Kirsten Alana

Just a girl who can't stay still & found a way to make that a job. Home is NYC + @Dante8. Mostly iPhone/Lumia here.
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Found out today that @halfmoonjamaica exists because 17 families came to the area from America in the 50s and loved it, Half Moon Bay, so much -- that they decided to buy the property together and create a resort they could visit year after year. 3 of the original families still own this paradise and Rock Resorts manages it. But the heritage is everywhere, from the staff to the architecture. The staff treat their guests like family, and the look of the place still retains that Old Hollywood glamour of the 50s with whitewashed buildings, black and white awnings and little touches that make you feel like you should dress up, yet you needn't feel uptight. Definitely falling for #HalfMoonResort. ๐ŸŒด
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kirstenalana : #travelphotography #tlpicks #paradise #jamaica #mytravelgram #picfx #bringthephoneback #luxelife #luxlife #architecture #IGtravelThursday #travelgram #neverstopexploring
kirstenalana : Thank you so much, Ann!! @anntranfashion
capnyc : Was in Jamaica last year. Love it. The red stripe tastes so much better there
bethanyrydmark : That's a terrific story! I want to see pictures of those families in their 1950s beach attire...
diezdt : yeah @VinesBeLike
dante8 : Enjoy the palm trees and sunshine. See you a little bit tanner.
boravenangel : interesting history lesson. some places never change, but they end up changing you.
lilibethrivera : Whoa
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The first time I visited Jamaica, I was very young, perhaps too young to appreciate the island. It was a service trip that involved visiting the sick and there were torrential rain storms that made the streets become rivers. I didn't mind the rain, it felt cleansing. I also remember balmy ocean breezes and so many stars at night, when the work was done, local music playing in a palm frond hut with Christmas lights. And sitting way out on a jetty with a boy I had just met but who I ended up having a huge crush on, one that lasted for some time as we exchanged letters back and forth in the days before email. The second time I visited Jamaica it was to check out a couples resort, and I was very unhappy to be single at the time. I was depressed actually, and the trip wasn't a good one for me. Now, my third trip to Jamaica, I'm in a good place. And while I have a love that's more than a crush, one I wish was here with me -- I've also learned the secret [finally] of being happy in my own skin. And of being able to be on my own. I think it is a good time to find myself here at @halfmoonjamaica and I'm looking forward to sharing the resort with you over the next few days. Follow along with #HalfMoonResort!
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kirstenalana : @sang_won_jung_mr @andreapiana9440 @rastabodhisattva Thank you so much!
kirstenalana : @katjawulfers Yes!! I am here with @kathybuckworth :)
kirstenalana : @_the_regulator Thank you so much! And no I won't forget the sunscreen.
kirstenalana : Thank you so much, Leigh! @hinessightblog
kirstenalana : Yes!! I am here with @kathybuckworth @katjawulfers
kirstenalana : @halfmoonjamaica Thank you for having me!! And yes, I agree it will be lovely.
kirstenalana : @sang_won_jung_mr @andreapiana9440 Thank you!
kirstenalana : @rastabodhisattva Thank you! and thanks for the tips too. I'm not sure we'll have much time off the resort but I'll try and keep them in mind if we do.
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Here's another hint on where I'll be sharing photos from next, this was the view out my @delta plane window this just never gets old for me; seeing the world from 30,000 feet. โœˆ๏ธ
kirstenalana : Thank you! @raoulcostes We arrived safe and I'll share a photo of where I am very soon.
kwhitecali : I know the feeling
pat00sss : Always a #great pleasure to see your pictures on my feed, thanks
kirstenalana : Awww well gosh, thank YOU for saying so. Very sweet. @pat00sss
kirstenalana : I'm so glad you do! @kwhitecali
intuitiveartist : @kirstenalana My friend Jess passed her exams! She's an official Delta airline attendant!
kirstenalana : Yay!!! That's awesome. Could she ever get you a buddy pass to fly to NYC?! ๐Ÿ˜œ @intuitiveartist
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Ok I lied, one FINAL photo from ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น ... looking out the back of my boat as I sped away from @thegrittipalace on my way to the airport to fly to my next destination. It was so neat taking a boat directly to the airport. My first time doing that. My first time leaving Italy with such a heavy heart because I loved the experience SO much but I didn't get to share it with my love @dante8. So, now I'll be saving up all my @SPG points so hopefully one day I can take him back to Firenze to stay at the @thewestinexcelsiorflorence and the @stregisflorence and to Venezia, to the Gritti. I have one more place to go from Italy before I can be home for a while and it's completely different. Though it too is surrounded by water! Stay tuned to find out where my plane will land....
