Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Newsletter: 11/15/15

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Carlos Melia - DubaiDUBAI: Carlos Melia: Seven Hours in Dubai
by Carlos Melia
My connection in Abu Dhabi with ETIHAD Airways was of 7 hours, so my options where. either to stay at the airport and enjoy the fantastic ETIHAD Business Class Lounge, or go an explore Abu Dhabi for the first time… of course you I chose the second one. I did my research, and with either of my passports Italian/Argentinean, VISA to enter the UAE was not required. So I decided to spend my connection time exploring the destination. For more insight on my Abu Dhabi experience check out my Instagram Photo Gallery on my recent visit. Thanks to the help of the Tourism Office of Abu Dhabi and the professional services of Arabian Adventures, a luxury tour operator servicing not only the UAE but also Qatar, Bahrain, and the upcoming destination of Oman, I managed to discover for the first time, the capital of the the United Arab Emirates. As I arrived, since I was flying Business Class, I was given a FAST TRACK card which go me out of the airport in less than 20 minutes.


Armistice Day FranceFRANCE: Wandering Wives – Armistice Day In Northern France
by the Wandering Wives
We spent Armistice Day in the small Breton village of La Feuillee in northern France. In the UK the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month is a sombre event, filled with military aplomb. It begins promptly at 11:00 with a silence to commemorate the fallen. Most cities hold large memorial services at their cenotaphs and poppies are worn as a mark of respect. We experienced a similar atmosphere watching the ANZAC parade in Australia. In France, Armistice Day is more of a celebration than a memorial. The French have a public holiday and celebrate their freedom and liberation. We walked into the village at around 10:50 not entirely sure what to expect and hoping we weren’t late. Our first port of call was the war memorial, which had been adorned with tricolours. On our way towards it we noticed most other people were walking in the opposite direction so we turned on our heels and followed them.


Morocco Breakaway BackpackerMOROCCO: Breakaway Backpacker: Revisiting Chefchaouen, Morocco
by Jaime Davila
Travel is strange, we visit a place for a moment in time and we leave our impact on it as it leaves an impact on us. We build an impression of a place by what we experienced during our time there and then carry on. As time goes by that impression changes as we compare it to places we have been and places we will be going. It becomes another piece of our collective memory. If you loved the place it can be for many reasons and most of the times it’s because everything collided in that moment in time and was perfect for you. That was the case during my first visit to Chefchaouen over 4 years ago. Chefchaouen is a town set in the north western part of Morocco with the beautiful Rif Mountains as its backdrop. It’s a town where its medina (old town) is painted a million shades of blue. It’s a town I fell in love with and knew when I left I would have to revisit one day.


Lake TahoeUSA, CALIFORNIA: Dolly Travels: Lake Tahoe
by Dolly Goolsby
I know. I usually write blog posts when I am in another country; however, right here in Northern California, we have a most beautiful place to visit: Lake Tahoe. The lake does sit on the border of California and Nevada, and both side are very lovely. We (Frank and I) decided to take a week, for R&R, and stay (almost) local. This area is a two hour drive from our home. We came up here Friday afternoon, and checked into the Lake Tahoe Vacation Club. This is a very nice resort, and our room has a kitchen that makes it easy to do some cooking, if I want to do that. We weren’t here to cook, however, so we looked at other alternatives, like having fun! Friday night, we took a dinner cruise on the paddle wheel boat, Tahoe Queen. That was a nice treat. Although it did get too dark to see much of the lake scenery, we enjoyed the dinner, visiting with our table companions and hearing the captain’s commentary on the history of the lake. The history is very interesting, but I would have to do more research to write intelligently on the subject. What I do know is that the lake is 2 to 3 million years old, and that it is the second deepest lake in the United States, surpassed only by Crater Lake in Oregon.


El FarolitoTRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Gay Santa Fe, Part One
by Donald and Ray, the Gay Travelers
First of all, they have a wonderful Mayor of Santa Fe, Javier Gonzales and he invited us to his office to welcome ‘the Award-Winning, Celebrity Travel Columnists” to the city and also presented us with a beautiful plaque. There are three main questions that people ask when in Santa Fe. First is “do you want green or red salsa?” and the second is “where are you from?” and the third question is, “If you are not staying at the El Farolito B and B, then why not?” We have found a FABULOUS place to stay when in Santa Fe and trust us on this, it is the ONLY place to stay! El Farolito is one of THE finest Bed and Breakfast Inns in the entire country. Wayne Mainus and Walt Wyss have owned the Inn for 18 years and their guests return again and again and again. These gentlemen do everything perfect and we do mean PERFECT! The Inn is located within a short walk to the Plaza which makes it close to everything. They have plenty of private parking for their guests. They have beautifully appointed Casitas that are tucked among gardens and intimate patios. Each Casita has its own fireplace for those cool nights. We have never had a better breakfast anywhere in our travels. Afternoons you walk to the main room and smell the aroma of fresh baked cookies.


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Purple Roofs LGBT Newsletter – October 31st

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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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Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Newsletter 10/11/15

Author: , October 11th, 2015

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rv twoTRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Traveling The Country in an RV
by Donald and Ray – the Gay Travelers
Although we do not, we have a lot of friends and readers who enjoy traveling all over the country in either their own personal RV or a rented one. Unless you already own a RV you will need to rent one and amazingly we have checked out the prices and they are not all that expensive.

There are several different sizes that you can rent and the prices begin at about $599 a week. Prices of course vary from State to State and there are always a lot of extra charges so beware of them. Check your auto insurance to see if it covers renting a RV. You certainly do not need to pay for a RV should you get in a bad wreck!

Even the smallest RV’s sleeps 5 people and larger ones sleeps 8. Then there are other things to consider like should you pull a small auto behind it or just drive the RV? If you have never driven a RV before it could be a daunting task however we have seen little old ladies barreling down the Interstate driving RV’s. Guess you just have to get used to them and how to drive them.


Carlos Melia ParisFRANCE: Carlos Melia: Lunch and Dinner in Paris
by Carlos Melia
Yesterday, being a Sunday, I’ve decided to have a very local day. My morning began working at RUBINSINGER’s Showroon in Trocadero and from there after our morning appointments, I went to one of my favorite spots in Paris, the Marche Vernaison in St Ouen. Where I enjoyed a kitsch French lunch at my classic chez Louisette. This place always makes me so happy.

After that I spend my early afternoon walking around the market, Antique browsing and shopping. As it was quite a lovely day, I decided to walk for almost and hour and a half from St Ouen back to Trocadero, doing a quick stop at Jardins du Ruisseau for a cup of coffee by the rail tracks.


rome-day-3-11ITALY: Our 25th Anniversary Trip – Planning
by Bryan Frankel
My husband Dave and I celebrated twenty five (25) years as a couple on September 19th, 2015. Almost a year ago we decided to plan a big trip to Italy for our celebration. We needed to decide, did we want to go on a tour or did we want to plan and arrange the trip on our own. We looked at all of the Gay Travel websites to see if any were going to Europe and more particularly Italy in September or October.

We researched to see if Atlantis or RSVP were going to Europe and we compared the costs of taking a cruise or tour as opposed to arranging the trip on our own. The numbers are comparable. Last year we went on a trip to Austria and Germany(Oktoberfest) through a gay travel agency.


Nomadic Boys - MalaysiaMALAYSIA: Nomadic Boys: Gay Kuching, Malaysia
by Stefan Arestis, the Nomadic Boys
“It’s just more relaxed here compared to mainland Malaysia” explained one of our many gay friends we met travelling around Malaysia Borneo.

