Casa Alebrijes Hotel – Guadalajara Gay Hotel

Author: , August 19th, 2017

Casa Alebrijes Hotel - Guadalajara Gay Hotel

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

Welcome to Guadalajara, Mexico’s best hotel for gay men and women and their friends – Casa Alebrijes is only two blocks from the center of the gay nightlife area with 25 gay bars and discotheques, all within walking distance of our front door. Guadalajara is often called the San Francisco of Mexico.,

This Guadalajara hotel has two floors with two suites for 1-4 persons, and seven guest rooms for 1 or 2. The first floor includes a lovely garden patio with a fabulous fountain. The second floor has a wide balcony that overlooks the garden patio.

Our Guadalajara hotel is in a late 19th century home that has been carefully and beautifully restored in a traditional style, along with modern conveniences, while respecting the original architecture.

The 15 foot high ceilings and two foot thick adobe walls offer a unique hospitality experience. Relax on the balcony or garden patio and enjoy our Mexican style fountain, or enjoy the sun on the back patio.

Enjoy a continental breakfast in the dining room and chat with our other guests, or take it out to one of the private tables on the balcony.

Guadalajara has a great year-round climate, so you’ll be able to enjoy the outdoor areas of the hotel.

Guadalajara is also know as the most Mexican of cities – come stay with us at Casa Alebrijes, and enjoy the amazing historic architecture and friendly people of Guadalajara, Mexico.

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The Leaning Tower of Pisa, an Architectural Accident

Author: , August 19th, 2017

Leaning Tower of Pisa

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a beautiful architectural accident. It is, perhaps, Italy’s most photographed landmark. It was never built to be leaning but just your normal, free standing bell tower you see around Italy. It was built during the Medieval Times in Romanesque style.

So, why is the Tower of Pisa leaning?

Well, apparently, the tower was built in a marshland. It started tilting on one side while construction was going on in the 12th century. And it continued tilting until it was stabilized in late 20th century! And guess what? It took 2 centuries to build this leaning tower! Can you imagine that? It’s longer that the Sagrada de Familia in Barcelona which is still until construction – after 134 years!

Best Time to Visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Go early in the morning. It’s not just to avoid the crowd but to see the leaning tower in its photogenic time of the day – sunrise! If you arrived at noon or in the afternoon, you’ll be competing with a lot tourists doing the same pose – pretending to hold the tower from collapsing. And oh boy, it’s fun to watch them, too! If you’re not sure what your pose should be, watch and learn from them! Or scroll down and see what I did.

A Day in Brooklyn – Globetrotter Girls

Author: , August 19th, 2017

lesbian Brooklyn

It wasn’t Manhattan that made me fall for New York – it was Brooklyn that made me fall in love with the ‘Big Apple’. I had been to New York several times but it was in 2013, when I lived in Brooklyn for two months, that I fell so hard for the city that I decided I had to live in New York at some point in my life. While I had always enjoyed New York City tremendously on previous visits, it never felt like a place I’d want to call home – until the summer I spent in Brooklyn.

And since then, not only have I made Brooklyn my home, but I’ve also spent countless months exploring this massive borough, and I’ve come to the conclusion that I’ll never be done exploring it – because there are so many different neighborhoods to see, cool spots to stumble upon and hidden gems to discover.

Over the past few years, I’ve made it a point to introduce everyone who comes to visit me in New York to Brooklyn. Sure, I get it: Manhattan is still the biggest draw for 99% of people who come to NYC, but I feel like they’re missing out on such a big part of the city when they never leave that tiny island – they should at least add a couple of stops outside of Manhattan to their itinerary. Plus: There are plenty of cheap places to stay in Brooklyn – if you are familiar with Manhattan hotel prices, you know what I’m talking about.

I’ve started to run Brooklyn tours this year which I hope I’ll be able to launch on a larger scale later this year, but for now, let me take you on a virtual tour of Brooklyn and tell you all of the reasons why it’s well worth venturing into Brooklyn for a day while you’re visiting New York.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls

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Bed and Buns B&B – Boise Gay Bed and Breakfast

Author: , August 18th, 2017

Bed and Buns B&B - Boise, Idaho

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

Bed and Buns is a stately home situated in a quiet neighborhood just minutes from downtown Boise. The location is convenient for those traveling by car or plane as we are just off the I-84 interstate highway, and only 5 minutes from the main airport, and yet only 15 minutes from the local gay scene, bars, restaurants and nightlife.

