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Squirrel Island, ME

Squirrel Island, ME

Squirrel Island, ME

Afternoon, Hart Beat! How’s your day going so far? I have a post for you but before it goes up I thought I’d give you a mini update on where I am and what I’m doing right now. It doesn’t seem right to just jump into things without giving some kind of news in my life.

So Hannah, what are you up to right now? I imagine you asking. Literally, right now I am sitting in a coffee shop in Portland, Maine having the first decent cup of coffee since coming back from Spain. Four for you Portland you go Portland (if you don’t get this then watch Mean Girls immediately). It’s cloudy outside and I’m hoping that the clouds pass so I can walk around the old port this afternoon.

More generally right now the big news for me is I’ve left New York for the foreseeable future. It makes me sad that I won’t be going back there for a long time but, I’m also excited about this new change. Lots of you have been pinging me on Instagram asking a, where am I and b, where will I be going in the fall. To be completely honest right now Hart Beat, I can answer a but b is completely up in the air.

Squirrel Island, ME

For the summer, I’m staying with my Grandmother on an island off the coast of Maine. Squirrel Island is a summer community that I used to come every summer of my childhood. My mom did the same growing up and so, it’s a very familiar and comforting place. The island is small, only about three miles around, and it’s just a summer community. This means that the harbor turns the water off after Labor Day and doesn’t turn it on until Memorial Day. There are about one hundred “cottages” aka houses if you aren’t from the Hamptons and they’re all different sizes and various degrees from camping. I like to think of my Grandmothers house like a tree house; part camping part cottage. The other amazing part? There are no stores, cars, or bikes. You have to walk around and if you can’t occupy yourself with books, walking, and sitting staring at the ocean then you probably won’t like it. Lucky me I love all three of those things.

I was out running the other day on the island and it occurred to me that this is the first time in my life that I have no idea what I’m doing next. In March not only did I leave New York but, I left Pedro and I left my job at Food52. I am literally a free agent right now. It’s terrifying. But secretly, it’s also exciting, Hart Beat. I don’t know where I’m going in the fall but, I am taking sales pitches. Samantha gave me a pretty good spiel about D.C. Last night. I also got a good pitch on Toronto this morning on the ferry.

Until I decide where I’m going next I’m going to keep writing to you here, Hart Beat. And I have one favor from you in return. Since I’m not going back to Brooklyn this here blog needs a new tag line. As much as it pains me, this is no longer “Your Brooklyn Lifestyle Blog.” RIP SEO. I need other ideas! Please comment here if you have any… my mind keeps coming up blank for now.

Always, Hannah

Squirrel Island, ME

All photos here were taken by yours truly on Squirrel Island, Maine.

Two Weeks in Beaujolais, France

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.

Belleville.

An outdoor market in Belleville.

The Camino de Santiago this April and May


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 hannahhartbeat@gmail.com.

Sending all my love from France right now. Xoxo Hannah

Airbnb Dreams: Madrid

Hi Hart Beat! I have a fun new series I want to share with you! On the heels of my trip to Costa Rica, I’ve decided that while I’m living here in Brooklyn I am going to start scouring Airbnb for the best places to stay around the world. Why? Because I love to travel and while I’m in a great city for the moment I’m going to vicariously live through the internet.

The first stop in this series is (obviously) Madrid. In 2011 I studied abroad in Madrid, attending the Universidad Complutense and living in the college dorms. It was one of the best times in my life and since that winter and spring, I’ve been back twice. It’s hard to admit but it’s been SIX YEARS (Lordy, Lordy) since the first time I was there. I still remember that city like the back of my hand and so, I feel semi-qualified to tell you where to stay if you go there.

First of all, stay in the neighborhood of Malasaña, in the northern part of the center city, because, a) it’s a beautiful apartment, b) it’s where all my favorite bars are and c) it’s a great central location. I scouted out this gorgeous Madrid Airbnb to stay in that is situated right on the pedestrian shopping street of Fuencarral.

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Isn’t it amazing? Those floors! Those balconies! The apartment is huge. It boasts four bedrooms and can sleep up to 14 people. For a central Marid apartment that’s pretty amazing. My favorite part is the huge farm table in the sun-filled dining room. I can see me and my friends sitting around playing cards and drinking boxed wine. If I close my eyes I can almost taste the Jamon y Manchego.

