Mummenschanz

Author: , December 30th, 2015

Mummenschanz, http://glynnhouse.com/events/ the Swiss mask theatre troupe, is celebrating over 40 years in glynnhse winterthe entertainment industry. With worldwide tours under its belt, Mummenschanz has revolutionized theatre using mime, acting, dance, and magic. As the Boston Herald notes, the cast members create their “own comic universe – a place of constant wonder and ingenuity.” The troupe is prop-oriented and performances are strictly visual and utilize no music or dialogue. Don’t expect an event filled with silence though; family filled audiences continuously erupts with laughter at these masked performers worldwide. Book your tickets and plan on experiencing a unique evening of theatre at the Capitol Center for the Arts January 13.

Book your Capitol Center for the Arts 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.

Four Ways to Explore Spanish Wine

Author: , December 30th, 2015

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Q: Can anything top Spain’s perfect travel mix of hot guys, gorgeous scenery, fantastic culture, and total LGBTQ-friendliness?

A: Yes. All of the above, with wine.

Spain isn’t just the home of rioja, it’s also the birthplace of cava and sherry, and its winemaking expertise stretches back at least five millennia. More than 400 varieties of grapes are grown here, and no matter where you go throughout the country, you’re literally never more than 100 miles away from one of its many wine regions, many of which rival northern California’s famed wine scene. Here are the 4 best ways to explore Spain’s wine-y wonder.

With an organized Spanish wine tour:

Loads of mainstream tour operators offer wine-focused expeditions through Spain’s various wine regions. Among the best: The Unique Traveller, a UK-based company offering more than a dozen Spanish gourmet and wine-themed tours; and Cellar Tours of California, which tailors custom-fit luxury holidays based on its roster of Spain-wide wine outings.

Full Story at Queerty

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Salt and Fresh Water Adventure in Yelapa, Mexico

Author: , December 30th, 2015

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My third time visiting Yelapa was still a charm. This remote fishing village is located in the southernmost cove of the world’s seventh largest bay, Bahía de Banderas, in Jalisco, Mexico. You can stay overnight in a small hotel or rent a room or a house. You can also come here for a yoga retreat, which I bet would be wonderful. But so far, I’ve only come for one-day excursions while staying in Puerto Vallarta or Nuevo Vallarta.

Yelapa is not an island, but for most practical purposes, it’s accessible only by boat. The first time that I went, I took a small water taxi from the Puerto Vallarta harbor. The other times, I chose to take excursions on more comfortable catamarans with Vallarta Adventures, which runs day trips starting in either Puerto Vallarta or Nuevo Vallarta. These trips include snorkeling and kayaking, a buffet lunch, and unlimited drinks, plus an optional hike through the village of Yelapa to a refreshing waterfall, and time to relax, swim, or eat some more at the Yelapa beach.

The Yelapa excursions usually stop at Los Arcos and Las Caletas, two appealing areas in Banderas Bay. But the water was too rough during my most recent trip for our boat to anchor near the interesting rock formations of Los Arcos. So our captain waited and let us off in quieter waters closer to the shore at Las Caletas. It was a relief to get off the rocking boat and into the warm water. Our handsome young guide, Isaías, dove down to the seabed in his snorkeling gear and gently picked up a couple of marine life specimens for us to have a closer look and even touch, passing them from his open palm to ours. One was a light pink sea urchin whose prickles were deceivingly soft. The other was a black serpent starfish, who resembled a tiny octopus. After we had seen and touched them, Isaías returned the urchin and starfish to the rocks and coral where he had found them.

By Janet Bein – Full Story at Tango Diva

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Gay Frankfurt: Germany’s Most Festive City

Author: , December 28th, 2015

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‘It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go; take a look in the five and ten, glistening once again. With candy canes and silver lanes a glow.’

These enduring lyrics of the Perry Como song reflect the excitement and anticipation of the festive holiday. Admittedly, this song has done little in the past to elicit these sentiments for me. However, on a recent trip to Frankfurt, these words of shimmering Christmas lights, bells and sugary festive food suddenly struck a chord.

When it comes to Christmas, Germany does it better than anywhere else – especially Frankfurt, the country’s fifth largest city. Here are six things you simply have to do here this festive season, and in festive seasons to come…

By James Gordon – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Exploring Lesbian Scandinavia

Author: , December 28th, 2015

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Have you ever fallen for the myths about the Nordic countries? Do we have licorice? Are polar bears walking the streets? Is Norway the capital of Sweden? Is everyone blonde? Do we still wear Viking helmets? Does everyone buy their furniture at IKEA? Are we all very comfortable with public nudity and body hair? No. To all of the above. Except the blonde thing. There are a lot of blondes.

