Delightful Hampton Court Palace Gardens

Author: , January 19th, 2017

Hampton Court Palace - Alain

The delightful Hampton Court Palace gardens are a must-see to explore. This place is huge and it might take a day to wander around the palace and the gardens. The kids would love the maze garden and the adults would love the plants and flowers surrounding the palace. The gardens are lovely and photogenic on a beautiful blue sky day.

The only disadvantage is that – in some gardens there are no shades at all. Be prepared when visiting here because summer in London can be really scorching hot. Don’t forget to bring your bottled water or your sun lotion.

The delightful Hampton Court Palace Gardens are worth a trip to the south of London. Perhaps, of all the gardens here, the Pond Gardens are the most beautiful.

You Can Cruise the Nomadic Boys

Author: , January 19th, 2017

Nomadic Boys Galapagos Cruise

The Nomadic Boys are going on another cruise, and you can join them:

“Lift your head up higher Stefan, your upward-facing dog is sloppy again!”

Shakira the Sea Lion pulled no punches with her yoga pupils. She’s one of the 50,000 Galapagos sea lions endemic to these volcanic islands and also part of the welcoming committee when you first set foot on her home land.

The sea lions were our favourite memory from our luxury cruise in the Galapagos. Their curious and playful nature will completely charm you. They love to pose, are totally unafraid, noisy and highly entertaining.

But it’s not only just about the sea lions. There are many other highlights to visiting the Galapagos: giant tortoises, marine turtles, rays, sharks and so many different bird sightings to name a few. Of course doing this on a luxury cruise aboard one of the world’s most exclusive yacht charters is the icing on the cake!

The Passion is the largest charter yacht in this archipelago, offering a 5 star Galapagos cruise. It is 48 metres (159 feet) long, with four decks, including a panoramic sky lounge, a second lounge area with screen for presentations, separate dining room, discreetly secluded spacious sun decks, Jacuzzi, bar and a whole lot more…all for just 12 people! This is exclusivity at it’s best, with a 1:1 ratio of crew to passengers.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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Capitol Hill Mansion Bed and Breakfast – Denver, Colorado

Author: , January 18th, 2017

Capitol Hill Mansion Bed and Breakfast - Denver, Colorado

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

Discover Denver. “A Journey through Architecture” on “Millionaries Row”.

Located in the heart of the Museum district, downtown Denver.

A gorgeous, romantic Denver Bed and Breakfast nestled in the quaint Capitol Hill Neighborhood in downtown Denver, this national and state historical-registered inn is a short walk to the State Capitol, gourmet restaurants, theaters, museums, shopping and more.

Eight elegantly appointed rooms and suites offer turn-of-the-century opulence with modern day flair at the Capitol Hill Mansion Bed and Breakfast. Some rooms feature private balconies, gas fireplaces, and whirlpool tubs. All rooms feature private baths, beautiful antique furnishings, fresh cut flowers, high speed wireless internet, cable TV, writing desks, modem ready phones, in-room refrigerators, irons and ironing boards, and air conditioning. Enjoy a full gourmet breakfast each morning as well as wine service each evening featuring Colorado wines.

See the Capitol Hill Mansion Bed and Breakfast Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Life Lately and Upcoming Travels – Globetrotter Girls

Author: , January 18th, 2017

Dani - Globetrotter Girls

I started the month in Mexico and ended it in Berlin – and in between, I spent time in Los Angeles again, I finally returned to New York City, I drank my way through Sonoma Wine Country, spent the Holidays with my family in Germany, and toasted to the New Year in Berlin. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to end 2016!

This month was packed with travels and awesome experiences – I left Mexico and flew to LA (my third visit this year!) for a long weekend, and then from there to Santa Rosa in Northern California for a week of wine tastings and Redwoods explorations. And then finally, after 15 weeks away, I returned to New York! It felt amazing to come home, if I can call it that. I didn’t get to enjoy NYC (all decked out for Christmas!) for too long though, because I went to Germany in time for Christmas to spend the Holidays with my family.

During my time in NYC, I managed to fit in a whole bunch of activities that I hoped would get me in the Christmas spirit: seeing the famous Christmas lights in Dyker Heights, ice skating, marveling at the Christmas decorations on 5th Avenue and the Rockefeller Christmas Tree. And there was just enough time to satisfy my cravings for a good New York bagel, New York pizza, banana bread pudding from Magnolia’s Bakery, and a few catch-up sessions with some friends.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls

Ten Great Foods From Ecuador – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , January 18th, 2017

Ecuador - Nomadic BoysEcuador

For such a tiny country, Ecuador really punches its weight on the culinary scene. You don’t associate Ecuador as a foodie destination. Instead images of Charles Darwin and giant Galapagos tortoises are more likely to spring to mind.

That’s what we thought when we first arrived, but very quickly discovered one of the most varied cuisines we’ve ever encountered in our travels with influences from the coast, Andes highlands and from its share of the Amazon basin. Remember: Ecuador is a tiny country, comparable in size to the UK or the state of Colorado in the US.

These are our 10 favourite famous foods of Ecuador not to miss.

#1 LLAPINGACHOS: FRIED STUFFED POTATO PATTIES

Llapingachos are one of Ecuador’s most famous dishes. They are fried potato omelettes stuffed with cheese, cooked on a hot griddle until crispy and commonly served with a fried egg, avocado, meat and peanut sauce. They originated from the highlands but their popularity spread throughout the country, making them the national dish. They are popular in the markets where they’re prepared in bulk and served to hungry folk for lunch or as a side to another dish like hornados and fritadas.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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Win Two Nights at a Luxury Edinburgh Hotel

Author: , January 16th, 2017

Nira Caledonia contest

OutOfOffice.com is giving you the chance to win a two-night stay at the beautiful five-star Edinburgh hotel Nira Caledonia.