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I call this ^^ bedroom.

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There are so many great recommendations around that neighborhood that it’s hard to even start listing them. All I’ll say is you should 100% check out Red Bar and ask Antonio to make you a mojito. I promise you won’t have any regrets.

Where do you want to see next in this series? Taking suggestions, Hart Beat!

Lucy Rose Laucht

Instacrush: Lucy Rose Laucht

Lucy Rose Laucht

Hi Hart Beat! Like I wrote about the other night, I’m all about escaping this god-forsaken and freezing city right now. Instead of trudging outside into the dark to see La La Land again, I’ve lost myself deep down in the feed of my most recent Instacrush, Lucy Rose Laucht aka @lucylaucht. If you like Instagram accounts of beautifully shot beaches, camper vans and romantic cliff sides (and who doesn’t really?) then you’re gonna love her.

I’m not sure how Lucy made her way into my feed but since I’ve started following her I’ve also become obsessed with her current life situation. I mean, read this from her website about me,

A Brit in New York by way of Australia, I’m a writer and photographer with a taste for world wandering. I left the rainy shores of England some nine years ago for a year long, round-the-world backpacking adventure where I met my soul mate at a noodle stand in Bali and never really looked back. My now-husband and l are currently at home on the road in La Guaguita, a (sometimes functional) 1985 Volkswagen Westfalia camper on a road trip across America in search of the interesting people & off-beat places that inspire us to get out and see the world.

Lucy, you are living the dream! Like seriously how can we get to the level of “living your best life” that this amazing woman is at? Le sigh. I guess we’ll just have to strain our thumbs going back further and further in her feed. Right, Hart Beat?

Lucy Rose Laucht

Lucy Rose Laucht

Lucy Rose Laucht

Lucy Rose Laucht

Lucy Rose Laucht

Lucy Rose Laucht

Lucy Rose Laucht

Lucy Rose Laucht

All photos by @lucylaucht.

My Week in California

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Hola Hart Beat. God am I tired. And no, not the kind of tired from being “busy” as the NY Times is always rallying against but the true to the bone, my body is exhausted and achy tired. Why? The answer is simple. For the past week I’ve been bicycling across Northern California to raise money for an organization called Climate Ride. Like organizations like Bike MS or Walk for Breast Cancer, Climate Ride organizes day and week long hikes and bike rides to raise money for different environmental organizations. It was an amazing experience and I wish it could have gone on for three more weeks.

I took a bunch of photos on the trip and posted some on Instagram but here are some other shots in case your interested. The one thing that I just couldn’t capture on my phone was how BIG everything is out west. New England is beautiful but it’s so quaint. Everything about the California landscape is sprawling. I would stand on the cliffs with not a sole in site and just gasp at how beautiful everything is. In case your curious, here’s a rough map of the route we biked. (Except instead of taking seven hours it actually took us five days.)

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My favorite part was the third day of the trip when we biked 100 miles along Route 1 all along the coast line. I wish I could have taken more pictures but then I never would have made it to the next camp ground. Have you ever done a trip like this before, Hart Beat? Want to come with me next year?

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All photos taken by me on my iPhone. I apologize for the grainy quality 🙈.

 

To California

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Hi Hart Beat!!! Happiest of Fridays! This is an exciting Friday for me since I’m actually writing this post to you from the sky. I’m flying to San Francisco!

Starting TOMORROW I’m going to be joining my Dad and about one hundred other riders in Fortuna, CA to start a 340 mile bike ride along the cost of California. Crazy, right? We’re all raising money for Climate Ride and for info on the ride, the organizations I am fundraising for and just more general info check out my rider profile on the Climate Ride site. It’s an intense five day ride along the coast and I am so excited/nervous/not wanting to think about it right now. Especially the fact that we’re riding 60+ miles a day and camping out every night. I love the idea of camping but the though of pitching a tent and starting a fire after riding my bike for 8+ hours tires me now on this plane…. The ride will follow the Pacific and the last day the hundred riders will coast over the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco.

