From Dusk to Dark in Amalfi.

How does one possibly capture the beauty of dusk?

This is the Monastero Santa Rosa - formerly a 17th c. monastery, now a boutique hotel, perched on a sheer cliff near #Amalfi. A jewel in every way. Watch it shine in this time-lapse video.

And don’t miss the helicopter sneaking around the cliff! 

Time Lapse Video by VJ Singh | Far/Back | Amalfi, Italy | July 2014 | All Rights Reserved. 

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Top 10 Books about Adventure in Distant, Exotic Places?

1st September 2014

The ‘Top Ten’ Book List Challenge is making its rounds on Facebook. How many of your Top 10 books are based on adventure? 

  1. Moby Dick by Herman Melville. “It is not down in any map; true places never are.”
  2. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. “When you discover an island that belongs to nobody, it is yours.”
  3. Life of Pi by Yann Martel. “I was named after a swimming pool”.
  4. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll. “If you don’t know where you are going any road can take you there.”
  5. Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen. “If I know a song of Africa, of the giraffe and the African new moon lying on her back, of the plows in the fields and the sweaty faces of the coffee pickers, does Africa know a song of me?”
  6. The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Series by Alexander McCall. “Lightning always strikes in the same place twice.”
  7. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon. “Forget about what you are escaping from. Reserve your anxiety for what you are escaping to.
  8. Old Man and the Sea by Earnest Hemingway. “My big fish must be somewhere.”
  9. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. “Let us go on and take the adventure that shall fall to us.”
  10. The Call of the Wild by Jack London. “The sheer surging of life, the tidal wave of being, the perfect joy of each separate muscle, joint, and sinew expressing itself in movement, flying exultantly under the stars.”

The common themes in my list (I’d like to think!) seem to be - fantasy | adventure | possibilities | embracing the unknown.

And 5 more for your Essential Collection to “Nurture an Adventurous Spirit”: Treasure Island, The Jungle Book, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, The Time Machine, Gulliver’s Travels.

What’s on your Top 10 Adventure Book List?

VJ Singh | Far/Back | September 2014

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26th August 2014

Romelessness.
The “levitating” holy man is simply not impressive. Even a kid passing by remarks that he must be sitting on a platform of some sort hidden under his robes.
The teeming tourists instead favor the massive end-of-season sales happening at the boutiques of Via Condotti and its neighboring streets. 
As grand as Rome is, I wondered — all through my stay — about the cheap toys being sold on the main streets and in just about every beautiful piazza or heritage structure. Florescent shapeless chemical blobs that wail when smashed to the ground. blue glowing objects, cheap trinkets and flying helicopters. Does anyone buy them? 
So unlike the soulful character and old-world charm of Rome. Italia Tourist Board, there’s work to be done in restoring Rome’s street charm, minus vendors!
VJ Singh | Far/Back | Roma, Italia | July 2014 Romelessness.
The “levitating” holy man is simply not impressive. Even a kid passing by remarks that he must be sitting on a platform of some sort hidden under his robes.
The teeming tourists instead favor the massive end-of-season sales happening at the boutiques of Via Condotti and its neighboring streets. 
As grand as Rome is, I wondered — all through my stay — about the cheap toys being sold on the main streets and in just about every beautiful piazza or heritage structure. Florescent shapeless chemical blobs that wail when smashed to the ground. blue glowing objects, cheap trinkets and flying helicopters. Does anyone buy them? 
So unlike the soulful character and old-world charm of Rome. Italia Tourist Board, there’s work to be done in restoring Rome’s street charm, minus vendors!
VJ Singh | Far/Back | Roma, Italia | July 2014

Romelessness.

The “levitating” holy man is simply not impressive. Even a kid passing by remarks that he must be sitting on a platform of some sort hidden under his robes.

The teeming tourists instead favor the massive end-of-season sales happening at the boutiques of Via Condotti and its neighboring streets. 

