away. This is the dining hallfrom the movies, which actually still functions as a dining hall today. Sadly, the people in the photos in the frames don’t watch you as you walk by. They’re not animated (thank goodness, because that would be suuuper creepy in real life). ;)
This really isn’t a blog-worthy outfit photo at all (had to wear comfy clothes for the 2 hour commute from the downtown of London to Oxford), but I wanted to show the perspective of how big this building really is. My friend and I are standing on ledges in the main grass area. Fun fact: this area is not open to the public. There’s a security guard whose job is to stand at the edge of the center sidewalk to scold people who try to enter.
If you ever get a chance to visit Oxford, I highly recommend stopping by Christ Church for a few hours. Even if you’re not a Harry Potter fan, this building is stunning and such a treat to wander through.
Looking at the photo set from this day makes me realize that I need to get back into the habit of taking more photos. There were only a few key frames at each of the touristy locations and none of us were in them! Haha oops. I swear we visited these places! The day was filled with so much walking and being to busy taking in the sights and sounds to remember to whip out the camera at all opportunities.
The coolest part of this day was running into the Real Street Food Festival. It just so happened that this food festival was happening on the weekend we were in London (perfect for us foodies!) and we divided and conquered all the booths to get a taste of everything that caught our eyes.
Our favourite food truck? Bunnychow. I may be a little biased from the name… will not confirm or deny. haha
The packaging of their food is absolutely genius! A gutted bread bowl stuffed with chicken chili (pictured above) came conveniently boxed for easy toting around the festival. When we found somewhere to sit, lifting the tab made the sides of the box pop open and display the food so beautifully! I really want to high-five whoever came up with this packaging because I couldn’t stop fawning over it.
The bunnychow itself was incredible! So many flavours packed into the stuffing of a bread bowl. Who would’ve guessed? If you’re ever in London, I highly recommend trying to chase down this food truck. You won’t regret it!
sweater: Forever 21
jacket: c/o Aeropostale
tulle skirt: H&M (dress from girls section)
glasses: c/o SEE eyewear
flats: Target (exact)
A tip my friends found online was that it’s best to stop by the market on a weekend because more vendors set up shop on the weekends than on weekdays. I couldn’t believe the size of the crowds attracted to the market on the particular day we decided to check it out! Our group must’ve gotten split up three of four times because of all the sea of people in every inch of the market– it was hard to walk anywhere without brushing shoulders with everyone around you!
One of our favourite stands was Kappacasein’s. I was so shocked to see the lineup for something so simple as a grilled cheese. This stand is famous for their 2″ pile of grated cheeses between slices of sourdough bread. Both locals and visitors don’t think twice to join the long line for one of these delicious treats!
This isn’t any regular grilled cheese sandwich, though. Each one is made from three different types of very sharp cheeses, stuffed with onion, leek, and crushed garlic. Don’t expect to talk to anyone for the rest of the day after eating one of these sandwiches– the garlic got me good! haha
Aside from the grilled cheese, I really liked this dish of freshly grilled scallops on a bed of stir fry topped with house-made bacon bits served on a seashell. It boggles my mind how delicious food can be made with such a limited amount of cooking equipment (each stand was literally no wider than 5ft across). I could probably go on and on about all the things we ate this day, but I will try to maintain some dignity because I’m pretty embarrassed for how much food was devoured between stalls. We stopped almost every fourth or fifth stall to nibble on something!
If you ever get a chance to go to London, I would highly recommend checking out the Borough Market, located at 8 Southwark St. It’s conveniently only a couple blocks away from the London Bridge tube station.