Gay Travel Tips for Touring Europe

Author: , September 29th, 2014

Europe - Apple MapsThe Gay European Tourism Association (GETA) has launched an information campaign to educate LGBTI travelers touring Europe. GETA’s new website explains the ‘difference in legal and social attitudes to homosexuality across Western, Central and Eastern Europe,’ so LGBTI travelers are aware of how homosexuality is treated throughout European countries.

Using countries like Poland, Croatia, the Czech Republic and Russia as case studies of how society and laws might treat LGBTI people differently, GETA advises: ‘It is for individual LGBT travelers to decide what countries they wish to visit but as a rule, the further east you travel in Europe, the more careful you need to be about public displays of your sexuality.’

GETA’s website also advocates proper planning for families and same-sex couples traveling throughout Europe. ‘Most countries in Europe welcome LGBT tourists,’ said GETA’s Executive Director Carlos Kytka, ‘but there are a few simple tips to make sure your trip is safe.’

Full Story at Gay Star News

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BearQuake Coming to San Diego

Author: , September 29th, 2014

Bear Quake

Bears from throughout Southern California will converge on Rich’s San Diego Saturday, Oct. 20 for the Mr. SoCal Bear/Cub Contest & Show. The contest and show starts at 6:30 p.m. with a VIP reception that includes a buffet starting at 5:30 p.m.

The evening will be hosted by Empress Roxy Bleau, and will feature a blessing by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, great entertainment by The Kickers Cloggers and The Palominos, and the world premiere of the short film, The Sisters of Shady Gulch. The event will be followed by Rich’s LL Bear Dance.

The Mr. SoCal Bear/Cub Contest is one of many events going on at BearQuake 2014, “Rough Ridin’ Bears” This weekend is Bears San Diego’s major fundraiser of the year, when San Diego hosts bears and their admirers from throughout California and beyond.

Full Story at LGBT Weekly | San Diego Gay Travel Resources

Full Monty: Oct 9 – 11

Author: , September 29th, 2014

Spying on their wives during a ‘Girls Night Out’, the husbands realize the male strippers provided a sense of joy for their wives they had never Palace Theatrewitnessed.  Unemployed, jealous, and feeling emasculated the husbands come up with a plan to win back their wives and some quick cash.  With its contagious melodies and toe tapping tunes “The Full Monty” http://glynnhouse.com/events/ will leave you with plenty of hilarious laughter with situations that can only seem imaginable!

The romantic Glynn House Inn – situated in the heart of New Hampshire’s White Mountains and Lakes Region – offers guests and exceptional experience. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Bring your four-footed canine pal on holiday and reserve one of five pet friendly rooms. Venture away from the Inn and enjoy antiquing, art galleries, boating, fine dining, fishing, golf, hiking, historic sites, skiing, snowmobiling, “tax free” shopping and scenic drives along tranquil country roads. Visit the Glynn House website http://www.glynnhouse.com for additional information about the Inn and local activities.

The Sandwich Fair: Oct 11th – 13th

Author: , September 28th, 2014

The Sandwich Fairhttp://www.glynnhouse.com/calendar/#october__2014Sandwich Fair has been held each year since 1887. It’s the longest running fair in New England. The Sandwich Fair always held on Columbus Day Weekend. Gates Open at 8 AM all three days and Close when all the animals have finished competing and there are not enough people on the grounds for the rides to run. The Fair is a superb event for the entire family. 

Stay at the romanticGlynn House Inn during your New Hampshire winter getaway and experience elegant surroundings, delicious food, uncompromising service and genuine hospitality. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Don’t leave your four-footed canine pal at home. Reserve one of five pet friendly rooms. View the Glynn House www.glynnhouse.com/ website for additional information about the Inn and local activities.

 

Back in Florence

Author: , September 28th, 2014

David - FlorenceYes, we have been in Florence since Tuesday, but we have been so busy trying to see everything that I haven’t had time to write. Now, 3 of the travelers are packing, getting ready to leave tomorrow. I hate to see them go. This has been another very good tour group. Lots of fun, and they got to have so many great experiences.