Here is Sarawak Malaysia on Borneo island where we stayed for half a month in August 2015 after travelling in Peninsular Malaysia. We based ourselves in the main city of Kuching, a very cool city, relaxed and smiles aplenty from everyone. Sebastien felt more at home here to waltz around in his latest sun hat purchase.


rv twoTRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Traveling The Country in an RV
by Donald and Ray – the Gay Travelers
Although we do not, we have a lot of friends and readers who enjoy traveling all over the country in either their own personal RV or a rented one. Unless you already own a RV you will need to rent one and amazingly we have checked out the prices and they are not all that expensive.

There are several different sizes that you can rent and the prices begin at about $599 a week. Prices of course vary from State to State and there are always a lot of extra charges so beware of them. Check your auto insurance to see if it covers renting a RV. You certainly do not need to pay for a RV should you get in a bad wreck!

Even the smallest RV’s sleeps 5 people and larger ones sleeps 8. Then there are other things to consider like should you pull a small auto behind it or just drive the RV? If you have never driven a RV before it could be a daunting task however we have seen little old ladies barreling down the Interstate driving RV’s. Guess you just have to get used to them and how to drive them.


San Miguel de AllendeMEXICO: Carlos Melia – Getting to San Miguel de Allende
by Carlos Melia
When planning my trip to San Miguel de Allende, I did quite some research on the best way to travel there. San Miguel de Allende sits at an altitude of 6,435 feet above sea level. Located in Central Mexico, it is roughly three hours away from Mexico City. Guests may fly to Mexico City, Queretaro Airport or the Guanajuato-Leon Airport.

Queretaro Airport has direct flights from Houston through United and Aeromar. It is an hour-drive away. Guanajuato-Leon Airport has direct flights from Dallas, Los Angeles, Houston, San Jose and Oakland (California), and Mexico City, and is served by American Airlines, United and Aeromexico. It is a scenic one-and-a-half-hour drive away.

My choice was to fly to Mexico City and onwards. Mexico City Airport is served by most major airlines including Aeromexico, KLM, US Airways, Air Canada, United and Alitalia. The airport is roughly a three-hour drive away.


San Miguel de Allende - Carlos MeliaMEXICO: Things You Have to Do in San Miguel de Allende
by Carlos Melia
After my recent visit to San Miguel de Allende, here is my list of must DO and SEE things, which hopefully will help you plan your trip and maximize your time there. I was there for three nights. Unfortunately I did not have time to visit Guanajuato, but if you can, you should add extra time to your journey to do so. San Miguel de Allende is a city that manages to be both quaint and cosmopolitan at the same time. Once an important stop on the silver route between Zacatecas and Mexico City, its historic center is filled with well-preserved buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries. With its narrow cobblestone streets, leafy courtyards, fine architectural details and sumptuous interiors, San Miguel de Allende is arguably the prettiest town in Mexico.

San Miguel de Allende – Carlos MeliaIn 2008 UNESCO recognized San Miguel de Allende and the neighboring Sanctuary of Jesus de Atotonilco as World Heritage of Humanity sites, citing the town’s religious and civil architecture as a demonstration of the evolution of different trends and styles, from Baroque to late 19th century Neo-Gothic. Walking around San Miguel is quite quaint and charming. An obligated stop is Aldama Street, for great photo opts featuring its iconic cobble stone narrow streets and the Parish Church of San Miguel Arcangel.


Auckland, New ZealandNEW ZEALAND: Dolly Travels – Auckland, New Zealand
by Dolly Goolsby
Hello, or welcome, to New Zealand. I hope you are ready to share this magnificent country with me. Unfortunately, for you, your experience will be what I hope I can convey through my writing, as well as the pictures that I am able to send along with the writing.<[>First, I want to say to you, I have been to New Zealand before…ten years ago, with this same company, Overseas Adventure Travel. Since that time, most of my travels have been in Europe, or Mexico, or Costa Rica. However, always in the back of my mind, was this running thought: I simply must see New Zealand again. I had found this country to be the greenest country I had ever visited. The rolling hills, the volcanos, now extinct, so therefore, green. I remember seeing the new lambs, frolicking about in the green fields, for this is springtime here in New Zealand, which is lambing season. Daffodils and calla lilies growing wild on the hillsides.


Calves in New Zealand - Dolly GoolsbyNEW ZEALAND: Dolly Travels: From Auckland to Rotorua
by Dolly Goolsby
Oh, there is so much to tell you about this wonderful country of New Zealand, I find that I must write something before I go to sleep tonight.

We had a beautiful drive down from Auckland yesterday. The weather was sunny; just a few puffy white clouds up high, and we had miles and miles to travel. We traveled by way of the motorway, which in the United States we would call a freeway. We drove past field after field of green rolling hills. I had expected to see many flocks of sheep with new baby lambs; however, it has been ten years since my last visit to New Zealand, and the North Island, where we are now, has become more of a dairy country. In fact, dairy products presently are the largest industry in the North Island. Therefore, I did get to see many herds of cattle in the green fields.


RotoruaNEW ZEALAND: Dolly Travels – Rotorua
by Dolly Goolsby
Yesterday, we had a very full day in Rotorua. Our wake-up call came at 0630. Right after breakfast, we boarded our bus, and drove up to Waimangu Volcanic valley. Our group was met at the Visitors’ Center by Mark, who led us on a walk through this area. There were clouds of steam rising from the valley, the smell of sulphur was in the air. That reminded me of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. However, as Mark explained, this Waimangu area has the characteristics of an active volcano, more than just a geothermal area. In 1886, there was a massive volcanic eruption, resulting in the formation of Lake Rotomahana, and destroyed seven villages.

While those little white wisps may just look like mist rising from the trees on a drizzly day, they are actually steam clouds rising from the valley. Those are all part of this ongoing volcanic action.

We spent an more than an hour walking down the trail, with Mark explaining the different features of the volcanic area as we walked.


Dolly GoolsbyNEW ZEALAND: Dolly Travels: Queenstown and Milford Sound
by Dolly Goolsby
Time is just flying by. I thought I would write about Queenstown and Milford Sound before now; however, there is so much to tell you, I had to revise again and again, to give you the highlights. This is such a beautiful, unique, majestic area that finding the words to describe it was a task.

First, we flew into Queenstown by way of Christchurch when we left Rotorua. After leaving Christchurch, flying south, these magnificent Southern Alps came into view. The day was brilliantly sunny, and I was constantly looking out the window. I finally had to take a short break, as I felt that I might go snow blind!


New Zealand - Dolly GoolsbyNEW ZEALAND: Dolly Travels – Franz Josef Glacier, Reefton and Greymouth
by Dolly Goolsby
We had stayed overnight in the little town of Fox, very close to Franz Josef. Today, on a beautiful sunny day,me drove to Franz Josef. We were met at the beginning of the nature walk path by Paul, a local guide and expert on the geology and history of this glacier. Paul walked with us for about an hour, telling us about this fast-moving glacier. I had seen this ten years ago, and could not believe how far the glacier had retreated in that time.

After visiting the glacier, we boarded our bus again and headed toward Greymouth, where we would stay for the next two nights. Being the pragmatic person that I am, I had thought I would compose my blog posts as we drove along the roads to each destination. Not going to happen! The scenery was so astounding, and so lovely, I just had to look out the window and see the cattle in the fields, the sheep on the hillsides, the deer farms, where they raise this very tasty venison as a market crop. In the background were the icy, snow topped Southern Alps. Wherever we went, the scenery was lovely, relaxing and I simply could not do anything but enjoy the view.


