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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From the sublime countryside back to the modern sprawl of London. This is one of my favorite images that I captured in the city during the #unexpectedGB trip and it was during those few hours I got to spend with @thetravelbite and @bloggeries at The Shard, designed by architect Renzo Piano. Thanks to @lovegreatbritain for making this one of the most enjoyable trips I've had in a while and thanks to all of you for following along. I'll have more photos in blog posts to come but now it's back home to a snowy New York just in time for Thanksgiving!
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soyeongeee : I'm really expecting your photos of a snowy New York!! ❄️❄️ Happy Thanksgiving!!😆
coffeertw : I love your angle on travel
kirstenalana : Thank you so much my friends!! @coffeertw
kirstenalana : @soyeongeee Oh cool. Yay!! Thanks. And in the meantime check out @dante8. I'm headed to join him but he's already posted some snow images.
kirstenalana : @tyblissa Thank you, Melissa!
kirstenalana : @vtq147 There is indeed. And thank you!
kirstenalana : @kenographer Thank you so much! I'm glad you think of it like that.
_m.gratia_ : Cool ❤
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I really fell in love with the New Forest and the Cotswolds of England, so when I had to get in my car hire and drive myself back to Oxford to catch a train to London to fly home, my heart was very heavy indeed. I decided to take the long way and drive through a few more quaint villages. This is Bampton, where they film quite a bit of @downtonabbey_official, which I happen to be more than a little obsessed with. I didn't get to see any of the cast (obviously) and it was pouring rain but these colorful doors and a last spot of tea + millionaire shortbread were quite a comfort. Bampton was an early market town and has a church that dates to the 12th century so if you're ever in the area, it's worth a drive by. Maybe you'll even get lucky and see some filming going on. Ha! 😜 #unexpectedGB
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emc_000 : @kirstenalana No probs, great to see someone exploring the UK out of the larger cities! Safe trip home
bradblackman : TARDIS blue!
kirstenalana : Yes indeed!!! @bradblackman
kirstenalana : @emc_000 I was glad I had the chance to do so. It's a fabulous country outside the big cities. The countryside is great.
electrobixgreen : @kirstenalana You should've popped by my hometown Newbury, Berkshire - nearby Highclere Castle is 'Downton Abbey'! Glad you enjoyed GB.
kirstenalana : I found that out after I'd left the area!!!! I knew it was filmed by me but didn't know how close I was. Next trip for sure!!! @electrobixgreen
mikaelthakur : Bampton or Brampton?
kirstenalana : Bampton. It's also sometimes called Bampton-in-the-Bush. @mikaelthakur
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Once in a while, like this while, I don't have a big story to tell or a tip to share. I just want to show you a pretty photo from a place I loved just to say: isn't the world beautiful!🍂🍁And still so colorful, even in late November, which I wasn't expecting at all.🍁🍂#unexpectedGB
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kirstenalana : @mjcskye I hope you do get to visit the Cotswolds!
kirstenalana : Thank you! @photographerlondon @coffeemeetstea @oscsan @chicky_z @bornintheeu @jammietart @martha699 @pearlsonastring @jong7979 @bellacb
kirstenalana : @christianjosep Glad you like it. Thanks, Christian!
kirstenalana : @fotostudio67 They lingered just long enough to stay for my whole trip. Sweet of them. 😉😊
kirstenalana : @beachstone5 Oh good. I'm glad you think so. Thank you!
kirstenalana : @jsftravel Thank you so much friends and same to you!
haha7743 : nice!
kirstenalana : Thank you! @haha7743
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Even though the dining nook with its stained glass, and view of the garden, that I posted a photo of a few back at @ellenboroughpk is really my favorite spot in the hotel -- this is the area that was most meaningful to me. It's a stairway with trompe-l'œil that reminds me of my mother who is a classical painter and who has created many a scene just like this over the course of her career in private homes and in businesses. @paintthenight took me on my first ever trip abroad from the United States and she bought me my first passport. Coincidentally, it was also to go together to England. So every time, during this trip, that I saw something which reminded me of her, it was like a double sided coin of bittersweet pleasure and pain. In truth, it felt incomplete to be back where the travel bug first bit me, but back without her. I'm always wishing I could take my loved ones with me and so even though I'm so incredibly grateful for the experiences I get to have, and share with all of you, it's not without moments of sadness. I hope you've enjoyed exploring England with me? I might have a few more images still to come, if you want to see them? #unexpectedGB
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beingbeatrice : What a lovely story. Would love to see more England pics!
kirstenalana : Oh good. I'll share a few more. Thanks for saying so and I am glad you like this post. @beingbeatrice
nrytsk : 🙌👍
kirstenalana : Thank you! @nrytsk
glazz6 : Very nice!!
kirstenalana : Thank you! @glazz6
cnmukadam : Beautiful.. 👌
kirstenalana : Thank you! @cnmukadam
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I'm so excited to finally be able to post my thatched roof cottage photo from the Cotswolds. I wanted to wait to do so until I could use it to welcome @cottagetour to Instagram because I really got to know and love Becky and Robin. With @cottagetour they've managed to create an intimate combination of a car tour and a private lunch + cream tea in their lovely home and it's thanks to my time with Becky driving around that I was finally able to capture this photo and the last 3 I've posted. Please give this couple and their new business a hearty welcome to this great community that's meant so much to me. #unexpectedGB
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nrytsk : 👏👏👍
kirstenalana : Thank you! @nrytsk
ziya_sa : @kirstenalana your well come
thebestinparis : That's part of my bucket list ;)
kirstenalana : Good choice!! @thebestinparis
lenakostolanska : I love your photos thats exactly the part of world i want to live in one day
kirstenalana : Thank you so much! And what a lovely choice. I wouldn't mind living there either. @lenakostolanska
phinesiabell : @kirstenalana thank you for your response 😊Can you recommend a place to stay in the Cotswolds for a solo traveler?
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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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kirstenalana : @boravenangel Oh wow, good, thank you!!
kirstenalana : @_veronica.p @angel7nn @intheblink0faneye Thank you!
kirstenalana : @eljayburke Thank you so much! And thanks for commenting :)
kirstenalana : @kentdeandy Ooohh I wish I could have!!! How fun would that have been.
kirstenalana : @beachstone5 That's very kind of you to say. Thank you!
kirstenalana : @wanderlust_and_lipstick @kjmatthewstv Thank you!
kirstenalana : @_the_regulator I agree. I can't even fathom it really. When I think of how much the world has changed and how much has happened since this would have been built....just crazy!!!
kirstenalana : @passionfruit.and.prunes Oh good. Love Jane Austen!! Glad it reminds you of that as well.
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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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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.
kirstenalana : Hopefully sooner than later! @dance2liv
wfa31 : Amazing view!!! Celtics era, one of my favorite!! @kirstenalana I doubt this isn't far from the Irish coast?
kirstenalana : It's in a part of England not close to Ireland really but I can see how you'd find a similarity. @wfa31
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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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kirstenalana : I really want to visit!! @mrsoaroundworld
theinternationalgent : Great post!
kirstenalana : Thank you! @theinternationalgent
lenakostolanska : My dreamhouse !!!!
kirstenalana : Mine too!!! @lenakostolanska
oscsan : Picture perfect ✨😍 @kirstenalana
kirstenalana : Thank you so much! @oscsan
oscsan : @kirstenalana you're most welcome Kirsten!
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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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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!
oscsan : In love with your gallery. ✨👌😍 @kirstenalana
kirstenalana : Oh wow. Thank you so much!!! @oscsan 😊😊
oscsan : @kirstenalana my pleasure! 👋😄✨
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