Hot Tuna

Author: , June 29th, 2015

Glynn House Evening-cHot Tuna! http://glynnhouse.com/events/ Rock N Roll Hall of Fame alumnus, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady have been performing together for the past 50 years. Originating from Jefferson Airplane, the duo formed the iconic blues-roots band Hot Tuna.  Jorma and Jack certainly could not have imagined, let alone predicted, where playing would take them. It’s been a long and fascinating road to numerous exciting destinations.  After two decades of acoustic and electric concerts and albums, the 1990s brought a new focus on acoustic music to Hot Tuna. More intimate venues with a more individual connection to the audience became increasingly frequent stops. Soon, the loud electric sound (and the semi trailer load of equipment) disappeared entirely from Hot Tuna tours. Two things have never changed: They still love to play as much as they did as kids, and there are still many, many exciting miles yet to travel on their musical odyssey.  Enjoy legendary musicians and exceptional sounds at the nearby Flying Monkey July 10.

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 too. 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.

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Author: , June 28th, 2015

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying! http://glynnhouse.com/events/ Big businessGlynn House Evening-c means big laughs in this delightfully clever lampoon of life on the corporate ladder. A tune-filled comic gem that took Broadway by storm winning both the Tony Award for Best Musical and a Pulitzer Prize, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying boasts an exhilarating score by Frank Loesser including “I Believe in You,” “Brotherhood of Man,” and “The Company Way.”

A satire of big business and all it holds sacred, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying follows the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch, who uses a little handbook called How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying to climb the corporate ladder from lowly window washer to high-powered executive, tackling such familiar but potent dangers as the aggressively compliant “company man,” the office party, backstabbing co-workers, caffeine addiction and, of course, true love. Don’t miss ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’ at the Capitol Center for the Arts July 10 – 11.

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 too. 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.

EuroPride 2015 in Riga – a Fantastic Success!

Author: , June 28th, 2015

Riga Pride - Briand Bedford

On Saturday, the 20th June around 5.000 participants met up in the central Vermanes Park in Riga, the capital city of the Baltic State of Latvia. At 2pm the participants left the park and the parade covered 2.2 kilometers (1.4 miles) through Riga’s central streets and back to Vermanes Park. This distance is four times longer than any previous Riga Pride parades.

Riga Pride - Briand BedfordThis year many participants were worried about safety and Amnesty International urged the Latvian government to commit to protect the participants of this year’s EuroPride. It was disturbing to see the Latvian government’s evident discomfort at hosting EuroPride. Instead of welcoming this event, Latvia’s leaders preferred to turn their backs on it.

Latvia is currently holding the presidency of the European Union and should be leading by example in the fight against homophobic discrimination. Probably for this reason the police presence was very noticeable during the march on the streets of Riga. Special riot police headed the parade and barricades were erected around the Vermanes Park, where the parade started and ended. After the parade there was a park festival with stage events from singers and speeches from local as well as international LGBTI activists.

Riga Pride - Briand BedfordNot all Latvia’s political leaders turned their backs on the EuroPride. Local participants included Latvias former parliamentary secretary and now Adviser of Ministry of Foreign Affairs Viktor Makarov and his boyfriend; Karlis Streips – a famous Latvian journalist and one of the first well known personalities in Latvia to come out gay and Ilze Vinkele, a very gay-friendly member of the Lavian parliament, who spoke at the rally after the march. Sadly the Latvian foreign minister, Edgars Rinkēvičs, who become the first high-ranking politician in his country and the Baltic states to come out publicly as gay did not attend the event.

International support came from the US and Embassy as well as the German and Norwegian Ambassadors: Mrs Andrea Joana-Maria Wiktorin and Mr Jan Grevstad, who all took part in the parade through the streets of the Latvian capital.

On the streets the locals were clearly in favour of the parade. Many young people lined the route and waved the parade participants their support. Opponents to the EuroPride were not visible – an amazing change in attitudes when compared to the local Pride events in the past.

Riga Pride - Briand BedfordIn previous years Pride events in the Baltic region faced threats of violence and attempts to be banned by local authorities. In 2006, a LGBT Pride march in Riga was banned owing to what the authorities’ referred to as “security threats” against the participants and violent protesters threw eggs and human excrement at people elsewhere.