As grand as Rome is, I wondered — all through my stay — about the cheap toys being sold on the main streets and in just about every beautiful piazza or heritage structure. Florescent shapeless chemical blobs that wail when smashed to the ground. blue glowing objects, cheap trinkets and flying helicopters. Does anyone buy them? 

So unlike the soulful character and old-world charm of Rome. Italia Tourist Board, there’s work to be done in restoring Rome’s street charm, minus vendors!

VJ Singh | Far/Back | Roma, Italia | July 2014

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25th August 2014

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25th August 2014

Roman Holiday.
Portrait Suites Roma is like your stylish best friend’s home, perfectly located near the Spanish Steps and Via Condotti, Roma’s main drag for haute couture shopping.
With all the little luxuries that only a friend could thoughtfully place in your room besides the comfortable bed and shower - hair straightener (why can’t every hotel room have one?), Nespresso machine, Ferragamo amenities, art featuring Salvatore’s iconic designs (it’s a Ferragamo Hotel after all!), lavish rooftop breakfast (in a land where this meal is otherwise defined as coffee and croissant) - all packaged neatly into a perfect townhouse-like space.
Also, the best service I’ve experienced in a while in an urban hotel. My companion lost his wallet in a Roma cab (Don’t ask!?!) and the staff saved the day by valiantly retrieving it intact. 
Really, you could be satisfied if you just hung in and around the hotel. But I insist on wandering and getting lost. 
VJ Singh | Far/Back | Roma, Italy | July 2014 | All Rights Reserved

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Roman Holiday.
Portrait Suites Roma is like your stylish best friend’s home, perfectly located near the Spanish Steps and Via Condotti, Roma’s main drag for haute couture shopping.
With all the little luxuries that only a friend could thoughtfully place in your room besides the comfortable bed and shower - hair straightener (why can’t every hotel room have one?), Nespresso machine, Ferragamo amenities, art featuring Salvatore’s iconic designs (it’s a Ferragamo Hotel after all!), lavish rooftop breakfast (in a land where this meal is otherwise defined as coffee and croissant) - all packaged neatly into a perfect townhouse-like space.
Also, the best service I’ve experienced in a while in an urban hotel. My companion lost his wallet in a Roma cab (Don’t ask!?!) and the staff saved the day by valiantly retrieving it intact. 
Really, you could be satisfied if you just hung in and around the hotel. But I insist on wandering and getting lost. 
VJ Singh | Far/Back | Roma, Italy | July 2014 | All Rights Reserved

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Roman Holiday.
Portrait Suites Roma is like your stylish best friend’s home, perfectly located near the Spanish Steps and Via Condotti, Roma’s main drag for haute couture shopping.
With all the little luxuries that only a friend could thoughtfully place in your room besides the comfortable bed and shower - hair straightener (why can’t every hotel room have one?), Nespresso machine, Ferragamo amenities, art featuring Salvatore’s iconic designs (it’s a Ferragamo Hotel after all!), lavish rooftop breakfast (in a land where this meal is otherwise defined as coffee and croissant) - all packaged neatly into a perfect townhouse-like space.
Also, the best service I’ve experienced in a while in an urban hotel. My companion lost his wallet in a Roma cab (Don’t ask!?!) and the staff saved the day by valiantly retrieving it intact. 
Really, you could be satisfied if you just hung in and around the hotel. But I insist on wandering and getting lost. 
VJ Singh | Far/Back | Roma, Italy | July 2014 | All Rights Reserved

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Roman Holiday.
Portrait Suites Roma is like your stylish best friend’s home, perfectly located near the Spanish Steps and Via Condotti, Roma’s main drag for haute couture shopping.
With all the little luxuries that only a friend could thoughtfully place in your room besides the comfortable bed and shower - hair straightener (why can’t every hotel room have one?), Nespresso machine, Ferragamo amenities, art featuring Salvatore’s iconic designs (it’s a Ferragamo Hotel after all!), lavish rooftop breakfast (in a land where this meal is otherwise defined as coffee and croissant) - all packaged neatly into a perfect townhouse-like space.
Also, the best service I’ve experienced in a while in an urban hotel. My companion lost his wallet in a Roma cab (Don’t ask!?!) and the staff saved the day by valiantly retrieving it intact. 
Really, you could be satisfied if you just hung in and around the hotel. But I insist on wandering and getting lost. 
VJ Singh | Far/Back | Roma, Italy | July 2014 | All Rights Reserved