Dolly - Canterbury ChurchNEW ZEALAND: Dolly Travels – Our Last Day in the South Island
by Dolly Goolsby
It is now late at night. I am in my very comfortable hotel room in the heart of Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city. We had such a long day, I was certain I would sleep well. But, no. That was not to be. I was jolted out of a deep sleep by the sound of an emergency vehicle siren going past on the street below. I realized then, that we had not been in a big city since we left Auckland, which was nine days ago. How quickly my mind and body had adjusted to the quieter atmosphere of the smaller towns and the peacefulness of the great outdoors.

Early this morning, right after breakfast, we boarded our bus and left the west coast town of Greymouth. We had been blessed all week with sunny, pleasant weather. This morning, though, there were some clouds in the sky, and the air was quite chilly. With our excellent driver, Paul, we started going inland traveling a bit south and east, traversing the Southern Alps. We went over Arthur’s Pass, one of the highest mountain passes, driving on a steep, winding highway. Paul stopped the bus at a turnout, so that we could take pictures. The temperature outside was 34 degrees Fahrenheit, and a sharp, cold breeze blowing.


Secrets of Portlandia TourUSA, OREGON: Our Ten Favorite Things In Portland, Oregon
by Scott and Mark
We just got back from another great trip to one of our favorite places in the world – Portland. So we thought we’d share our favorite things – the must-sees if you visit downtown Portland. There’s a great free tour of Downtown Portland that meets every day, rain or shine, in front of the Portland Courthouse at 11 AM. Run by Erik Kennon and called The Secrets of Portlandia, it’s a two hour and fifteen minute tour (easy walking) that gives you so much information about the city, including many things we didn’t know. And we’ve taken a lot of tours here.

Learn why the city is called Stumptown, where to see the famous penny, the history of the smallest park in the world, and what famous world plazas inspired Pioneer Square. it’s a great tour, and if you like it, you can tip Erik at the end. He does work awfully hard.


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Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Newsletter: Hong Kong, San Miguel de Allende, Ptown

Author: , September 19th, 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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do not disturbTRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Basic Rules for Hotel/Motel Safety
by Donald and Ray, The Gay Travelers
We hear horror stories from our readers all the time about hotel/motel safety. And we have also had ‘problems’ with hotel/motel safety. We do need to add that in all of our travels from coast to coast that we have NEVER had a problem while staying in any Bed and Breakfast, NEVER! The first problem anymore is when you check in, whether you have already made reservations with your credit card or just walking up and checking in. You present your credit card and then they want to see your driver’s license which we certainly do not mind showing. Then the new thing now is that they want to make a copy of your driver’s license for their files. Let’s see now, they have your name and address, telephone number, credit card number and now have a copy of your driver’s license which includes your photo! Is that not something that an unscrupulous $10.00 an hour clerk to take advantage of? Talk about easy credit card fraud! The rate of employee overturns in the hotel/motel industry is astounding so why take a chance doing that? We never allow them to make a copy of our driver’s license, NEVER. Most often we have to talk to the manager on duty and they say that they will make an exception this time just for us, but of course they just want no problems with us We never mind showing our driver’s license but will not let them copy it.


Hong Kong - Carlos MeliaCHINA: Carlos Melia – Rediscovering Hong Kong
by Carlos Melia
This was my second time in Hong Kong, and this time I was there along my partner Rubin Singer, being his first time. We had ahead of us a full month of traveling along China, so for our first 48 hours, after a long flight, I wanted to re-discover the city and show him, the highlights mind the 48 hours limit. So basically to took it very easy, and we decided to explore Central, Kowloon, Wan Chai, The Peak and Aberdeen. Unfortunately, this time, we didn’t have time to go all the way to Lantau Island and the Big Buddha. First day began over breakfast at our lovely hotel in Central, the Mandarin Oriental The Landmark Hotel. Where we had a beautiful suite, and we were spoiled rotten. A masterpiece of contemporary design. With just 113 rooms and suites, they are a chic five-star retreat in the heart of Hong Kong’s business and fashion districts. Hong Kong – Carlos MeliaA walk around the Central District, absorbing the characteristic pulse and hustle and bustle of the city. An urban jungle, with its monumental towers and buildings. Where heritage and tradition blend perfectly with modern architecture and design.


Carlos Melia - San Miguel de AllendeMEXICO: Carlos Melia: Eating Your Way Through San Miguel de Allende
by Carlos Melia
Eating your way through San Miguel de Allende is very easy and enjoyable task, EAT, and as much as you can. Mexico is such a heaven for foodies, and San Miguel de Allende is no exception. With the creations of Chefs like superstar Mexican Chef Enrique Olvera and former Presidential Chef Jose Bossuet leading the trend, I spent four days at this charming destination, eating my way through. And of course, eating never comes alone, I paired such amazing gourmet experiences, with local wines, artisanal beers and top class Tequilas and Mezcales. La Posadita rooftop restaurant, has no celebrity Chef behind them, and with a very local traditional Mexican menu, and a lovely location overlooking Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, capture my attention and raised to be my absolute favorite gourmet experience during my recent visit to San Miguel de Allende. Unpretentious, with friendly service and staff, eager to explain you every single dish.


San Miguel de Allende - Carlos MeliaMEXICO: Carlos Melia – Postcards of San Miguel de Allende
by Carlos Melia
Here a few reasons why, you should visit UNESCO World Heritage San Miguel de Allende.

An image speaks for a million words, and here over a dozen postcards photographed by me.

Check also my posts on Where to Stay and Where to Eat when in San Miguel de Allende.


Nomadic BoysPHILIPPINES: Nomadic Boys – Our Philippines Travel Video
by Stefan Aresits
The Philippines was a dream! We spent a month in this beautiful country in May/June 2015 and absolutely fell in love with it. The Philippines has some of the most incredible underwater life we’ve experienced, which makes scuba diving and snorkeling a dream. We particularly enjoyed snorkelling and kayaking around El Nido on Palawan Island. Flower Island near El Nido was our romantic island escape with some amazing snorkelling. For a country made up of over 7,000 islands, it’s not difficult to find your own island romantic getaway. Palawan island is also home to the Underground River near Puerto Princesa. It is said to be the longest navigable underground river in the world and was voted as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature by a global poll in 2012.


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by PTown Dan
Google has recently created an app called Field Trip. It has been described as the app you never knew you wanted. Field Trip is your guide to the cool, hidden and unique things in the world around you. Field Trip is special to Provincetown. You may have heard NY Times writer David Dunlap created a record of the history of Provincetown buildings and published a book of his work. The book, Building Provincetown, recently published and available for sale in Provincetown, quickly sold out its first printing (a second printing will be coming shortly). But, don’t despair, Google Field Trip asked Mr. Dunlap to download his work into the Field Trip database. When you are in Provincetown if you have the Field Trip app on your phone it will bring up buildings and the history of those buildings as you walk through town. It’s pretty remarkable. It uses your location and lists the buildings in your vicinity and provides Mr. Dunlap’s story of the rich history of Provincetown buildings.