kirstenalana : Thank you so much, Tony!! @tonyburtt
kirstenalana : Grazie mille @ami_saba
kirstenalana : Thank you! @realbavarian @sunculpah @lama_sudharma @dkalunga
kirstenalana : It really is great. It grew on me and then imbedded itself deep in my heart. @nicklykiardopulo
courtody : @kirstenalana just home for a visit! I'll be back in the city sooner than I'd like to be๐Ÿ˜‰
_the_regulator : Great reflection off the beautiful Finnish on the boat!!
kirstenalana : Thank you! @_the_regulator
kirstenalana : Ahhh yes I can imagine. Hope it doesn't fly by too fast for you though. @courtody
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I'm looking down from my room onto the Grand Canal. Church bells are ringing. Seagulls weave past, dodging and diving. The water is a sparkling, quiet symphony and boats pass by leisurely. It's still early here, no traffic jam yet. Speaking of boats, in a short while I'll be in one very much like the one currently parked below, headed to my next destination. The only thing that helps me to leave, is knowing I'll get a precious few hours with my love, on the way. Otherwise, I might beg to stay. I don't know if I've done my job in convincing you to check out @SPG but they most certainly did their job of making me grateful that I'm a member, one who loves the #spglife. Ciao for now from ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น!
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rubysguide : Job well done, Kirsten!
barefeetkitchen : Having only visited The Phoenician in Scottsdale, I can still agree that @spg and the #spglife looks amazing!
rachelochurch : Perfect place for a romantic dinner! โ˜บ
kirstenalana : It sure would be!! @rachelochurch
kirstenalana : Thank you so much! I'm so glad you think so. @rubysguide
kirstenalana : Thank you! @fru_keiseraas
kirstenalana : I recommend taking the @matadornetwork travel writing or photography courses. @babychick88 @tommyturkey
kirstenalana : @sissi_ss I'm so glad you think I captured it that way. Thank you!
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Pretty sure that following a Spritz in the bar with its view of the Grand Canal and the Basilica, this would be the very best way to end my last night here in Venice. This is the only hotel rooftop in the city that is exclusive and private. The only one with an even better view of the Basilica than the guest rooms. Other rooftops at other properties are restaurants or bars open to the general public. I mean, that's Ultimate to me. Ultimate 10 Member Favorites #spglife material. Which this @SPG hotel is. This incredible stay has most definitely elevated my hotel standards to a very high level. And I don't want to leave...
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kirstenalana : @brookerica @haydiggityy Thank you!
kirstenalana : Aww thanks!! Grazie!! @tianapix
kirstenalana : @dr_know_01 @sunculpah Thank you! Grazie!
kirstenalana : @boravenangel What a cool connection. Love that! Thank you!
ddosoo : Really nice scenery ~~ *^^*
mahixon : Goodbye Venice.
kirstenalana : Thank you so much! @ddosoo
kirstenalana : So sad. Didn't want to leave. @mahixon
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My @SPG friends recommended that I take the boat to Burano for the day to experience another part of life in and around Venezia...they could not have been more correct in knowing what I might want to see! Life here, in October, is bathed in sun but quiet and peaceful. The colors are almost blinding in their depth and the opportunities for photographs abound to the point that 15 minutes into my journey around the island, my phone died!! I had to find a local cafe to charge and to recharge from the creative overload. What a lovely lovely way to spend 1/2 of my last day in Italia. #spglife
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rojin_jl : Love the blue and pink together๐Ÿ’œ
dianejen : Amazing.
kirstenalana : @1tsmordecai Thank you so much! I appreciate that a lot. Photography has always been my #1 passion so it means a lot when people appreciate it.
kirstenalana : @kierareilly I loved the fabric over the doors too!!! I think I was obsessed in fact. I kept on taking photos of the doors and the laundry. I'm gonna publish a photo book about just Burano. Stay tuned. Also, some limited edition prints.
kirstenalana : @corparaserfeliz @ccolon156 @dianejen Thank you! Grazie! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š
knreichert : Wow!
mahixon : Love it!
kirstenalana : Thank you!! @mahixon @knreichert
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My last full day in Italy has dawned clear and a bit cold but my spirits couldn't be higher with this view, an excellent cup of coffee and the sound of half a dozen languages flowing around me with church bells and seagulls creating a background chorus. I don't know when it happened but @spg managed to completely make me fall in love with Firenze, Venezia and the #spglife...
