City Sundays: Tokyo

Author: , August 30th, 2015

City Sundays - Tokyo

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.

From Wikipedia:

Tokyo is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan,[6] and is both the capital and largest city of Japan. The Greater Tokyo Area is the most populous metropolitan area in the world.[7] It is the seat of the Emperor of Japan and the Japanese government. Tokyo is in the Kantō region on the southeastern side of the main island Honshu and includes the Izu Islands and Ogasawara Islands.[8] Formerly known as Edo, it has been the de facto seat of government since 1603 when Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu made the city his headquarters. It officially became the capital after Emperor Meiji moved his seat to the city from the old capital of Kyoto in 1868

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

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Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Round-Up – August 29th

Author: , August 29th, 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!

My Own Personal Postcards of Rio de Janeiro (Carlos Melia)
A collection of my favorite postcards for my lasted visit to Rio de Janeiro, all photos taken by me using my iPhone6. I spent a week at the carioca city of Rio, curating the best experiences, restaurants, venues and locations with a view, to host events and activities for my VIP clients coming next year for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Here some of the stunningly beautiful panoramic views I found along the way.
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Rio - Carlos Melia

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum is so Heartbreaking (Keep Calm and Wander)
Visiting Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum was so heartbreaking I couldn’t grasp the atrocities humans can do to its fellow humans. It’s my first ever museum of this kind and I was totally devastated going around, reading one description to another.
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Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Cambodia - Alain

Getting Around & Getting Connected (Shermans Travel)
“Welcome to José Martí International Airport.” You’re here, finally, in Havana. The door of your plane has opened and the Caribbean humidity has wrapped you in its cloying embrace. Now what?
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Ibiza: Where to Eat and Play, Then Take a Break (Shermans Travel)
The jetset island got its rep for a reason — this is the spot where the rich and famous flock once June rolls around. With a club scene that’s turned global, Ibiza attracts world renowned DJs and celebrities to its shores.
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Stockholm’s Gay Scene: Where Cafe and Bar Culture Meet (That Gay Backpacker)
Whenever I venture to a new city, I am keen to find my way around the gay scene as a priority. With that said, I’ve gone through some changes in the last year – I no longer drink, and I prefer to go to bed early. So upon arriving in Stockholm, I was definitely excited to visit a few gay hot-spots in the city, but I was also worried that I wouldn’t feel comfortable because I don’t do the all night drinking thing anymore.
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Ian McKellen Leads Manchester Gay Pride Parade (On Top Magazine)
British actor Sir Ian McKellen on Saturday led the 25th annual Manchester Gay Pride parade.
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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Ochenta y Dos, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

Author: , August 29th, 2015

Ochenta y Dos

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

Ochenta y Dos is an urban B&B in the heart of the beautiful historic colonial city of Merida. Our Merida Bed and Breakfast is gay owned and operated, and the owners live on the premises. Our brand-new building has been built with close attention to historic design and preservation, along with smart home technology which makes it a truly unique boutique property in historic Merida.

See the Ochenta y Dos Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Merida

Jasper, Alberta – Small Town for the Queer Visitor

Author: , August 28th, 2015

Jasper, Alberta - Keph Senett

Of the many ways that Jasper, Alberta, is unique, two particulars stand out and shape this small town’s appeal for the queer visitor. First, Jasper is located inside a national park, which means that every one of its approximately 5,000 inhabitants must meet eligible residency guidelines. Whether through work, school or family, the life of every Jasperite is connected to Jasper National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage site), and this plays out in a packed calendar that celebrates the natural diversity of the region, the community and the people. Second, the town mascot — though admittedly, an unintentional icon of gay culture — is a bear.

Located just four hours west of Edmonton by car, the town comprises a small cluster of streets alongside the Athabasca River in the shadow of Marmot Basin. In the winter, daily shuttles make the trip from town to the ski hill, which has recently enjoyed terrain expansions and infrastructure upgrades — developments that only enhance its existing appeal. Marmot’s base elevation of 1,697 metres is the highest of any ski area in North America.

Initiated in 2009, the inaugural Jasper Pride weekend attracted just a few dozen people, but the event has grown steadily to include more of the local population and visitors from farther-flung places.

By Keph Senett – Full Story at Xtra | Alberta Gay Travel Resources

Carlos Melia – My Latest Restaurant Experiences in Buenos Aires

Author: , August 28th, 2015

Carlos Melia - Buenos Aires

After my week in Rio de Janeiro, I decided to take four days off and head to my native city of Buenos Aires, to visit my family, before heading back to, my new home, New York. One of my favorite activities, as you may know by now, is eating and checking out restaurants of all kinds, and that is what I did. I went to some of my classic ones like the Rodi Bar in Recoleta. I tried a new one in San Telmo and was invited by the Park Hyatt Hotel Buenos Aires, to enjoy their winter Fondue Nights at the Duhau Restaurant. See my comments and photos below.

