A return to wonder with Thomas Dambo’s Trolls
Kirsten Alana
by Kirsten
1M ago
As a child, I was raised with all the mythologies of old Europe and elaborate stories authored long before I was born. Stories by The Brothers Grimm, C.S. Lewis, Hans Christian Andersen, and many more were illustrated in beautifully vivid children’s books that bled forth from the page into my imagination. And at times into my reality. Because I would sit and cozy up with my fairytales long before other children my age could read and even before some were watching similar stories play out in Disney movies. This post may contain affiliate links. No cost is passed onto you when you click on thes ..read more
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Top Reasons to Visit The Flower Fields in Carlsbad
Kirsten Alana
by Kirsten
2M ago
I’m biased, after having gone myself, but I think everyone should visit The Flower Fields in Carlsbad at least once. This is particularly true if you live in Southern California since you will not have to travel far to visit. I visited in Spring 2023 as a guest of The Cassara Carlsbad, which is a member of the Tapestry Collection by Hilton. That’s when I took the photographs illustrating this post. Since my visit, I’ve stayed on top of news from the area. I want to go to The Flower Fields again one day. The rest of this post may have information garnered from press releases I receive from pub ..read more
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Visit Estonia: a mini guide to Tallinn
Kirsten Alana
by Kirsten
2M ago
Despite having been to Tallinn many times, I still don’t know the city well enough to make a very detailed travel guide. And my posts are always about my experiences. They’re not listicles made for SEO-only. That being said, Tallinn has become one of my favorite places to visit in Europe. I enjoy returning over and over. And there are a few things I try not to miss when I visit. Since I get asked about the city often, I thought it was about time I put together a mini guide to Tallinn that I can share when asked. This is by no means a complete guide to Tallinn. Nor is it meant to be! I hope i ..read more
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Visited App Helps Plan Dream Getaways
Kirsten Alana
by Kirsten
8M ago
If you’re an avid traveler, Visited app is the perfect way to track your travels and plan dream getaways. You can get a customized travel map of where you’ve been and where you’d like to go, order a printed poster map of your travels, and plan trips using the popular app. Visited has over 1.8 million international users and dozens of travel lists of top destinations in different categories based on user data. This is a sponsored post in partnership with Visited app. Table of Contents Map Your Travels Plan Your Next Destination Check Off Famous Sights See Personalized Travel Goal Get Your Cu ..read more
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Pictures of Georgia the Country and A Big Guide
Kirsten Alana
by Kirsten
8M ago
Ever since I visited, I’ve been telling others how much I enjoyed visiting and taking pictures of Georgia the country, not Georgia the state. It is an extraordinary place and a great winter destination. It’s still vibrant even when it’s cold. Seemingly devoid of crowds in January that made winter, for me, the perfect time to visit. I hope this guide and these pictures of Georgia the country make you want to visit! Table of Contents I. Introduction A. Brief introduction to Georgia the country What does the Georgian flag look like? B. Is Georgia the country safe? C. What is the religion i ..read more
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Where to Stay: Rooms Hotel Kazbegi in Georgia
Kirsten Alana
by Kirsten
8M ago
During my January 2022 visit to the country of Georgia, we stayed in many solid properties that I would absolutely return to. However, none were as memorable as Rooms Hotel Kazbegi. I would travel to the country of Georgia JUST to stay and dine there again. Table of Contents An Introduction Where is Rooms Hotel Kazbegi in Georgia and how do you get there Cost of Rooms Hotel Kazbegi What does it look and feel like? Common Spaces of Rooms Hotel Kazbegi The food and drinks at Rooms Hotel Kazbegi The pool and spa facilities at Rooms Hotel Kazbegi Final thoughts An Introduction This i ..read more
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Queer-Owned Brands To Support Year-Round
Kirsten Alana
by Kirsten
8M ago
My number one rule has become, “Try to buy only what you need.” That being said, never shopping again for anything, isn’t an option. So when I do need to shop, I try to support Queer-owned, Black-owned, Latine-owned, Asian-owned businesses and more. Header photo by Alexander Grey on Unsplash Because merely enriching mega corporations or billionaires with my purchasing power, is not something that feels in line with my values. Now that PRIDE month is over, it feels like the right time to remind myself that I can support Queer-owned brands year-round. So here I am, publishing thi ..read more
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Rafting in the Czech Republic: An Adventure on UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage
Kirsten Alana
by Kirsten
1y ago
Rafting in the Czech Republic is truly an adventure of a lifetime! This unique activity has been included on UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage, giving it a special place in Czech culture. If you’re looking for a thrilling and unforgettable experience, look no further than rafting in the Czech Republic. From the beautiful rivers and landscapes to the rich history and culture, rafting in the Czech Republic will give you an experience that you won’t soon forget. In this blog post, we’ll explore all the reasons why rafting in the Czech Republic is so special and why it’s worth a visit ..read more
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How To Travel With Friends That Have Kids
Kirsten Alana
by Kirsten
1y ago
Heading off on vacation with your best friends, extended family, a destination wedding in Jamaica, and the kids is one of the most unforgettable and rewarding experiences ever. A time filled with love, laughter, and friendship in stunning surroundings. It’s the stuff of dreams. However, these vacations don’t come without their challenges. This is a sponsored post in partnership with Sandals. Add your friend’s kids to the mix, and things get trickier. Whether you’ve got kids of your own or you are joining friends who do, the dynamic of the trip gets flipped and can make you want to give it a m ..read more
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Bastille Day Cocktail Recipes for my Fellow Francophiles
Kirsten Alana
by Kirsten
2y ago
As a Francophile, Bastille Day is one of my favorite days of the year.   It isn’t surprising because a love of everything French is common amongst the women in my family. So when we all get together, I love to mix up and serve cocktails inspired by my visits to France. These are perfect as Bastille Day Cocktail Recipes if you celebrate La Fête Nationale or Le 14 Juillet as we do! Table of Contents Bastille Day Cocktail Recipes Grey Goose Spritz Lillet Tonic Elderflower in the Garden Have you had any of these before? What are your favorite Bastille Day cocktail recipes? Bastil ..read more
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