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Roman Holiday.
Portrait Suites Roma is like your stylish best friend’s home, perfectly located near the Spanish Steps and Via Condotti, Roma’s main drag for haute couture shopping.
With all the little luxuries that only a friend could thoughtfully place in your room besides the comfortable bed and shower - hair straightener (why can’t every hotel room have one?), Nespresso machine, Ferragamo amenities, art featuring Salvatore’s iconic designs (it’s a Ferragamo Hotel after all!), lavish rooftop breakfast (in a land where this meal is otherwise defined as coffee and croissant) - all packaged neatly into a perfect townhouse-like space.
Also, the best service I’ve experienced in a while in an urban hotel. My companion lost his wallet in a Roma cab (Don’t ask!?!) and the staff saved the day by valiantly retrieving it intact. 
Really, you could be satisfied if you just hung in and around the hotel. But I insist on wandering and getting lost. 
VJ Singh | Far/Back | Roma, Italy | July 2014 | All Rights Reserved

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Roman Holiday.

Portrait Suites Roma is like your stylish best friend’s home, perfectly located near the Spanish Steps and Via Condotti, Roma’s main drag for haute couture shopping.

With all the little luxuries that only a friend could thoughtfully place in your room besides the comfortable bed and shower - hair straightener (why can’t every hotel room have one?), Nespresso machine, Ferragamo amenities, art featuring Salvatore’s iconic designs (it’s a Ferragamo Hotel after all!), lavish rooftop breakfast (in a land where this meal is otherwise defined as coffee and croissant) - all packaged neatly into a perfect townhouse-like space.

Also, the best service I’ve experienced in a while in an urban hotel. My companion lost his wallet in a Roma cab (Don’t ask!?!) and the staff saved the day by valiantly retrieving it intact. 

Really, you could be satisfied if you just hung in and around the hotel. But I insist on wandering and getting lost

VJ Singh | Far/Back | Roma, Italy | July 2014 | All Rights Reserved

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19th August 2014

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19th August 2014

To Rome, With Love.
I’ve always enjoyed Rome. Note that ‘always’ here stands for a sum total of two business trips during which I saw scenes of Ancient Rome flash by fleetingly through taxi windows - faster and more discombobulated than Woody Allen’s movie, but just as charming. I also recall several emergency visits to the gelataria nearest to my business hotel.
This time is different. Slow paced. On foot, odd-shaped cobble-stones notwithstanding. Almost lethargic, in deference to summer. With attention to detail - both for art and life. Wandering, with the objective of getting lost. 
Case in point: An atmospheric sunset photo walk starting from the Pantheon through Piazza Navona to Ponte Vittorio Emmanuel for views over to the Vatican. It has just rained, the streets are wet, and Piazza Navona is teeming with Romans doing la passeggiata, an evening ritual I wish we could reapply in other cities. Later, joining the locals in their celebration of Summer along River Tiber (Lungo il Tivera Roma) well into midnight, it is easy to forget all about work and settle more definitively into a vacation frame-of-mind. Afterwards, a stroll to Campidoglio for priceless views of the illuminated Roman Forum, seems like just the thing to do. 
Text and Photos by VJ Singh | Far/Back | Rome, July 2014. All Rights Reserved.