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kirstenalana : Thank you! @ccolon156
tonyburtt : What an amazing place for morning coffee!
aliceee.ward.x : Yes we are staying at the Gritti. We are having a lovely time and hope your stay was very enjoyable too.
lolopresley : I want that blue and white stripe cup!!!! One for me, one for your mom and one for you. Wouldn't that be lovely:-)
kirstenalana : @tonyburtt Truly. Amazing was exactly the word for me.
kirstenalana : I actually just found out that it's an Italian fine china line that is apparently sold at Saks. So I'll go when I'm back in town and see if it's possible to buy 3. Never know. @lolopresley
kirstenalana : @xalice_wardyx I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay as well!!
kirstenalana : @tonyburtt Amazing was exactly the word for it for sure.
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One of the best things about this Member Favorites @SPG property, is its proximity to all the best places in Venice. They're also some of the most crowded, so I do my walking around early and late in the day to avoid the heavier crowds. The benefit of being out later is sunsets like THIS!! It took me less than 10 minutes to walk here, the area near San Marco where so many of the gondoliers park their boats at night, and my jaw dropped when I arrived. It is hard not to fall in love with Venice when this is the view. #spglife
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kirstenalana : Thank you so much! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š @elelabai
rechizar : Wish I have your job! Unfortunately I can only travel once a year during my husband's vacation and my daughter's summer break from school. So where are you going next? So glad to exchange information and experience from well travelled people like you. I bought the book Italy Travel Book For Dummies when I first went to Italy. My daughter was in school choir in high school and travelled and performed in several churches and schools there. I had to follow her since I couldn't be in their tour group. All I had was her performance schedule and venue. So I had to travel on my own in a country I've never been and which language I do not speak (bought an Italian-English dictionary which I carried with me all the time.) I usually travel with my family. But it was a very liberating experience for me and I also met people who are now my friends. Happy and safe travels to you! Looking forward to seeing your photos.
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mahixon : The best silhouette pic I have seen. Perfect photo
kirstenalana : Wow. That's very high praise. Thank you so much!! @mahixon
kirstenalana : Thank you! Love your app btw!!! @picfx
kirstenalana : @rechizar I understand. That's like so many people. My job seems great. And it very much is in parts, or I wouldn't do it. But at the same time, I envy you a bit for the husband, child and home life you have. Those are things I can't have with the job I do. I think what matters most is that we be happy and grateful in every moment and whenever we can, enjoy the things that we don't get very often to the MAX when we do get them. For instance when I do get to be home and seeing my boyfriend, that time with him is absolutely sacred. I don't know. But your Italian adventure does sound lovely and I'm so glad you did that. I hope you get to again one day.
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I could have gone anywhere for a glass of wine and a rest for my weary feet after my long (but very lovely) tour this morning. I came back to my @SPG home because the view of Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute can't be beat, the service is flawless and the wine list superb. It's not often I choose to spend very much time at a hotel when I travel. I want to be out, exploring!! This is different. I could sit along the Grand Canal here at Gritti and watch the world go by forever. I can hardly tear myself away to be my usual exploratory self. I like the #spglife in Venezia very much.
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kirstenalana : Merci!! @simonhs
devonone : We were there a month ago, nice for cocktails x
a2steven : Gorgeous DOF!!! ๐Ÿ˜
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kirstenalana : Thank you! @fotostudio67 @a2steven
kirstenalana : Very nice, I agree. My favorite place still. The view and service just can't be beat. @devonone
matthewjphotos : @kirstenalana Completely agree. Venice is such a magical, beautiful place. Miss it already.
kirstenalana : @matthewjphotos Thank you! And I'm glad you agree. I hope you get to return one day. I already want to come back again.
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