Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Newsletter: November 29th

Published Date Author: , November 29th, 2015

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Morlaix streetFRANCE: Wandering Wives – Morlaix A Fairytale Town
by the Wandering Wives
The old French town of Morlaix is one of the most picturesque places we have ever visited. Nestled between the foothills of the Monts d’Arrée national park and the towns beautiful estuary, Morlaix is a charming mix of ancient buildings and cobbled lane ways, just waiting to be explored. The whole town sits under the watchful eye of a large viaduct, framing its spires and roof tops and further adding to its photographic appeal. We explored the maze of cobbled lane ways and stumbled across tiny French patisseries and creperies hiding out of sight. We found ourselves wandering for hours, pressing our faces up against the windows of bakeries and marvelling at the old world charm. Poking our heads into cute little shops selling Breton biscuits and traditional French dress. When we stumbled across a bicycle outside a shop, we half expected its owner to arrive wearing a Breton top, carrying a baguette, with a string of onions around his neck.


IMG_31711MEXICO: Puerto Vallarta Gay Bar Tour is first Expedia All Gay Tour
by Tim Wilson
“We‘re thrilled Gay Vallarta Bar Hopping Tours will be Expedia’s first exclusive gay tour in Latin America,” said Tim Wilson, owner of Gay Vallarta Bar Hopping and GAYPV.MX, Puerto Vallarta’s gay travel guide and tour promoter. In a joint announcement, Nikolay Nikolov, Destination Manager for Expedia Mexico said “We are pleased to add these gay tours to our portfolio. It will the first gay tours added to the Expedia network in Latin America. These gay tours will complement Expedia’s existing network of best LGBT-friendly hotels.” said Nikolov. Gay Vallarta Bar Tours also has partnered with The Palm Cabaret Cabaret and Act II Entertainment’s Main Stage and Red Room to offer dinner theater packages and a mini gay bar hop afterwards. These are offered on Expedia as well as by the staff at both theaters’ box offices. These combo packages attend the 7/7:30 pm shows or the 9:30 pm shows and include dinner, admission to the show with preferred seating when available, and drinks after the show. “You’ll never have to choose whether you want to see a cabaret show or go barhopping on a Saturday night,” said Wilson. “Now you can do both!”


Carlos Melia - MyanmarMYANMAR: A Day in Yangon
by Carlos Melia
It was time to give my warm Mingalaba ” Good Morning ” to Yangon, and off I went, escorted by the expert team of the Belmond Governor’s Residence, on a full day experience tour of Yangon. I will let mainly the images do the talking, and pinpoint some tips and must see/do while in there. My stay consisted of two nights, and I felt it was the perfect amount of time to enjoy the destinations and see all that needed to be seen. Hope you enjoy my day exploring the vibrant and contrasting Yangon (also known as Rangoon), former capital of Myanmar (Burma) and the the country’s largest city with a population of over five million. I wish to dedicate this, and all my Myanmar post, to Mrs Aung San Suu Kyi. And congratulate her on her massive win on the latest elections. I happened to be in Myanmar, weeks before the election took place. Such a pivotal moment in the life of Burmese people and a new era to come. A true example that convictions ethics, values and character cannot be undermined and dreams cannot be crushed by power.


Carlos Melia - ThailandTHAILAND: Carlos Melia – Khlong Touring in Bangkok Along the Chao Phraya
by Carlos Melia
On a very hot and humid day, it was quite lovely to go on for a long sail onboard a long-tailed speedboat, along the Chao Phraya River and later penetrate the life along the khlongs of Bangkok, enjoy the breeze and every so often a cold splash of water. Our tour began right at our host hotel, the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, and from there we went on for approximately 3 hours. This is one of my many visits to Bangkok, but indeed the first time doing the tour of the khlongs, which gives of a totally different perspective of life in Bangkok in the banks of the river and its canals. See and follow my full Instagram Photo Gallery on Bangkok… A Khlong is the general name for a canal on the central plain of Thailand. These canals are spawned by the Chao Phraya, among other rivers, and their tributaries. The Thai word khlong is not limited to artificial canals.


Carlos Melia BangkokTHAILAND:
by Carlos Melia
A night in Bangkok, can begin and end in so many ways…. I am sure you all have heard the stories coming from deep in the Sois. But I have been there and done that, and what I do these days, is to repeat those I have enjoyed the most over the years, and open to discover new ones by the hand of my dear local friends. This was the case of my first night in Bangkok a few days ago, which began in full luxury and molecular Dirty Vodka Martinis at the legendary and recently renovated Bamboo Bar, at the iconic Grand Dame of Bangkok, the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok. 8PM and it was time for me to hit the road, and head one of my favorite classics in Bangkok restaurant scene EAT ME. For some, perhaps not the best restaurant there, but the one that always delivers the best experiences. And BTW it has been awarded Asia’s 50 TOP Restaurants accolade. For the last 4 years, always at the same time, same table, same lovely companion – superstition, not al all – just the perfect recipe and mix for a marvelous night out. And of course, regardless where I am going and the budget, my choice to move around Bangkok are the Tuk Tuks. I just LOVE to interact with the drivers, and feel/smell Bangkok as we ride.


Carlos Melia - ThailandTHAILAND: Carlos Melia – Taking a Thai Cooking Class
by Carlos Melia
After a long night out in Bangkok which began in full luxury and ended up right in the underground scene, I was awake pretty early, with a pounding headache and hangover, but determine to conquer the day ahead, which included an full morning Thai Cooking Class at The Oriental Thai Cooking School of the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, follow by a 3-hours Khlong tour of Bangkok. So my first stop was shades to conceal the damage of my late night out, and ultra healthy breakfast over an ultra spicy Khao Tom soup to sweat away the many bottles of Champagne I had. After that I was ready to start my day and master the arts of Traditional Thai Cooking. I went to the adventure onboard one of the private barges, that would transport me across the Chao Phraya River to The Oriental Thai Cooking School by the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, and to my master of the morning, Chef Narain Kiattiyotcharoen. The dishes, or better I should say the challenge, of the day were: Banana in Coconut Sauce, Steamed Leaf-wrapped prawns with spicy sauce, Green Curry with Chicken and Stir-fried squid with salted egg yolk.


Downtown Santa feUSA, NEW MEXICO: TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Santa Fe, New Mexico Part 2
by Donald and Ray, the Gay Travelers
In our last travel column on Santa Fe, we told you about the FABULOUS place to stay, El Farolito B and B Inn, or their sister property, Four Kachinas Inn. They are simply THE BEST. Once you settle in, you need to find places to dine. We have been going to Santa Fe for over 30 years and our two very favorite places to dine are La Choza, 904 Alarid St. which is just once block east of St. Francis and one block north of Cerrillos Road. It is located in the old adobe headquarters of the turn of the century Mercer Ranch. They offer a very large selection of meals using the finest of ingredients. They have been voted the #1 restaurant in New Mexico by many different surveys and we agree! It is all about atmosphere, food presentation, quality of food and service. La Choza has it all! If you are lucky enough to get server, Geraldo you are very lucky indeed. He is the best of the best and will be able to help you select the perfect menu just for you. Why can’t all servers be this friendly and professional. When you enter the restaurant you are very warmly greeted by Newman who takes you to your table and he is one of the friendliest guys in Santa Fe.


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