You may think our lesbians are like your lesbians. Well you are probably right. Ultimately the final goal is the same, but there are some things to remember. Instead of getting lost and missing signals in a tourist haze, I – a born and bred Norwegian will guide you through the local labyrinth of lesbian life in Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Reykjavik and Helsinki. You can’t Google this shit.

I’ve been dumped, kissed, loved, and judged on these streets, not necessarily in that order. We, spawn of the north, can be perceived as a bit cold, but trust me–under our skin it’s like a delicious sauna. Ice breakers: Hiking, skiing, soccer and Lise Karlsnes.

By Sandrea Olea Jakobsen – Full Story at Curve

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Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Newsletter: December 27th

Author: , December 27th, 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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1-naomi bestTRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Our Most Memorable Person of the Year – Naomi Wilzig

by Donald and Ray
As we go through life we meet literally hundreds and hundreds of people in our travels. Many, we do stay in touch with and meet again and again in our travels. One such person was Naomi Wilzig, owner of the World Erotic Art Museum in South Beach, Florida. She celebrated her 80th Birthday in December of 2014 and a Grand birthday party it was as we had written it up. Sadly, in April of 2015, she passed away in her sleep. We first met Naomi a few years ago when we were in South Beach and it was an instant friendship within a couple of minutes of our meeting and continued until she died last April. Naomi was truly a one of a kind person. We really do not think that we have ever met a person so kind, giving and generous and fun and funny! When she walked into a room, the entire room was brighter. Everyone who ever met her was thrilled to have her as a friend. She was elegant, stately, demure, and quick to laugh. She had a smile that would make you smile. As the late Adlai E. Stevenson said about Eleanor Roosevelt, “She would rather light candles than curse the darkness”, and the same can be said about Naomi.


Stefan in Indonesia10 Interesting Facts About Indonesia
by the Nomadic Boys
We always get excited when we see a bit of our own culture in the places we visit. So anything with a little bit of Greek and French influence immediately grabs our attention. Our favourite 10 facts about Indonesia ticks all these boxes…did you know the majority of the French frogs’ legs are imported from Indonesia…or even know where the word Indonesia comes from? (A smug Greek Stefan smiles knowingly…) “EH?!” we hear you cry… You heard right! Stefan was quick to point out that the word Indonesia is in fact derived from 2 Greek words: Indo meaning, “India” and ni-sia meaning “islands”. Ok, so Indonesia is not actually the Greek islands of the East. But it was enough to get Stefan excited to discover a piece of Greek influence.


Sapa mistHill Tribes Of Vietnam
by the Wandering Wives
Anyone visiting the north of Vietnam should visit Sapa. The journey to Lao Cai on the overnight sleeper train is an adventure in itself. Then an hour long bus ride along twisting mountainous roads, up into a higher altitude above and beyond the clouds. To say the views are breath taking would be an understatement. Sapa is close to the Chinese border and populated with ethnic minority tribes who have lived and worked on the land for centuries. The awe inspiring landscapes are perfect for getting back to nature and trekking is a popular activity in Sapa. The mountains have been sculpted into terraces for growing rice which are spread out in to the distance as far as the eye can see. The Black H’Mong women lead treks up into the mountains, where you can visit villages, see traditional houses and even experience a home stay in the mountains.


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TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Our Most Memorable Person of the Year – Naomi Wilzig

Author: , December 27th, 2015

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As we go through life we meet literally hundreds and hundreds of people in our travels. Many, we do stay in touch with and meet again and again in our travels. One such person was Naomi Wilzig, owner of the World Erotic Art Museum in South Beach, Florida. She celebrated her 80th Birthday in December of 2014 and a Grand birthday party it was as we had written it up, http://purpleroofs.com/gay-travel-blog/2014/12/traveling-fabulous-gay-world-party-decade.html. Sadly, in April of 2015, she passed away in her sleep.

2-NaomiWe first met Naomi a few years ago when we were in South Beach and it was an instant friendship within a couple of minutes of our meeting and continued until she died last April. Naomi was truly a one of a kind person. We really do not think that we have ever met a person so kind, giving and generous and fun and funny! When she walked into a room, the entire room was brighter. Everyone who ever met her was thrilled to have her as a friend. She was elegant, stately, demure, and quick to laugh. She had a smile that would make you smile. As the late Adlai E. Stevenson said about Eleanor Roosevelt, “She would rather light candles than curse the darkness”, and the same can be said about Naomi.

