Over the course of the last week or so you may have seen me mention here or there that David and I had our 5th wedding anniversary on September 6. When we talked about it I wanted to tell him so much how these have been the best 5 years of my life. But you know what? I couldn’t say it, I just couldn’t. Because the 5 years together with him before we actually got married were easily just as good!

We haven’t really celebrated any of our anniversaries, but for our 5th wedding anniversary David had a surprise planned. Being the woman I am and knowing him, I had hoped so, but… you never know, David is currently extremely busy at work. So I decided to do a little celebration just by myself and took a day off work and spent it doing / seeing what I love most: The beach, taking photos and sports – all in one, knowing I’d spend the evening with David. What did I do? I packed my bicycle in the car, packed my slingshot, which is perfect for going biking or skiing, with my light camera gear and took a drive to Sandy Hook.

NYC panorama from Sandy Hook

Oh, and this was also the very first day I tried out the brand new iPhone app for sharing photos: Pressgram. If you haven’t heard of it yet, check it out, it is really great. In brief: You can share photos to social media and simultaneously to your wordpress blog, all the while keeping all rights to your photos! You can find my blog post about it here, photos are tagged ‘pressgram’ or assembled here. And you will find the very first ones were posted on Friday September 6 – our wedding anniversary.

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By the time I got back home in the afternoon I had received a message from David to be ready by latest 6:30 pm and have packed. Packed?! Woohoo – a weekend away! We hadn’t had one in a while, so I was really excited and I still didn’t know where we would go. In fact when he got home and we left, he still wouldn’t tell me. He just said, ‘take I287 north and then I’ll tell you where to go’. Oh well, that’s David – gotta love him. So, we drove north for a while before we exited the I287 and enjoyed driving some winding roads through the country side and hills or mountains. I still didn’t have a clue where we were heading, but suddenly I saw the sign ‘Welcome to New York’ – we had left New Jersey. And not too much later we arrived at our destination: Chateau Hathorn in Warwick, NY.


Chateau Hathorn is a wonderful getaway B&B with excellent dining, which we enjoyed both evenings. Food, wine and service were excellent. But wait till you get breakfast. It is a real continental breakfast, not just bagels, cream cheese and a brown fluid called coffee. You can tell that the owners are from Switzerland once you taste the delicious home made croissants, you will get served fresh and warm. Together with fresh fruit, jam and cheese it makes for an awesome start in a new day. A day that we started out with going to the Heritage Trail to do some more bicycling.

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We had beautiful weather for it, too. Along the way just past Chester, NY we stumbled upon this seemingly hidden and forgotten graveyard. Knowing me, I had to stop and snap a few pictures. These are the ones taken with pressgram, but  I also took some with my DSLR, which I will show you later. Late afternoon we got back to Warwick and decided to stop in town for a late, very late (!), lunch. They have a little park in the middle of town and around it are some restaurants, bars that also have outside seating. We decided to go for the Irish pub, The Blarney and were not disappointed. Good thing we didn’t check Yelp beforehand otherwise we might have chosen differently. We had wonderful sandwiches and Cider and beer – there’s for a change to the fine dining of the evening before!

After another (small) dinner and big, yummy breakfast at the Chateau Hathorn it was time to say good bye to our wedding anniversary destination getaway. So, mid morning on Sunday we headed back towards New Jersey and home. But not without stopping one more time to go bicycling. This time at our go-to destination – Kittatinny Valley State Park. We had a full, but relaxing and most importantly wonderful weekend spent away – together.

I’ll leave you with this sun(shine) flower photo, which I took while bike riding on Sandy Hook. I hope you will continue your blog circle journey by reading the new Sisterhood post by Kay Maguire.


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self portrait, Claudia Willison, ImagesByCW

Claudia is founder, owner and soul of ImagesByCW Photography. Born in Germany, traveled though Europe and Australia, she currently lives with her American husband in New Jersey, USA. She blogs about what she loves: Photography, art, internet and computers in general, as well as cooking and windsurfing. When not working she enjoys reading, music, windsurfing and listening to the sound of waves and the wind, preferably together with her husband.

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