My week in Instagram

This week was a week of wine tasting and enjoying the last of the summer weather. I also made quite a few trips out to our wineries and checked out harvest and crush in action

Fermenting grapes and big tanks at deLorimier winery

Aw.. this is what I get to fall asleep/wake up to :)

I totally took all these from a harvest dinner so I could decorate the Inn. The Great Pumpkin Heist of 2012. They’ll totally make a movie.

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My week in Instagram

Well.. I’m certainly not doing too well in Blogtoberfest. I’ve already missed two days!

I will catch up. I will catch up. That will be my mantra. I’ll be like the little blogger that could.

Anyways, back to our scheduled programming – my week+ in instagram.

I made an early morning trip up to one of our wineries – the view was stunning as was the ‘tree tunnel’.

You know it’s harvest time in wine country when traffic is caused by tractors!

Mmm.. peanut butter banana bread pudding. People went crazy for it!

A creepy face in my ice water at the bar.

San Francisco was alerting me to the fact that it has hills. This was at the top of a hill that is so steep, you hope there will be road in front of you.

If you want to see all the other photos I’ve taken, you can follow my pictures here and purchase them here! Are you on Instagram? My screen name is sydthewyd, hope to see you soon!

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Cruise part 6 – Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia was hands down my favorite stop on our cruise. It wasn’t overly touristy, it was beautiful, it was historical, it was friendly and it was cheap (comparatively). It also had the upside of being where King’s Landing is filmed in Game of Thrones so I was totally nerding out. I even went for a boat ride (I drove the boat for most of the time!!) around the island of Lokrum, where some of Qarth’s scenes are. But enough of Game of Thrones (are you watching it? because you should be), Lokrum is cool enough to have been cursed as well as having Richard the Lionheart wash up after a shipwreck.

The city is amazing. Centuries old walls completely circle the city so you can (and I did) walk completely around them. They are 2 km/1.25 miles around. Being a history nerd, I was really suprised to know that Dubrovnik is actually the medieval of Ragusa.. And while it’s hard to tell now, it was seriously shelled in 1991 when Croatia split (see what I did there?) from Yugoslavia.

The architecture was simply amazing, it was like going back in time. The best part was when I met my sister and grandma at some tiny bar that was perched right on the rocks, outside the walls, to get a beer. Fabulous.

The water is so gorgeously clear.

I can’t imagine building the walls so close to the cliff edges!


Totally Game of Thrones! Minus the CGI towers, of course…


You can tell which buildings were shelled by looking at the roofs. If the terra cotta tiles are new, that means they were rebuilt, therefore they were shelled.

I can’t wait to go back to Croatia and the Adriatic region, this time with Gavin – it is so beautiful!


These are both views from my cabin. It was seriously amazing. I can’t wait to go back, I’m already planning it!

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Cruise part 5 – Venice, Italy

Ahh.. Venezia! I was looking forward to Venice more than anywhere else in Italy. It’s just so beautiful! I had been here before so I knew what to expect and I wasn’t as gung-ho as other people on our cruise to see every.little.detail. Our timing for Venice was a little weird and unlike the other ports – we arrived into Venice at 4 in the afternoon and left the next day at 4, so we didn’t actually get a full day like we did at other places. It was fine though. We had a great time.




Coming up the canal might have been my favorite part – is that weird? It was just such a novel view of Venice that I knew I wasn’t going to see again. I just sat on my balcony and snapped away! You can get a sense of how big the ship is by seeing how high I am compared to the buildings.. And there were another 3 floors above me!

I told myself that I wasn’t going to take “that photo” again, but I did…



The gold mosaics in San Marco (Saint Marks) makes this my favorite cathedral. I really am a magpie..



I loved finding this little place where they build/repair the iconic gondolas!

And this is a rare photo of my family (minus my brother) all together! We decided that we needed to get a bottle of bubbles (or two…) along the Grand Canal. I think it was an exceptionally good idea!

Next up: Dubrovnik, Croatia!

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Cruise part 4 – Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor, Montenegro was the first stop that everyone raved about. A medieval walled city: quaint, stunning scenery and all small enough to see in a day. Apparently it is one of the best preserved medieval old towns in the Adriatic. And it showed! What more could we want in a destination? When I opened our curtains, I involuntarily exclaimed, “holy sh*t!” because this was the view from our room:

Seriously amazing. It was like the Alps, but on the Adriatic.


We had to tender in, and the view was just stunning.

We climbed this.. way high up!


The old walls and the river.

The buildings are all pretty Venetian looking as they were part of the Venetian Republic for centuries. They built the walls and most of the buildings.

The Kotor cathedral of St. Tryphon was completed just as ground was broken for Notre Dame in Paris. The two towers are different because a tower had to be rebuilt after an earthquake in 1667.


Kotor had tons of cats running around everywhere. It’s kinda crazy, but so stinking cute!