In 2006, on the 1st Anniversary of her Museum, Naomi was honored with the Key to the City of Miami Beach. In 2011 on the 5th Anniversary the City of Miami Beach proclaimed October 16 “World Erotic Art Museum Day. On May 12, 2011, the Institute for Advance Study of Human Sexuality presented Naomi with a “Doctor of Arts Honors Causa Sexuality/Erotology and also in 2011 she was chosen Business Person of the Year by the Greater Miami Gay/Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. You can read about her museum by going to: http://lgbttravelblog.gaymonde.com/2012/07/traveling-in-our-fabulous-gay-world_23.html.

3-Naomi and D and RBesides being an individualist herself she taught her daughter and two sons to be their own persons and to live life to the fullest which they did and still do. Fortunately we have met all of them…. Sherry, Sir Ivan and Alan . They all live on the East coast and are VERY productive members of society. A book on their accomplishments could be written on each of them. They all have learned well from their Mother.

As for us, we feel so honored to have had Naomi as a dear friend. She shared so much with us whether we were with her in person or through the hundreds of emails that we exchanged. We have the greatest of memories of our friendship with her. Our dear friend is no longer with us but she will be in our hearts FOREVER! Thanks dear friend for being YOU and sharing so much of your life with others and making the world a better place. We miss you everyday Naomi!

Don and RayAlways remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone!

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD is written by Donald Pile and Ray Williams, Award-winning, Celebrity travel columnists who write for gay publications from coast to coast (And now legally married).

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City Sundays: Cape Town

Author: , December 27th, 2015

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Hey all,

Welcome to our 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.

After the fall of apartheid, Cape Town has risen to become a gay travel mecca on the southern tip of the African Continent. Cape Town and its surrounding area offers so much to do, from beaches to night life to wine tours – and of course you can always venture inland for a safari.

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

Do you wanna go?

Let’s chat! Join the conversation here:

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Check out our Cape Town page here:

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And our Cape Town articles on the blog here:

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A Taste of Taos – Lesbian Travel

Author: , December 23rd, 2015

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While the Southwest has always appealed to outdoorsy and self-sufficient lesbians, New Mexico in particular has had a powerful draw for women with an artistic bent. And on December 19, 2013, legislation further paved the way for lesbian lovebirds, with the New Mexico Supreme Court ruling unanimously in favor of granting same-sex couples the freedom to marry. Taos, a vibrant and picturesque town in the north-central region of New Mexico, is set against the stunning backdrop of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains–a landscape that inspired the painter Georgia O’Keeffe for 40 years.

The Taos Valley, the mountains, and the Rio Grande create a kind of energy vortex that has drawn expressive types to it for many years. The vistas in this region are dramatic, and the vibe feels ancient and spiritual. The Taos Pueblo, an American Indian settlement on the northern border of the town, is considered to be the oldest continuously inhabited community in the United States, and it’s a fascinating place to visit, with its multistory adobe houses, shops, a cemetery built in 1619 by Spanish priests using Indian labor, and the San Geronimo Church, photographed by Ansel Adams.

Over the past hundred years, artists, writers, and thinkers have made a pilgrimage here–to meet, heal, create, or find peace and quiet. Perhaps the best-known artist colony in Taos was established by the bisexual socialite Mabel Dodge Luhan in 1919. Dodge, who was a close friend of Gertrude Stein, was a prominent figure in the art scenes of New York, Florence, and Santa Barbara, but her Taos salon really took off, especially after she married Tony Luhan, a Pueblo Indian, and it attracted Emma Goldman, Georgia O’Keeffe, Willa Cather, Margaret Sanger, Martha Graham, and many others. And remarkable women have tarried in Taos ever since.

By Merryn Johns – Full Story at Curve

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Now There Is A New Way To Explore Vienna

Author: , December 23rd, 2015

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One of the best ways to get the most out of a visit to a new destination is to source some local advice and guidance on what’s good – where you should stay, what you should do, what are some of the hidden treats and experiences that only the locals seem to know about.

The Austrian capital of Vienna has long been one of our favorite European cities – with its solid grandeur, stunning buildings, and sense of history, together with a cafe culture and appreciation of the arts that is hard to match.

Chris Cummins is a journalist originally from the United Kingdom but he now calls Vienna his home. As host of the new YouTube series VIENNA / NOW, Cummins is perfectly placed to share his passion for the city, offering survival tips for visitors, and interviewing some of the personalities that make Vienna such a vibrant European hub. Cummins also explains which typically Viennese expressions you should know in order to effectively engage with the locals – always a handy starting point.

By Gareth Johnson – Full Story at Gay Star News

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