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Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Newsletter: September 5th, 2015

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by Carlos Melia
After my week in Rio de Janeiro, I decided to take four days off and head to my native city of Buenos Aires, to visit my family, before heading back to, my new home, New York. One of my favorite activities, as you may know by now, is eating and checking out restaurants of all kinds, and that is what I did. I went to some of my classic ones like the Rodi Bar in Recoleta. I tried a new one in San Telmo and was invited by the Park Hyatt Hotel Buenos Aires, to enjoy their winter Fondue Nights at the Duhau Restaurant. See my comments and photos below. First stop was Rodi Bar, along with my father. This is a classic of each of my visits to Buenos Aires. It is the typical Buenos Aires dining experience, which some my think it looks very much like a restaurant in Spain, but well, our cultures and costumes are so interconnected that this is very much so. The food is AMAZING, I love the local vibe, see the Portenos and enjoy a nice chilled bottle of San Felipe Torrentes over a nice conversation. Rod Bar is located at the residential neighborhood of Recoleta.


Carlos MeliaCHINA: Carlos Melia – Two Days in Hangzhou and the Beautiful West Lake District
by Carlos Melia
Our short visit to Hangzhou, also known as the West Lake, was rather short but marvelous. We came from Shanghai ( over an hour ride by speed train ). One of eastern China’s natural jewels, the 650-hectare (1,600-acre) lake is surrounded by a lush green shoreline, with views of majestic mountains, ancient temples, traditional pagodas and graceful bridges. Our visit consisted on a lovely private tour of the West Lake Park + Visit to the Lingyin Temple – biggest Buddhist temple in China + Panoramic walk and views from atop the Peak Mountain – highest mountain in Hangzhou – and visit to the Lingshun Temple + Lunch and site inspection of the lovely Amanfayun by Aman Resorts + Some shopping at the main commercial center + A fantastic stay at my favorite Four Seasons property in China, the Fours Seasons West Lake. First stop was, over a private tour, at the gorgeous West Lake. It is like visiting the world’s largest traditional Chinese garden, with ancient temples, pagodas and delicate bridges. Hangzhou and particularly the West Lake, UNESCO World Heritage Site, are considered one of China’s most famous and beautiful destinations.


Carlos Melia in Hong KongCHINA: Carlos Melia – My Dining Recommendations in Shanghai
by Carlos Melia
From top to down and dirty, here are my top gourmet experiences in Shanghai, on both sides of the Huang Pu River. Hope you enjoy my recommendations and Bon Appetite. Sir Elly’s Restaurant at The Peninsula Hotel Shanghai. Dinner at Shanghai’s premier destination venue and my favorite dinning experience on the Bund, followed by cocktails at the chic and happening Sir Elly’s Rooftop Bar & Terrace over looking the Oriental Tower, Pudong and the Huangpu River. Sir Elly’s Restaurant, Modern European cuisine with a French twist. Breathtaking views of the city and in our private experience, UBER romantic. Sir Elly’s wine list offers an impressive selection of over 400 labels, ensuring that diners will find the right pairing to suit any mood or occasion. Then we moved on to the bustling Sir Elly’s Rooftop Bar & Terrace, where we had our table booked overlooking the glittering skyline of Pudong. FYI the dirty Vodka Martinis where amazing. I also did a full walk around the Peninsula Hotel Shanghai, and I must say, I was quite impressed with it.


Eiffel Tower - Carlos MeliaFRANCE: Carlos Melia – Eiffel Tower Behind-The-Scenes Tour By Gustave Eiffel
by Carlos Melia
Most of us, that have been to Paris before, have like other many millions, gone to the top of the Eiffel Tower. Now, there are other sides of this iconic landmark to explore, living an off the beaten track experience of the Eiffel Tower like you’ve never seen it before! and after that, enjoy a fast track access to the top of the tower, to enjoy panoramic bird eye views of Paris. This is what I planned and curated for my recent VIP Group to Paris, being that I had a mixed crow of first timers and regular Paris visitors in my company. (Re) discover the Eiffel Tower by the hand of no other than Gustave Eiffel. Eiffel Tower – Carlos MeliaExperience the epic of the Eiffel Tower, this feat of iron and daring, iconic landmark of Paris, in an original, innovative, educational and friendly way through a new guided visit brought to life by an actor, impersonating Gustave Eiffel among others. Who has not dreamt of exploring the hidden facets of the Eiffel Tower and go behind the scenes like a real VIP. Accompanied by a guide who will narrate numerous anecdotes during the tour, you will have privileged backstage access to this amazing monument.


San FranciscoUSA: TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: A Bucket List for LGBT Travelers in the USA
by Donald and Ray
Different people have different ‘bucket lists’. Here is our bucket list of places to visit in the United States for the LGBT travelers. These cities and towns are filled with Gay history in all forms and several of them have a Gay history museum. Fortunately we have already been to all of these places and we would highly recommend them to everyone. SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA: This has for years been the epicenter for the Gay community. Many years ago it was THE place for all Gays to visit and it still is. Although it has changed a lot, one must just see it in person to really get the feel of it. The Castro area has always been THE place filled with dozens of Gay bars and businesses. Years ago, it was the only place in the country where we could all be ‘ourselves’ and enjoy everything. Luckily in today’s world, we can usually be ‘ourselves’ anywhere in the country. We have visited San Francisco over a dozen times and never tire of it.


Miami Beach Gay TravelUSA, FLORIDA: 5 Best Gay-Friendly Events and Attractions in Miami Beach
Florida has long been known as one of the most gay-friendly vacation spots in the United States, and Miami Beach is truly its gay-friendly capitol! Offering amazing gay beaches, a variety of mouthwatering restaurants, and LGBT events year round, this amazing locale is a hot spot for anyone in the LGBT community looking for a place to get away from it all, party it up, and simply enjoy life. But, of course, when you go on vacation, you aren’t just looking for a place that’s accepting; you’re looking for an area with happening clubs, and a variety of attractions that suit your mood and your desire. Fortunately, Miami Beach has more than its fair share of gay friendly attractions that simply can’t be missed!


Big Daddy TacosUSA, MASSACHUSETTS: Provincetown on a Budget
by PTown Dan
We know Provincetown can be an expensive place to visit, the busy season is quite short and businesses have to make a great percentage of their income during that short busy season to survive. We have a lot of great restaurants and you will want to try many of them while you are here. How do you get to visit our great restaurants while keeping your food budget under control? Here are some hints. On a few days make lunch your big meal of the day. A perfect day to do that is Sunday and have the brunch at Fanizzi’s at 598 Commercial Street. Fanizzi’s is on the water in the East end, brunch is from 10am to 2pm. Did I mention it’s ‘All You Can Eat’? for $14.95? You won’t find many deals like this. Brunch includes French Toast, Scrambled Eggs, Corn Beef Hash, Breakfast Burritos, Steamed Mussels, Eggs Benedict, Sausage, Bacon. I could go on.


Burlington PrideUSA, VERMONT: Shine at Pride in Burlington, Vermont’s Queen City
by Made in Vermont
Vermont has long held a special place in the hearts of the LGBT community as the first state to grant legal recognition of same-sex marriage following the 1999 Supreme Court decision. And as the largest city in Vermont, lakefront Burlington is the state’s “crown jewel,” hence her moniker, “Queen City.” PRIDE Vermont, Northern New England’s premiere LGBT PRIDE celebration will be held Sept. 6-13 in Burlington. This year’s theme, “SHINE,” celebrates the personal and collective triumphs of the LGBT community. The week-long, family-friendly event includes a high heel race, transgender events, a food and travel expo, and a special appearance by the girl group The Glamz.