First stop was Rodi Bar, along with my father. This is a classic of each of my visits to Buenos Aires. It is the typical Buenos Aires dining experience, which some my think it looks very much like a restaurant in Spain, but well, our cultures and costumes are so interconnected that this is very much so. The food is AMAZING, I love the local vibe, see the Portenos and enjoy a nice chilled bottle of San Felipe Torrentes over a nice conversation. Rod Bar is located at the residential neighborhood of Recoleta.

Carlos Melia - Buenos AiresMy next stop was the bohemian neighborhood of San Telmo, very well known by locals and tourists for their flea market and the antique shops. I took a stroll by the local fruit and meat market, which remains as original. And after checking some antique shops – which is one of my huge passions, and visiting briefly my friend and world renown silversmith Marcelo Toledo – by the way you should stop by and see his collection, I went for lunch at CASEROS Restaurant.

It was quite a lovely afternoon, and was nice to be able to seat outside and enjoy a nice lunch. Great local food, featuring a menu with quite some local classics. Small restaurant, very relaxed. Dessert was the best, a flan with dulce de leche and whipped cream yummy. Prices are fair, and service, though a bit slow, was perfectly in sync with the relaxed afternoon outdoors I was looking forward, over a nice glass of Malbec.

As the night came by over the city, I along my brother and father, arrived to the very lovely – and one of my favorite hotels in Buenos Aires – the Park Hyatt Hotel Buenos Aires, in the neighborhood of Recoleta, along the fancy Alvear Av. I have stayed with them before, and I have tried their restaurant a few times – Duhau Restaurant. But being winter seasons, I was invited to enjoy their new addition to their offer, the Fondue Nights. I haven’t had fondue in quite a while so, I said yes right away.

Carlos Melia - Buenos AiresSince we arrived early – on purpose – we decided to seat at the OAK Room for half an hour to enjoy some drinks. The rooms is quite lovely, quite and very chic, just as I like it. Now I must say that the drinks were not as fantastic, as a matter of fact, they were quite terrible and overpriced. I mean I paid two times the price of what I would paid in New York or Paris. If you follow me you know of my addiction to Dirty Vodka Martinis, I have tried them all over the world “literally” at some of the best and worst places. And to have the barman come to me and try to explain – with an attitude – that this is how a Maritini should be…. it was wrong. Same situation with my father’s drink – a Margarita ( which we sent back twice ) To this I replied, CHECK PLEASE.

We came down to the lower floor to the Duhau Restaurant and had indeed a lovely evening. We went throuhg two different types of Cheese Fondues and one Chocolate one. Of course paired with some local wines. Great time spent with my brother and father, catching up on life. If you like Fondue, you should try it.

So these were my three restaurant experience of my brief visit to Buenos Aires. Of course as I always say, the best food in Buenos Aires is my Mom’s, so I quite enjoyed some of them at the privacy of their home.

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

Globetrotter Girls – Charming Erfurt, Germany

Author: , August 28th, 2015

Erfurt Germany - Globetrotter Girls

I left Berlin for a quick visit home to my loved ones, and most importantly, to photograph the wedding of one of my oldest friends. Usually I dread visiting Erfurt, the town I grew up in, because if there is such a thing as growing apart from your hometown, then I have certainly experienced it. I doubt that I’d ever go back there if my sister and a few friends were still living there, and usually only spend a few days there to catch up with everyone.

This time it was different though. It had been a while that I’d visited Erfurt during the summer, and having a first-time visitor in town for a couple of days also helped me seeing my oh-so-boring town in a new light.

I spent hours wandering the cobble stone streets, marveling at the well-maintained and restored half-timbered houses, the imposing cathedral and the picturesque little squares, lined with coffee shops and restaurants. Al fresco dinners on warm summer evenings, picnics by the river, a wine festival and long runs with my favorite running buddy also helped making me appreciate my town again.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls | Germany Gay Travel Resources

Canterbury Artisan Festival

Author: , August 28th, 2015

Canterbury Artisan Festival!! The Canterbury Artisan Fair celebrates GH autumn exterior 411Traditional Arts with an Artisan Craft Fair & Farmers’ Market, music, artisan food, farm animals and demonstrations. A juried Craft Fair including artisans in fabric, hand knits and wolvens, jewelry, pottery, woodworking, painting, toys, and more! A traditional Arts demonstrations include coopering, blacksmithing, basketry, pottery, wood carving, historic building restoration, and herbal presentations including do-it-yourself teas. Finally agricultural demonstrations will include farm animals, permaculture, heirloom breeds, and seed saving. Tickets $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 6-17, children under 5 free.  Members are free. Learn about and purchase Shaker crafts at the Canterbury Shaker Village September 12.

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 for additional information about the Inn and local activities.


