Kirsten Alana

Just a girl who can't stay still & found a way to make that a job. Home is NYC + @Dante8. #bringthephoneback
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The @nationaltrust Chastleton House is on a narrow road in a stunning piece of property by a small village with subtlety rolling hills and trees that seem to be hundreds of years old but behind the main gate, it's all gorgeously preserved formality. It's a rare Jacobean country manor that was built between 1607 and 1612 by a prosperous wool merchant. Since it was kept in only one family until 1991, it remained essentially unchanged for nearly 400 years and is barely effected by the progress of the 21st century. I wasn't able to go inside but just staring at the outside took me back into my favorite Jane Austen novels and into the romance of shows like Downton Abbey. It was enough just to look. Hopefully one day I can return and go inside! #unexpectedGB
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kentdeandy : Go inside find a secret passage which lead to gold , treasures.....😜
angel7nn : Beautiful~
eljayburke : Great photo, phenomenal caption. Thanks for sharing.
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_veronica.p : Great shot!!
boravenangel : you are taking some really enchanting photos of late. these castles and these sheep and landscapes are secretly tickling my fancy.
fotostudio67 : The colors of these buildings are awesome. Very impressive. Lovely shot. Get you into the mood of de 17th centuryπŸ˜‰
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This Anglican church in the village of Upper Slaughter is dedicated to St. Peter and it's beautifully placed centrally in the small village, overlooking the River Eye. Fitting since according to my research, the village has much to be thankful for historically. It's one of the very few in England that lost no soldiers in either WWI or WWII. It's therefore known as one of the "Doubly Thankful Villages." A quiet place in the off season, one of its few concessions to tourism is the very grand Lords of the Manor hotel. #unexpectedGB
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kirstenalana : @_the_regulator I agree. I found that quite extraordinary.
kirstenalana : @bethanyrydmark YES. That is right indeed. It was definitely #taxusbaccata @paintthenight Thank you, Bethany!!
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dahora129 : @kirstenalana i'm from Brazil.
kirstenalana : @dahora129 I've never been to Brazil but I've always wanted to visit. Hopefully one day.
mrsoaroundworld : When do you leave england?
kirstenalana : I just got home :( :( :( Still posting latergrams because I just have sooo many to post. Missing England a lot too. @mrsoaroundworld
dance2liv : @kirstenalana you just have to go to Brazil! It's amazing! I can't wait to see Brazil through your perspective.
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The village of Lower Slaughter has been inhabited for over 1000 years and is built on both banks of the River Eye, which also flows through the nearby village of Upper Slaughter. On the far left of this photo, there is a 19th-century water mill and waterwheel that's just barely viewable, it's one of the village's landmarks and one of its most photographed buildings. Though the mill is made of red brick, most of the homes in the village use Cotswold sandstone and date to the 16th or 17th century. Contrary to the bloody connotation the word 'Slaughter' now has in the English language, these picturesque villages take their names from the old english word 'Slohtre' which meant "muddy place" and were so named because the River Eye used to make the area where the villages are into a very muddy, boggy place. #unexpectedGB
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kentdeandy : Best for lovers who wants to take a break .......
jenburnett : @kirstenalana thanks! πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘Š
vtq147 : ah...well this building is lovely. 😊
kirstenalana : Thank you! I'm glad you agree. 😊 @vtq147
kirstenalana : I can see why you'd say that! @kentdeandy
kirstenalana : Merci!! @simonhs
kirstenalana : I really want to visit!! @mrsoaroundworld
theinternationalgent : Great post!
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There are so many gorgeous spaces in the elegant @ellenboroughpk but this has become my favorite. Sitting here under the ancient stained glass windows, the sound of birds outside a background chorus to the scene, I can look down at the garden and out to the nearby racecourse and the city of Cheltenham in the background. There's a stone fireplace off to the side and I sip my Earl Grey tea from fine English china (a pattern made specially for the hotel) and I feel so content. This place is utterly calming. #unexpectedGB
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kirstenalana : You're gonna LOVE it!!!! OMG I'm so excited you'll get to go there. @angieaway @ellenboroughpk
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dickeydowney : @kirstenalana If you're still in the area, pop down to Stourhead gardens in Wiltshire - you won't regret it :)
kirstenalana : Unfortunately I am not :( But I really appreciate the tip. I'll have to go there next trip!! @dickeydowney
kirstenalana : @zan301 Thank you!
kirstenalana : Haha. Yay!! Good taste. @matthewingsdotcom
kirstenalana : I did in fact. @paintthenight
kirstenalana : @callangreen Thanks Callan! I did too.