On Tuesday, we walked to our apartment from the train station, got settled in, then only had time for a brief walk before dinner.

On Wedensday, we went to the San Ambrogio mercato, got food for our meals, and everyone got to explore a bit, see the different stands and help choose our food.

Later, Massimo Carli, our landlord, and expert on Florentine history, took us for a guided walk through historic Florence. That was thoroughly enjoyable. We walked past Piazza Reppublica, across the Arno River by way of the Ponte Vecchio, and returned over Ponte Santa Trinita.

Later, once again we had dinner at the apartment, with our own Happy Hour first. I love having the apartments, as it is so nice that we can all sit around and visit, and go to bed when we feel like it.

Thursday we toured Pitti Palace. We wanted to go to the Boboli Gardens, but there had been a great deal of damage to the gardens from a hail storm the week before, so that was a disappointment. The ladies cured their disappointment by going shopping after lunch.

Friday was a very full day. We started by going to the Accademia to see David and other great works of art, followed by some going to the Uffizi Gallery, and others to the Galileo Museum.

Yesterday, Saturday, Massimo gave us another walking tour, this time in Pisa. He walked us from the train station to the Field of Miracles, explaining many of the historic sights along the way, and once again, we were all impressed with Massimo’s expertise and knowledge of the art and architecture of Pisa.

The Baptistry and The Duomo in Pisa. The Baptistry is amazing for its acoustics. One of the workers stood in the center of the Baptistry, sang a note, then another, and another. Because of the echoes, it sounded like 3 part harmony. We all had lunch together, then we had to catch our train back to Florence, and Massimo returned to Viareggio.

After a quick shower, we all walked to Il Latini, a wonderful, fun ristorante for dinner, and once again celebrated Nichole’s birthday.

This morning we walked up to Piazzale Michelangelo, so the ladies could see Florence from the great viewpoint up there. I never get tired of that view.

So now we are winding down for the evening. Susan is making our Happy Hour cocktails, the other ladies have given up on packing … At least for now, and then we will have our last dinner together, here at the apartment.

I must say good bye now, and will probably write another post in a few days, as I have not been able to use all the pictures I want to use.

I will be in Florence a few more days, then on to Sorrento, and after that, I will be returning home. Travel is such fun, but, yes, I miss my family, Frank and his family, as well as my little home. After that, who knows where my wandering will take me.

Ciao for now,

Dolly

By Dolly Goolsby – Full Story at Dolly Travels | Florence Gay Travel Resources

Belgrade Celebrates First Gay Pride in Four Years

Author: , September 28th, 2014

Serbia Gay pride - TwitterSerbia is finally allowing a gay pride event to go forward in Belgrade.

Pink News reports:

Hundreds of people are taking part in the first Belgrade Pride parade permitted to go ahead in four years. The last time police allowed Belgrade Pride to go ahead was 2010, when it was marred by violent stand-offs with far-right extremists. Around 100 people were injured at the event, as extremists threw petrol bombs at the police and gay rights activists. The event has been cancelled every year since, with the 2011, 2012 and 2013 parades all being banned by authorities over fears of violence.

It’s great to see Pride finally conquer Fear in this European country.

Serbia Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Taiwan Goes Big With Gay Films – 60 Movies, Two Weekends, Two Cities

Author: , September 27th, 2014

Night FlightWhile Taiwan is noted for producing numerous LGBTI-themed films for over a decade, the inaugural Taiwan International Queer Film Festival is said to be the first international queer film festival to be organized.

It will showcase 60 feature, documentary and short films from 30 countries in Taipei from Sep 26 to 30 and in Kaohsiung from Oct 3 to 7.

The LGBTI-themed films will cover a wide range of issues including family, aging, relationships and HIV/AIDS.

By Sylvia Tan – Full Story at Gay Star News

Vernazza in the Cinque Terre

Author: , September 26th, 2014

Vernazza sunset - DollyWow! Once again time has gotten away from me. We are packing, getting ready to leave Cinque Terre tomorrow and all at once I realized I had not posted anything from here.

