Kirsten Alana

I'm a photographer who travels for work but I'd travel either way. Home is NYC + @Dante8. Mostly mobile photos here.
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I enjoyed the privilege of a water taxi transfer from the train station to my hotel today, compliments of @SPG and because I love boats so very much, there couldn't have been a better introduction to Venice for me than to just get right out onto the Grand Canal in the midst of all the grandest buildings in the city. I learned the hard way later, when I was running late for a tour and took a water taxi on my own -- that this is the most expensive way to get around and a most unnecessary expense. Still, the joy it brings when I sit in the back, with the wind in my hair and the sun overhead, the gorgeous architecture on either side and the occasional gondolier passing by who is singing to his customers; well it's worth the money in the end. #spglife
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kirstenalana : @flaviarezendepizardo Si!! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š
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kirstenalana : @dr_know_01 Grazie! Thank you!
kirstenalana : Thank you so much! @vendite
fluffybuttfarm : @kirstenalana get to Trieste if you can. You're close. It is an undiscovered gem.
spencerspellman : Not too shabby!
kirstenalana : Not at all. @spencerspellman
kirstenalana : @fluffybuttfarm Thank you! Great tip. I will try to.
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You've seen the view outside my room (if you saw my last photo), now this is inside my room. It's fit for a princess with my favorite roses, a bottle of prosecco chilling by the bed and my very favorite bottled water (S. Pellegrino) close at hand. Here's the thing, sometimes I feel a bit sad doing what I do because I'm sharing experiences that are difficult for others to replicate. They're experiences I get to have because I'm a photographer/blogger/influencer who people want to impress. Not so this time at all in fact, these experiences in Italy are the same ones you can have as an @SPG member. And that's why I wanted to work with SPG to show you the #spglife. I hope you're enjoying what I'm sharing! Ciao for now from Venezia, more pics soon. ๐Ÿ’•
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kirstenalana : @susielclarke That's so sweet of you to say. Thank you so much!
kirstenalana : @foodphilosophy I wish I'd known too!!!!! That would have been really helpful for me. Here's an idea though, once you've got it all worked out, I'll come to Italy with you and shoot all the press/promo photos for your tours.... ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š
kirstenalana : @rachelochurch It's free to become an @spg member. Click through to their profile and then visit the link to get all the info. It's one of the better loyalty programs in travel in my opinion. I was a member years before they wanted to work with me. I'm so glad you're following along and thank you for doing so. Yes, Italy is definitely a must see country.
kirstenalana : @fromtherightbank It truly is. Hard to believe someone isn't tricking me with some ginormous fake backdrop or something.
kirstenalana : @monicasuma Thank you, Monica! And I think you'd doubly appreciate this place after what you recently said about style in Australia vs. America with the races. It's definitely old school glamour here. Recalls the glory days of travel and of life where we still dressed up for things.
foodphilosophy : @kirstenalana That's a deal! โค๏ธ
rachelochurch : Thank you @kirstenalana! โ˜บ๐Ÿ˜‰
monicasuma : @kirstenalana Exactly! I'm sure I would love it.
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I've made it to the last property on my #spglife tour of @SPG's Ultimate 10 Member Favorites list properties in Italia and this is the view from my room!!!!!!! It's not enough that this hotel is a palace but now my view is fit for a queen. And wait till you see the inside of my room and the rest of the hotel...prepare for Venice overload. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น
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bellajanssens : @svdvloodt our next hotel? Looking over your favourite building ๐Ÿ™
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zigonne : You're so lucky to be there!๐Ÿ’•โœจ๐Ÿ’•
kirstenalana : It is a beautiful place to be that's for sure. @zigonne
kirstenalana : Thank you! @fotostudio67
kirstenalana : @laurentrautvetter Thank you for the tip. St. Mark's is under construction right now. So that tour isn't happening. But next time hopefully. And you're right, Venice at night is nice.
kirstenalana : @donnaho Thank you!!
