Hi Hart Beat!! Bonjour from your Brooklyn living, French traveling blogger. Reporting in for duty while on vacation. Jkjk, I just really miss writing to you Hart Beat! While I’m missing Brooklyn like crazy (and the people who live in it) it’s been amazing to travel through this little piece of heaven in France.
For those of you wondering what I’m doing in Europe right now please go back to the previous post for life news and a summary of what this trip entails. Tl;dr lots of walking. For the past two weeks more specifically, I’ve been staying with my mom with family friends of ours who have a vineyard in a tiny town in the Beaujolais valley in central France. The town, Fleurie, is about a four hour drive south of Paris. Honestly, Hart Beat, if heaven is anything less than this I’m not sure I really want to go.
We’ve been spending our days hiking through the mountain sides and our nights playing bananagrams and drinking local wine. I’ve also plowed my way through two books in the Tana French mystery series while inhaling the first season of Jane the Virgin on Netflix downloads.
In lieu of making this post an essay (part of what I try to do here on Hart Beat is keep things brief) here are some photos that I’ve taken over the last few weeks. Some may look familiar (aka already posted to Instagram) but others are exclusive here to ye old blog. Missing you lots, Hart Beat. And stay tuned on the blog. Next stop, Paris!
A side road in Fleurie.
A picnic of pate and fruit on a hike. Tre French.
Ice cream and coffee at Le Terace in Avenas.
The view at 900mt on mount st. Rigard.
Bananagrams and wine.
The new bridge in downtown Lyon.
One of the many working farms through the hillsides.
An outdoor market in Belleville.
Hi Hart Beat!! Guess what? I have some exciting life news for you! This is coming at ya fast BUT for the next two months I’m going to be taking some time out of Brooklyn and traveling. For those of you long-time readers, you know that I’ve always had a love affair with the country Spain. I first traveled there back in 2011 for a semester of study abroad and, since then, I’ve gone back two times. Each time I’m reminded of how much I love this land, this food, and this culture.
The start of this years journey back to Spain began early this month. It was a hard decision but at the beginning of March, I left my job at Food5. I’ve loved every moment there and for the last two and a half years have learned so much from so many lovely people. However, I’m realizing now that I need a break and to fulfill a dream of returning to Spain to walk the Camino de Santiago.
If you’re not familiar with the Camino lucky you, I’ve written about the walk here on the blog before! As a quick summary, the Camino de Santiago is a thousand year old pilmagrage throughout Europe ending in the North West of Spain. The walk has traditionally been religious but in the last hundred years or so it it has become more of a spiritual walk. There are many different places one can start the Camino. Some people walk two weeks, some two days, and others two months. For me, I’m going to be starting on April 17th from St. Jean Pied de Port in France and completing the traditional Camino Frances. In total the walk/hike should take 33 days–just over a month. This will leave me arriving in Santiago at the end of the Camino around the 23rd/24th of May.
From today until the 17th, Hart Beat, I’m going to be training for the grueling Camino with my Mom in France. We are lucky to have family friends with a small French apartment in the small town of Fleurie, France where we are staying. I’ve been spending days hiking with my gear and getting my feet into shape. If you follow me on Instagram you’ve seen a couple of shots from this past week.
I’m hoping to share as much as possible about my time in France and on the Camino with you Hart Beat but, I can’t promise much. Internet along the way isn’t what I’m used to in Brooklyn and I’m also hoping to have some time off the computer while on the walk. Please keep in touch with me though, Hart Beat! I love hearing from all of you and if you want to reach me you can comment here, message me on Instagram or email me at email@example.com.
Sending all my love from France right now. Xoxo Hannah