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Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Newsletter – 8/22/15

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ViolatedA Clothing Optional Gay B&B
by Jamie Fessenden, Author of Violated
A clothing-optional gay bed and breakfast? For reals? Yes, the clothing-optional gay bed and breakfast I described in Violated is based upon real B&Bs in my area. I don’t know of any in New Hampshire, but I found Frog Meadow and Gargoyle House, both of which are in Vermont. I’ve been to clothing-optional resorts in the past. The particular one I’m recalling was one I visited about a decade ago near Burlington, VT. I was dating Erich, at the time, but he wouldn’t be caught dead running around naked with a bunch of strangers, so I went with a group of friends—all men, two gay and one straight. It was a pleasant weekend. The resort had been there so long, a number of the people there actually had small cabins they lived in for much of the summer. My friends and I stayed in a full-sized trailer with an indoor bathroom, a huge living room, a kitchen, and two bedrooms. The weekend was spent swimming in the lake, soaking in the (indoor) hot tub, and there was one big communal dinner consisting of game animals prepared in various ways—moose, elk, venison. I recall venison barbequed in a maple syrup glaze.


journalTRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Journals and Photos When Traveling
by Donald and Ray
Do you take off without a camera or journal when you travel? We have been traveling by auto from coast to coast for the past 15 years and we always take notes all along the way on people that we meet, places where we stay, restaurants where we dine and even where to purchase cheap gas. It would be nice to think that we could just remember all of these things however we can’t and thankfully we keep a journal and photos with all of that information. When we get back home we put the photos, notes, brochures, flyers, receipts in an album. That way we can go back before we go to the same place again and get the details on what we did before plus get the information on people, places and things and email everyone that we are coming back.


Samba in Brazil - Carlos meliaBRAZIL: Behind the Scenes Samba Experience
by Carlos Melia
If there is an experience you must have when in Rio de Janeiro, it is SAMBA, and what best than doing a behind-the-scenes tour to the world of the “samba schools” of Rio, which has remained mysterious and hidden. Let’s open the doors to reveal the secrets behind it. For this I came to the Samba City in the district called Little Africa, A beautiful, ancient and historical part of the port of Rio, where samba and the very first samba school was born. Hosted by one of the last year winning Escola de Samba Mirim Pimpolhos da Grande Rio ”Samba School“. Grande Rio is non-profit organization and a Samba School for Grande Rio’s children, that uses carnaval’s arts and popular culture as a tool for education. Grande Rio is one of the newest schools, nevertheless currently one of the most successful members of the First League (Special Group). It has come close to winning in all the last 10 years. It is currently ranked the second best among all Rio samba schools. Samba School Grande Rio represents Duque de Caxias, a satellite town of Rio de Janeiro.


Carlos Melia - Favela VidigalBRAZIL: Exploring Rio’s Vidigal Favela
by Carlos Melia
I would say that one of the best experiences I did, during my recent visit to Rio de Janeiro, to curate unique travel experiences for my VIP clients coming to the 2016 Summer Olympics next year, was something was ranking high in my travel bucket list, after being in Rio for many times in the past. Venturing into the intriguing world of a Favela, was quite interesting, and what I found atop Morro do Vidigal – which gives name to the Favela Vidigal – was indeed unexpected. While I was touring around Rio de Janeiro with my expert guide Isabella, as the sun was setting over the bay at the neighborhood of Urca, she said to me …” Would you like to go an explore a Favela…” My first thought was, Is it safe – meaning ARE YOU CRAZY. Second, since we were touring around on a luxury E Class Mercedes Benz, I was, are you sure we can go with this car?


Nomadic BoysMALAYSIA: Langkawi Island: A Pink Travel Guide to the Jewel of Kedah
by Stefan Arestis, the Nomadic Boys
For most gay travellers, Muslim countries like Malaysia are not necessarily high up there of places to visit. Technically, under Malaysian law, we’re seen as criminals and this ungodly practice (!) of ours becomes very hush hush and hidden away. But get to Langkawi and a whole new way of thinking kicks in. There was us thinking we would not be welomed if we rocked up as gay travel bloggers promoting pink tourism in Langkawi. But to our surprise, every single place we visited in Langkawi was very enthusiastic and excited to welcome us as a gay couple visiting their shores. In any case, Langkawi has always had a reputation as being more liberal and relaxed than mainland Malaysia. For example, its politicians have always fought to maintain its duty free status (a savvy move, which has helped boost tourism a great deal over the years).


largest-gay-fes-3ce56a71-lMEXICO: Largest Gay Dance Party Announced for Puerto Vallarta Mexico
by Tim Wilson
Jeffrey Sanker’s WHITE PARTY Palm Springs started as a small celebration with only a few hundred people in the desert in 1989. It has evolved to become the world’s largest gay dance music festival, attracting more than 30,000 attendees from every corner of the globe. WHITE PARTY PALM SPRINGS founder and producer Jeffrey Sanker says, “ WHITE PARTY has become more than just a party. It is an institution. After 25 years, it’s time we bring the festival outside North America and what better place to do it than in Puerto Vallarta during Latin Fever.” Sanker joins forces with Latin Fever producer Will Gorges. The inaugural WHITE PARTY PUERTO VALLARTA will be headlined by two of the industry’s powerhouse DJs- ALEX ACOSTA and CINDEL along side local talents DJ Ramses and Daniel Sandoval.


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Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Newsletter: 8/8/15

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CUBA: Keep Calm & Wander: Vadarero Beach

by Alain

Keep Calm and Wander - Varadero Beach, CubaVaradero Beach in Cuba is well-known as a tropical destination for Canadians during the freezing month in the Great White North. People who usually go here for the sun, sand and sea are those who are in all-inclusive vacation packages, staying in 3 to 5 star hotels which abound the beach side but far from the main town.

Varadero is a small town on the north of Havana, which is almost a three-hour ride by bus. The main street has a lot restaurants and pubs where they come alive at night. If you’re tired of staying at your hotel bars at night, going here would be a good option.


EUROPE: The Cruise – The Best Holiday Experience Ever

by Briand Bedford

The Cruise - Briand BedfordThis was the fifth time that The Cruise has taken place. It is organised once a year in summer and by La Demence crew. LA DEMENCE is a crazy gay party that takes place in Brussels once a month: mostly on a Friday, or sometimes the day before a bank holiday. At Easter and at Halloween, a full party weekend is organised with several parties in different venues.

The club as well as the cruise attracts, beside the local Belgians, a lot of visitors from France, The Netherlands and Germany, as well as hot Italian, Swiss, Spanish, British and American boys. This year there were over 70 nations on the ship – an amazing mixture of gay guys from around the world. In the club in Brussels as well as on The Cruise you will not only hear many languages spoken, but the mix of different ages and styles partying together: leather boys, fashion victims, muscle queens, drags, young and old – in total over 2000 gay guys having one hell of a party together.


FRANCE: Carlos Melia – Private Sailing Along the Seine

by Carlos Melia

Photo-Jun-06-3-37-23-PM-1024x1024One of the experiences that I curated and hosted for my recent VIP Group to Paris for the Roland Garros French Open event, was a private sunset sailing along the Seine River, which included an outdoor cocktail, followed by a 3-Courses Gourmet dinner by Lenotre. We were picked up at our hotels Le Bristol, and driven for 10 minutes to their Terminal/Lounge to board our private boat, the ACTE III.

