Tate Modern London – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , January 30th, 2017

Tate Modern London - Alain

Tate Modern London is your place to go if you wanna see contemporary art. I must admit that the building’s facade itself is not of a contemporary design but a boring concrete that doesn’t scream modern. And the reason is that – it used to be a power plant and converted into an international venue of contemporary art pieces. As a friend said, “All that contemporary shit you’ve seen somewhere, they’ve all been here at Tate Modern first.” He could be right. 😉

And the best thing about being a tourist in London? The art galleries and museums are FREE! Yes, they’re free, except of course for few visiting exhibitions. I did save a lot of money as museums are exorbitantly charged anywhere in big cities around the world. I love free stuff. Therefore, I love London! 😀

Tate Modern London is your go-to gallery for contemporary art. It is Britain’s national museum of contemporary art where you see the works of big names in the art world.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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Join Sergio at European Gay Ski Week – Scruffy Italian Traveler

Author: , January 30th, 2017

European Gay Ski Week Sergio Scardia

Gay Europe: Where do the best men in the Old Continent gather in Winter for a fantastic holidays on the snow? At the European Gay Ski Week 2017 of course!

As you know, I love the beach… but I also love snow, fun, and of course the boys! I have been to the Best Gay Ski Week in the Gay Europe Scene twice already: my first time was in 2013, and last year (you can read a detailed report here).

And I am looking forward to be part of the European Gay Ski Week once again this March: 18 – 25 March on the French Alps. I have already booked! And you? What are you waiting for? Get the opportunity to meet me!

By Sergio Scardia – Full Story at the Scruffy Italian Traveler

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Patagonia Trails – Puerto Varas, Chile

Author: , January 29th, 2017

Patagonia Trails

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

Patagonia Trails is a gay friendly, lesbian owned travel agency in Puerto Varas, Chile.

We offer a wide range of services, including:

  • Self drive tours
  • Tailor made tours
  • shore excursions
  • Hiking vacations
  • Biking trips
  • Horseback riding
  • Nature walks
  • High end accommodation
  • Luxurious and private services

If you are planning a trip to Chile, please contact us – we’ll be happy to help you put together an amazing itinerary.

See the Patagonia Trails Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Ten Interesting Facts About Ecuador – Nomadic Boys

Author: , January 29th, 2017

Facts About Ecuador

Ecuador is a country in South America that is completely underestimated. Most come here to visit the Galapagos Islands, but quickly discover so much more, whether in the Amazon, the Andes or the coast.

The country also punches its weight in so many different ways that you’ll soon wonder why you didn’t know more about it. These are our 10 interesting facts about Ecuador which fascinated us when we visited.

#1 THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ECUADOR

Ecuadorian history has been strongly influenced by invading forces and waves of immigration, each bringing with them their own cultural influences.

Initially, the country was made up of various indigenous tribes. The first invaders were the Incas followed by the Spanish in the 1500s. Since Independence in 1809, Ecuador has seen waves of immigration from Spain, Italy and more recently the USA.

Of all the countries we’ve been to in South America, we found Ecuador to have the strongest affinity to the US, despite the recent strained relationship between the two.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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Britain’s Houses of Parliament – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , January 29th, 2017

Houses of Parliament

Behind the iconic Big Ben is the Houses of Parliament. This is where the House of Commons and the House of Lords sit down together to make laws. Yes, it’s here where laws are introduced and debated for the greater good of the British people. Visitors are actually allowed to go in here via a guided tour. It is advised to book ahead.

If you look at it from across River Thames, this neo-Gothic building has three towers. And the most famous of all is the Clock Tower where the famous bell, nicknamed as Big Ben, continues to ring.

Here are 10 interesting facts I learned about the Houses of Parliament in London

1. It’s also called Palace of Westminster. Well, obviously, it is a palace!

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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A Day in Frankfurt – Globetrotter Girls

Author: , January 28th, 2017

Frankfurt - Dani

The past couple of weeks have been absolutely frantic – I’ve been to Leipzig and Frankfurt and I am on my way to Berlin as I am writing this.

All of a sudden, my whole life is turned upside down! I can finally reveal the true reason why I went to Germany: I was invited for my final interview at the General Consulate of the United States in Frankfurt in order to get my permanent residency for the U.S.!

This seemingly never-ending process has been going on for the past nine months and it is done now… at last. And I can finally talk about it – I’ve hinted about it here and there, and if you’re following me on Snapchat (mariposa2711) you’ve seen me go through the entire process, but I couldn’t talk about it publicly while I was still in the process of being screened and evaluated.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls

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A Summer in Montreal

Author: , January 28th, 2017

Priape - Montreal

I walked by the bathhouse building several times. It had a discreet entrance, a nondescript façade. On the few past occasions I’d gone into a gay bathhouse before—in gay old Barcelona, in gay old San Francisco—it had been this way: a last-minute mental fencing match, a wrestling with the bathhouse angel, Thinking Fast and Slow About Whether or Not to Enter the Bathhouse. Now I was in gay old Montreal, passing along Saint-Catherine Street again.

I turned a corner, walking in an expanding spiral away from the bathhouse on the Plateau, then reversed course, spiraling back towards it. This prolonged little drama of indecision might, I thought, either exhaust my racing mind, which was eminently capable of talking me out of doing anything, ever, or successfully muzzle that sweaty, stinking animal curiosity that had gotten me moving in the first place. Of course I was kidding myself: during that part of my life, curiosity won out almost every time, at least when it came to the question of entering some gay lair or another. I craved a connection—higher, lower, however one came by it—and the craving mastered me.

