— For when we run away and live in the woods.
Young couple quit jobs and build this $500 home (click photo for full article)
Grace Santorini hotel infinity pool from our January 2014 issue. #takemethere #santorini #poolswelove #hotelswelove
Thinking about it, the times I’ve felt most alive, is the times when I simultaneously experience the dichotomy of life: chaos and order. Yin and yang blending as it predicts… into one.
One of these moments are the top of cities at night.
Vividly, I remember standing on the helipad of a tall skyscraper in Singapore, drinking cocktails, with some house tunes in the back: surveying the city. In that moment, from there up high, the world down below grows both dark and comes alight. The vantage point makes you able to in some degree fathom what’s playing out in front of you. Both in extreme chaos, and extreme order: people, stories and events come together in a mellifluous, emergent orgy. The rigid road, the robust buildings, and the endless sprawl give rise to the fluid moments, touches between people, traffic flows and bright lights on the way to lovers, deaths and cheers around tables.
From up high, I could imagine a mother buying some bread for her family at the local familymart, the friends clinking their first beers for the night, the lovers sneaking away from the office party for a quick fuck and the woman worried about her mother’s illness.
In between sips of pink cocktail and laughter from the friends around me, I would become a bit drunker: not only on the alcohol… but intoxicated with life. The sounds of the city become gentle white noise. The wonderful dichotomy of light and dark, life and death, order and chaos, all blending into one. It’s in times like that, where 1s and 0s of life pulls you apart, but not in a way that hurts, but in a way that spreads out your connection with the building you are standing on, the friends around you, the moon slowly rising, the lights flickering, and the stories playing out down below.
As Nick Carroway, in the Great Gatsby, eloquently states: “I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.”
C’est la vie. Amor Fati.
Looking Down on the World from Mont Blanc’s Aiguille du Midi
To see more photos and videos from atop the French Alps, visit the Aiguille du Midi location page.
In the Mont Blanc region of the French Alps sits a skyward-reaching peak called the Aiguille du Midi. The peak’s name translates as “Needle of Noon" because, when viewed from the French town of Chamonix, it acts as a natural sundial.
Adventure seekers can easily ascend the precipitous mountain thanks to the Téléphérique de l’Aiguille du Midi, a cable car built in 1955 that makes a 9,209ft (2,807m) climb to the peak. Until recently, the Aiguille summit was home to a viewing platform, café and gift shop. In December 2013, however, a glass box called “Step Into the Void” opened to the public, offering thrill-seekers the opportunity to step out above a drop of 3,395ft (1,035m).
Local Lens: Exploring Rio de Janeiro with @ticianaporto
In this series, we let local Instagrammers show you their favorite places to shoot around their hometown. To explore more of Rio de Janeiro, follow @ticianaporto on Instagram.
As the community of Instagrammers has grown and connected people across the globe, so too has our ability to share some of the personal, hidden and beautiful locations in our hometowns.
In the second of a two-part series of local guides to Rio de Janeiro, Carioca Instagrammer Ticiana Porto (@ticianaporto) shares her favorite places to capture in the Cidade Maravilhosa (Marvelous City). Ticiana has lived in Rio for 10 years and has challenged herself to take and share a different photo of the city each day since 2011.
To kick off your visit, Ticiana suggests cycling along the seaside, starting in the eastern beach community of Leblon. “Head west and you’ll reach the famous sidewalks of Ipanema and then Arpoador, a small peninsula with a great view. Stop for a photo and a coconut in Arpoador, then keep cycling along Copacabana Beach to the Leme neighborhood.” Not a fan of cycling? Ticiana also encourages visitors to stop and spend an afternoon on Ipanema Beach, drinking caipirinhas and admiring the fashions. “In Ipanema, everyone goes to the beach dressed and ready for their night out after.”
For some grand views of Rio de Janeiro, Ticiana has three favorite spots:
- See Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) atop Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf).
- From atop Corcovado, check out the view of Floresta Atlântica and the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas extending out to sea.
- Spend an afternoon in Santa Teresa and take in the view of Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf) from Parque das Ruinas (Ruins Park).