Dubai Gay Bars

Author: , December 31st, 2016

Dubai Gay Bars

SPEAKERS boom in the darkly lit, smoky room. It’s 2 am and the club is packed with a sea of sweaty, gay men getting their groove on to a Madonna classic — and I’m one of them.

After an all-day drinking session, followed by a spot of impromptu karaoke, during which I made friends with a lovely lesbian couple (we bonded over our love of ‘80s power ballads) I’ve ended up at this underground hotspot. Nothing strange here you might think, I mean, there are gay clubs the world over, right? But what makes this unusual is that I’m not in the relatively liberal West; I’m in Dubai.

A province of the United Arab Emirates governed by a dictatorial royal family and a tourism hotspot attracting the gaze of the world thanks to its constant sunshine and headline-grabbing world’s “biggest” and “tallest” buildings, shopping malls and man-made islands. Like Las Vegas, Dubai was built in a desert from nothing and like Vegas, Dubai (in the Arab world anyway) is known as sin city.

By Paul Ewart – Full Story at news.au.com

The Hideout of the Robinhood of Madrid – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , December 31st, 2016

Robinhood of Madrid

The former hideout of the Robinhood of Madrid is now a restaurant – Las Cuevas de Luis Candelas. It’s right off the corner of Plaza Mayor under the arch where it was once called the “Arch of Knives.” It is believed that after his thieving acts, Luis Candelas would hide here to avoid arrest. For the less fortunate, whom he gave his loot, he is known as Don Luis. Undoubtedly, he is Spain’s version of Robinhood.

Nowadays, Las Cuevas de Luis Candelas is a famed themed restaurant. At the entrance, you will be greeted by a man dressed as Luis Candelas, the bandit. The interior is very Spanish and going in feels like stepping back in time. There are men with guitars serenading their patrons. The food was ok and – since it’s in Plaza Mayor, a touristy area, expect a price more than you expect.

But, yeah, dining here is a Spanish cultural experience! It’s fun. If you’re on a budget (like me), this is not a place for you to eat. I just had a glass of sangria and a few raciones. But, if you like to be culturally entertained at the end of your day, this place won’t disappoint you.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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Eve’s Web Vacation Rental – St. Augustine, Florida

Author: , December 31st, 2016

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

Come stay in our private vacation rental home in Vilano Beach, situated within the Guana Tolomato Estuary, where ocean meets river, just moments away from Historic Downtown St. Augustine, Florida.

Eve’s Web is within one of the last remaining authentic maritime oaks coastal hammocks… a birdwatcher’s paradise. The ozone hot tub provides bathing in nature. The upstairs deck feels like a tree house hideaway. It’s the perfect spot to grill your catch of the day or relax in a hammock. The common ground also includes a private outdoor hot shower.

From your retreat, may the wonderful smell of the ocean beckon you for a stroll along the beach, an easy 3 block walk. You’ll also find within walking distance, great fishing & pier, park & tennis court, nature boardwalk, and cute local cafes.

Destination Location! If you can pull yourself away from this setting, the nation’s oldest city is a short drive across the Vilano Bridge, offering you a wide range of activities.

Eve’s Web Guest House Rental has a unique charm, eclecticly decorated with handmade candles & original art created by local artists. It exudes warmth & comfort – from heavenly soft sheets to the coffee, tea & treats provided to guests. Wander through & discover a library of books, DVD’s & CD’s.

Eve's WebOur accommodations include 2 full suites, with 1 bath per suite. Eve’s Hideaway, downstairs, sleeps up to 6 guests. Eve’s Tree House, upstairs, sleeps up to 5 guests. Please go to our website for more details.

Each suite encompasses 1,500 sq ft of space, including ceiling fans & tile floors to cool you off on warm days. The kitchens are fully equipped & furnished with gas stove & microwave, so you may cook at home if you wish.

Stay with us the next time your travels bring you to the St. Augustine area.

Secluded, yet close to everything.

See the Eve’s Web Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Events: Moondance – A Tribute to Van Morrison

Author: , December 30th, 2016

Events: Moondance – A Tribute to Van Morrison! glynnhse winterhttp://glynnhouse.com/events/ Moondance – A Tribute to Van Morrison! Rock and roll doesn’t get any better than Van Morrison. Van the Man has done it all. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has never failed to impress music lovers around the globe. Moondance is the ultimate Van Morrison Tribute Concert. This incredible show captures the Van Morrison concert experience like no other. The show is packed with one Van Morrison classic after the next. You’ll hear – “Brown Eyed Girl”, “Moondance”, “Domino”, “It Stoned Me”, “Tupelo Honey”, “Wild Night”, “Into The Mystic” and “Caravan” – just to name a few. Don’t miss a terrific concert at the Palace Theatre January 14.

Reserve your elegant Palace Theatre accommodation at the GLBT friendly 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.

Venture away from the Inn. Experience the delights of New Hampshire’s spectacular White Mountains and Lakes Regions. Art galleries, antiques and ‘tax free’ shopping options will entice the most discerning shopper. Cultural activities include concerts reflecting every genre and four professional theaters. Vineyards and micro breweries offer complimentary tastings and exceptional products. Outdoor enthusiasts can experience lakes and mountains, outdoor adventure, ski and snow play plus endless hiking trails. Inn guests are eligible for some terrific local activity discounts too. Everyone can enjoy scenic drives along New Hampshire’s tranquil country roads. Great local dining options will satisfy your palette too. View the Glynn House website http://www.glynnhouse.com for additional information about the Inn and local activities. Book Your ‘Moondance – A Tribute to Van Morrison’ Accommodation Now! http://ao4.availabilityonline.com/availability_search.php?un=glynnhse or call (603) 968 3775.