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To Rome, With Love.
I’ve always enjoyed Rome. Note that ‘always’ here stands for a sum total of two business trips during which I saw scenes of Ancient Rome flash by fleetingly through taxi windows - faster and more discombobulated than Woody Allen’s movie, but just as charming. I also recall several emergency visits to the gelataria nearest to my business hotel.
This time is different. Slow paced. On foot, odd-shaped cobble-stones notwithstanding. Almost lethargic, in deference to summer. With attention to detail - both for art and life. Wandering, with the objective of getting lost. 
Case in point: An atmospheric sunset photo walk starting from the Pantheon through Piazza Navona to Ponte Vittorio Emmanuel for views over to the Vatican. It has just rained, the streets are wet, and Piazza Navona is teeming with Romans doing la passeggiata, an evening ritual I wish we could reapply in other cities. Later, joining the locals in their celebration of Summer along River Tiber (Lungo il Tivera Roma) well into midnight, it is easy to forget all about work and settle more definitively into a vacation frame-of-mind. Afterwards, a stroll to Campidoglio for priceless views of the illuminated Roman Forum, seems like just the thing to do. 
Text and Photos by VJ Singh | Far/Back | Rome, July 2014. All Rights Reserved.

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To Rome, With Love.
I’ve always enjoyed Rome. Note that ‘always’ here stands for a sum total of two business trips during which I saw scenes of Ancient Rome flash by fleetingly through taxi windows - faster and more discombobulated than Woody Allen’s movie, but just as charming. I also recall several emergency visits to the gelataria nearest to my business hotel.
This time is different. Slow paced. On foot, odd-shaped cobble-stones notwithstanding. Almost lethargic, in deference to summer. With attention to detail - both for art and life. Wandering, with the objective of getting lost. 
Case in point: An atmospheric sunset photo walk starting from the Pantheon through Piazza Navona to Ponte Vittorio Emmanuel for views over to the Vatican. It has just rained, the streets are wet, and Piazza Navona is teeming with Romans doing la passeggiata, an evening ritual I wish we could reapply in other cities. Later, joining the locals in their celebration of Summer along River Tiber (Lungo il Tivera Roma) well into midnight, it is easy to forget all about work and settle more definitively into a vacation frame-of-mind. Afterwards, a stroll to Campidoglio for priceless views of the illuminated Roman Forum, seems like just the thing to do. 
Text and Photos by VJ Singh | Far/Back | Rome, July 2014. All Rights Reserved.

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To Rome, With Love.
I’ve always enjoyed Rome. Note that ‘always’ here stands for a sum total of two business trips during which I saw scenes of Ancient Rome flash by fleetingly through taxi windows - faster and more discombobulated than Woody Allen’s movie, but just as charming. I also recall several emergency visits to the gelataria nearest to my business hotel.
This time is different. Slow paced. On foot, odd-shaped cobble-stones notwithstanding. Almost lethargic, in deference to summer. With attention to detail - both for art and life. Wandering, with the objective of getting lost. 
Case in point: An atmospheric sunset photo walk starting from the Pantheon through Piazza Navona to Ponte Vittorio Emmanuel for views over to the Vatican. It has just rained, the streets are wet, and Piazza Navona is teeming with Romans doing la passeggiata, an evening ritual I wish we could reapply in other cities. Later, joining the locals in their celebration of Summer along River Tiber (Lungo il Tivera Roma) well into midnight, it is easy to forget all about work and settle more definitively into a vacation frame-of-mind. Afterwards, a stroll to Campidoglio for priceless views of the illuminated Roman Forum, seems like just the thing to do. 
Text and Photos by VJ Singh | Far/Back | Rome, July 2014. All Rights Reserved.

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To Rome, With Love.
I’ve always enjoyed Rome. Note that ‘always’ here stands for a sum total of two business trips during which I saw scenes of Ancient Rome flash by fleetingly through taxi windows - faster and more discombobulated than Woody Allen’s movie, but just as charming. I also recall several emergency visits to the gelataria nearest to my business hotel.
This time is different. Slow paced. On foot, odd-shaped cobble-stones notwithstanding. Almost lethargic, in deference to summer. With attention to detail - both for art and life. Wandering, with the objective of getting lost. 
Case in point: An atmospheric sunset photo walk starting from the Pantheon through Piazza Navona to Ponte Vittorio Emmanuel for views over to the Vatican. It has just rained, the streets are wet, and Piazza Navona is teeming with Romans doing la passeggiata, an evening ritual I wish we could reapply in other cities. Later, joining the locals in their celebration of Summer along River Tiber (Lungo il Tivera Roma) well into midnight, it is easy to forget all about work and settle more definitively into a vacation frame-of-mind. Afterwards, a stroll to Campidoglio for priceless views of the illuminated Roman Forum, seems like just the thing to do. 
Text and Photos by VJ Singh | Far/Back | Rome, July 2014. All Rights Reserved.