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'Sheep in a field' were another item on my "must photograph list" for the Cotswolds, along with the aforementioned thatched roof cottage. With less than a day to go I was worried I'd have to leave without what I viewed as this quintessential English photo. Ha. And then, on a tour with the very fun Becky, of 'Secret Cottage' tours, we came across these sheep under a huge old tree and it was like the photography gods delivered my photo on a silver platter. Look at that one even staring right at me but not running away! (They usually run away.) I found out that the Cotswold breed of sheep was supposedly already in the Cotswold Hills when the Romans got here in 54 B.C. Whether that's true or just a rumor, I can't confirm. But I will say they really are everywhere dotting the rolling hills. They're used both for their wool and their meat here, perhaps the reason for the large number. Hope you enjoy this shot as much as I enjoyed making it. #unexpectedGB
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skimbaco : Loving this shot!
kirstenalana : Thank you, Katja!! @skimbaco Have you announced where you're moving to yet?? I'm really curious to know.
koustyk : Captured at just the right moment...well done!
kirstenalana : Thank you so much!! @koustyk
velvetescape : Gorgeous!
kirstenalana : Thank you, Keith! @velvetescape
_the_regulator : That's wonderful! Yeah I noticed the one staring right off...great capture!!
kirstenalana : @_the_regulator I'm glad you did and glad you like this. Thank you!
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When I picked up the MGB, Tony of @theopenroadwarwick told me that one thing many people expect to see a lot of in the Cotswolds is thatch roofed cottages. He said, don't be surprised if you don't see as many as you'd think. He was right. I've not seen a lot. But that doesn't mean there is a shortage of adorable and picturesque houses. Quite the opposite in fact. And this is one of my favorites I've seen because of the gardening around the home! #unexpectedGB
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kirstenalana : @brunobritto73 Gracias!
kirstenalana : @startarilla Thank you for the tip! I won't have time on this trip alas. But I hope to get back and go there on another trip.
giss_love_gude : @kirstenalana si es correcto! Yes it is correct! 😊
vtq147 : there's just something magical about homes in Europe...nice shot!
kirstenalana : @vtq147 I completely agree with you. There really is. Thank you!
kirstenalana : @giss_love_gude Ahhhh. Good. 😊😊
ad708 : The problem with thatched roofs is the fire risk. A lot of the old cottages changed due to that but there are a few around (especially back in Brockenhurst and Lyndhurst where you were before). About ten years a go I watched one of the neighbours Roofs go up in flames (Luckily the house was empty at the time) which was distressing for all involved. It did however highlight how dangerous they can be if they dry out too much and you have faulty electrics. They ebbed up rebuilding but I think they tiled it instead.
kirstenalana : Ahhh ok that makes sense!! Thank you for the info. @ad708
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So this is my last home-away-from-home on this #unexpectedGB tour of England, the sublime 60 room @ellenboroughpk. As soon as I pulled through the gates during Golden Hour, with blinding sun, in my little MGB, up the winding drive and into the turnaround where I took this photo -- I fell in love. I was sure I wouldn't even need to see what was inside but of course after I did then that sealed the deal. I actually would have jumped up and down outside the car like a little girl if there hadn't been a sweet bellman already waiting to help me check in. This portion in the photo is the oldest section of the hotel and as an estate dates back to the sixteenth century when it was known as Southam House. All over the inside and outside there are details showing the history of the property and its owners. Coats of arms carved into stone or wood, stained glass windows and a very elaborate fireplace surround in the main dining room. I arrived wearing a dress and it might as well have been a ball gown for all that Ellenborough has made me feel like I was a princess from the very first moment.
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kirstenalana : Thank you! @kevinmims @simonhs @lifepassione @keesha_azor @silviuz @haigstagram
kirstenalana : @eattravelcook I actually didn't find @theopenroadwarwick, @lovegreatbritain arranged that for me. But I was very grateful they did and I hope to use Tony again on my own. He has a very well managed business and an excellent fleet of cars. I'd recommend looking at his site.
kirstenalana : @tonyburtt Haha. No, not bad AT ALL. I feel so very grateful.
kirstenalana : @paintthenight I am ok yes :)
kirstenalana : @boravenangel Thank you!! Yes the clouds were very dark behind the hotel but the sun was coming through a patch that was just shining right on the building.
kirstenalana : @fotostudio67 There really is. And I agree, it is great.
