Purple Roofs LGBT Newsletter – October 31st

Author: , October 31st, 2015

Welcome to the biweekly Purple Roofs Newsletter. Every day, our LGBT Travel Blog brings you featured LGBT travel articles, as well as tons of news and helpful travel tips, which we summarize here for you every few weeks. And you can also join our Facebook Travel Clubs for our daily discussions and your travel questions (it’s free!):

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Featured Articles:

Siem Reap Wandering WivesIntroducing Wandering Wives
by the Wandering Wives

After a light bulb moment, they sold everything they owned and bought two one way tickets to the other side of the world.

That was almost two years ago and they haven’t looked back since.

They’ll be sharing their hilarious adventures in a new regular column on the Purple Roofs blog!


12 apostlesWandering Wives – Selling Everything
by the Wandering Wives

The older you get, the more things you own, or as some might say, the more things own you. We own an average amount of stuff; furniture for a two bed house, a lot of books, some art, photographs, DVDs and quite a few sentimental boxes of treasure. Many other travel bloggers will wax lyrical about how their journey is about living off the land, relying on the kindness of strangers, eating mushrooms in a hippy commune and proudly owning nothing but the shirt on their back (plus their smart phone, laptop, kindle, iPod, GPS, and digital SLR camera of course).

Kudos to them, but that is not what our journey is about, we quite like our stuff. If money were no object, I guess we would kit out a Winnebago with our lovingly restored shabby chic furniture. Adorning the walls with our art and photographs, leaving enough drawer space for all our clothes and Ikea bedding. The kitchen would have ample space for our Kenwood mixer, varying size loaf tins and our ever growing collection of Tupperware. However, like most ordinary travellers, money (or how to make it go further) is a pretty big consideration for us.


Hot Air BallooningTRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Hot Air Ballooning
by Donald and Ray

Hot air ballooning is not for us however we have a lot of friends who are really into it. They have hot air balloon festivals in almost every State in the country plus all over the world as well. The best place to start to get full details is www.hotairballoon.com. There you will find a directory and calendar of hot air balloon festivals, rallies and events.

Another great site is www.ballooncalendar.com/. Hot air ballooning has been around for a time. They began in the late 1700’s and have continued thru the years all over the entire world. Attractive aspects of hot air ballooning include the exceptional quietness (except when the propane burners are firing), the lack of feeling any kind of movement and the bird’s-ye views. Since the balloon moves with the direction of the winds, the passengers feel absolutely no wind, except for brief periods during the flight when the balloon climbs or descends into air currents of different direction or speed.


Wellington - Dolly GoolsbyNEW ZEALAND: Dolly Travels – Wellington, New Zealand’s Capital City
by Dolly Goolsby

I have to apologize. We were so busy during our last few days in New Zealand, that I simply did not have time to write without feeling rushed; therefore, I am writing about Wellington after I am back on United States soil. Nevertheless, Wellington is still very much in my mind. What a lovely city. We were fortunate that the weather continued to be in our favor. We had arrived in Wellington at night, so we were very happy to wake up to a beautiful sunny day for our tour of the city.

Aaron had arranged a tiny little minibus with a driver, to take us on our tour. As Wellington is a very hilly town, we soon saw the wisdom in that choice. First, we drove up to the top of a hill that can also be accessed by a cable car. From this vantage point, one can walk down through the lovely Botanical Gardens. We did not have time for that leisurely stroll, so our little bus took us down to the glass buildings of the gardens.Next, our driver took us up another very winding road to an overlook, where we could see the city and the Harbour.


Machu PicchuPERU: Carlos Melia – Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu
by Carlos Melia

Hi there everyone.!!!! I am back and with lots of new tips and information. I haven’t been lazy, I have been traveling extensively across Europe – France, Sweden, Finland, Russia and then all the way down to Peru in South America, exploring and gathering lots of facts to be shared with you all. Many haute experiences around the globe, always following my two main travel goals, which are, (a) experiential travel and (b) when I travel I spend my days as a adventurer and my nights as a Queen.

This time I came to one of my all time top items on my personal travel bucket list, Machu Picchu. I could not believe that after being in Peru and Lima over a dozen times, I have never taken the time to visit one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. But this time I planed my trip, with the expert help of both OUTAndes – local LGBT Tour Operator based in Cusco, and Orient-Express Trains and Hotels, with over six properties in Peru.


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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Abbey’s Lantern Hill Inn

Author: , October 31st, 2015

Abbey's Lantern Hill Inn

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

Abbey’s Lantern Hill Inn is a unique, boutique B&B in an intimate seven acre country setting close to Mystic, Connecut and Foxwoods. We’re also perfectly located for visiting Mohegan Sun, Watch Hill Beach, and Misquamicut Beach. You’ll find a number of fun local wineries, fine dining, antiquing, and shows at casinos nearby. A great place for all four seasons!