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To Rome, With Love.
I’ve always enjoyed Rome. Note that ‘always’ here stands for a sum total of two business trips during which I saw scenes of Ancient Rome flash by fleetingly through taxi windows - faster and more discombobulated than Woody Allen’s movie, but just as charming. I also recall several emergency visits to the gelataria nearest to my business hotel.
This time is different. Slow paced. On foot, odd-shaped cobble-stones notwithstanding. Almost lethargic, in deference to summer. With attention to detail - both for art and life. Wandering, with the objective of getting lost. 
Case in point: An atmospheric sunset photo walk starting from the Pantheon through Piazza Navona to Ponte Vittorio Emmanuel for views over to the Vatican. It has just rained, the streets are wet, and Piazza Navona is teeming with Romans doing la passeggiata, an evening ritual I wish we could reapply in other cities. Later, joining the locals in their celebration of Summer along River Tiber (Lungo il Tivera Roma) well into midnight, it is easy to forget all about work and settle more definitively into a vacation frame-of-mind. Afterwards, a stroll to Campidoglio for priceless views of the illuminated Roman Forum, seems like just the thing to do. 
Text and Photos by VJ Singh | Far/Back | Rome, July 2014. All Rights Reserved.

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To Rome, With Love.
I’ve always enjoyed Rome. Note that ‘always’ here stands for a sum total of two business trips during which I saw scenes of Ancient Rome flash by fleetingly through taxi windows - faster and more discombobulated than Woody Allen’s movie, but just as charming. I also recall several emergency visits to the gelataria nearest to my business hotel.
This time is different. Slow paced. On foot, odd-shaped cobble-stones notwithstanding. Almost lethargic, in deference to summer. With attention to detail - both for art and life. Wandering, with the objective of getting lost. 
Case in point: An atmospheric sunset photo walk starting from the Pantheon through Piazza Navona to Ponte Vittorio Emmanuel for views over to the Vatican. It has just rained, the streets are wet, and Piazza Navona is teeming with Romans doing la passeggiata, an evening ritual I wish we could reapply in other cities. Later, joining the locals in their celebration of Summer along River Tiber (Lungo il Tivera Roma) well into midnight, it is easy to forget all about work and settle more definitively into a vacation frame-of-mind. Afterwards, a stroll to Campidoglio for priceless views of the illuminated Roman Forum, seems like just the thing to do. 
Text and Photos by VJ Singh | Far/Back | Rome, July 2014. All Rights Reserved.

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To Rome, With Love.
I’ve always enjoyed Rome. Note that ‘always’ here stands for a sum total of two business trips during which I saw scenes of Ancient Rome flash by fleetingly through taxi windows - faster and more discombobulated than Woody Allen’s movie, but just as charming. I also recall several emergency visits to the gelataria nearest to my business hotel.
This time is different. Slow paced. On foot, odd-shaped cobble-stones notwithstanding. Almost lethargic, in deference to summer. With attention to detail - both for art and life. Wandering, with the objective of getting lost. 
Case in point: An atmospheric sunset photo walk starting from the Pantheon through Piazza Navona to Ponte Vittorio Emmanuel for views over to the Vatican. It has just rained, the streets are wet, and Piazza Navona is teeming with Romans doing la passeggiata, an evening ritual I wish we could reapply in other cities. Later, joining the locals in their celebration of Summer along River Tiber (Lungo il Tivera Roma) well into midnight, it is easy to forget all about work and settle more definitively into a vacation frame-of-mind. Afterwards, a stroll to Campidoglio for priceless views of the illuminated Roman Forum, seems like just the thing to do. 
Text and Photos by VJ Singh | Far/Back | Rome, July 2014. All Rights Reserved.