Boise offers numerous recreational opportunities year-round. The approximate time it takes to leave from the front door and be sitting on a chairlift at Boise’s popular Bogus Basin Ski Resort is just 45 minutes. The famous Payette river; offering class 4 kayak and river rafting is just under an hour away, or you may float the Boise River right through downtown Boise. Bed and Buns is the perfect place for gay travelers to feel at home and get to know the area, and because we are the only gay-only bed and breakfast in the Pacific Northwest between the Pacific Ocean and those heading east, it makes for a very welcoming experience for the LGBT traveling community.

We offer three intimate rooms, all with private baths, complimentary wifi, television, a billiards room, a beautiful 1 acre tree-covered backyard that has a multi-leveled redwood deck with an outdoor hot tub, as well as outdoor showers, a fun room in the basement, and access to a guest buffet area with complimentary confections, soda, wine, beer, and water, and fresh cookies are baked several times a week. A continental breakfast is served every morning consisting of fresh fruit, homemade pastries, a main breakfast entree, coffee and juices.

We have repeat visitors from all over the world who stay with us often, so please join us for the numerous lively, and intimate conversations about life and our LGBT experiences.

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Puerto Vallarta in the Summer

Author: , August 18th, 2017

Puerto Vallarta

Buenos dias, amigos,

Frank and I decided we needed a vacation. Therefore, here we are in beautiful Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. This city is one of my favorite vacation spots, but I do have to say, that it is Hot! Hot! Hot! And humid. Perhaps August isn’t the best time to visit here.

Puerto VallartaWe arrived Saturday night, so Sunday, we just spent the day here, getting acclimated to the time difference (they are one Central Time here) and the climate difference.

On Monday, we took a cab to town, as I wanted to see some of the local places, places I had visited before. I wanted to go inside the cathedral here; a wedding was taking place inside, so I had to bypass a visit that day.

Puerto VallartaFrank and I wandered down one block toward the Malecon, the walkway that parallels the sea. We remembered that we needed to find a Bancomat, so we wandered down another block or two, found what we wanted, got some Mexican Pesos, wandered some more. To me, it was enjoyable, just looking into the different shops (I cannot say “Window shopping”, for the merchandise was right there in the open. At the park, we watched some children at play; like children everywhere, one little boy was trying to escape from his mother, while his sibling went in another direction.

There were small grocery stores, shoe stores, clothing stores, electronic stores, and of course, many bars and restaurants.

We came to a restaurant that looked interesting. It was nearing lunch time, and there were no patrons in the restaurant yet. That made me a bit suspicious , but Frank looked at the menu, and he decided we could have a drink and a snack. We weren’t quite ready for lunch yet. The proprietor greeted us and told us that we could be seated and he would bring a menu. He told us that there was a cooking class going on in the back room, and soon it would finish, then the chef could begin making lunch for customers.

Cooking class? Oh, how did I miss that!! I told the proprietor that cooking was a passion of mine, so he invited me to watch the remainder of the class. I put that cooking class on my bucket list for my next visit to Puerto Vallarta. The chef was finishing a soup, where he had heated three large rocks, and put them into a pottery bowl of broth, with some diced vegetables and shrimp. As I watched, I could see the broth bubbling around the stones. Soon, right before my very eyes, the shrimp and vegetables were cooked without coming near a stove.

Puerto Vallarta - Gaby's RestaurantIf any of you are planning a trip down here in the near future, look up http://www.gabyrestaurant.com.mx. That will give you information on the address as well as the cooking classes. Apparently, this chef is on a cooking show down here and seems to be well-known. He certainly knew how to make soup in an interesting fashion.

Puerto VallartaAs Frank was eating his little snack, I mentioned to the owner of the restaurant that I was allergic to tequila. That man went into the back of the restaurant and came back to the table with a little glass of what he called a “medicina ” for allergies.

We left the restaurant and continued on our exploration walk of Puerto Vallarta. Only two blocks west was the Malecon, the long walk that parallels the sea. I love that walkway. It was cooler there, also, than it had been, for a lovely breeze was blowing off the water.

Puerto VallartaThis walkway is about two miles long, and we only walked a small portion of it. There are shops on the left of us, trees and flowers are planted in the middle of the walkway, then sculptures are interspersed along the right side.

We walked, stopped to look at things, then walked some more. Sometime, after about two hours or so of this, I decided I was hungry. I wanted some shrimp tacos from my favorite Puerto Vallarta restaurant, La Fuente de la Puente.

Puerto VallartaThis restaurant sits right at the river bank, hence the name, which means, the Fountain at the Point, as the bridge over the river is right there.