Not much more to say, so I will let you enjoy the photos and judge by them. All I can add, is that our sailing was supposed to end by 10PM, and guests were enjoying their time so much, that we decided to extend for another 2 hours to see the Eiffel Tower sparkle right from the heart of the Seine River. This was not my first time doing a Private Sailing in Paris along the Seine River.


ITALY: Dream Euro Trip – Amalfi and Cilento Are The Most Beautiful Coasts in Italy

by DJ Yabis

Keep Calm and Wander - Varadero Beach, CubaIf there is one place that keeps surprising me with its beauty, cuisine, culture and history, it’s Italy. As much as I hate to admit it because it is so cliche and predictable even: I love Italy. No no no no. This is not coming from a tourist visiting for a week for the first time.

I have visited Italy hundreds of times, ruined my waistline (all the time) and pretty much abandoned my Paleo diet which I worked so hard for to tell you a fact: I REALLY LOVE ITALY.I love its big historical cities and its smaller, unknown – sometimes abandoned – towns equally. And my favorite coastline to date? It has to be the famous Amalfi coast and my recent discovery, the lesser known Cilento coast next to it.


PHILIPPINES: Nomadic Boys – Discovering Manila’s Gay Scene

by Stefan Arestis

Nomadic Boys - PhilippinesWe certainly thought so: the Philippines pretty much out-pink-ed all other countries in Asia from our point of view as foreigners. The Philippines is always up there in those popular polls ranking which are the most gay friendly countries in the world.

At the same time, it’s a staunchly religious country with over 76 million of the world’s Catholics (the highest after Mexico and Brazil). But regardless of the strongly held religious views, we found the Filipinos to be extremely warm hearted and friendly individuals and totally open minded to us as a gay couple. At no point did we ever feel we had to tread carefully about being gay, compared to our experiences in the Maldives or Sri Lanka.


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Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Newsletter: Boracay; Italy; Hong Kong & Beijing; Cuba

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TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: We Love Movies and Where They Were Filmed

by Donald and Ray

Philadelphia Museum of Art with the famous "Rocky" steps, Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALike most people, we love movies and when we are traveling we often visit the places where some of our favorite movies were made. Go to ‘google’ and type in any movie. Usually the first thing to come up is the Internet Movie Database, (IMDb) It is the largest online database of information related to films and television. It will tell you what cities, towns or areas where the film is made as well as a lot of other information about the film.

Bodega BayWe loved the movie, THE BIRDS so when we were in the Russian River in California we visited Bodega Bay and Bodega where it was filmed. Two important landmarks from the The Birds still stand in the town of Bodega (which is not the same town as Bodega Bay and is inland a bit). The Potter School, just east of Bodega, served as the spot where screaming children fled for their lives. St. Theresa’s church, right in town and also on the Bodega Highway, is where they found refuge.

Of course the town takes full advantage of the fact that the movie was filmed there including all kinds of collectibles to purchase including black crows which we purchased. One is ALWAYS looking up to the sky when walking around the town just in case you see any crows you can run fast for cover!


CHINA: Carlos Melia – Do’s and Don’ts When Dining in Hong Kong

by Carlos Melia

Carlos Melia - Hong KonhDOs and DON’Ts Dinning Options in Hong Kong, based on our own experience. Because in this city, amazing panoramic views are not enough to make it work. To include Tin Lung Heen by The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong . Man Wah by Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong and Hutong by the Aqua Restaurant Group. I have been to Hong Kong before, so this list only reflects the dining experiences of my last trip. Learn which made the cut and which was a total disaster… Check out also my post on my favorite Lunch options in Hong Kong.

As we arrived to Hong Kong on our first night, be were staying at a gorgeous suite at The Landmark Hotel by Mandarin Oriental. Just around the corner from their Hong Kong flagship hotel the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, where I have stayed before during previous visits. For our first dinning experience, I chose Man Wah Traditional One-Michelin Cantonese Restaurant.

I will rank Man Wah as my second best choice of my trip. Located on the 25th floor, this Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant serves exquisite local and regional specialties. Often referred to as Hong Kong’s most beautiful dining space. With walls adorned by original paintings on silk, and lacquered enamel and gold-plated ceiling lamps fashioned to resemble birdcages, Man Wah’s design is as celebrated as the menu.


CHINA: Carlos Melia – Exploring the Many Layers of Beijing

by Carlos Melia

Beijing - Carlos MeliaA complete log in photos and text of my full day exploring the many layers of Beijing to include a morning at the Lama Temple + Hutongs + Tea Ceremony at the Bell Tower. Lunch at Zijin Mansion restaurant at the new Waldorf Astoria Beijing. Afternoon at the Beihai Park + Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City. Afternoon Tea back at my hotel Raffles Beijing. Later visit to the Temple of Heaven.

Traditional dinner and Pekin Duck experience at Cantonese restaurant Huang Ting at the Peninsula Beijing. And finally some non-traditional snacks at the pedestrian night street market and bazaar of Wangfujing, before calling the day back at my suite at the Raffles Beijing, to enjoy my last cup of tea and off to bed, happy knowing that I have managed to experience and see the many layers of Beijing.

Early morning began right after breakfast at my hotel – the Gran Dame of Beijing – the Raffles Beijing. My private guide picked me up and my day began.

First stop of the morning, was a private half day tour of the surroundings of the Forbidden City, hosted by Abercrombie & Kent China. The tour included stops and visits to the Lama Temple, Hutongs and the Bell Tower with a private tea ceremony.


CUBA: Visit Cuba?

by Rob Saldarini

Cuba - CarAs with iPhone versions, many Americans are ‘chomping at the bit’ to be the first in line to visit Cuba. And like iPhones, those who get the devices first, deal with initial roll-out problems as an intrinsic cost of their bragging rights. Relative to rights, the LGBT community remains marginalized in Cuba due to its male machismo culture writing the law. Through the 1960s and ‘70s homosexuality was met with brutal treatment and a possibility of being sent to the labor camps. In 2007, Mariela Castro (daughter of President Raul Castro) began pressing for civil rights. Tensions eased over the last eight-years with a landmark move of Cuba voting in favor of UN resolutions supporting gay rights. Nevertheless, one cannot say that there is an embracing and accepting climate, specifically, outside of the urban areas.

An American traveler cannot simply book a flight to Cuba. The U.S. Government has strict regulations regarding allowable travel between the two nations. As requirements are under revision, check the Department of State’s Website concerning travel law and visas. Still, Cuba is not really a summer destination. In Cuba, July and August offer incredible heat and generally poor weather. The Island is in the hurricane track and can experience heavy downpours during this rainy season. Therefore, August through October has the highest potential of giving you nothing but a ‘bar tan’ for your money.


ITALY: Dolly Travels – Being Lazy in the Dolomites

by Dolly Goolsby

Dolly Goolsby - DolomitesI simply must write. Today is our last full day in Castelrotto. I want to stay longer, but I do have to get back to Florence. We have had a lovely stay here in the Dolomites. I have been having trouble adjusting to the altitude (I hate to think that my lack of stamina has anything to do with eating too much or partaking of too much of the local, delicious wines and beers! So I will blame it on the altitude.)

I love being here, and as much as the weather would permit, I wanted to be out in the fresh air and the mountains. Therefore, I decided I should only do down hill walks. That is not so difficult. Yesterday, I took a chairlift up to Panorama station, then walked down to Compatsch. That was about 45 minute walk. The view from Panorama was outstanding. By standing near the end of the chairlift, I had a 360 degree view of the mountains around me.