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To Rome, With Love.

I’ve always enjoyed Rome. Note that ‘always’ here stands for a sum total of two business trips during which I saw scenes of Ancient Rome flash by fleetingly through taxi windows - faster and more discombobulated than Woody Allen’s movie, but just as charming. I also recall several emergency visits to the gelataria nearest to my business hotel.

This time is different. Slow paced. On foot, odd-shaped cobble-stones notwithstanding. Almost lethargic, in deference to summer. With attention to detail - both for art and life. Wandering, with the objective of getting lost. 

Case in point: An atmospheric sunset photo walk starting from the Pantheon through Piazza Navona to Ponte Vittorio Emmanuel for views over to the Vatican. It has just rained, the streets are wet, and Piazza Navona is teeming with Romans doing la passeggiata, an evening ritual I wish we could reapply in other cities. Later, joining the locals in their celebration of Summer along River Tiber (Lungo il Tivera Roma) well into midnight, it is easy to forget all about work and settle more definitively into a vacation frame-of-mind. Afterwards, a stroll to Campidoglio for priceless views of the illuminated Roman Forum, seems like just the thing to do. 

Text and Photos by VJ Singh | Far/Back | Rome, July 2014. All Rights Reserved.

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17th August 2014

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17th August 2014

The Last Shangri-La.
How far would you go to be happy? The Tourism Council of Bhutan says, “Happiness is a place" and "Stop running .. happiness has been chasing you all this time”. 

When I got back from Bhutan, friends asked me, “So what is the happiest place on earth like?” - and I realized it’s hard to explain. I spent an afternoon at a monastery in Paro and talked to some of the happiest kids I have met in a classroom. 

Photos and Text by VJ Singh | Far/Back | Paro, Bhutan | Sep 2010

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The Last Shangri-La.
How far would you go to be happy? The Tourism Council of Bhutan says, “Happiness is a place" and "Stop running .. happiness has been chasing you all this time”. 

When I got back from Bhutan, friends asked me, “So what is the happiest place on earth like?” - and I realized it’s hard to explain. I spent an afternoon at a monastery in Paro and talked to some of the happiest kids I have met in a classroom. 

Photos and Text by VJ Singh | Far/Back | Paro, Bhutan | Sep 2010

http://tmblr.co/ZeR3hw1OWa6OI

The Last Shangri-La.
How far would you go to be happy? The Tourism Council of Bhutan says, “Happiness is a place" and "Stop running .. happiness has been chasing you all this time”. 

When I got back from Bhutan, friends asked me, “So what is the happiest place on earth like?” - and I realized it’s hard to explain. I spent an afternoon at a monastery in Paro and talked to some of the happiest kids I have met in a classroom. 

Photos and Text by VJ Singh | Far/Back | Paro, Bhutan | Sep 2010

http://tmblr.co/ZeR3hw1OWa6OI

The Last Shangri-La.
How far would you go to be happy? The Tourism Council of Bhutan says, “Happiness is a place" and "Stop running .. happiness has been chasing you all this time”. 

When I got back from Bhutan, friends asked me, “So what is the happiest place on earth like?” - and I realized it’s hard to explain. I spent an afternoon at a monastery in Paro and talked to some of the happiest kids I have met in a classroom. 

Photos and Text by VJ Singh | Far/Back | Paro, Bhutan | Sep 2010

http://tmblr.co/ZeR3hw1OWa6OI

The Last Shangri-La.
How far would you go to be happy? The Tourism Council of Bhutan says, “Happiness is a place" and "Stop running .. happiness has been chasing you all this time”. 

When I got back from Bhutan, friends asked me, “So what is the happiest place on earth like?” - and I realized it’s hard to explain. I spent an afternoon at a monastery in Paro and talked to some of the happiest kids I have met in a classroom. 

Photos and Text by VJ Singh | Far/Back | Paro, Bhutan | Sep 2010

http://tmblr.co/ZeR3hw1OWa6OI

The Last Shangri-La.