In 2007, the Pride march was allowed to go ahead, but inside an enclosed park. Outside the park, crowds of counter-demonstrators shouted abuses at the Pride marchers and threw two explosive devices which exploded in the park. In May 2009 Riga City Council initially revoked permission for the Baltic Pride march.

A successful EuroPride in Riga is of huge importance not only for Latvia but for the entire region, including the post-Soviet countries, where freedom of speech and assembly are under attack every day. The Russian LGBT propaganda law (also known as the gay propaganda law or the anti-gay law refers to a Russian federal law “for the Purpose of Protecting Children from Information Advocating for a Denial of Traditional Family Values” was unanimously approved by the State Duma in June 2013.

Riga Pride - Briand BedfordThe situation in Latvia is similar to that in Russia. Anti-LGBT groups have spent the past year collecting signatures for a referendum that would implement a similar law to ban “gay propaganda.” The new law would limit sexual education to the traditional understanding of marriage, which is seen as the union between one man and one woman. Latest public opinion poll reveals that Latvian society remains hostile towards LGBT people and legal recognition of same-sex partnerships.

EuroPride – one of Europe’s main, annual LGBT events, inaugurated in London in 1992, was hosted this year by the city of Riga in Latvia and coincided with the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. This EuroPride marks a historic occasion as it is the first EuroPride to be held in a post-Soviet country on the EU’s Eastern border with Russia.

The Latvian capital, Riga is located only 300 km from the Russian border. The local increase in tension, resulting from the Ukraine crisis, is very evident in the Baltic States. We’re seeing a massive military build-up in the Baltic states as NATO launched one of its largest-ever military manoeuvres last June in the three Baltic states and the United States recently started deploying a 3,000 strong infantry unit in the Baltics, with over 100 armed vehicles. The NATO forces will hold a three-month exercise with the local armies in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.

Riga Pride - Briand BedfordThe EuroPride 2015 in Riga was organised by the Association of LGBT and their friends MOZAIKA (mozaika.lv/en), the only LGBT organisation in Latvia and it was supported by local companies such as Air Baltic – flying from Riga to over 50 destinations worldwide. airBaltic has just introduced new routes including Berlin – Tallinn and has a fleet consists of 25 aircraft, offering nonstop flights from three Baltic capital cities – Riga, Vilnius, and Tallinn. airBaltic received the title of Airline of the Year 2009/2010 (Gold Award) from the European Regions Airline Association. (www.airbaltic.com).

The local tourism LiveRiga (www.liveriga.com) was a big supporter of the EuroPride 2015. The city of Riga was an ideal choice for this parade. A heritage of 800 years old Gothic churches, built by founders of Riga, medieval buildings in the Old Town, exquisite Art Nouveau, as well as wooden buildings make Riga a true pearl of architecture. Each century has left its marks in the architecture in the Old Town and City Centre here the cultural heritage coexists with the quick pace of modern living.

EuroPride 2016 will take place next summer in Amsterdam.

By Briand Bedford, Spartacus | Other Gay Travel Events

Images by Briand Bedford

EuroPride Riga - Briand Bedford

EuroPride Riga - Briand Bedford

EuroPride Riga - Briand Bedford

EuroPride Riga - Briand Bedford

EuroPride Riga - Briand Bedford

EuroPride Riga - Briand Bedford

EuroPride Riga - Briand Bedford

EuroPride Riga - Briand Bedford

EuroPride Riga - Briand Bedford

EuroPride Riga - Briand Bedford

EuroPride Riga - Briand Bedford

EuroPride Riga - Briand Bedford

NH Music Festival

Author: , June 28th, 2015

NH Music Festival! The Theme for the 2015 NH Music Festival’s opening night is American Glynn House Evening-cLandscapes http://glynnhouse.com/events/. Dan Perkins will be the conductor. Music will include Stookey’s, Big Bang; Grofe’s Grand Canyon Suite; Barber’s, School for Scandal Overture; and Bernstein’s, Symphonic Dances from West Side Story. Experience a delightful evening of American classics at the Hanaway Theatre July 9.