Located on the cobbled streets of New Town, this romantic boutique property combines the luxury of a top five-star with the intimacy and peace of a cosy townhouse.

The 28-bedroom hotel features stunning original cornicing and plasterwork. An intimate restaurant is lit by the soft glow of a chandelier, while the striking architecture on the street opposite is visible through original sash windows.

A successful blend of Georgian period features and contemporary furnishings characterises the decor throughout the property. This, together with a home-from-home ambience, defines the very essence of Nira Caledonia.

The prize includes:

Two-night stay in a Petite Double room, complimentary upgrade, early check-in and late check out, welcome drink upon arrival, full Scottish Breakfast each morning, a three-course dinner for two people including a bottle of house wine at Blackwood’s Bar & Grill and a Silver Whisky Barrel ride at The Scotch Whisky Experience.

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Buckingham Palace, But No Queen – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , January 16th, 2017

Buckingham Palace

The Queen was nowhere when I visited her residence, The Buckingham Palace in London. It’s either she was busy or just didn’t want to meet a fellow queen – that’s me. Or probably she was babysitting the adorable Prince George playing with her adorable corgis. But, whatever her reasons are, it’s not acceptable to snub me. Hahahahahaha!

Right after we finished watching the Changing of the Guards, we headed out to Buckingham Palace which was once called as Buckingham House. The gardens and the park surrounding the palace are well-kept, thus, selfie sticks are flying up in the air for best photographic angles.

The Buckingham Palace is the centre and residence of the British Monarchy since 1837. The palace has 775 rooms! Yes, that’s really huge, eh? Fifty two of these are Royal and guest rooms.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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Aerie Beach Club – Provincetown, Massachusetts

Author: , January 15th, 2017

Aerie Beach Club

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

Aeirie Beach Club is at 425 Commercial Street in the heart of Provincetown. We provide luxurious oceanfront apartment rentals – private, fully equipped accommodations that include private balconies with panoramic beach and Cape Cod Bay views.

Aerie Beach Club has four accommodations available – a provate cottage and three apartments, one per floor, in our main building. The property also includes a beautiful lawn with gardens that opens onto our own private harbor beach.

Each of our Provincetown vacation rental apartments has a complete kitchen, direct dial phone and voice mail, wireless internet access, a DVD player, 2 televisions, CD player and BBQ grill.

Apartment One (the cottage) is air conditioned. Apartments 2, 3 and 4 in our main building have floor fans.

We have an on-site laundry room for guest use, and guests can use the Aerie Guest House facilities next door – a DVD library, bikes to ride, our hot tub and our large continental breakfast.

There’s one parking space for each apartment, and we greet you with complimentary champagne when you arrive. Each guest room has linens and towels, but we do not provide daily housekeeping service. Check-in and out is at the Aerie Beach Guesthouse office around the corner. Aerie Beach Club apartments are nonsmoking, but smoking is allowed on the outdoor decks.

Looking for the perfect place to spend a weekend (or a week) in Provincetown? Come stay with us at the Aerie Beach Club – luxury in the heart of Provincetown.

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Dani’s 16 Favorite Travel Moments of 2016 – Globetrotter Girls

Author: , January 15th, 2017

Dani 2016

2016 was an interesting year, with travels I didn’t see coming at all, and visits to places I had on my travel wish list but didn’t think I’d go to this year. I terribly failed at my travel wish list – out of the ten places I wanted to visit, I only made it to one (Colombia).

2016 was the year I started off by saying I really want to slow down (see: The Evolution Of A Nomad), but then I ended up traveling more than in previous years. Even though I only visited six countries, my time in the US was spent between five states, and I ended up on 23 flights (from one place to another, not counting connecting flights), which means I took about two flights per month.

I tried to add up the number of beds I slept in and came up with 82, but to be honest, I may have forgotten a couple. That means I’ve slept in a new bed every five days, and at least 12 beds more than in 2015, even though I visited less countries this year – down from 15 countries last year. I spent time in five different US states, however, I spent around a month in each: Washington, New York, Arizona, Texas and California.

I shared the details of each month’s ups and downs in my monthly round-ups, but here are my top 16 travel moments of 2016 as a whole:

16 ICE SKATING IN MANHATTAN

There are only two things in New York City that get me excited for winter: Central Park covered in snow (which I witnessed two years ago) and the ice rinks. Despite spending all of December in New York last year, I never found someone to go ice skating with. This year, I finally made it to Bryant Park for an ice skating session, and if I end up spending next winter in New York, I’ll definitely invest in skates – so much fun!

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls

Gay Thailand – Best Kept Secrets

Author: , January 15th, 2017

Gay Thailand

The intense gay life of Thailand makes this Far East dream an attractive reality for LGBTI travelers.

Gay Thailand is one of the most open-minded and welcoming countries in the world, with the gay community completely accepted and welcome. The country presents a rich and organized gay scene, that even the big metropoles of Europe and US would be jealous for.

With exotic destinations that make you instantly fall in love, like Phuket, Ko Samui and Pattaya, and with one of the most fascinating capitals in the world – Bangkok – Thailand has become one of the top destinations for gay travelers from across the globe.

Destsetters, in collaboration with Gay Star News, takes a deep dive into the Thai world and presents the the top things to know about gay travel in the country…

Full Story at Gay Star News

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