How far would you go to be happy? The Tourism Council of Bhutan says, “Happiness is a place" and "Stop running .. happiness has been chasing you all this time”. 
When I got back from Bhutan, friends asked me, “So what is the happiest place on earth like?” - and I realized it’s hard to explain. I spent an afternoon at a monastery in Paro and talked to some of the happiest kids I have met in a classroom. 
Photos and Text by VJ Singh | Far/Back | Paro, Bhutan | Sep 2010

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8th August 2014

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8th August 2014

My new favorite thing?
Watching gondolas sway in the canals of Venice.
Best time: Sunrise or sunset.
Favorite places: Near Piazza San Marco looking out towards San Giorgio Maggiore island, or the vaporetto stand near the Europa & Regina Hotel overlooking Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute. 
So, how many gondolas can you get into one frame? 
Photos and text by VJ Singh | Far/Back | Venice, Italy | August 2014

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My new favorite thing?
Watching gondolas sway in the canals of Venice.
Best time: Sunrise or sunset.
Favorite places: Near Piazza San Marco looking out towards San Giorgio Maggiore island, or the vaporetto stand near the Europa & Regina Hotel overlooking Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute. 
So, how many gondolas can you get into one frame? 
Photos and text by VJ Singh | Far/Back | Venice, Italy | August 2014

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My new favorite thing?
Watching gondolas sway in the canals of Venice.
Best time: Sunrise or sunset.
Favorite places: Near Piazza San Marco looking out towards San Giorgio Maggiore island, or the vaporetto stand near the Europa & Regina Hotel overlooking Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute. 
So, how many gondolas can you get into one frame? 
Photos and text by VJ Singh | Far/Back | Venice, Italy | August 2014

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My new favorite thing?

Watching gondolas sway in the canals of Venice.

Best time: Sunrise or sunset.

Favorite places: Near Piazza San Marco looking out towards San Giorgio Maggiore island, or the vaporetto stand near the Europa & Regina Hotel overlooking Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute. 

So, how many gondolas can you get into one frame? 

Photos and text by VJ Singh | Far/Back | Venice, Italy | August 2014

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4th August 2014

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A Pound of Romance. 
Finally, I got my life’s quota of romantic Venice. And reader, I fell in love.
With the labyrinth of alleys, canals and bridges – different by day and night. 
With discovering hidden squares including awe-inspiring San Marco Piazza.
With the views across San Marco and from Rialto Bridge. 
With watching night fall over the city while sitting in a gondola. 
And with the gorgeous man I was with.
Not necessarily in that order.
Text and Photos by VJ Singh | Far/Back | Venice, Italy | August 2014 

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A Pound of Romance. 
Finally, I got my life’s quota of romantic Venice. And reader, I fell in love.
With the labyrinth of alleys, canals and bridges – different by day and night. 
With discovering hidden squares including awe-inspiring San Marco Piazza.
With the views across San Marco and from Rialto Bridge. 
With watching night fall over the city while sitting in a gondola. 
And with the gorgeous man I was with.
Not necessarily in that order.
Text and Photos by VJ Singh | Far/Back | Venice, Italy | August 2014 

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A Pound of Romance. 

Finally, I got my life’s quota of romantic Venice. And reader, I fell in love.

  • With the labyrinth of alleys, canals and bridges – different by day and night. 
  • With discovering hidden squares including awe-inspiring San Marco Piazza.
  • With the views across San Marco and from Rialto Bridge. 
  • With watching night fall over the city while sitting in a gondola. 
  • And with the gorgeous man I was with.

Not necessarily in that order.

Text and Photos by VJ Singh | Far/Back | Venice, Italy | August 2014 

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30th July 2014

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30th July 2014

When life gives you lemons …
… you make lemonade. 
When life gives you giant lemons, you make limoncello. (VJ Singh) :-)
Photos from Amalfi Coast, Italy, where the locals, characteristically using their hands to demonstrate, claim their lemons are ‘as large as watermelons’. A little exaggerated, but not by much. 
Photos and text by VJ Singh | Far/Back | Amalfi Town | July 2014. All rights reserved. 

