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Instagram Image by Kirsten Alana (@kirstenalana) with caption : "If you like to travel for the pretty places and things then you’d love my first stop in Liverpool after I took the train" at The Florist Liverpool - 1828452118350363239

If you like to travel for the pretty places and things then you’d love my first stop in Liverpool after I took the train over from Manchester, @thefloristuk. In fact, if you hail from the UK then you probably already know of The Florist at least from your Instagram feed 😉 This was a suggestion from Manchester local, the super sweet @unfoldtheday. She knows me so well already, assuming the minute I walked in, I would fall in love with the interior. And I did!! It’s like a proper British conservatory met a Georgian townhouse and had a baby. There are flowers and preserved architectural details everywhere!! 💐 From here, it was an easy walk to the nearby Georgian Quarter, Biennial art exhibits and the largest Cathedral in the UK [4th largest in the world]. I only had 36 hours in Liverpool but I packed a lot in. I found out it’s so much more than just the home of the Beatles or a former shipping city — and I was as pleasantly surprised by it, as I was by Manchester. Looking forward to bringing you those stories from the North of England in my next few posts. 🇬🇧 shot while on assignment with @lovegreatbritain @visitmanchester @visitliverpool_

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Instagram Image by Kirsten Alana (@kirstenalana) with caption : "England was the first foreign country I ever visited, with my mum at 12 years old, and I’ve been back so many times sinc" at The Midland Hotel - 1827709642320801637
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England was the first foreign country I ever visited, with my mum at 12 years old, and I’ve been back so many times since then that I’ve long since lost count of how many times I’ve visited, total. Since we speak the same language and I have friends all over the UK, I don’t travel here for the same reasons I travel to other places. It’s not really to be challenged or to learn. And yet this time, traveling to Manchester and Liverpool was so unexpected because instead of the gray industrial cities that I’d always pictured in the North — what I’ve found has been vibrant, buzzing, passionate, cool, culturally rich and glamorous with just the right amount of grit. Every street you turn down here can hold a surprise, every person you meet likely has great stories to tell. And because the city is only ever a part of what I seek, I was so surprised to find that The Lake District, my beloved Snowdonia in Wales, charming villages like Chester and idyllic towns like York are so close by!!! My colleagues got to visit the aforementioned on this trip while I went to Liverpool and even though I enjoyed my experience, now I just want to hop back on that direct @virginatlantic flight from SFO right away so I can use Manchester as a base to explore all the parts of Northern England I’ve still not been to!! 🇬🇧 in with @visitmanchester @lovegreatbritain

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Let’s talk about all the yummy food & drink I discovered while working in Manchester. As I talked about before, for coffee, you can’t go wrong at - @fdncoffee which has all the best espresso drinks and quite a few originals plus a very Instagrammable interior. For lunch, or dinner, order a custom Radler and then at - @albertsschloss your only trouble will be deciding is it going to be a healthy [delicious] salad or a very European plate of schnitzel and sausages. For a dinner that you won’t want to rush, and that you’ll want to share with friends, head to - @therefugemcr where the only thing that could possibly be better than the food, is the interior. Then for cocktails, make a reservation at - @washhousemcr which is a true speakeasy but one that refreshes the trend toward the fun end of the spectrum and doesn’t take itself too seriously. My only regret about this trip is that I didn’t have more time to eat and drink more 😝 There must be a next time!! What would you add to this list if you’ve already been to Manchester? 🇬🇧 in with @virginatlantic @visitmanchester & @lovegreatbritain

Instagram Image by Kirsten Alana (@kirstenalana) with caption : "🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏽‍♂️ if you like street art! I was so glad that during my #collaboration with @visitmanchester & @lovegreatbritain" at The Fitzgerald - 1826214226353817448
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🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏽‍♂️ if you like street art! I was so glad that during my with @visitmanchester & @lovegreatbritain, our group took a tour of the Northern Quarter of Manchester with @skylinermcr aka Hayley Flynn. Perhaps no one else in the city has the type of information or access that she does, gleaned through authentic relationships with artists, hours of exclusive interviews and tracking down elusive ex-residents. Hers are the only tours north of London to feature in the Telegraph's ‘Incredible Tours’ and I believe that wherever you are on the spectrum of appreciating [or not] street art, you will walk away with something learned or felt that you’ve never known before. The quarter’s walls feature a mix of internationally recognized artists and homegrown talent. Flynn also explained & showcased pieces from It’s a convention of artists who use murals [not tagging] to raise awareness of social issues, challenge injustice and champion the voice of the powerless. Their own words on their site echo the drum beat of my heart: “From its beginning, Street Art has championed the oppressed, standing defiant in the face of injustice as the voice of the powerless. Their art echoes in our souls, whispering that hope is not lost, it was never lost.” Just behind me as I stood to take this photo, is one such piece by the female and male partnership @snikarts A woman in red, a timely tribute to Suffragettes and the continuing stand against injustice, everywhere.