eattravelcook : @kirstenalana Good to know, thanks. Enjoy your time there.
eattravelcook : One day I will get there! I am a direct descendant of one of Queen Elizabeth I 's suitors, the Earl of Dudley, whom she beheaded when he wanted to marry her. Lol
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To get down to the Cotswolds I've had the immense privilege of driving this beauty: a 1969 MGB Roadster. If you couldn't tell by the Shelby picture a few back, I'm quite a classic car enthusiast so this was a dream come true for me!!! Tony at @theopenroadwarwick (who has just joined Instagram on my recommendation, give him a follow!) set me up well and I had gorgeous weather to rock down the 429 through some of the prettiest countryside and rural villages in England. Now I can't imagine getting around any other way. Go on and give @theopenroadwarwick a warm welcome to Instagram and check out Tony's site through his profile. He's got a lovely collection of classic cars for hire that will help you enjoy your next holiday in England to the max. #unexpectedGB
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vtq147 : my dad used to have a red convertible mgb back when he was in his twenties!! He talks fondly of that car...too bad he didn't keep it!! Glad you got to drive it!! πŸ‘
kirstenalana : Very good, thank you for letting me know, Tony and welcome to Instagram!! @theopenroadwarwick
kirstenalana : @vtq147 Oh wow how cool. Wish he had kept it. Isn't that how it often goes though.
nleslein : @lesliecunningham love it! Such a coincidence because I took photos of my MG the other day and posted one tonight. Looks like we're on the same page :)
kentdeandy : The trees must be very old...
bazclack : Very proud to say thats close to where I live!
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This is the lovely garden gate at @careysmanor_senspa, my home while I was in Brockenhurst, and the site of another truly incredible meal. The service is excellent. Their Spa is lovely with its own indoor swimming pool and at this time of year the fireplaces are ablaze, there's a warm spiked cider that sits out for guests to enjoy in the entrance hall where there's a three stories high old wooden staircase and the hallways creak with the history of hundreds of years of occupancy. It's a very cozy place to be based when you're exploring the New Forest and when you do, hire a Twizy (electric car) like I did, and go horseback riding at Burley Manor. Oh, and don't forget to spend some time with the wild horses and ponies that roam all around town, they're the sweetest creatures. #unexpectedGB I'm officially off to the Cotswolds next...
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kirstenalana : Thank you! @gulnaz_g
kirstenalana : Yes a lot like one! @vinamonologues
kirstenalana : It was quite close. @jammietart
kirstenalana : @ad708 I won't be able to I'm afraid. I wish I'd known about that earlier. Did go to Beaulieu but just to the car museum. Didn't know the village was nice as well :(
kirstenalana : @katjawulfers Thank you! And it was.
kirstenalana : @bornintheeu Thank you!
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As a photographer, I get very frustrated when I have an experience that I can't communicate in imagery. Such is the case with @thepig_hotel in Brockenhurst. I'll have to fill a whole blog post to even start doing justice to the experience. It recently won Best Countryside Hotel in the @cntraveler awards but I went for the food in their restaurant. And that was spectacular!! But it was just one of the 3 elements that made the whole evening one for the memory books: the food, the people and the atmosphere were beyond reproach in every way. Just superb. There were waitstaff who knew who I was and had read my blog, they welcomed me with prosecco and a seat by a roaring fire, they made a superior version of my favorite drink (the Bloody Mary) and the food...well. Then there was the atmosphere, so divine that I stayed until I was the last patron in this dining room (only a 1/4 of which is shown here since I didn't have a fisheye lens). Their menu is predominantly sourced within 25 miles of the hotel and everything tasted as fresh as if it was pulled from a garden 10 minutes before being consumed. I predict this place is due for many many more awards! #unexpectedGB
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kirstenalana : @here_and_there_without_a_care Thank you!
kirstenalana : @ayeshahendra Yes I think so too!
kirstenalana : @fantasticgina Thank you!
kirstenalana : @jammietart Oh good I'm so glad. Thank you!
borderfreetravels : @kirstenalana this place looks just like my style @thepig_hotel
daughterartemis : There is a book called "The Forest" which is a historical fiction account of the New Forest region of England you're traveling around. You have the perfect eye for capturing the feeling that the book left me with as well.
kirstenalana : @borderfreetravels Oh yes I think you'd adore it. @thepig_hotel
kirstenalana : @daughterartemis Thank you so much for the kind compliment. And now I'll have to read the book!!
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