This northern part of Italy is actually pretty narrow, so therefore, Switzerland is not so very far away. The Swiss Alps link up with the Dolomites.


ITALY: Dolly Travels – Florence, Again, and Side Trips

by Dolly Goolsby

Dolly TravelsI was reminded by my fellow traveler and assistant tour guide, Susan, that I have fallen behind in my blog posts. Mamma Mia! How could that happen?? When I last posted, Susan and I had left Castelrotto to return to Florence. We spent one night in Bolzano, which is not enough for me. I do love Bolzano, also, but we did have time to go to dinner at one of the local breweries/restaurant.

I do not usually eat like this, but I was missing Frank, and I know that the roasted pork shank, Schweinhocksen, with all the trimmings, is one of his favorites, so I ordered this meal. I could not eat even half of it. However, since it was our last night in Sued Tyrol, I gave it a good try. By this time, I had to change my drink back to wine. I do think the Tyrolean beer is excellent, but I could already feel the waist of my pants was getting tighter..I cannot blame the Wuerstel. Potatoes, Weinerschnitzel. Ha!

We arrived back in Florence on Saturday, exactly one week ago. We have had a heat wave here like I have never experienced in Florence before, and I have been coming here every year for the past 8 years. The temperatures are in the high 90’s, and over 100, but the humidity is anywhere from 35% (at night) to over 60%. We are not used to the high humidity, so the heat has been very draining. Therefore, our adventures in Florence have been pretty limited: early morning walks. (Susan), late evening walks and entertainment: Susan and Jayne.. My adventures have been to the Mercato in the morning and cooking in the evening. Until today.


ITALY: Dolly Travels – Monterosso al Mare

by Dolly Goolsby

Cinque Terre - Dolly GoolsbyYes, we are in Cinque Terre now. We were so happy to escape the heat in Florence, that when I saw the forecast for Monterosso as being in the mid-80’s during our stay, we were happy. We had no idea of what 69% to 85% humidity felt like. Now we know. I can only hope that I have perspired enough to leave a few pounds here when we leave, which will be tomorrow.

Actually, the weather did change some today. It has been cloudy, still warm, but I spent most of the day at the beach, so I was happy. Fortunately for me, there were no jellyfish in the water. I had been warned to look for them, and in fact, I did see them one year when I was here, but today the water was simply cool, refreshing and clear.

Before we hit the beach, though, we had to stop at the best bakery in town, Il Fornaio. This is one bakery that does as well with pastries as it does with bread. They also make espresso, so after a cappuci con doppia caffe, and a croissant crema, I was ready to go.


Dolly Travels – Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast

by Dolly Goolsby

Sorrento - Dolly GoolsbyI am sad to say that this will be my last blog post from Italy this year. We have had a great time. First there was a group of 6 of us travelers, then Susan and I had one week in the Dolomites, where we met more friends, then we went to Florence and Jayne joined us for this last 3 weeks.

We have experienced a heat wave like I have never felt before, but still we kept going…not doing as much as we would have like to do, because of the heat, but fortunately, for us, Italy has some amazing beaches.

We elected to bypass Rome during the heat, and instead, spent our last seven days in Sorrento. While the weather was still pretty warm, it was tolerable. We especially love the Marina Grande in Sorrento. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the commune of the “Fisherman’s Village” had covered the rocky beach with some great sand, apparently dredged up from the sea near there, as we were told it was native sand, not sand that had been brought in from somewhere else.


PHILIPPINES: Nomadic Boys – Gay Guide to Boracay

by Stefan Arestis

Nomadic Boys - BoracayThe Philippines is well known to be very gay friendly to tourists, particularly the popular island of Boragay Boracay. Boracay is one of the more touristy and frequented islands and as a result has a subtle gay scene, so we’ve put together our gay guide to Boracay following our travels there in May 2015.

Boracay has a variety of gay friendly accommodations for all budgets. You could spend as little as 300 pesos (#4 / $7) for a bed in a dormitory to as much as 20,000 pesos (#285 / $440) for a room in a luxury resort.

Filipinos are very relaxed and open-minded towards LGBT tourists so most places will be ok with you booking a double bed. The places we recommend below are 100% gay-friendly, so you can freely wave your rainbow flag at the door.


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Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Newsletter – July 4th

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TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Travel, But Be Careful


by Donald and Ray

Don and rayAs a lot of us are taking off for summer travel, we always need to remember to be very cautious and safe. That includes not only our person but our valuables, laptops, cell phones and most of all our money and credit cards. Having anything stolen while traveling can be a near total loss of your trip. Airlines keep losing luggage and we read so many articles about the baggage handlers who are very unscrupulous. For the life of us we cannot understand not being able to lock your checked luggage because anyone can open it up and put anything in it, and then YOU are the one that gets the blame. And, in addition dozens of people can open your luggage and take anything out. When you arrive at a hotel and especially a large hotel, many times you get there before you can actually check into your room so you are forced to let them put your luggage in separate room with dozens of other luggage and since your luggage is not locked, again, you can only take your chances that nothing will be taken.
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CHINA: Carlos Melia – AMAN Summer Palace


by Carlos Melia

Carlos MeliaExplore the other Beijing. A Royal residential, spiritual, and recreational experience within a landscape of lakes and mountains, in accordance with the Chinese philosophy of balancing the works of man with nature. A luxury resort, surrounded by a vast ensemble of lakes, gardens and palaces conceived by the Qing emperor Qianlong. I must admit, I am a huge fan of the AMAN Resorts collection. I have stayed and experience them at Amantaka (Luang Prabang, Laos), Aman Canal Grande (Venice, Italy) and Amapuri (Phuket, Thailand), but I must say that Aman Summer Palace, ranked top as the perfect China experience. Just steps from the East Gate of the Summer Palace grounds. Allows you to have your own Royal experience embracing traditional Chinese architecture. Carlos MeliaIt is on me !!! Because you deserve it, book the Aman Summer Palace with me and enjoy the following extra VIP Amenities: Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability + Continental breakfast daily, for up to two in room guests + One complimentary Chinese Set Lunch Menu for two persons + Early check-in/late check-out subject to availability.
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CHINA: Carlos Melia – High Speed Train Beijing to Shanghai and Back


by Carlos Melia

Carlos MeliaIf there is a great way to travel within China is by their super comfortable High-Speed Trains by CRH – China Railway High-Speed. We connected three destinations Beijing – Shanghai – West Lake/Hangzhou using both their Business and Economy Class. 300 Kilometers and hour to move across China in full comfort and smoothly. One suggestion, buy your tickets online time before your trip. If you need help with reliable ways to do this, please do not hesitate to contact me. Our journey began at Beijing Nan South Train Station, which not only was immaculate clean, but also huge. So please allow time to arrive, get yourself familiar with the gates, and DO NOT FORGET, you need to collect your tickets, and than takes at least 10 to 15 minutes. In 4 hours and 48 minutes, after an ultra comfortable ride, we arrived to Shanghai Hongqiao Train Station.
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ITALY: Dolly Travels – In the Dolomites


by Dolly Goolsby

Dolomites - DollyYesterday I left Verona, traveled north by train to Bolzano, then I caught a bus that brought me to Castelrotto, in the Dolomites. While I am still in Italy, it doesn’t feel like Italy any longer. I feel like I am in Austria. I can almost hear “Sound of Music” coming from the hills. On the bus ride, I could just feel myself relax, muscles unwind, brain letting go of stress. When I got to the hotel, I met three of my friends who had arrived here a few days before, while I stayed in Verona. I checked into the hotel, opened the door to the small terrace, and was greeted by a gorgeous view. It was chilly last night, so we didn’t venture further than the nearest good restaurant for dinner, some good red wine from the region, and called it a night. Today, two of the friends left. Susan and I took the chairlift up to the small area of Marizen. Later, I took the chair lift back to Castelrotto, while Susan hiked back.
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ITALY: Dolly Travels – Verona


