Today I hd a nice day with both my parents, my dad on a rare day off to join us where we went to Exeter, primarily to take my poor baby sewing machine to a repair shop (be gentle with my baby i beg you!) but also to have a browse in the city centre.
If you get to visit the City of Exeter, It is worth exploring the smaller paths that snake off the main high street. You will find wonderful passage ways that looks to be something out of Harry Potter with crooked little boutique shops in flagged alleys all decked out in various artwork and medieval architecture.
The shops off the beaten path all shine like little jewels, each in their own little splendor and wares so it is worth browsing! you'll come across threasures that beg to be photographed and even bought!
There's something there for every taste and every price range and there is also some brilliant little resturants and cafes too, perfect for a girly day out, a lunch date or just a coffee.
Also when wondering the high streets and back lanes, look up! That way you won't miss the mis-matched buildings all stunningly grouped next to each other!
I paid a visit to my favourite vintage clothing shop McCoy's in McCoy's arcade! McCoys Shop
I have bought many a vintage treasure from them in the past and even though today I didn't find anything, it is great to have a look around and see oringinal 1920's flapper dresses brushing up with Ossie Clark and May Quant wares. Velvet Men's tophats glisten silkily next to ornate tortoise shell hair combs and wonderful paste jewellery.
I picked up some jewellery making kit and some wonderful beads to make some earrings for people for christmas. I was there ages, watching a quick demonstration and then browsing the range. It is worth a look if you are looking for a unique touch for yourself or as a gift.
Hopefully soon I shall feature the end result using what i bought from the bead shop www.bunyipbeads.com and it will give me a chance to reuse some old jewellery i got as well...!
There is also an excellent Guitar shop in the arcade where I bought a few things from as gifts and once had to carry a huge amp, freshly purchased from there, up the hill....
The comic book shop there is also worth a look at as well!
I'm hoping when I go back to collect my sewing machine to do an underground Exeter vaults tour as apparently like many cities in Britain, they are built upon many miles of vaults, tunnels, catacombs and underground rooms....how exciting! I really want to go and it would make a great blog post to share as well!
How was your day?