Manchester Pride Plans 80’s Theme for 2013

Author: , April 28th, 2013

Manchester Gay Pride 2013One of the UK’s biggest gay pride events, Manchester Pride, begins on August 16th, and will have an 80’s theme. Gay Star News reports:

It has been announced the theme for this year’s parade is Acceptable in the 80s. So far, the organization has been only teasing its line-up. Confirmed acts include The Feeling, whose lead singer Dan Gillespie Sells is openly gay, as well as out X Factor stars Lucy Spraggan and Rylan Clarke. Organizers promise: ‘We’ve got a right royal 10 days lined up for you to celebrate this summer. There’s everything from sports to arts, films to heritage, entertainment and partying with a bigger events program than ever before.’

Early bird tickets have just gone on sale.

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Visiting Mexico’s Riviera Maya

Author: , April 28th, 2013

In my mind, a beach vacation is the closest you can get to heaven while still paying tax. And picking just one favorite is a foolish enterprise – they’re all beautiful in their own way. This month, I’m headed to Riviera Maya ~ two Marriott beach hotels for GoGirlfriend – all in the interest of research, of course.

I’ve shied away from Mexico in recent years because of the drug and gun violence but in reality less than 10 of Mexico’s 31 states are considered extremely dangerous (according to travel advisories from the US and Canadian governments), mainly along the US border where heroin and marijuana are produced.

Steering clear of troubled zones and practicing common sense, which is true of any travel destination you visit, Mexico has some wonderful secrets yet to share with travelers searching experience-rich vacations.

Authored By Julia Rosien – See the Full Story at Go Girlfriend

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Japan Celebrates Its First Rainbow Week

Author: , April 28th, 2013

Rainbow Week - JapanJapan is celebrating its first Rainbow Week, and 12,000 attended the parade. Towleroad.com reports:

“This is our first attempt to link up with many groups” of sexual minorities, said one of the organisers, Hiroko Masuhara, 35. “The parade is a symbolic event in the (Tokyo) Rainbow Week programme.” Masuhara, who held a wedding with her partner at Tokyo Disney Resort last month, said support for gay rights was rising in Japan. “We have an impression that we are seeing more women and various nationalities of people participating in our parade in recent years,” she said.

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Viareggio, Torre del Lago and Puccini

Author: , April 28th, 2013

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

Bella - dinner in ViareggioWell, I must say, we are really having a good time. The first thing I must show you is our dinner we made after buying the fresh fish that had to be cleaned. My friend did a great job with the cfish cleaning. We then baked it on top of new potatoes, with just a bit of olive oil, lemon, salt and pepper. Delizioso!!

Yesterday, the weather kept us guessing as to whether it was going to rain or not. It was still warm, but cloudy. Massimo asked us if we would like to go with him over to Torre del Lago, which is really just a suburb of Viareggio. He needed to take something to a carpenter to be repaired.

He then said as long as we are here, would we like to go out to the home of Giacomo Puccini, which is very close by, on the Lago Massaciuccoli (don’t ask me to pronounce it!). Giacamo Puccini first built a small hunting lodge here, then found it so peaceful and conducive to writing his music, that he built a beautiful villa that could house all his artistic friends as well as his wife, Elvira and his only son, Antonio.

The villa is now a museum, thanks to the tireless effort of his only direct descendant, Giacomo’s granddaughter, Simonetta She had to tackle different government agencies for over 20 years to finally get permission to turn the villa into a museum and keep greedy lawyers from taking over and selling her land to people that wanted to build fancy hotels, etc.

As we were walking up to the mansion, imagine our surprise, when Massimo calls through the fence, to a beautiful lady, in her 80\0x2032s, who was in the garden picking some flowers. Here was Simonetta herself, and Massimo knows her personally.

She had one of the museum workers open the gate, so we got to meet her, and chat a few minutes, then we had a free tour of the villa. We were not allowed to take pictures within the villa, so our picture I will share with you comes from the book we bought about the museum.

We walked around the gardens, then out to the lake. Simonetta Puccini is now the president of the Institute of Puccini Studies in Milano, and she created a foundation dedicated to the restoration and preservation of Puccini. The foundation is called, Friends of the Houses of Giacomo Puccini. She is still a very beautiful and active lady. We felt so blessed to have the opportunity to meet her.

On the grounds, a bit further away from the villa, but still walking distance, of course, is the large outdoor amphitheater where the annual summer Puccini Festival is held. Every July and August, they perform several of Puccini’s operas, in repertory. I had the privilege, 3 years ago, of attending performances of “Turandot” and “Madama Butterfly” there What great memories I have of those operas.

Tomorrow we will be going to a concert in the big auditorium, which is beneath the outdoor theater, called the Enrico Caruso Auditorium. We are looking forward to that.

So now I will close this email. We will be leaving Viareggio and traveling to Roma on Monday morning. So you may not hear from me until we are in Rome. I hope you will continue to follow and enjoy our travels.

