Who am I?

My name is Lydia

I am a girl from the northern suburbs of Cape Town who went against nature and fell in love with Johannesburg. I work in wine. A subject I am rather passionate about.

I grew up in a house where our atlas was used so often by the time I reached high school it was falling apart. With family scattered all over the globe I am sure traveling is in my blood. Different from most travel writers I consider most things to be an adventure. Even just venturing to undiscovered places in the next town.

Seeing I live miles apart from my family and many good friends this is my blog to them. And everyone else I meet along the way. (This now includes you too. )

I find things, I share them. I eat things, I share them. I use things, I might recommend them. I feel things, I write about it.

Lets go get lost shall we?

WINE 83%
BEER 60%


Join me on my drinks journey. I want to find the best local beers, the most comfy coffee spots and the coolest places to indulge in a good wine.



Food brings people together. What better way to get to know a place than to pull up and have a bite to eat at the best local spot.

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I have always been a story teller. I love watching peoples faces when I tell the about mad things we got up to or ghost stories about the wine estate. If I can live a life filled with stories, I have lived well.

Glasses of Wine
Pints of Beer
Countries Visisted
Landmarks Licked

Latest from the Blog

The Blog

The Sommeliers Selection 2016

The Sommeliers Selection 2016

The Sommeliers Selection is inviting Pretoria and Johannesburg wine lovers – both casual and serious – to taste the selection of wines that made it into the winning list of The Sommeliers Selection Competition 2016. I am very excited to attend the second annual Johannesburg tasting.

Why Paris?

Why Paris?

It’s the cliche, you have heard it so many times. Ask a woman where she wants to go and the answer is Paris 8 out of 10 times. Yes, I choose Paris too. My obsession is with more than the views, the tower, the wine or the legendary food.

A walk in the park

A walk in the park

Well, a walk through the Zoo to be exact. On the 22nd of October it is the annual Organ Donor Foundation 5km fun walk through the Joburg Zoo. This will be our 3rd year attending (and 2nd year forcing friends to come walk with us).

Perfect Pannekoeke

Perfect Pannekoeke

Whether you are staying at a self-catering little hideaway or a secluded campsite. Nothing makes people happier than pancakes for breakfast. Propper pannekoeke. The key to my heart lies in a good pancake and nothing gives me greater pleasure than gooi-ing together a lekker breakfast for friends. On your next average self-catering adventure, take along…

5 things I want to do in Joburg

5 things I want to do in Joburg

Every time someone learns I am a born and bred Capetonian living in Joburg, there is a thunderstorm in Joburg. I love this city. I love the noise, the smog, the skyline, the history, the open spaces and the people. Baz Luhrman wrote “Live in New York City once but leave before it makes you hard. Live…

Average, sometimes.

Average, sometimes.

The blog has been quiet for the last week. Not because of a lack of words, I have just been directing them in another direction. I have been taking stock of a few things and I came to the conclusion that I rarely give myself credit for things. I even put the word “Average” in…

What I do

Eat. Drink. Write. Share.

Wine & Vines

From swimming in wine to secret tours on small wine estates and everything in between. Wine and I have a special relationship. I’ll let you in on a few trade secrets.

Craft Beer

Craft beer is exploding onto the scene world wide. I plan on drinking my way through every garage brewers creations and sharing my best finds and stories of the crafters.

Long Haul

Lemon tea on cliffs in Madeira. Getting lost in London. Eating raw bacon and mustard in Germany. Licking buildings in Windhoek and many more tales of travel madness.


Local history and small town museums fascinate me. You find out the most incredible things about your own home town with just a tad of exploration. The town I live in is rumored to have the Kruger Millions buried in it. How exciting!

Today I am Lydia

Meet the Lydia's

Lydia the Traveller

Lydia the Traveller

I travel for sanity. I want to explore every town in South Africa. From Bellville to Bredasdorp. From Ficksburg to Franschhoek. I want to show you adventure does not have to be a plane ticket. It can be right on your door step.
Lydia the Wine Drinker

Lydia the Wine Drinker

I have been working in the wine industry for 9 years. I am passionate about the art of wine making and the skill of enjoying it. I find the epic stories and share them with you. Trust me, every estate has an awesome tale.
Lydia the Wife

Lydia the Wife

Oscar and I have been together for 9 years and got married on the 14th of February 2015. He is my travel companion (for the most part) and contractually obligated to have adventures with me.
Lydia the Blogger

Lydia the Blogger

Greenlydia has been around since 2012. It has been many things over the years and a travel blog was the natural next step for me. I have no idea where it might end up. So buckle up and enjoy the ride.






I find things, I share them. I eat things, I share them. I use things, I might recommend them. I feel things, I write about it