Hello From Italy’s Lake Como

Author: , August 31st, 2012

Our dear friend, Bella (Dolly Goolsby) is on the go again, this time in Costa Rica. She has graciously allowed us to republish her travel blogs. Enjoy!

Varenna, Lake ComoYes, here we are on beautiful Lake Como, but please, don’t ask me if I have seen George Clooney… this lake is enormous, and we are on the opposite leg of the lake from Clooney.. besides that he never invited us to visit him, so here we are.

Fortunately, we had no mishaps with air travel, barring delay in Brussels while they “had to make sure all the lauggages were loaded”. Yes, we were OK with that, as we certainly wanted our “luggages” when we got to Italy. Arriving in Milano, it was HOT..and HUMID. Then the train to Varenna was not air conditioned, but just minor problems. Once we arrived here with all our luggages, we were good. After a refreshing shower and clean clothes we were set to sightsee…

Well, that didn’t last long. Due to the inconvenience of my breaking my little toe (right foot) on Wednesday, the day before we left, my walking tolerance on cobblestones and stairs was minimal…therefore, (and I know you will sympathize with Frank here), we had to settle for having appetizers and drinks at a lakeside ristorante.

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AIRE Ancient Bath Hamam Experience in Tribeca

Author: , August 31st, 2012

AIRE Ancient Bath Hamam Experience in TribecaYes you read right, now you can have your own Hamam experience in New York City at AIRE Ancient Bath. A Greek, Roman and Ottoman Empire influenced thermal bath, built in a former textile factory dating from 1883.

Where body and soul come together and find equilibrium. AIRE, originally from Spain with three locations, now lands in the heart of Manhattan on Franklin Street, Tribeca.

Authored By Carlos Melia – See the Full Story at the Carlos Melia Blog

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Carlos Melia LIVE from Hollywood

Author: , August 26th, 2012

Carlos Melia LIVE from Hollywood

Carlos Melia in HollywoodReporting live from Hollywood in Los Angeles. Our local friend and colleague took us for an out of the beaten path tour of Hollywood, to areas most tourist do not access, and those that guarantee the best looks of the iconic Hollywood Sign.

Mulholland Drive and Ledgewood Drive is where most people get to, but keep going to the far end of the road for another 10 minutes, and that is the most unspoiled panoramic site.

Authored By Carlos Melia – See the Full Story at the Carlos Melia Blog

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Manchester Pride 2012 in Photos

Author: , August 26th, 2012

Manchester saw tens of thousands of people take to the streets to take part in the city’s LGBT pride parade, part of a long weekend of celebrations in the Northern city.

Aside from the usual celebrations of LGBT life, pride organisers sent out an important message of solidarity to the people of St Petersburg, where such an event would be illegal. Leaflets and flags were given to the spectators at today’s parade and a special banner, carrying a message of solidarity for LGBT people in St Petersburg, will be carried through the streets. It will also be sent to St Petersburg after Pride.

See the Full Story at Pink News

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Fall Food Festivals on Prince Edward Island

Author: , August 26th, 2012

A bucolic isle in Atlantic Canada, Prince Edward Island is renowned for its mussels and oysters and is called the tuna fishing capital of the world. With its red earth and gentle rolling hills, the province is also referred to as the “million-acre farm,” and its potatoes (a third of Canada’s production) and beef are much in demand.

As these islanders like to eat “straight from the farmer’s field and seafood still wiggling in the nets,” visitors will find PEI is fast becoming a serious food destination. They can choose among some 80 hands-on experiences where local food and produce become the “heroes,” such as tonging for oysters, harvesting Irish Moss or catch and release tuna fishing. To “live like islanders,” visitors can dig for clams, pick potatoes or catch and cook lobsters right on the boat.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Ocean Spirit, Pahoa, Big Island, Hawaii

Author: , August 26th, 2012

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

Ocean Spirit, Pahoa, Big Island, HawaiiOcean Spirit consists of 2 new elegant vacation rental homes that can be rented alone or together. One is a 3 story townhouse that has a studio apartment on the first floor and sleeps 2. The luxurious apartment on the 2nd & 3rd floor sleeps 2 to 4. The second house in the shape of a triangle, is a two story that can sleep 8.

Both are spacious, bright and airy with lots of colored glass windows, teak floors and Balinese river rock. Ideal for a romantic getaway or relaxing retreat. We are located in the Seaview Estates just 200 meters from the ocean.

We are very close to the Puna Coast Road, Route 137, south of Hilo. Some of Hawaii’s most enchanting scenery and natural hot springs can be found along this coast, not to mention exceptional snorkeling, surfing or whale watching. Kehena Beach or Kalani Eco Resort is just a short walk away. Ocean Spirit can accommodate from 2 to 14 people.

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Montreal Pride 2012 Photos From Out Traveler

Author: , August 26th, 2012

Gay Travel: Montreal Pride 2012 Photos From Out TravelerFrom our friends over at OutTraveler.com:

We just posted a slideshow of sexy and silly photographs from Montreal Pride over at Out.com. Check ‘em out while they’re hot!

See the Full Story at Out Traveler

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Europe’s Most Romantic Cities

Author: , August 26th, 2012

Europe's Most Romantic Cities for Gay CouplesGay and lesbian travelers looking for a romantic escape should look no further than the gorgeous cities of Europe. Traditional romance, mixed with a culture of laid-back acceptance, can be found in all of Europe’s major metropolitan areas. For a truly unforgettable holiday look no further than these five cities.

Amsterdam

Modern, cosmopolitan, and full of life, Amsterdam has long been recognized for its friendly and welcoming vibe towards gay and lesbian travelers. It boasts culture, canals, and cafes as well as the famous “coffee shops.” Travelers can spend the day visiting stately museums, paddle-boating on the canals, and biking through the historic center. At night, Amsterdam offers one of the best party scenes in Europe. Or, if you prefer something quieter, try the Candlelight Canal Cruise, with unlimited wine.

See the Full Story at The New Gay Travel Guide

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UK: Manchester Pride in Solidarity With Sister City St. Petersburg

Author: , August 26th, 2012

The thousands who attend Manchester Pride this weekend are being urged to use the event to send a message of solidarity to LGBT people in its sister city of St Petersburg.

Earlier this year, the local government of St Petersburg introduced tough laws banning the “promotion” of homosexuality. In effect this makes illegal any public information, rallies, marches or displays of homosexuality.

More recently, a century-long ban on gay pride parades in Moscow was upheld, too.

Authored By Christopher Brocklebank – See the Full Story at Pink News

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Havana 24 Hours a Day

Author: , August 26th, 2012

Gay Travel: Havana 24 Hours a DayPuerta Vallarta — so 2000s. Key West — boring. The new hot spot for gay men is 90 miles south of Florida. Sleepy, mysterious Cuba may be officially off-limits to Americans, but with a little creativity is readily accessible to Texans looking for a unique Caribbean adventure.

Cubana Airlines has one daily flight departing Cancun at 3 p.m. for Havana, so any morning flight from DFW to Cancun will get you there in plenty of time for a connection. Cuba’s immigration and customs are surprisingly accommodating to Americans (they do not stamp your passport), and money is easily exchanged (the rate is roughly 97 Cuban cents to the American dollar, though with commissions it can run to 90 cents).

Havana is a city of severe contrasts. Cubans make on average the equivalent of $20 per month. Most of the residents live in multi-story concrete housing that has not been updated in years, if not decades — some even have trees growing through them. Meanwhile, Old Havana boasts homes and restaurants that have been meticulously restored, as well as great shopping.

Authored By Paul William – See the Full Story at the Dallas Voice

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