What I’m hoping from YOU is recommendations of things to do, places to eat, coffee to drink, Instagram shots to take the weekend after the ride when I’ll be spending time in San Francisco. If you’re a loyal reader of this blog you’ll know almost four years ago I “moved” to San Francisco. I say moved like that because what I really did was buy an impulsive one way ticket to SF with no job or life plans. I was out there about a week when I realized what a horrible idea it was and promptly moved to New York. In retrospect I’m glad I did what I did but I’m also excited to go back west on just a vacation without the stress of making a life altering decision.

So comment away here for recommendations and keep up with my Instagram for shots of the ride. See you in CA, Hart Beat!

P.S. This New York vs. San Francisco is on my mind today.

Photo by @johnthatcher.

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Hasta Luego, Hart Beat!

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Hi Hart Beat! Sorry to miss you. My mom and I are HEADING TO THE BEACH! We’ll be gone for a week exploring Costa Rica and I hate to say it but I’m so excited to get out of grey New York and see some color. This picture last year was from Antigua and I’m excited to visit the other name on the signs. Any suggestions? I’ll take them!! xoxo Hart Beat

P.S. Follow along on Instagram while I’m away!

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In Hudson…

Hannah Hart Beat Hudson

Oh Monday, we meet again. This past weekend was the perfect fall weather so Pedro and I decided to take Saturday and go up to visit Hudson, NY. The small town of Hudson is about a two and a half hour drive from our apartment in South Brooklyn, so considering it takes me an hour to get to work on the subway that’s amazing! Hudson New York is, you guessed it, on the Hudson river and, wait for it, up in the Hudson Valley region of New York. It’s only about an hour away from where I grew up but was far enough that I never went there until this year.

As much of Brooklyn and the Berkshires have experienced it, I know that Hudson has changed so much over the past ten years. People move in because they like the charm and then because people are moving in the charm starts to leave. Even if this is the case in Hudson I still LOVE IT and seriously recommend it for a weekend day (anytime of year). There are a few places I loved visiting so I thought I would make a little list here in case you find yourself up there this fall.

First off, we have the bar and restaurant Fish & Game right off of Warren Street. When Pedro and I stopped in on Saturday they had TWO FIRES GOING. I mean, do I need to say more? The top photo here and the one of the fancy drink and beer come from there.

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The second recommendation is one that I really have no business to be making but I will anyway because it looks amazing. If you want to stay overnight stay at the River Town Lodge! They have bikes! And the most amazing building! (See above.)

A few other places I recommend are the store Hawkins New York and taking a little trip on the adorable ferry that runs down the Hudson. Dios mio, this town is everything I’ve ever wanted. Except winter, it has winter and that’s maybe not something I’ll be able to forgive.

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All photos by me and Pedro.

Dream Trip: Mexico City

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Hey Hart Beat! How’s your week going so far? It’s been a busy time this week and I don’t have a ton to write to you this week. Lo siento. I hope you won’t hate me forever, Hart Beat. Today I was to share with you some photos that I’ve been swooning over for a while.

One of my best friends Marina (who I met when studying abroad in Spain, FIJAOS), was lucky enough this summer to take a trip down to Mexico City with her dad. Marina’s dad is an architect and Marina herself works at an art gallery in New York so between the two of them, they knew the right beautiful places to visit. I asked Marina if I could share some of her photos on the blog here and, lucky you, she said yes!

I’ve traveled a few times to Mexico but all the times I went was way back in history when I was still in high school. I haven’t been back to the country in a while and now that I’m seeing these photos and hearing Marina’s rave reviews of the food, culture and pace of life I now know the next place I want to go. So Hart Beat, enjoy these beautiful photos this Thursday afternoon and give Marina a huge THANKS across the internets.

P.S. Marina visited Portugal a few years ago and shared them here on the blog as well!

Mexico City from Hannah Hart Beat

Mexico City from Hannah Hart Beat

Mexico City from Hannah Hart Beat

Mexico City from Hannah Hart Beat

Mexico City from Hannah Hart Beat

Mexico City from Hannah Hart Beat

Mexico City from Hannah Hart Beat

Mexico City from Hannah Hart Beat

Mexico City from Hannah Hart Beat

All photos taken by Marina Gluckman.