We arrived in Vernazza in the late afternoon on Saturday. Weather was good, for which we were very thankful. Weather.com had predicted rain for all three days that we would be here. It had rained in Bologna most of Friday and again on Saturday morning, but when we had to walk to the train station, the rain had stopped.

We got to La Spezia, where we had to change trains to get to Vernazza… and what happened? That train was cancelled. A train strike was scheduled to begin at 9:00 p.m that night, but in preparation for the strike, several trains were cancelled. We did only have to wait an additional hour to catch a train, but dealing with that was stressful.

I just think the strikes are interesting, as we never know why they are striking, the strikes are announced in advance, and some trains are required to run. We just don’t know which ones.

Also, they happen frequently. I think it must be something written into their contract that they have to have a strike every few weeks/months. I really don’t know.

Finally we got to Vernazza, got checked into our hotel, had a Happy Hour drink on the main piazza, then later had a delicious dinner at Gambero Rosso ristorante.

Our next two days were spent just relaxing, having Happy Hours on our terrazza, and enjoying the beautiful weather.

Today we took the train to Riomaggiore and Manarolo, just to visit some of the other villages. (Yes, the train strike was over.) The trains were packed today with tour groups from all over the world. This had to be my worst train experience ever.

Thankfully, we made it back to Vernazza without being too squished, but we sure didn’t want to go on a train again for awhile. However, we have to do that tomorrow morning. I just hope we are leaving before the tour groups get on the trains.

Today was the birthday of one of the travelers, Nichole, so we had a little Happy Hour celebration on the terrazza then a fabulous dinner at Gianni Franzi ristorante, complete with a chocolate birthday cake with a candle.

We had an extraordinary sunset. Note how the clouds behind the mountain have the same shape as the mountain. Interesting.

So we say, Arriverderci to Vernazza, and we are off to more adventures in Florence. You will hear from me from Florence, my favorite Italian city

Ciao for now,

Dolly

By Dolly Goolsby – Full Story at Dolly Travels | Liguria Gay Travel Resources

BoDeans – Oct 3

Author: , September 26th, 2014

Twenty-three years after their T-Bone Burnett produced debut Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams led them to win a Rolling Stone flying-monkeyreader’s poll as “Best New American Band,” The BoDeans http://glynnhouse.com/events are still rocking and harmonizing gracefully, touring the U.S. regularly and exposing the kids of their longtime steadfast fans to real, heartfelt and trend-free music. BoDeans songs are played with heartfelt emotion as well as jaw-dropping skillfulness by the band

The romantic Glynn House Inn – situated in the heart of New Hampshire’s spectacular lakes and mountains – offers guests an exceptional experience. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Bring your favorite four-footed canine pal on holiday too and reserve one of five pet friendly rooms. Venture away from the Inn and antiquing, art galleries, boating, fine dining, fishing, golf, hiking, historic sites, ‘tax free’ shopping and scenic drives along tranquil country roads. Visit the Glynn House website http://www.glynnhouse.com for additional information about the Inn and local activities.

Metropolis Ensemble’s Brownstone: Oct 5

Author: , September 26th, 2014

Members of Metropolis Ensemble http://glynnhouse.com/events will be performing in various rooms, allowing the  GH autumn exterior 411audience to explore and choose their own experience of the piece. An electronic soundscape will fill halls and stairways creating a rhythmic and colorful sonic tapestry, blending with the various instruments in different ways depending on your location. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served throughout the evening, with opportunities to interact with the artists and other audience members. Metropolis Ensemble is a professional chamber orchestra and ensemble dedicated to making classical music in its most contemporary forms. Led by Grammy-nominated conductor Andrew Cyr, Metropolis Ensemble gathers today’s most outstanding emerging composers and young artists to produce unique concert experiences

The romantic Glynn House Inn – situated in the heart of New Hampshire’s spectacular lakes and mountains – offers guests an exceptional experience. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Bring your favorite four-footed canine pal on holiday too and reserve one of five pet friendly rooms. Venture away from the Inn and antiquing, art galleries, boating, fine dining, fishing, golf, hiking, historic sites, ‘tax free’ shopping and scenic drives along tranquil country roads. Visit the Glynn House website http://www.glynnhouse.com for additional information about the Inn and local activities.