A thunderstorm had passed through earlier in the day. Now, however, as I made my way back to Saint-Catherine, the sky was “clear,” which is to say: oceanic, dark, deep inasmuch as it stretched out and out into the great, grave beyond. I knew almost no one in town, and I’d be leaving soon. Straight couples and small groups strolled along the park, speaking Québécois French, West African French, English, blends of these, other tongues. Soon, the dotted, solemn, yellow-white lights of the park gave way to the cheerful ones of the boulevard, where people dined and drank en plein aire or in luminous rooms behind glass. A pleasing aroma of flesh and char and fat wafted from a brightly lit kebab shop.

By Evan James – Full Story at Travel + Leisure

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Arthur and Paul – Gay Phnom Penh, Cambodia Hotel

Author: , January 27th, 2017

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

Go on a 100% gay adventure in the heart of Phnom Penh at ARTHUR & PAUL (A&P), the first boutique hotel-restaurant and Spa in the Cambodian capital exclusively for men. Not only ARTHUR & PAUL (A&P) is a gay friendly hotel, but it is a MEN ONLY hotel.

Arthur and Paul

For an hour, a day, a night or maybe more … enjoy our customized services in a renovated 1930’s building, in the refined and chic Boeung Keng Kang (BKK1) district.

Let yourself be transported by its ideal location 2 minutes’ walk from famous Pasteur Street with many shops and restaurants and 5 minutes by tuk tuk from Central Market, the National Museum, the Royal Palace or Sisowath Quay along the Mekong River.

Let yourself be amazed by the seventies design of our ten large themed bedrooms each with a view, from 27 square meters (290 square feet) to 43 square meters (463 square feet) each tailored to meet your every desire. Our rooms bear the names of mythical gay couples who give free rein to your fantasies.

At Arthur and Paul hotel (A&P), feel free to sleep late as long as you want after your night on the town and have breakfast throughout the day as well as check-out at any time.

And when it comes to bedding, Arthur and Paul hotel wins even the toughest comparisons. Indulge yourself with a touch of luxury thanks to our Egyptian cotton bedding sets. Beautifully soft and exquisitely crafted to offer ultimate comfort whilst you rest, Egyptian cotton is an essential ingredient for a perfect night’s sleep, providing a soothing place to rest night after night. Exuding softness, Arthur and Paul’s Egyptian cotton bed sheets are wondrous for a luxurious nights rest and give the most indulgent slumber.

Hotel amenities include also the following (non-exhaustive list):

  • Queen size bed (180cm)
  • Powerful air conditioning providing cool and hot air on demand
  • Complimentary internet access wifi broadband technology
  • 22 inch LCD flat screen televisions (HDMI video input to view your movies and photos) with a selection of international channels
  • Large walk in showers
  • Separate toilet with hand shower
  • Wardrobe
  • Desk with international electrical outlets
  • Mini-bar (2 bottles of mineral water provided each day)
  • Kettle with tea and coffee
  • Safe to store your valuables
  • Hair dryer

Let yourself be welcomed, pampered, massaged by an exclusively male staff providing highest quality service to the greatest degrees of elegance and discretion.

Let yourself be lulled by the soul of the passionate relationship between the two famous French poets Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine which inspired the style and set the tone.

Be enchanted by the poetry of ARTHUR AND PAUL which will rhyme your emotions, suit your desires of the day: from poetry to sustenance, from room to room, between SPA, steam room, Jacuzzi, the natural swimming pool with its long lap pool ,and of course the restaurant.

With Arthur and Paul, an encounter is guaranteed every time.

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Walking through Italy: Via Amerina, Part I – Globetrotter Girls

Author: , January 27th, 2017

Via Amerina - Dani

It was a special moment when I was handed my pilgrim’s pass in the Papal Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels in Assisi – even though I am not religious. But it made it official: I would be walking along the Via Amerina, a historic pilgrim’s route, for the next six days, until we would reach Rome, the ultimate destination for a pilgrim.

Assisi is an important sacred place for pilgrims because St Francis, the founder of the Order of Friars Minor, the women’s Order of Saint Clare, the Third Order of Saint Francis and the Custody of the Holy Land, and one of the most venerated religious figures in history, was born and died here. Several pilgrims’ trails start or pass through Assisi, inspired by the life and the travels of St Francis – most famously the St Francis Way, a 340 miles (550km) pilgrimage from Florence through Assisi to Rome through Central Italy, visiting key sites from the saint’s life.

The Via Amerina may include several spiritual sites, like churches and monasteries, but of course you don’t have to be religious to enjoy the walk through the Italian countryside. Just like on the Camino De Santiago, Spain’s famous pilgrim’s route, you find people of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds, and everyone is walking for a different reason. Some are at a crossroads in their life, looking for a sign of which way to take. Some are walking to process a dramatic event in their lives. Some are walking to focus on spiritual virtues, of course, and others walk simply because they enjoy walking.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls

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Santiago, Chile – Crown Jewel of the Andes

Author: , January 27th, 2017

Santiago - pixabay

As a child I would look at maps and think how ridiculous Chile looked. Stretched out and elongated, it defied all the norms about the shapes of countries. I never got round to finding out why it was that shape. Now, it was obvious.

I was on a flight from Sao Paulo in Brazil into Santiago – the capital of Chile – and the pilot had just warned us to fasten our seat belts in anticipation of turbulence as we flew over the Andes. This mountain range stretches from one end of South America to the other. It defines the Chilean boarder with its neighbours Argentina and Bolivia. Chile is basically the gap between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean.

The Andes not only define the boarder of Chile, but rise up and tower over the city of Santiago itself. These mountains help create a climate which, during the UK’s winter months, allows bright, dry, hot sunshine day after day. In January and February, Santiago hardly sees any rain. There are infinite cloudless skies, and temperatures heading into the 86 F and upwards.

Full Story at Gay Star News

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