Classical Conversations will increase your appreciation of, and involvement with, the music presented this summer. Join music director Donato Cabrera and other guest presenters for this popular lecture and discussion series, which meets in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts before each Thursday Classics Series concert, starting promptly at 7 p.m.

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 too. 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.

City Sundays: Provincetown

Author: , June 28th, 2015

City Sundays - Provincetown

Hey all,

We’re launching a new weekly series on the blog and our Facebook travel groups – City Sundays. Each week we’ll select a different LGBT friendly city to talk about, and we’ll invite our innkeeper and travel agent/tour operator friends to come talk with us about it as well.

PROVINCETOWN

One of the gay meccas on the East Coast, Ptown sizzles in the summer, as LGBT tourists descend on this gay friendly beach town on the tip of Cape Cod.

Have you ever been? What did you do while you were there?

Do you wanna go?

Let’s chat!

Join the conversation here:

Gay (Men) Travelers: Gay Travel Club
Lesbian Travelers: Lesbian Travel Club
Transgender Travelers: Transgender Travel Club
Bisexual Travelers: Bi Travel Club
LGBT Families: LGBT Families Travel Club

Check out our Ptown page here:

http://www.purpleroofs.com/usa/massachusetts/maprovincetown.html

And our Ptown articles on the blog here:

http://purpleroofs.com/gay-travel-blog/?s=provincetown

Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Round-Up – June 27th

Author: , June 27th, 2015

In addition to our regular travel articles, we’re starting a regular travel round-up, for those stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. Enjoy!

GERMANY:
Photos: Crowds Go Wild at Berlin Pride (Pink News)
One of the largest Pride celebrations in Europe took place in Berlin today.

full story

UK:
Here are the 18 best pictures from Pride in London (Gay Star News)
Thousands of people celebrated equality and the LGBTI community in the UK capital.
full story

London Pride

UK:
Liverpool Pride Cancels Most of Festival Over Funding Shortfall (Pink News)
Liverpool Pride is to face a drastic reduction in scale, after a funding shortfall led it to cancel most of the planned festivities.

full story

USA, IDAHO:
Boise Pride Celebrates Equality (The Advocate)
Boise, Idaho, celebrates its 25th Pride anniversary as well as marriage equality in the Gem State.
full story

Boise Pride

USA, IOWA:
Photos – You’ve Got to Give Iowa Pride a Try (The Advocate)
The proud folks of Iowa City, Iowa celebrated the day with song, dance, flags, and “Cher.”
full story

Iowa Pride

USA, MASSACHUSETTS:
PHOTOS: Boston, Strong and Proud (The Advocate)
Boston Pride is, of course, wicked. There’s no way around that.
full story

BOSTON PRIDE

Blood, Sweat & Tears

Author: , June 27th, 2015

Blood, Sweat & Tears!  Like a Great Baseball team the members change. The soul lives on. Glynn House Evening-cThough many great musicians have passed through Blood Sweat & Tears, it’s musicianship stands the test of time”. 2005 found Blood Sweat & Tears http://glynnhouse.com/events/ looking back to founding father Bobby Colomby’s original vision for Blood Sweat & Tears.  Quite simplely, “find the greatest musicians and the rest is easy”. Treat yourself to an exceptional evening with a legendary band. Be at the Kingswood Arts Center in Wolfeboro on July 10th.

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 too. 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.

Nomadic Boys – Angkor Wat

Author: , June 25th, 2015

Angkor Wat - Cambodia

Angkor Wat is the world’s largest religious building, located near Siem Reap in Cambodia. You could spend days, weeks strolling around all the many beautiful temples and leave wanting more.

Angkor Wat - Nomadic BoysBut, if like us you are limited with time, we’ve put together a 2 days itinerary, enough for you to get a good taste of Angkor Wat and the fun city of Siem Riep.

FIRST, A BIT OF HISTORY

Wat is the Cambodian name for “temple” and Angkor Wat was built as a Hindu temple in the early 12th century (around 1113-1150 AD) over an estimated 30 years by King Suryavarman II. It may have been intended as the funerary temple for King Suryavarman II. Angkor Wat is one of many temples around a large space of land, including the former walled city called Angkor Thom and the famous Ta Prohm where the Angelina Jolie “Tomb Raider” film was located.