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When life gives you lemons …
… you make lemonade. 
When life gives you giant lemons, you make limoncello. (VJ Singh) :-)
Photos from Amalfi Coast, Italy, where the locals, characteristically using their hands to demonstrate, claim their lemons are ‘as large as watermelons’. A little exaggerated, but not by much. 
Photos and text by VJ Singh | Far/Back | Amalfi Town | July 2014. All rights reserved. 

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When life gives you lemons …

… you make lemonade.

When life gives you giant lemons, you make limoncello. (VJ Singh) :-)

Photos from Amalfi Coast, Italy, where the locals, characteristically using their hands to demonstrate, claim their lemons are ‘as large as watermelons’. A little exaggerated, but not by much. 

Photos and text by VJ Singh | Far/Back | Amalfi Town | July 2014. All rights reserved. 

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23rd July 2014

Monastery of the Sacred Sword.
At one time, Preah Khan combined the roles of city, temple and university, with over a thousand teachers and a thousand dancers living here. This temple is in the grand-circuit and a bit of a distance away. I am glad we visited it, despite our guide discouraging us.
It has the perfect blend of ruins and structure, chaos and order, rubble and reconstruction. This is the temple that will haunt my memories forever. 
I could linger long in Preah Khan. And pretend I’m King Jayavarman VII for whom this temple was built. But it’s getting late and my guide is fidgeting.
"We have no lanterns, he says, in our carts. And we must leave before the hour of the tiger." - Pierre Loti, 1901
As you drive to the temples, you will pass by lots and lots of others - small and big. Don’t stop. Don’t be tempted. Above all, don’t let your guide bully you.
The final post of my Angkor Series (10 of 10) | Photos and text by VJ Singh | Far/Back | January 2012. All rights reserved. Check out my previous nine posts, as I re-lived some amazing travel moments.

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Monastery of the Sacred Sword.
At one time, Preah Khan combined the roles of city, temple and university, with over a thousand teachers and a thousand dancers living here. This temple is in the grand-circuit and a bit of a distance away. I am glad we visited it, despite our guide discouraging us.
It has the perfect blend of ruins and structure, chaos and order, rubble and reconstruction. This is the temple that will haunt my memories forever. 
I could linger long in Preah Khan. And pretend I’m King Jayavarman VII for whom this temple was built. But it’s getting late and my guide is fidgeting.
"We have no lanterns, he says, in our carts. And we must leave before the hour of the tiger." - Pierre Loti, 1901
As you drive to the temples, you will pass by lots and lots of others - small and big. Don’t stop. Don’t be tempted. Above all, don’t let your guide bully you.
The final post of my Angkor Series (10 of 10) | Photos and text by VJ Singh | Far/Back | January 2012. All rights reserved. Check out my previous nine posts, as I re-lived some amazing travel moments.

http://tmblr.co/ZeR3hw1MG02zl

Monastery of the Sacred Sword.

At one time, Preah Khan combined the roles of city, temple and university, with over a thousand teachers and a thousand dancers living here. This temple is in the grand-circuit and a bit of a distance away. I am glad we visited it, despite our guide discouraging us.

It has the perfect blend of ruins and structure, chaos and order, rubble and reconstruction. This is the temple that will haunt my memories forever. 

I could linger long in Preah Khan. And pretend I’m King Jayavarman VII for whom this temple was built. But it’s getting late and my guide is fidgeting.

"We have no lanterns, he says, in our carts. And we must leave before the hour of the tiger." - Pierre Loti, 1901

As you drive to the temples, you will pass by lots and lots of others - small and big. Don’t stop. Don’t be tempted. Above all, don’t let your guide bully you.

The final post of my Angkor Series (10 of 10) | Photos and text by VJ Singh | Far/Back | January 2012. All rights reserved. Check out my previous nine posts, as I re-lived some amazing travel moments.

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