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! 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.
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.
I call this ^^ bedroom.
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!