I usually give musems a miss when I travel because I like to be outdoors, just observing life in the city streets exploring, popping into boutiques or the occasional off-beat gallery, skipping down graffiti-scrawled alleyways, taking photos and walking until I can walk no more and then stopping for tea and a bite to eat in a random cafe.
As a chocolate lover, I’ve always wanted to tour a cocoa plantation and Saint Lucia was a perfect opportunity to do just that. After an incredible chocolate-laced lunch in the restaurant of Hotel Chocolat on the Rabot Estate (which is on the West coast of the island near the village of Soufrière), we found out they run a “Tree to Bar” tour.
Whenever possible, I try to book cosy boutique hotels or local accommodation with a bit of character when I travel. I’ve used Airbnb, for example, in New York, Boston twice, Amsterdam and Saint Lucia – all of which were great experiences except for the first one in Boston which was horrible (but also dirt cheap, so I guess to be expected).
Photo from Airbnb listing
Photo from Airbnb listing
“How about I make you some of my breadfruit pie,” Marina suggested while we were deciding what to have for dinner the day she cooked for us in our Airbnb villa, up in the hills of Vieux Fort on the southern tip of Saint Lucia.
“What’s breadfruit?” I asked.
“Oh, you will love it,” She said by way of explanation. “Trust me, you will love it.”
On every foodie’s bucket list there surely is a trip to London’s Borough Market. If not, there should be. And for every history buff as well, because this year, the market celebrates what it thinks is its 1,000 year anniversary. The records aren’t 100% clear, but any excuse for a party, right? At any rate, we can rest assured the food will be to notch.
I find that when I travel, once I visit a place three times, it starts to feel familiar.
What a month September has been! For the first week, I was in London, then I went to New York the following week to celebrate my mom’s birthday, do a bit of shopping, go camping with my brother and his girlfriend, hang out with my dad over breakfast, play Scrabble with my grandma and meet up with a couple of friends. From there it was down to Boston for a week where I spent a few days in our office there and a few days attending the Inbound marketing conference. Then back to London for another week which included a fabulous dinner at Hibiscus which has 2 Michelin stars and was recently voted London’s second best. And now, as you read this, I’ll be in St. Lucia on my honeymoon, back to work on October 13. I’m writing this before I leave so I’m sure while you’re reading it I’m probably
lying on taking pictures on some tropical beach (or possibly sheltering from the rainy season weather with a good book)!
On another note, I’m taking over my the social media for dad’s small business, Sadler Garden Collections, for a while, so if you like gardens, birds and pretty things for outdoors, come follow along on Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter.
Also this month, I’ve posted far too many photos to Instagram so I won’t share all of them here, but here we go with a few. It’s a look at September through Instagram:
1. London transportation. Camden, in North London, used to be a pretty regular fixture in my life when I first moved to this city. I was dating a bassist who had a band that often played gigs in the Dublin Castle and Barfly, and if I wasn’t there watching them, I was there to watch one of their friends’ bands or find cheap dresses in the market. I went back with a colleague at the beginning of the month to do an interview with one of our partners and took this photo on the walk back to the station. If only there was also a black cab.