Skansen: Stepping Into Stockholm’s Past

Skansen, Stockholm, by Stephanie Sadler

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. 

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Saint Lucia: Cocoa Plantation Tour at Rabot Estate, Hotel Chocolat

From olives to olive oil in Greece and fique to handbags in Colombia, the process of how things are made fascinates me to no end.

Rabot Estate, Hotel Chocolate, Saint Lucia by Stephanie Sadler

Rabot Estate, Hotel Chocolat, Saint Lucia by Stephanie Sadler

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.

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Little Weekend Links 47

Ah, a full week in London, a full inbox and an empty suitcase! I’ve spent much of this week playing catch up and editing photos from Saint Lucia, but I’m looking forward to going out and about to enjoy the Fall weather (hopefully not with an umbrella) this weekend.

Saint Lucia was a stunning place, lush, vibrant, colourful. I came home with almost 3,000 photos and obviously I won’t be sharing all of them, but I’ll put up a few more posts in the coming weeks. It was an island of both extreme poverty and excess built up for tourists (who drive the majority of the economy). There were wonderfully friendly people full of excellent advice for us, some waiting to pounce on white faces with offers of boat tours and necklaces made of islands plants and others with permanent scowls on their faces. We met and spoke with a couple of locals, enjoyed a homemade breadfruit pie, saw this amazing hand painted Rasta house below, traveled up and down both coasts, stopped in crumbling villages, palm tree-lined beaches, stayed in a private villa and experienced the tourist resorts in the north. All in all, a beautifully sunny place and a much needed relaxing break from reality.

What are you up to this weekend? Anyone have plans to look forward to?

107 Photo: An incredible hand painted Rasta house in Saint Lucia, October 2014

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A Whimsical Airbnb House in Boston’s South End

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

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Recipe: Marina’s Breadfruit Pie from Saint Lucia

“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.”

Saint Lucia by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

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Little Weekend Links 46

Like last week’s post, I’m writing this in advance before I leave for St. Lucia so here’s hoping it’s been an amazing week for us and all of you! Next week I’ll be back to wring the usual Friday post introductions. Tell me all your fun news for the week?

torvehallerne market, copenhagenPhoto: Torvehallerne Market in Copenhagen, October 2013

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1,000 Years of Borough Market

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.

Borough Market London by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

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Boston Through the Lens

I find that when I travel, once I visit a place three times, it starts to feel familiar.

Boston by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

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Little Weekend Links 45

I’m writing this post ahead of time so I won’t be able to tell you how my week has been which means I’ll keep it short. I’m in St. Lucia while you’re reading this, on honeymoon, hopefully enjoying some Caribbean warmth, great food and relaxation. I will, of course, have plenty of photos and stories when I come back, no doubt.

What are your plans for the weekend? What has made you happy this week?

P1050771_2Photo: Dublin, October 2014

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Instagramable Moments: September 2014

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.

Camden, London by Stephanie Sadler, Little Observationist

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