Full Story at The Nomadic Boys | Cambodia Gay Travel Resources

Carlos Melia – AMAN Summer Palace

Author: , June 25th, 2015

Carlos Melia

Explore the other Beijing. A Royal residential, spiritual, and recreational experience within a landscape of lakes and mountains, in accordance with the Chinese philosophy of balancing the works of man with nature. A luxury resort, surrounded by a vast ensemble of lakes, gardens and palaces conceived by the Qing emperor Qianlong. I must admit, I am a huge fan of the AMAN Resorts collection. I have stayed and experience them at Amantaka (Luang Prabang, Laos), Aman Canal Grande (Venice, Italy) and Amapuri (Phuket, Thailand), but I must say that Aman Summer Palace, ranked top as the perfect China experience. Just steps from the East Gate of the Summer Palace grounds. Allows you to have your own Royal experience embracing traditional Chinese architecture.

Carlos MeliaIt is on me !!! Because you deserve it, book the Aman Summer Palace with me and enjoy the following extra VIP Amenities: Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability + Continental breakfast daily, for up to two in room guests + One complimentary Chinese Set Lunch Menu for two persons + Early check-in/late check-out subject to availability.

We spent 2-nigts at one of their lovely Deluxe Suites. It was such a relaxing experience and the perfect location to explore the Summer Palace and the Great Wall of China – Mutianyu Gate. Other than that we didn’t do much else, since Aman Summer Palace is itself a destination, and since we have already spent a few days in central Beijing, and we were coming back at the end of our journey, we decided to just relax, and enjoy the resort. If you are familiar to Aman Resorts, you will well know that usually they are located in secluded unique locations. In this case Aman Summer Palace, is located 35-45 minutes away from central Beijing. Some say it is not an option for first timers to Beijing. I say, that if you plan your itinerary correctly, you would be able to enjoy, as we did, a few days away from the city center, enjoying this oasis of calm.

Adjacent to the East Gate of the Summer Palace grounds Aman at Summer Palace, Beijing, housed in a series of dwellings, most of which date back over one hundred years. Some of the original dwellings were used by guests of the Summer Palace awaiting an audience with the Empress Dowager Cixi at the turn of the twentieth century. Aman at Summer Palace, Beijing is a peaceful retreat from which to explore the many exciting faces of China’s capital.

Aman Summer Palace, offers a variety of accommodation which pays homage to the traditional architecture of the Summer Palace, celebrating its courtyard architectural style. Suites surround an internal courtyard featuring an intricate latticework of pathways, separating formal gardens and trees. I spent most of my time there, walking and exploring the grounds. The aesthetic references draw upon traditional materials and the architecture and design of the Ming Dynasty period. Floors are finished in Jin clay tiles which have been polished to achieve a deep lustre. The ceilings are mostly open to exposed wooden roof beams and structural columns.

During our 2-nights visit, we stayed at one of their lovely Deluxe Suites. Showcasing furniture inspired by the Ming Dynasty, and while some have a combined bedroom and living area, others have separate bedrooms. All feature king-size beds, daybeds, reading chairs and writing desks. Bathrooms are spacious, with twin vanities and free-standing island bathtubs. Adjacent to the bathing area is a dressing room that is furnished with two large Ming-style wardrobes.

Waking up early was a joy more than a sacrifice. Enjoy the quietness an silence, while zipping through a few cups of Tea checking my emails. The all ready to head off to the gym and and a quick dip into their indoor pool.

Aman Spa and Fitness areas are located beneath the resort in a unique 5,000-square metre, double level, underground recreational facility. The Spa features a tranquil reception, nine self-contained double treatment rooms and a dedicated Pilates and yoga studio which is naturally lit through an extensive panel of skylights. The Pilates studio is fully-equipped with reformers and private classes can be arranged. The Spa menu features a wide range of health, well-being and beauty treatments. Other facilities include a 25 metre indoor lap pool, a 300-square metre sky-lit Gym with Technogym equipment (including Kinesis), two squash courts and a juice bar serving healthy fruit and vegetable drinks. Fitness consultants are on hand to offer personal training and squash partners at all times.

After my morning working, I was ready to enjoy breakfast. This was such an experience itself. Every morning we would seat outdoors, next to the pond and enjoy a local traditional Chinese breakfast. All I would do is look at the Koi Fish swim in the pond and relax.