See the Abbey’s Lantern Hill Inn Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Gay Bangkok

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Bangkok

Bangkok is hot right now, and not just literally. Thailand’s bustling metropolis capital, fresh out of its monsoon season, has made itself one of the most welcoming and attractive destinations to the LGBT community in all of Asia. Bangkok will be the first of three regions highlighted in Instinct’s new series on gay travel in Thailand, which focuses on five of my favorite personally tested spots in a few select regions of the gorgeous, welcoming country.

What better way to start your visit to Bangkok – and, likely, Thailand in general – than with a day trip (or half day trip) to nearby Ayutthaya, a bustling city that served as the country’s capital prior to Bangkok. Countless tour companies offer excursions from Bangkok to Ayutthaya (roughly an hour and a half) to tour some of the most incredible Buddhist temple ruins in Southeast Asia, but Ayutthaya Ruins is highly recommended.

After a central pick up in Bangkok, guests are transported by road to Ayutthaya, a journey that allows guides to provide context and backstory to the destination as well as a brief glimpse of Thailand’s history. Once in the former capital, the tour stops at three of the most impressive sites in the massive splay of ruins, where guests are allowed to explore, mouths probably agape the entire time. A river boat is hired for the return to Bangkok, where we enjoyed an incredible traditional Thai lunch while marveling at the colorful diversity of architecture, temples, mansions, government facilities and more along the Chao Phraya River.

By Jonathan Higbee – Full Story at Instinct | Thailand Gay Travel Resources

Bohemia Meets Working Class in Helsinki’s Traditional Gay Quarter

Author: , October 31st, 2015

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Some say ‘I’m no racist, but…’ is Finland’s national motto, but Helsinki’s district of Kallio, with its liberal and slightly bohemian atmosphere, is only one of numerous places to resists this stereotype.

Much like Stockholm, Copenhagen and other Scandinavian cities, Helsinki doesn’t have a designated gayborhood – but Kallio, home to Finland’s president Tarja Halonen, is still going strong as an LGBTI hotspot.

The long, cold winter nights, contrasting sharply with a summer shaped by the virtually endless daylight during the white nights, leave their imprint on the community, driving them closer together into a merry mix.

By Stefanie Gerdes – Full Story at Gay Star News | Finland Gay Travel Resources

Globetrotter Girls – Berlin’s Cathedral Illuminated

Author: , October 30th, 2015

Berlin - Dani

The transition from summery Tel Aviv to chilly Germany wasn’t easy, but what helped was the prospect of finally experiencing the Festival Of Lights in Berlin, a festival I’d been wanting to visit ever since I first saw pictures of it online.

Every year in October, Berlin’s main landmarks are transformed into a spectacular light art installation for about ten days. Historic buildings like the cathedral, the opera house, the city palace and landmarks such as the TV tower or Brandenburg Gate become the canvas for stunning light projections ranging from abstract paintings to remarkable, innovative video installations.

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

Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Round-Up – October 30th

Author: , October 30th, 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!

GENERAL:
19 Hot Gay Instagram Travelers (Gay Star News)
19 hot gay Instagram travellers who opened the library on wanderlust this week.
full story

Stefan Arestis

GERMANY:
In Photos: Cologne Pride 2015 (DJ Yabis)
My 4th time at Cologne Pride. Throwing condoms like candies. I was on a float so most of my photos were of the people watching the parade.
full story

cologne-pride DJ Yabis

ISRAEL:
10 Travel Apps to Download Before Visiting Tel Aviv (Travels of Adam)
Tel Aviv isn’t just one of the most exciting cities of the Middle East, it’s one of the world’s most vibrant, sexiest cities. The city has been named one of the top two cities of the world for tech start-ups, with offices for some of the world’s hottest start-ups and tech giants like Google, Waze, Wix, SimilarWeb and many, many more. Basically competing with San Francisco’s Silicon Valley.
full story

Adam Groffman

USA, NEW YORK:
New York City to Host WorldPride on 50th Anniversary of Stonewall Riots (Pink News)
New York City will host WorldPride in 2019, it has been confirmed – 50 years on from the Stonewall riots.

full story

USA, NEW YORK:
Bianca Del Rio, Brandon Voss Dish On Halloween Weekend in NYC (Passport)
“You only live in New York if you’re on Law and Order, or if you’re on Broadway,” says drag’s leading comedy queen, the inimitable Bianca Del Rio.
full story

Bianca del Rio

USA, TEXAS:
Clothing-Optional Gay Retreat To Open Near George W. Bush’s Ranch In Crawford, Texas (Towleroad.com)
Plans for a clothing-optional retreat for gay and bisexual men are stirring controversy in ultraconservative Central Texas, less than 2 miles from President George W. Bush’s ranch in Crawford.
full story

Featured Gay Owned Accommodations: El Mirasol Villas, Palm Springs

Author: , October 30th, 2015

El Mirasol Villas

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

El Mirasol Villas is the original Palm Springs resort catering to gay men since 1975. Built by Howard Hughes in 1947, the hotel’s charm and privacy have preserved while offering the style and comfort sought by today’s gay traveler. Walled and gated, this private resort is in the Warm Sands area, only blocks away from downtown Palm Springs, gay nightlife, hiking, shopping, casino gambling and gourmet dining.