Instagram Image by Kirsten Alana (@kirstenalana) with caption : "I can haz espresso ice cream for breakfast right?! 😝🙏🏼 - YES @fdncoffee, which I discovered during my #collaboration wit" at Foundation Coffee House - 1825492480177425254

I can haz espresso ice cream for breakfast right?! 😝🙏🏼 - YES @fdncoffee, which I discovered during my with @visitmanchester and @lovegreatbritain. Not only is this the best coffee flavored ice cream that I’ve ever had but the coffee, matcha lattes and hip menu items like avocado toast are worth the visit no matter how far you have to walk. And @bontraveler & I did have a walk to get here from our hotel but I’d do it all again right this second if I could. This isn’t the only superb coffee house in Manchester — which just proves how much the city has gone through a renaissance and is already a serious competitor on the world stage of great cities to visit — but it is the only one I found that hosts pop-up workshops for learning how to do proper mosaic tile (with a bee 🐝 design of course, the city’s symbol) and with an interior I could have shared a half dozen photos of plus free WiFi...I’d be here every day if I lived in Manchester 😍

In with @visitmanchester & @lovegreatbritain - the first full day after we landed in England, @bontraveler and I made our way through the city of Manchester early in the morning from King Street Townhouse to the Northern Quarter to link up with the rest of our group for a street art tour. A light mist and an early hour meant we pretty much had the streets to ourselves. So it was easy to discover incredible, detailed facades and eclectic boutiques that we had so much fun shopping in. After only a half an hour, I was already in love with the city which has transformed itself from a mainly gritty, industrial city to one with spunk, elegance, modernity, a bit of hipster cool and a keen eye towards preserving the past. Click through to see some of my favorites, tagged if they have their own accounts! 🇬🇧

Instagram Image by Kirsten Alana (@kirstenalana) with caption : "On the second morning of this UK  #collaboration - a misty morning with a chill in the air - @bontraveler & I were able " at King Street Townhouse hotel - 1823267394766632813

On the second morning of this UK - a misty morning with a chill in the air - @bontraveler & I were able to spent some time in the hot tub and spa area of @eclectic_hotels King Street Townhouse. The view is absolutely lovely and the setting is a bit like a Scandinavian spa with a steam room, wood paneled relaxation room and the most fluffy, cozy robes and towels. It was the perfect way to spend a chilly morning in Manchester and I highly recommend a stay here when you do @visitmanchester because the spa isn’t the only part of the hotel that’s fantastic. Check them out via the location tag or Eclectic’s account and I’m sure you will be as in awe as Jessica and I were. It was only the start of what was a really fun day in this city and I hope you’re watching my Stories for more of the because 🇬🇧 @lovegreatbritain {{Thank you for taking one of my favorite photos of me ever, @bontraveler ❤️}}

Instagram Image by Kirsten Alana (@kirstenalana) with caption : "So thrilled to be back in the UK in #collaboration with @virginatlantic, @visitmanchester & @lovegreatbritain. This is o" at The Old Nags Head - 1821965054164060749

So thrilled to be back in the UK in with @virginatlantic, @visitmanchester & @lovegreatbritain. This is one of my favorite places to visit and yet I’ve never been to Manchester which we’re using as our base of operations to explore the north of England and Wales. We arrived yesterday via Virgin’s direct flight from SFO (launched last year, seasonal) and promptly found ourselves in the crowd, rooting for England in the World Cup as they played Croatia. It was one of the most fun things I’ve ever done here and it was too funny as we walked between venues - seeing the bars completely empty outside, as everyone was glued to the tele inside. Never in my life have I see streets so empty for such a good reason as the whole city was united in passion for their team. Did you catch my Stories where I showed the historic venue we were at when they scored their goal? It was electric inside!! Can’t wait to bring you more from Manchester alongside my fellow travelers @bontraveler @vagabond3 @ariellevey @jchongstudio @aidamollenkamp 🇬🇧🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