For those of you, like me, that enjoy a traditional afternoon Tea, where else better than China to do it. The Reflection Pavilion features a peaceful terrace over-looking a lotus pond. The adjacent Music Pavilion is host to performances and private dining.

Evenings would go very quiet. We enjoyed dinner at their exquisite Chinese Restaurant. Decorated with classic, Ming Dynasty-inspired furniture, the Chinese Restaurant features Peking duck and several imperial dishes, along with traditional Cantonese cuisine for both lunch and dinner. The restaurant consists of nine different rooms including six intimate spaces for gatherings.

As I mentioned before, Aman Summer Palace is a destination. Once there, you have plenty of activities to do, some of them educational, like the Chinese Calligraphy Class by a skilled master of this ancient art. This classes take place at the Library Room, which includes a wide selection of material on various subjects in several languages, from rare books on the Summer Palace to historic and photographic works on China and the Asian region.

One of the highlights of staying at the Aman Summer Palace, is the private access to the Summer Palace and Kunming Lake. Explore this landmarks at your own pace and after-hours once all tourist head back to the center of Beijing. This is to me, the true definition of the word LUXURY. A private passage will allow you to enter the Summer Palace incognito. The resort will provide you with a backpack with maps, water, and a mobile phone. Once you are finished exploring the Summer Palace, you just need to call, and someone will come to open the gates to access back to the resort.

The Summer Palace in Beijing – first built in 1750, largely destroyed in the war of 1860 and restored on its original foundations in 1886 – is a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design. The natural landscape of hills and open water is combined with artificial features such as pavilions, halls, palaces, temples and bridges to form a harmonious ensemble of outstanding aesthetic value. The Summer Palace in Beijing integrates numerous traditional halls and pavilions into the Imperial Garden conceived by the Qing emperor Qianlong between 1750 and 1764 as the Garden of Clear Ripples. Using Kunming Lake, the former reservoir of the Yuan dynasty’s capital and Longevity Hill as the basic framework, the Summer Palace combined political and administrative, residential, spiritual, and recreational functions within a landscape of lakes and mountains, in accordance with the Chinese philosophy of balancing the works of man with nature.

Such a romantic and relaxing experience. We were so happy seeing this other side of Beijing, and it was the perfect base from where to explore the area of Summer Palace and The Great Wall.

By Carlos Melia – Full Story at the Carlos Melia Blog | China Gay Travel Resources

Play, Eat, and Stay in Marrakech Without Breaking the Bank

Author: , June 25th, 2015

Marrakech Image by Elena Sonnino

Marrakech lures travelers with promises of spices, vibrant colors, and evocative sounds like the repetitive adhan — the call to prayer — broadcast from minarets five times daily. With so much to see and do, planning a trip to this Moroccan city can be as confusing as navigating the chaotic souks. Here’s how to find luxury in Marrakech without breaking the bank.

Although you might want to focus your time in Marrakech with aimless wandering through the medina — or old city walls — there are a few must-see sites. Travelers can take a crash course in culture and history outside the Koutoubia Mosque, the largest in Morocco, or the Saadian Tombs, built by Saadian Sultan Ahmed al-Mansour. Short on time? Imagine what life was like as part of a harem at the El Bahia Palace or as a Koranic student at the Medersa Ben Youssef. (Admission at each site is 10 MAD, or around $1).

Of course, no trip to Marrakech is complete without a round of haggling in the souks. Don’t be afraid to make your best I’m-willing-to-walk-away face. Instead of paying tourist prices in Spice Square, explore the Mellah Market in the Jewish quarter like a local if you’d like to buy spices and herbs. For traditional items with contemporary flair, seek out the boutique of artist Hassan Hajjaj — the Moroccan Andy Warhol — at Riad Yima for babouches, totes, and poufs made of recycled bags. We also love Jaffa from D’Art Touareg, who invites you into his small shop (at 19, El Biyadine Rue Rahba Lakdima Fondok Foura Medina) without any pressure to buy. From decorative jewelry to authentic Tourag stone and silver, you can’t go wrong here.

By Elena Sonnino – Full Story at Shermans Travel | LOCATION Gay Travel Resources

Image by Elena Sonnino