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There are so many incredible places to eat less than a five minute walk from the two @spg properties I've called home here in Firenze, many of them more local than others because of where the properties are in the city. (This is a great thing in my mind, just removed enough from the huge crowds to feel more intimate but not too far away from everything you want to see. Anyway...) This restaurant: Osteria Santo Spirito, is just on the other side of the Arno, but it is so good, I went there twice in one day. Once for lunch, and then for dinner. This is the Spaghetti with Red Pepper and Roasted Garlic. I also recommend the Baked Gnocchi with Formaggio and Truffles. #spglife
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kirstenalana : :) :) @todoolhar
alex_grizzle : @emilyd27 LOOK AT THE LOCATION OF THIS PIC ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿท๐Ÿท๐Ÿท๐Ÿ
emilyd27 : @alex_grizzle I would recognize those plates anywhere!! When are we going back?!
davdlux : I Know where are made the best gnocchi, at my home ๐Ÿ˜
kirstenalana : LOL! @davdlux
kirstenalana : Hope you get to go back soon! @emilyd27 @alex_grizzle
spillingthebeans : Oh, yum! Didn't get a chance to eat there when I was in Firenze last year. Need to zap myself back there right now to see how good it is ๐Ÿ˜‰
kirstenalana : Yes!!! Next time hopefully you can. I just couldn't get enough. @spillingthebeans
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As if I needed any more reasons to love my current @SPG hotel, I then stumbled upon this staircase tonight when I decided I wanted to be more fit by skipping the elevator. Because I have such a thing for staircases, and my jaw dropped when I saw this one, it really cemented this Ultimate 10 Member Favorites property on my own Top 10 list. Gonna be hard to leave tomorrow and head to Venice. #spglife
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kirstenalana : @secondhedgehog Thank you! I'm glad you get it, and appreciate this staircase as well.
kirstenalana : @_veronica.p @vendite Thank you!
lizwarkentin : I also love gorgeous staircases and if it's not more than three or four flights, I'll opt for the stairs over the elevator to get exercise.
kirstenalana : I've started doing that as often as possible! Helps that I have to do that at home in NYC too where there's no elevator. @lizwarkentin
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kirstenalana : Thank you! @fotostudio67
lugfrancisco01 : Great pic....
kirstenalana : Thank you! @lugfrancisco01
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This is the ornate Winter Garden, with its stunning Murano glass chandelier, where I began my last full day here in Firenze. Just one more illustration of why this property is in The Ultimate 10 category of @SPG's Member Favorites list for 2014. It's not my personal style and yet there's something about the setting that just elevates my mood and tone for a day of touring the Duomo and seeing (finally!) the statue of David. Can't wait! #spglife
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kierareilly : Beautiful. I love that Murano chandelier. If only I had a place to hang something like that, is get one! A girl needs to dream. But David, well he takes the cake!
boravenangel : it would be regrettable if you left Italy without taking a picture of what Italy is renown for, pizza.
kirstenalana : Oh boy do I have a pizza coming for you!! @boravenangel No worries. Just not ready to post about it, yet.
kirstenalana : @kierareilly David DID take the cake. Just sensational. And I know what you mean about the chandelier!!!
mahixon : Beautiful building interior.
kirstenalana : I'm glad you think so too! @mahixon
tyblissa : Just stunning! What a fabulous experience!
kirstenalana : Thank you! It has been for sure. @tyblissa
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The first thing I fell in love with about both the @SPG properties I'm staying in this week, in Firenze, is their location along the Arno. I love being close to water and I also love being able to see sunset and sunrise. Because of the way the city is laid out, at this time of year I see the full path of the sun from my window and sometimes I walk along the river just to enjoy a different view of it all. The narrow streets and the maze of beauty that is the rest of Florence is nice as well but there's something about where I'm staying that I will miss so very much when I have to move on. #spglife
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nicolettemason : Swoon
mahixon : Another great shot Kirsten :)
kirstenalana : Thank you so much! @mahixon
kirstenalana : @nicolettemason Thanks lady!!
juergenbuergin : Beautiful pics, Kirsten!