The climb up to the hill fortress was pretty tough. There were 1,350 steps to get to the top… It was also thundering and you could see lighting just across the bay..


The hike up was totally worth it though. This photo does some justice to a.) how big our ship is, b.) how high we climbed, and c.) the incredible sense of vertigo we got because we basically climbed straight up!

We loved Kotor. I can’t wait to be able to take a trip there for a week, rent a car and cruise the coast. There is so much more to see there. Beautiful.

Next up: Venice!

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My week in Instagram

Anyone willing to guest post anytime in the next 5 months? I won’t have easy access to internet so my postings will be pretty spare.. You can write about anything you like! I would so really appreciate it :) Email me if you do! sydney (dot) wilson (at) gmail (dot) com. Thanks in advance!

This week has been a bit hectic, mostly as we had my goodbye party at work and (more) guests arrive. All I want to do is sleep and nurse my horrible cold… Basically, I took no pictures. Instead, I chose to relanx and enjoy myself, not be the big snapper :) This is from our boat cruise from Westminster to Richmond.

It’s a gorgeous trip and I’d totally recommend it to anyone in London :)

If you want to see all the other photos I’ve taken, you can follow my pictures here and purchase them here! Are you on Instagram? My screen name is sydthewyd, hope to see you soon!

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My week in Instagram

Anyone want to guest post anytime in the next 5 months? I won’t have direct access to internet so my postings will be pretty spare.. You can write about anything you like! I would so really appreciate it :) Email me if you do! sydney (dot) wilson (at) gmail (dot) com. Thanks in advance!

We have been super busy – we’ve had guests every weekend for the past 3 weeks (and have a friend staying tonight and another couple coming on Wednesday for the weekend..) and I am leaving next Tuesday! So much to do and no time to do it… That’s the way it is for everyone, right?

Last week, friends and their 2 kids came and stayed with us and we did a little boat cruise down the Thames from Westminster to Greenwich – I’d highly recommend it to anyone. It’s a great way to see London, without dealing with London crowds. We were thinking of going and seeing the Cutty Sark but prices are a bit ridic for people of modest means… instead I just took some pictures! I do want to go at some point.

We also spent a morning walking around Crystal Palace Park. I love that such a wonderful, historical park is pretty much right on my doorstep. And no London crowds.

This weekend, another couple came down from Stoke-on-Trent and we spent Saturday Boris biking it around the city. If people have never used the Boris bikes, I totally recommend it! They’re amazing! We went all over – starting at Borough Market, walking to Monument, cycling to Spitalfields via The City. Taking pictures of Leadenhall Market, Lloyds and the Gherkin. Coasting with our legs sticking straight out. Going up Brick Lane and smelling the amazing mixture of curry and bagels. Down Old Street and the terrifying roundabouts, through Clerkenwell to Holborn where we stopped at the AMAZING Princess Louise pub. I must take my dad here.

It’s been a great few weeks and while I am exhausted, I am so excited to see my friends this week!

If you want to see all the other photos I’ve taken, you can follow my pictures here! Are you on Instagram? My screen name is sydthewyd, hope to see you soon!

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My week in Instagram

Busy week – lots of doctors appointments (getting everything in order before I leave the country for so long!), lots of rain, a fair amount of sewing, and a visit from Gavin’s parents.

This is the church across the road from our house.. It’s really pretty (inside too – we went to concert inside!) and the sun had come out for about 2 minutes as I walked by. The bluebells are from a garden on my way to the train station.

Soho on Friday with very threatening clouds (left) and today from work’s roof terrace with sun (right)! Not a raincloud in sight and temps up to 18! Hooray!

My friend Jess challenged me to a “photos from a train window” contest. These are a selection of mine. Her photo stream is here.

If you want to see all the other photos I’ve taken, you can follow my pictures here! Are you on Instagram? My screen name is sydthewyd, hope to see you soon!

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My week in Instagram

Monday? Again? Weekends go far too quickly don’t they? Our week was both busy yet non-eventful.. Little oxymoronic? Yeah, welcome to my life!

The odd weather continues (rain, rain and more rain!) which led to more photos of dramatic Battersea photos – the station itself as well as the platform.

I also finished a quilt! It’s my second quilt ever and my first full-(ish) one too! It’s about 1.5m/5ft square and I am so so happy with it! Proper pictures coming as soon as I bring my camera chip back home from the office..

Last Wednesday was Digital Switchover night in Crystal Palace, well, all of London actually… We were treated to a “laser light show” from the transmitter with David Attenborough, Brian Cox, and Chris Evans (but they were all in the VIP tent, we were not). But, the laser show was less than exciting so we went to the pub and had a burger.. mmm. We and the people around us were laughing about how English the whole affair was – we were standing in freezing drizzle, the show was 20 minutes late and it was pretty underwhelming. Good times though :)

If you want to see all the other photos I’ve taken, you can follow my pictures here! Are you on Instagram? My screen name is sydthewyd, hope to see you soon!

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