See the El Mirasol Villas Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Palm Springs

The Addams Family

Author: , October 29th, 2015

The Addams Family! http://glynnhouse.com/events/ Do you dare to enter the creepy, kooky, mysterious and glynnhse winterspooky world of THE ADDAMS FAMILY? It’s time to meet the parents in this gruesome romantic musical tale of forbidden love. Can Gomez and Morticia pull off a normal family dinner in order to impress the parents of daughter Wednesday’s boyfriend? Based on the cartoons of Charles Addams and the popular 1960s TV show, this boy meets the macabre musical comedy was the winner of broadway.com’s’ Audience Award for Favorite New Broadway Musical in 2010. Don’t miss this wonderful romantic musical at the Palace Theatre November 12 – 14.

Book your Palace Theatre accommodation at the romantic 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 winter activities during your visit to New Hampshire’s spectacular White Mountains and Lakes Regions? Venture away from the Inn and enjoy art galleries, fine dining, hiking, historic sites, skiing, sleigh rides, snowmobiling, tax free shopping or simply experience the delightful winter countryside. Inn guests enjoy savings on many winter activities. View the Glynn House website http://www.glynnhouse.com for additional information about the Inn, special offers  and local activities.

Silver Series: Mary Gauthier

Author: , October 29th, 2015

Silver Series: Mary Gauthier! http://glynnhouse.com/events/ A critically acclaimed singer/songwriter whose glynnhse winter2005 album Mercy Now earned her the Americana Music Association’s New/Emerging Artist of the Year, Mary Gauthier’s songs carry so much emotional punch, they can leave you staggering. She has a way of burrowing into that hole so many of us carry inside our souls, and emerging with universal truths that show we aren’t so alone after all. Last summer’s release Trouble & Love met with some of the best reviews of her career including the song “How You Learn to Live Alone” featured on ABC’s hit show Nashville. Don’t miss a very special evening of music at the Hanaway Theatre November 13.

Book your Silver Series accommodation at the nearby 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 winter activities during your visit to New Hampshire’s spectacular White Mountains and Lakes Regions? Venture away from the Inn and enjoy art galleries, fine dining, hiking, historic sites, skiing, sleigh rides, snowmobiling, tax free shopping or simply experience the delightful winter countryside. Inn guests enjoy savings on many local activity fees. View the Glynn House website http://www.glynnhouse.com for additional information about the Inn, special offers  and local activities.

Wandering Wives – Selling Everything

Author: , October 29th, 2015

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The older you get, the more things you own, or as some might say, the more things own you. We own an average amount of stuff; furniture for a two bed house, a lot of books, some art, photographs, DVDs and quite a few sentimental boxes of treasure. Many other travel bloggers will wax lyrical about how their journey is about living off the land, relying on the kindness of strangers, eating mushrooms in a hippy commune and proudly owning nothing but the shirt on their back (plus their smart phone, laptop, kindle, iPod, GPS, and digital SLR camera of course) . Kudos to them, but that is not what our journey is about, we quite like our stuff. If money were no object, I guess we would kit out a Winnebago with our lovingly restored shabby chic furniture. Adorning the walls with our art and photographs, leaving enough drawer space for all our clothes and Ikea bedding. The kitchen would have ample space for our Kenwood mixer, varying size loaf tins and our ever growing collection of Tupperware. However, like most ordinary travellers, money (or how to make it go further) is a pretty big consideration for us.

wandering wives graffitiLetting go of all our belongings and living just with what we can carry is not an easy process. But no one wakes up to an ocean view with the sun rising above it and says “I wish I had a corner couch to sit on and a TV to watch.” For us travel is a process of enrichment and shedding our household items is a necessary part of that. Yes we like our stuff, but when we consider what we are trading it in for, we agree that the swap is more than worth it.

We do not own a house and we decided against paying out for a storage facility for an unknown time-scale. We do not have the luxury of being able to leave everything with Mum and Dad, like the 18 year old gap year crowd. That brought us to one conclusion: sell everything.

Of course when you begin to sort through your belongings it becomes clear that most of it is actually worthless tat that no one would want to buy. So the first stepread more on Wandering Wives

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