kirstenalana : Thank you so much! @juergenbuergin
snowinri : Magnificent shot @kirstenalana ๐Ÿ˜Š
kirstenalana : Thank you so much! @snowinri
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The St. Regis is a former palace that was designed by Brunelleschi and even though not every detail or furnishing is original these days, the spirit of the original lives on in the well appointed interior of the opulent hotel today. This is the check in salon that I fell in love with at first sight and which sets a tone that's more than matched by the staff and overall experience which follows. It's not overdone, it's just right. From the personal butler service to how luxurious the sheets feel: sooo easy to understand why this @SPG property is on the Member Favorites List for 2014 in The Ultimate 10 category. #spglife
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kirstenalana : Thank you, Leigh! @hinessightblog
rubysguide : @kirstenalana How welcoming! The color hues are certainly regal. My husband and I are Starwood Preferred Guests, and we often stay at the Westin or Sheraton. In particular, my husband has stayed in @SPG hotels throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Certainly would like to join him on more of his trips!
skimbaco : Yes, super excited, leaving on Monday!
kirstenalana : Yay!!! Monday will be my last full day in Italy, Venice to be exact. Will be fun to switch gears and watch you do this project in Bali!! @skimbaco
kirstenalana : @rubysguide That's wonderful!! I like Westin and Sheraton as well. Have had great experiences at both. I hope that you keep having great @SPG moments all around the world! I've found the longer I travel, the more loyalty really does pay off.
spillingthebeans : Stayed here @stregisflorence last year to celebrate my birthday and I loved it. I have such wonderful memories from there. The room was exquisite and the service was warm; I felt so special. One of my favorite hotels in the world!! โค๏ธ
kirstenalana : @spillingthebeans Yay!!!! I'm so glad you liked it as much as I did. Truly a special place.
spillingthebeans : Absolutely ๐Ÿ˜€ Such beautifully designed rooms and what about that tv screen in the bathroom mirror!? One of those times you can say, shut up and take my money (actually no, points better ๐Ÿ˜œ)
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The #spglife seems to mean that when you have a want, there's always someone to help make sure it becomes a possible and not just a maybe. So grateful to the @SPG concierge who helped us get to this iconic Florence spot tonight to witness a sublime sunset over one of the most beautiful of European cities. I'm so thankful that @leahtravels and @thelilyjang were here in Firenze to share this moment with. Traveling alone is fun for me but sharing moments like this with loved ones or kindred spirits is why I really love to explore the world.
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nobodywalks : So lovely
kirstenalana : Thank you so much! @nobodywalks
kirstenalana : @thelifeofbri_k I hope you get to return again someday. And thank you for the sweet compliment.
kirstenalana : @ai_followus Magical indeed!!
lizwarkentin : My favourite spot in Florence. Gorgeous shot
kirstenalana : Thank you! And good choice. It's so lovely. @lizwarkentin
igers_firenze : Your #pic is the best of #igersfirenze! Take a look at our gallery! ๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ‘
kirstenalana : Yay!! Grazie!! @igers_firenze ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡นโค๏ธ
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Today I've checked out of one @SPG property and into another, just across the piazza. This is my lovely room with a window overlooking the Arno River and incredible frescoes to remind me where I am and just how inspiring a city of art and culture Firenze is. I've three nights here, and a few more days to continue my exploration before departing to Venice. #spglife
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heatherkjonesrd : LOVE the St. Regis in Florence! Have stayed there several times. You must try Zebs in Florence. Mom and son team do some serious home cooking in a chic eatery.
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kirstenalana : @roving81611 Oh I'm so glad to hear that!!
kirstenalana : @heatherkjonesrd I'm so glad you've been and know it. Thank you for the foodie tip, might have to check that out.
kirstenalana : @rubysguide Thank you so much! What a kind comment and such an honor you're following me after just two days. I'm so grateful to know that. It's true, I am busy but never too busy to try and care for others. I'll take a look :)
rubysguide : @kirstenalana Thank you. I really appreciate that.
stregisflorence : @kirstenalana This is one of our rooms in Florentine style! There are rooms in Medici and Renaissance style as well, but that characteristic wall with frescoes gives unic atmosphere and honors the Florentine artistic tradition. By the way...Nice pic! May we repost it in our account tagging you in the caption?
kirstenalana : @stregisflorence You most certainly may repost this and credit me. Thank you for asking. And thank you for putting me in this room. I love it. It reminds me of my mother @paintthenight, who is an artist. And I wish she could be here with me. But it also makes me feel close to her at the same time. It's a wonderful room and I love it.
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