We found our way there, without any problem. Soon we had ordered our lunch, and were enjoying a cool drink while we waited for our food. Then, when we were eating, the same musicians that we had seen in Gaby’s, came into the restaurant. They saw us, and came over, as we were all laughing. Frank asked them to sing that same song again and they did. That was a fun experience.

Finally, our long day in town was finished. We caught a bus back toward our hotel, making a side trip to WalMart for some groceries. Soon we were back at our resort, and as I was bemoaning the fact that we were too late to make Happy Hour, one of the attendants told me that Happy Hour on that day was from 5:00 p.m to 6:00. We made it!!

I got a bell boy to help me take the groceries up to our room, while Frank got us a table at the open air restaurant near the lobby.

Oh, just as an aside, one reason that I love Puerto Vallarta is that it is not an expensive place to visit. For instance, at WalMart, I bought fresh fruit and vegetables for salad, cold cuts, cheese, some pastries and bread, a few other items all for 350 Mexican pesos, which sounds like a lot of money, but is the equivalent of about $19 US.

So we made Happy Hour, and relaxed after a long day of just enjoying being in Puerto Vallarta.

I have more to tell you, but it will have to go into another blog, for this one is getting too big. And it is almost Happy Hour time again.

Adios for now,
Dolly

Ciao for now,
Dolly

Gay Geneva, a Foodie Paris – Gay Star News

Author: , August 18th, 2017

Gay Geneva

Looking out on Lake Geneva on a clear, sunny day is to be instantly charmed. By its magical, 50-shades-of-blue water, and by the elegant 150m-tall Jet d’Eau fountain therein. It’s truly an ‘inland ocean’; the largest lake in Europe, and shared between Switzerland and France. Best of all, perched on the shores of its most southwesterly tip is the French-speaking city of Geneva.

It may be Switzerland’s second most-populated city after Zurich, but Geneva, located at the mouth of the River Rhone, is surprisingly tiny. Its population is just 197,376. This makes it comparable in size to Bournemouth in the UK.

But for a small place, it boasts massive selling points. It’s immensely walkable. It boasts tourist-friendly weather all year round, because of the neutralizing effects of the lake and the nearby Mont Saleve. And of course, the majestic Alps are within day trip distance. But for me, it’s the destination’s cultural and culinary chops that really sell it.

By Lewis Peters – Full Story at Gay Star News

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1840 Inn on the Main – Finger Lakes Gay Friendly Inn

Author: , August 17th, 2017

1840 Inn on the Main - Finger Lakes Gay Friendly Inn

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

Coming to New York’s beautiful Finger Lakes Region? Welcome to 1840 Inn on the Main. Also known as the Alfred Morris Gifford House, the Inn has been gingerly renovated and is decorated in many period furnishings, reminiscent of the era and boasts bold, carved fireplaces and doorways in the dining room and parlors. The large foyer features a majestic oak split staircase leading to four guest rooms. An additional guest room is located on the level, which may be suitable for guests with mobility issues.

Upstairs, there is also a guest area, which has filtered water, coffee/tea, as well as sodas in the guest refrigerator.

The spacious side porch is filled with comfy wicker furniture to relax with a good book or chat with friends old and new or just unwind and enjoy the sound of the fountain in the nearby flower garden while sipping a glass of wine.

Just one mile down the road from Canandaigua Lake, the 1840 Inn on the Main is a short walk to shops, restaurants, historical sites, and a hiking/biking trail.

Other amenities Include:

  • Central A/C
  • Wireless Internet
  • Private Baths
  • Bath Products
  • Robes Available Upon Request
  • Hair dryers
  • Private Parking
  • Continental Breakfast Available for Business Travelers

There are many great things to do in the Finger Lakes, including:

  • NYS Wine and Culinary Center
  • Canandaigua Lady Paddlewheel Steamboat
  • Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum – A federal style mansion and impressive antique carriage and sleigh museum.
  • Sonnenberg Gardens – A beautiful Victorian mansion estate with over 40 acres of unique gardens
  • CMAC – an open performing arts center
  • Ontario Mall Antiques: the state’s largest antique mall.
  • Canandaigua Country Club
  • Bristol Harbour Resort
  • Bristol Mountain
  • Roseland Water Park
  • Ganondagan – a Native American community that was a flourishing, vibrant center for the Seneca people.

Come stay with us at 1840 Inn on the Main to explore the beautiful Finger Lakes Region. Winery tours are available upon request.

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Trans Travel Blogger Aaron Edwards – Nomadic Boys

Author: , August 17th, 2017

Aaron Edwards

We are very proud of our gay travel blogging community. It’s quite a diverse family with some of the most talented and kind hearted people we’ve ever met.