Author: , August 27th, 2015

Churchill! Churchill is a play about Sir Winston Churchill. The show is a special Glynn House Evening-cevent to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II It is April 1955. Churchill agonizes in his wartime bunker below London whether to resign as Prime Minister. As he tries to decide he reviews his uniquely eventful career, filled with history-changing events and people, glorious speeches, pithy comments, funny stories, and all the wit and wisdom that has made Churchill beyond greatness into an imperishable legend. Enjoy an unforgettable evening at the Winnipesaukee Playhouse September 9 – 12.

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 for additional information about the Inn and local activities.

Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story

Author: , August 27th, 2015

Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story! Learn the true story behind the young, Glynn House Evening-cbespectacled kid from Texas that changed rock and roll forever. BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY takes you on the tumultuous journey of fame, love, and tragedy as Buddy Holly and the Crickets rack up hit singles like “That’ll Be the Day” and “Peggy Sue” all the while fighting for financial security and musical independence. Winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Musical for the London production, this original juke box musical brings the golden age of rock and roll back to life. The music may have died on February 3, 1959, but you can relive its glory days with BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY in 2016. Experience this legendary musical at the Palace Theatre September 11 – 13.

Book your Palace Theatre accommodation at the historic Glynn House Inn. Guests enjoy gracious surroundings, delicious food, uncompromising service and genuine hospitality. A multi-course gourmet breakfast is served at separate tables in the Victorian dining room. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Afternoon refreshments and early evening wine and cheese are offered daily. Bring your favorite four-footed canine pal. Reserve one of five pet friendly rooms. Pamper yourself and book an in-room massage – available in most guest rooms.

Are you looking for other fall activities during your visit to New Hampshire’s spectacular White Mountains and Lakes Regions? Venture away from the Inn and enjoy art galleries, boating, fine dining, fishing, golf, hiking, historic sites, tax free shopping or simply experience the delightful New Hampshire countryside. Inn guests enjoy savings on many local activity fees. View the Glynn House website for additional information about the Inn, special offers  and local activities.

Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Round-Up – August 27th

Author: , August 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!

Australia’s Throwing a Drag Festival Inspired by Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Gay Star News)
A drag extravaganza named Broken Heel Festival is taking place in Australia next month, from 11-13 September.
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Broken Heel Festival

Morning Stand Up Paddle Boarding in Guaratiba (Carlos Melia Blog)
One of the many experiences I’ve curated, during my recent trip to Rio de Janeiro, for my VIP clients coming next year for the 2016 Summer Olympics, is the Stand Up Paddle Boarding.
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Carlos Melia

Is this the World’s Most Beautiful Open-Air Museum? (Keep Calm and Wander)
The National Museum in Phnom Penh, Cambodia might be the world’s most beautiful open-air museum where treasures of old Khmer civilization are displayed without the boring traps of most modern museum you’ve been in the past.
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Alain - Cambodia

5 Day Trips from Vancouver Worth Tripping For (Shermans Travel)
We love the cosmopolitan excursions in Vancouver as much as the next traveler, but we’re also huge fans of the fact that it’s a great gateway to surrounding outdoorsy adventures. After all, the city is flanked by mountains, forests, and the Pacific coast. Best of all, plenty of these escapes are accessible as day trips.
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Tourism Vancouver

Tourism Vancouver

The Largest Glazed Nine Dragon Screen in China (Keep Calm and Wander)
The largest glazed Nine Dragon Screen in China is found in Datong. It is the oldest one in China. It’s one of the four screens that are found in the country. Two are in Beijing (Beihai Park and Forbidden City) and one in Pingyao.
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Alain - China

Venice Mayor Refuses Permit for Gay Pride Parade (Passport)
Venice is enjoying a boom in gay tourism, thanks to the many cruise ships that dock in its iconic canals and its numerous cultural offerings, but Mayor Luigi Brugnaro, a business man who won the election on a center-right platform, draws the line at a gay pride parade.
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Five Malaysian Recipes (Nomadic Boys)
Recipes for Otak Otak Fish Cakes, Sweet Pandan Pancakes, Chicken Rendang, Malaysian Curry, and Beef Rendang.

Nomadic Boys

New Promotional Clip From Folsom Street Fair (Joe.My.God)
Last week organizers of the Folsom Street Fair won praise for their Fosse-inspired promotional clip. Today they released a less-raunchy but equally bizarre follow-up.
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Video – At Provincetown’s Carnival Week (Joe.My.God)
“Candy Land” was this year’s theme at Provincetown’s Carnival Week and JMG reader Rob sends us his photo montage of the gay gay gay festivities. Seen above are the famed Hat Sisters riding in the parade as Life Savers.
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20 Photos: New York Skyline from One World Tower Observatory (Keep Calm and Wander)
You know how I love heights, skylines and cityscapes from above. In every cities I’ve been to, I always make sure that going up there is one of the things I wouldn’t miss to do.
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New York - Alain