Corfu’s Naked Beaches

Author: , December 30th, 2016

Corfu - Sergio Scardia

Corfu is a beautiful green island in the Mediterranean, as you already know if you are avid readers of my blog. The island itself is pretty big, almost 600 Km², which make Corfu the 7th biggest island of the whole Greece. The total coast surface is 217 km, so you can imagine there is plenty of great beaches all around the island to choose from: Corfu comprises over 120 beaches!

I didn’t have time to explore them all, although I wish I had. But, as per my custom, I asked the locals which beaches were unmissable: here you can find my very own list of the 3 nudist beaches not to miss if you happen to visit Corfu.

Nudist Beaches of Corfu – Issos Beach

Issos is an idyllic beach on the southwest coast of Corfu; that part of the island is dominated by golden sandy beaches and shallow turquoise waters. And of course Issos has these features plus something more: it is by far one of the best nudist beaches of the entire island!

By Sergio Scardia – Full Story at the Scruffy Italian Traveler

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Gay Stockholm – A Quirky Winter Wonderland

Author: , December 30th, 2016
Gay Stockholm

Image via Stockholm Visitor’s Board

Known as the gay capital of Scandinavia, a visit to Stockholm at Christmastime will not be short of romantic, but also quirky, Nordic cliches. Think Christmas markets, wholesome and warming food, ice-skating under the stars and of course, the story of Santa Lucia.

It’s a place where beautiful, narrow streets meet even more beautiful open minds, so whether it’s a traditional or contemporary Christmas you like, Stockholm has something for you. It’s a fascinating time of year to visit, so here’s our guide to Swedish Christmas in the nation’s capital.

Christmas Comes Early

Swedish Christmas kicks off as early as the 13 December (or in and around), on St Lucia’s day. The celebration is derived from folklore of the first two monks who brought Christianity to Sweden. Lucia was a young Christian girl who was martyred for her faith, way, way back in 304. She would secretly smuggle food for the persecuted Christians in Rome, who lived in the catacombs under the city.

Full Story at Gay Star News

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Plaza de España, A Timeless Square in Sevilla – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , December 29th, 2016

Plaza de España

Plaza de España in Sevilla is a beautiful, timeless square that no tourists or visitors would dare skip seeing. It’s not just a sight to behold but also an architectural wonder that speaks volume of the city’s past glory.

Plaza de España was built for the 1929 World Expo which Sevilla played a gracious host. It showcased the elements that the city was known for: bricks, wrought iron and ceramics.

That’s why, the foremost must-see part of this grand building is the ceramic tiles outside. These ceramic tiles depict important historical events that happened in each province in Spain. The architectural style is a mix of Renaissance and Moorish.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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Los Molinos – Ibiza, Spain

Author: , December 29th, 2016

Los Molinos

The Spanish island of Ibiza is one of Europe’s most gay-popular beach holiday destinations.

During the day, the Playa Es Cavallet gay nudist beach get busy around midday, with a party atmosphere kicking in from around 4PM in front of the Chiringay beach restaurant.

At night, Ibiza Town will grab your attention as the centre of the island’s gay scene, with numerous gay bars, restaurants and boutique shops clubs dotted around its quaint cobbled streets.

Where to Stay

The Los Molinos has been a popular choice with gay travellers for decades. This four-star, adults-only hotel is in a quiet part of Ibiza Town, just a 15-minute walk from the nightlife.

Full Story at Gay Star News

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Somerset House Inn – Provincetown

Author: , December 29th, 2016

Somerset House Inn

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

Coming to Provincetown? Somerset House Inn B&B offers year round lodging in the heart of Ptown, on Commercial Street just across from the bay.

We have a number of guestrooms with bay views, and can provide a friendly alternative to an impersonal hotel.

We serve our guests a hot breakfast each morning between 8:30 and 10:30 am – breakfast includes coffee, juice, and hot tea, pastries, fruit, cereal, yogurt, and a hot dish. Please let us know of any dietary restrictions or needs in advance so we can provide something appropriate for you. We also provide evening cocktails (including wine and beer and our own secret Love Potion margarita), and host a barbeque party on Saturdays in the summertime.

If you’re commemorating your anniversary or celebrating some other important event, please let us know, and we’ll be happy to help make it memorable.

We can pick you up at the airport or at the Provincetown ferry, and we also offer free parking bwtween April and early November. If you will need pick-up or parking during your stay, please let us know in advance.

Each room comes with cable television, a DVD player, wifi internet, private bath, L’Occitaine bath products, air conditionaing and heater (individually controlled), hair drier, mini refrigerator, and phone/vmail. In addition, some rooms have fireplaces.

Somerset House Inn B&B is non-smoking, and we do not allow pets. If you’re pet starved, though, our golden retriever, Brody, would love to meet you!

Next time your travels bring you to Provincetown, come stay with us at the Somerset House Inn!

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Coming Soon: Arosa Gay Ski Week

Author: , December 28th, 2016

Arosa Gay Ski Week

If you’re looking for options for your ski trip this winter, then coordinating your time on the snow with a gay ski week is a great way of guaranteeing plenty of fun while working up an appetite on the slopes.

Switzerland offers dramatic landscapes, perfect skiing and boarding conditions, and it’s also the home of Arosa Gay Ski Week.

The ski resort of Arosa boats 220 kilometres of pistes, spread across two spectacular valleys high in the Swiss Alps.

All levels of skiers and boarders are catered from, with beginner and intermediate runs if you’re wanting to build up your confidence, to steep challenging trails if you want the adrenaline of testing your nerve and your technique. Plus there’s plenty of powder-packed off-piste adventures to be had.

By Gareth Johnson – Full Story at Gay Star News

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