The trans side of our LGBTQ family is quite underrepresented, so it was with great delight when we came across Aaron Edwards, a FTM trans traveller, blogging about his travels with his girlfriend. Continuing on from our trans gay stories with ladyboy Regina from Bangkok and trans man Finn from Berlin, Aaron gave us this interview of what it’s like travelling as a trans man.

Hey there Aaron, introduce yourself!

Hi boys, my name is Aaron and I am originally from Chicago, USA. I am a transman and have been with my girlfriend Emily for over 3 years. We met in a gender inclusive/co-ed honours fraternity on campus at Illinois State University. My roommate and I invited her over to hang out and play card games, and since then she has never really left. We’ve been together for over 3 years and have been having a great time together!

Emily and I recently moved to Ukraine temporarily for work and decided that this was a great time for us to finally start a blog to document all our stories.

How do you identify when travelling?

I am male and have changed my passport to reflect this. In the States it takes a lot of time, energy, and hoop jumping but you can change your sex on your driving license and passport. After a certain point in your transition, it looks more strange if you keep the old gender marker that doesn’t look anything like you.

Thankfully at airports I’ve never had any major issues, other than confusion with my syringes and needles for my injectable medication – they always sets off the metal detector, but other than a bit of delay caused by this, I’ve had no issues.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

Inside the Roman Colosseum – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , August 17th, 2017

Roman Colosseum - Alain

In my previous post, I showed you the facade of the stunning Roman Colosseum. Now, I’ll bring you inside to see what it’s like while learning a bit of its history. This piece of architectural wonder is a must see when you’re in Rome. Don’t skip it, or else, no one would believe you’ve been in Rome or you’ve been where the gladiators used to fight.

Let me just tell you that the quality of the photos below aren’t that good enough for me. I took it with my iPhone 6s+ (sorry Apple!) after I accidentally damaged my tiny Canon camera. But, then, you know, you’ll get the whole picture of what’s inside the Colosseum.

It is the world’s largest amphitheater (round theater) that can hold 50,000 spectators.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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Pikes Peak Paradise B&B – Woodland Park Gay Bed & Breakfast

Author: , August 16th, 2017

Pikes Peak Paradise B&B

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

Pikes Peak Paradise offers amazing panoramic views of Pikes Peak and a million acres of Pikes National Forest – the best views in the area on over four wooded acres.

Ron and Michael have renovated this Pikes Peak boutique B&B with imported euro modern furnishings, and a beautiful collection of fine art. Our five updated guest suites offer brand-new 1000-1200 thread-count linens, plush down pillows and comforters, duvet covers, Egyptian cotton towels, and Soybu Robes.

Luxury amenities at Pikes Peak Paradsie include private in-room 2 person Jacuzzi tubs, hot tubs that hold up to 4, baths, fireplaces and decks. We also offer wireless internet access, Flat Screen TVs, Code Free CD/DVD Players, romantic music and over six hundred films on DVD. In addition to our wonderful gourmet breakfasts, we offer snacks and soft drinks throughout the day, dessert in the evening, and a four hour complimentary happy our with beer and wine!

Our Pikes Peak location is just 40 minutes from Colorado Springs Airport, and two hours from Denver International.

Pikes Peak Paradise is also the perfect location to get married, with Oikes Peak and the national forest as your backdrop. We can host up to fifty people for your wedding day, and can also help you customize your day to fit in your budget and your needs. Call or email us for our Guest Guide and more details and photos. Our facility charge includes table and chair set-uo, table linens, and napkins, and dinner settings.

We’re in the mountains, but 10-20 minutes from many attractions:

  • Local restaurants and shops in Woodland Park.
  • Garden of the Gods
  • Pikes Peak National Park
  • Cave of the Winds
  • Colorado Wolf & Wildlife Center
  • Florissant Fossil Beds National Park
  • Mueller State Park
  • Horse Back Riding
  • Manitou Springs – Artists’ Town

Within thirty-forty minutes, you’ll find:

  • Seven Falls
  • Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
  • Olympic Training Center
  • Air Force Academy
  • Molly Kathleen Gold Mine
  • Cripple Creek – Gambling

And we’re just an hour and a half from:

  • Royal Gorge
  • Holy Cross Abbey Winery
  • White Water Rafting
  • Skiing
  • Snowmobiling

Pikes Peak Paradise is a beautiful, private, quiet location a romantic getaway, anniversary, honeymoon, and small wedding or commitment ceremony. Come stay with us in beautiful Woodland Park, Colorado.

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