Instagram Image by Kirsten Alana (@kirstenalana) with caption : "Last night’s mega magical sunset brought to you by
- nature, which is freaking awesome
- @dante.vincent’s VW which he dr" at Hermosa Beach, California - 1820477111599584305

Last night’s mega magical sunset brought to you by - nature, which is freaking awesome - @dante.vincent’s VW which he drove us in to the beach - my @sony RX1 RII which I love so much you will have to pry it out of my cold, dead hands. . I honestly had a moment last night where I almost started crying because I am so darn grateful to live in a state like California where this type of sunset can be a regular occurrence in my life during the times I’m not traveling. . Because even though it seems like my country is splintering apart and some days it is hard to hold on to hope, I know that within the borders of the state I call home there are sooo many people fighting the good fight, inventing things that are changing the world for the better and making sure that on their watch... . Hope is never lost.

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Perhaps nothing symbolizes our move to California better than the rate at which I think I’m becoming a crazy plant lady. 😂 I’m obsessed!!! 🤪 Because you can grow things 24/7 here, because there’s so much that you can grow with so little water and because we have A BALCONY at our apartment - I can’t stop thinking about plants!! Such a far cry from the years I was nomadic where all I had were a few suitcases and a camera bag. Luckily @dante.vincent loves plants too and luckily he actually has a green thumb - because he’s technically the one keeping this dream alive by physically being the one to keep the plants alive. No matter where you fall on the spectrum of green thumb or no, if you do like plants, you’ll probably love @rollinggreens. It’s become one of our favorite places to dream and shop here in Los Angeles. If you’re just visiting and you have a home somewhere else, it’s a wonderful place to get inspiration for what you might be able to do to make your pad more cozy and green. The Culver City location (second photo) has a lot more plants and wonderfully laid out vignettes. The Beverly Blvd location has plants and a home goods store, with beautifully curated goods from around the world, perfect for the purchase of souvenirs (for yourself 😉 or your friends and family members!). 🌱

Instagram Image by Kirsten Alana (@kirstenalana) with caption : "Los Angeles is a city of hills, which @dante.vincent and I love to explore, so much so that we will wake up at 6:30 AM t" at Elysian Park, Los Angeles - 1819057100511196715

Los Angeles is a city of hills, which @dante.vincent and I love to explore, so much so that we will wake up at 6:30 AM to hike up one just as we did this morning. The hike to this spot in Elysian Park wasn’t long but it was take-your-breath-away tough because of the steep incline and the punishing heat. Even at that time in the morning, it wouldn’t have been wise without water and the right shoes. So glad I had both because it was well worth it once I saw this tree, the swing and the views of the city; dampened just slightly by the graffiti and tagging on that stunning tree (I’m never ever supportive of defacing natural wonders). The one thing that makes me sad about human beings is our penchant for destruction instead of appreciation, all too often. Even with that, I still felt like this was a spot I could return to over and over. Maybe it will be one of “our spots.” Who knows. Our journey of being SoCal residents has only just begun and I have so much more that I want to experience in Los Angeles and elsewhere in California. . What would you like to see me share?

Instagram Image by Kirsten Alana (@kirstenalana) with caption : "Back home in Los Angeles with @dante.vincent and loving our life here already. We live within walking distance of the Ya" at Yamashiro Hollywood - 1818389221168083214
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Back home in Los Angeles with @dante.vincent and loving our life here already. We live within walking distance of the Yamashiro Night Market which takes place every Thursday during summer at the top of one of the city’s many hills. Drawing a truly diverse crowd, it is spread out around the grounds of a mansion built by the Bernheimer brothers from 1911 to 1914, to house their collection of priceless Asian treasures. Hundreds of craftsmen were brought from overseas to replicate a palace located in the Yamashiro province near Kyoto, Japan and the word translates to ‘Mountain Palace.’ Surrounding the mansion, now operating as a restaurant/bar/events venue is the Night Market; which has live music, food trucks (shout out to @urbanpiela which was our fav), stalls and vendors selling vintage clothes, handmade jewelry, vegan and organic groceries. I could see our apartment building from this little “guerilla garden” made by a man named Phillip which is just off to the side of all the stalls. Complete with recycled bits and bobs, colorful flowers and cafe lights, this spot enchanted me to my core. In the moment I took this photo, I felt so grateful to be calling this city home now. I can’t wait to bring you so many more stories as I get to know it better. 🌴 If you’re visiting and want to experience the market, start with their official profile @yamashironightmarket which links to their site explaining parking, the shuttle setup & hours. 🎋