It’s become something of a tradition – unveiling my top nine Instagram posts for the year. I love discovering which images have been the most popular and it appears that, in 2018, my Instagram followers have had a bit of a penchant for scenic pics – especially those that feature the iconic Tyne Bridge.
So, for my final column of 2018, I thought I’d tell you the stories behind my top nine posts and the reasons why they ended up on my Instagram page.
Oh, and if you’re not following Newcastle Sparkles on Instagram yet, what are you waiting for? Head over to @nclsparkles for all the sparkly goings-on in 2019!
#1 The Botanist
This is one of my favourite bars in the city centre. It boasts a pretty twinkly dome (the stuff of Instagram dreams for us bloggers!) and some of the best views of Grey’s Monument and Grey Street. And that’s before I even talk about its fabulous botanical-inspired cocktails. This picture showcases said views – if you’re dining here, this is one of the best seats in the house!
#2 A snowy Tyne Bridge
Remember when it felt like we were trapped inside a real-life snow globe, with plenty of the white stuff transforming the city into a beautiful winter wonderland? I captured this photo on the afternoon of a friend’s baby shower at SIX, en route to the Quayside to enjoy some more fizz. A truly magical view of the Tyne Bridge!
#3 By The River Brew Co
By The River Brew Co has undoubtedly been one of the best additions to our local drinking and dining scene this year, opening back in June. It’s as if they knew we were about to enjoy one of the sunniest and hottest summer’s on record! I love this place – I even celebrated my birthday here in July.
#4 Central Station
As far as train stations go, Newcastle’s Central Station has got to be of the most beautiful, architecturally speaking. Like a big kid, I always feel a spark of excitement when I’m stood on the platform waiting for my train to arrive, whether I’m travelling north of the border to visit my mum or enjoying a little day trip to places like Corbridge. On the flipside, there’s nothing quite like pulling into the station and knowing that you’ve finally made it back home.
#5 Summer on Grey Street
There’s always something going on in Newcastle; one of the reasons I love living here and why it’s been my home for almost 18 years (yikes, I feel old!). Lots of great events took place this year, including the Great Exhibition of the North, but there were plenty of other smaller happenings too, including Grey Street Gathering – a little pocket of greenery and calm in the city centre kitted out with deck chairs and beanbags. It certainly helped to keep those summer vibes lingering just a little bit longer.
#6 We Blog North
Newcastle has such a thriving blogging community with people of all ages sharing insights into their lives and passions. Back in February, northern blog network, We Blog North, hosted its first Newcastle meet up at The Alchemist, which was a chance to chat to other bloggers while sipping on a few cocktails – what’s not to love? Events like this remind me how lovely local bloggers can be, and just how much creativity is all around us. To read more about the meet up check out my column here.
#7 Fenwick window
It wouldn’t be Christmas without mentioning the Fenwick window and you don’t need me to tell you that it’s something of a local institution. This year’s window features The Snowman – you couldn’t get any more Christmassy than this classic storybook character! I like to visit the window at nighttime when the queues have disappeared and this was the snap I captured one night after a few festive tipples in town!
#8 Afternoon tea at Violets
It’s no secret that I enjoy eating out and, lucky for me – and every other foodie out there – Newcastle is brimming with a variety of cafes and restaurants. Earlier this year I curated my top foodie experiences in and around Newcastle featuring everything from a classy afternoon tea at Quayside favourite, Violets – to beach vibes and fresh seafood at Riley’s Fish Shack. Check out the post here.
#9 Newcastle Castle Keep
Playing tourist in your own city can be lots of fun – those buildings, monuments and plaques you walk past every day suddenly come to life when you take the time to delve into your surroundings. I visited Newcastle Castle Keep for the first time this summer and, oh, what a view from the top! I captured so many amazing photos of the cityscape. It’s definitely worth a visit, especially if you’re into your local history.
And that’s it folks – my top nine Instagram posts! What are your highlights from 2018? I’d love to see links to your #2018BestNine below so get sharing!
See you in 2019!