So, ciao for now.

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Rockapella: at the Flying Monkey Performing Arts Center – May 3rd

Author: , April 27th, 2013

flying-monkeyGleefully, they are NOT your childhood Rockapella http://www.glynnhouse.com/calendar/#may_2013. Rather they’ve become one of the world’s most sophisticated and lasting pop vocal groups. With the wild success of the TV smash “Glee” and a cappella groups reigning in the Corner of Cool on college campuses, there is clearly a hunger for exciting live vocal performance. A single concert opens a window on practically the whole history of vocal music from vintage Mills Brothers through jazz and rock to current Hip Hop. Check out the following You Tube Video for a great introduction – http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=poA0X54hK00

Use the romantic Glynn House Innless than 10 minutes from the Flying Monkey Performing Arts Center – as you’re getaway base. Experience elegant surroundings, delicious food, uncompromising service and genuine hospitality. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Bring your favorite four-footed canine pal and reserve one of four pet friendly rooms. Visit the Glynn House website http://www.glynnhouse.com/ for additional information about the Inn and local activities.

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: King George Inn, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, Canada

Author: , April 25th, 2013

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

Grand Sea Captain’s Mansion: Victorian charm .. period antiques . .eight gracious A/C rooms .. ensuite bathrooms .. single and double jacuzzis. Honeymoon and family suites. Private decks. Registered Heritage property 1868.

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Upstate New York’s Summer Festivals

Author: , April 25th, 2013

New York mapLive in New York or New England and want something fun to do this summer? Check out Sherman Travel’s guide to New York state’s summer festivals:

There is a vast and under-appreciated tract of land on the eastern seaboard that goes by the name of New York state, and my family’s wanderlust for seeing more of it was ignited during a recent jaunt to Rochester and its magnificent Strong National Museum of Play.

I’m almost ashamed to admit that my knowledge of New York geography is so inferior that it hadn’t even dawned on me until after we left Rochester that I should have tacked a visit to Niagara Falls – a mere two hours west of Rochester by car – onto the end of our vacation. The good news is that we now have incentive to head back upstate – to see the falls, explore Albany, and pay our respects to Cooperstown’s Baseball Hall of Fame.

If you too have been contemplating why you don’t know New York state better than you do, think seriously about doing something about it this summer. Not only are many parts of the state perfectly outdoorsy and beautiful in the summertime, it’s also difficult to turn around without bumping into a festival or two that will likely yield quirky and highly memorable moments (see photo).

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Puerto Rico’s Many Flavors

Author: , April 25th, 2013

Puerto RicoNothing describes Puerto Rico better than its food. Matthew Wexler at Edge Boston tells you all about it:

There may be no better way to understand a region’s history than through its food. My visit to San Juan reveals a penchant for anything fried and nary a vegetable in sight – truly, comfort food for a people that spent 400 years under Spanish rule and withstood takeover attempts by the Dutch, French and British before we finally got there. I say what better way to soothe political oppression than with a bacalaito and fresh coconut milk?

The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico has been under the United States’ watchful eye since 1898, when Spain ceded the archipelago as a result of the Spanish-American War. Since Puerto Ricans were granted U.S. citizenship in 1917, the lines have continued to blur.

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Cambodia Gay Pride Begins May 12th

Author: , April 25th, 2013

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Gay pride is coming back to Cambodia next month, and Rainbow Tourism has the details:

Phnom Penh’s Gay Pride Week has become very busy, yet organisers have added new events this year, including a sports day and incorporating films into workshops. The event runs 12-19 May. Rainbow Community Kampuchea (RoCK), one of many local resources and Pride Week coordinators, is focused on a grass roots level this year, leaving other businesses and associations organise events of interest to international visitors.

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Quick Escapes for Business Travelers in San Antonio

Author: , April 25th, 2013

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If you’ve been tasked with visiting San Antonio on business, don’t feel disappointed – after all, you’ll fly into some of the country’s warmest weather, but you’ll also be showing up prior to the dog days of summer. In a nutshell, it’s the perfect time to visit. In an effort to get you outside the boardroom and into the River City, we’re offering up two restaurants, two attractions, and one bar that you can hit with just a few extra hours between meetings.

EAT: If you’re looking for that special locale to close the deal, look no further than Fig Tree Restaurant. It’s just down the street from the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, and while it’s mighty expensive, the atmosphere, view, and waitstaff help to justify the lofty prices. The food here is exceptional, and the staff will go to just about any length to ensure that your party has a stellar time.

Being that you’re in Texas (and relatively close to Mexico), you’d be remiss of your travel duties if you left San Antone without indulging in some of the local fare. Casa Rio is right on the riverfront, offering up a brilliant collection of Tex-Mex dishes with a view. Surprisingly, the prices are fairly reasonable considering the location. If you’re worried about tossing and turning all night from ingesting too much heat for dinner, just drop by for lunch.

Authored By Darren Murph – See the Full Story at Sherman’s Travel

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