by Dolly Goolsby

VeronaIf you look at a map of Italy, you will see that Verona is about an hour’s train ride, west of Venice, on the way to Milano. Verona is also the crossroads of the north-south rail line. To get to the Alto Adige area, Sued Tirol, or the Dolomites, the route north goes from Verona. Verona has been an important crossroads since Roman times. The ancient colosseum, Arena, still holds many musical events, due to the great acoustics of the arena. The biggest draw here is the annual opera festival in the summer. During Roman era, this arena was actually outside the city walls. Although I have been to Verona several times, this time I actually paid attention to how small the original city was. The main part of the city has the river, Adige, as its boundaries around the peninsula-like area. The ancient city was this small, few blocks long area that had the river on three sides, for protection from the enemies. The gate to the city, Porta Busari, is about 3 blocks north of the Arena. I am not a fast walker, but I covered the perimeter of the old city in 15 minutes, even stopping to look at things.
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LATVIA: EuroPride 2015 in Riga – a Fantastic Success!


by Briand Bedford, Spartacus

Riga Pride - Briand BedfordOn Saturday, the 20th June around 5.000 participants met up in the central Vermanes Park in Riga, the capital city of the Baltic State of Latvia. At 2pm the participants left the park and the parade covered 2.2 kilometers (1.4 miles) through Riga’s central streets and back to Vermanes Park. This distance is four times longer than any previous Riga Pride parades. This year many participants were worried about safety and Amnesty International urged the Latvian government to commit to protect the participants of this year’s EuroPride. It was disturbing to see the Latvian government’s evident discomfort at hosting EuroPride. Instead of welcoming this event, Latvia’s leaders preferred to turn their backs on it. Latvia is currently holding the presidency of the European Union and should be leading by example in the fight against homophobic discrimination. Probably for this reason the police presence was very noticeable during the march on the streets of Riga.
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MEXICO: Puerto Vallarta Mexico Not the Best For Gay Honeymoons


by Tim Wilson

vallarta-gay-ho-90adaa23-lBusinessinsider just released its top 12 honeymoon destinations for gay couples. Puerto Vallarta was #1 destination. Here is what Ed Salvato, the editor-in-chief of gay travel magazine ManAboutWorld said about Vallarta. “Puerto Vallarta is extremely gay popular, but it may not be conducive to a honeymoon because you don’t want your new husband to get picked up at a bar the first night,” Salvato said. “Instead, couples might want to stay at a more secluded resort like the Four Seasons Punta Mita, which is right nearby.” We could not agree more. Here is why. Puerto Vallarta has the hottest, sexiest nightlife in Mexico. The sexually charged atmosphere is too much temptation for most gay newlyweds. La Noche is one of Puerto Vallarta’s top spots. Sexxy Go Go Dancers are shaking their stuff Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 11:30pm. So certainly avoid taking your spouse to this place because there are 3 floors of fun and huge crowds where he/she could easily hide and disappear from you. DANGER! DANGER! SEXY GO GO’s AHEAD! Endless eye candy during the late night happy hour everyday from 1am to 3am.
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Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Newsletter – June 20th, 2015

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The Great Wall of China


Great Wall of China - Carlos Meliaby Carlos Melia
After several weeks of being away traveling across China and then France, today I resume my postings and blogging. So much to catch up. I’ve recently spent over 20 days traveling in China and Hong Kong. My first post is about one of the absolute highlights of our trip, The Great Wall of China. The Wall snakes its way up and down mountains and stretches, in total, for 5,400 miles. Built in numerous sections, work on the Wall started as early as BC 500 though it was only in about BC 215, when China became the country that we know today, did various sections start getting linked and the Wall take on its current form. Meant as a defence against the invading Mongols it was never a success, as the Mongol Invasion in 1211 proved. The Ming Dynasty Emperors once again set about rebuilding the Wall though it was never again used as a defence mechanism, instead slowly eroding and in parts, completely crumbling away.

Following the Emperor’s Steps at The Forbidden City


Carlos Melia - Forbidden Cityby Carlos Melia
One of the main highlights of my recent trip to China, was other than visiting The Great Wall of China, spending a full morning following the Emperor’s steps at The Forbidden City in Beijing. This was a Half-Day Private walking morning tour, which also included Tiananmen Square. We were picked up at our hotel, Rosewood Beijing, and driven to main gates of The Forbidden City or also known as Imperial Palace. The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty. It is located in the center of Beijing, China, and now houses the Palace Museum. The Forbidden City was designed to be the centre of the ancient, walled city of Beijing. It is enclosed in a larger, walled area called the Imperial City. The Imperial City is, in turn, enclosed by the Inner City; to its south lies the Outer City.The complex consists of 980 buildings and covers 72 ha (180 acres). The palace complex exemplifies traditional Chinese palatial architecture. Declared a World Heritage Site in 1987,and is listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world.

My Two Latest Favorite Lunch Options in Hong Kong


Hong Kong - Carlos Meliaby Carlos Melia
I have been to Hong Kong a few times, and I am very outspoken about the fact, that it is one of my top five favorite cities in the world. Every time I visit I discover new options, and of course repeat over and over my favorites. During this visit, I truly enjoyed two gourmet experiences, introduced to us by local expert Food and Lifestyle Consultant Geoffrey Wu with The Forks and Spoons. Oddly enough, none of them are Chinese, but trust me we covered that during our time there, for our dinners. Both restaurants are totally different and both true hidden gems. Both restaurants can be booked online prior your arrival to Hong Kong, and I strongly advise it. Carlos MeliaThe first one was Fofo by el Willy – Traditional and Contemporary Spanish Cuisine with the menu designed by the award-winning Chef of “el Willy” and executed by Catalan Chef Alex Martinez Fargas.(see photo below with the Chef). Including the from the traditional tapas, rice and Iberian Ham, to new innovative dishes like Scallops Ceviche, and some off the menu item that the Chef premiered with us before including them to the new summer menu.

Partying at Athens Pride


Athens Pride - Briand Bedfordby Briand Bedford
On Saturday the 13th June the 11th the largest Gay Pride Parade in Greece took place in Athens. With officially 32 000 participants this was the largest gay parade that has ever taken place in Greece. Important sponsors of the parade include Shark Energy Drink, the Greek gay publication antivirus, the Hilton Hotel Athens and the Greek airline Aegean. The first Athens Pride took place in June 2005. Although various “pride” events had been held in the city since the mid-1980s, Athens Pride 2005 marked the first Pride Parade through the city center and past the Hellenic Parliament during daylight hours. Approximately 500 people took part in that event. Athens Pride is an all-volunteer, non-profit registered partnership operating under the Greek Civil Code since 2006. Its primary function is to organize the annual Athens Pride festival and parade.

Tel Aviv Pride – What We Love About Pride


Boys Tel Aviv Prideby Wani Azahar
On Friday June 12, 2015, the culmination of Tel Aviv Pride Week, upwards of 180,00 people took part in the record-breaking Tel Aviv Gay Pride Parade 2015, which featured creative parade floats, amazing musical performances, plenty of dancing, daring outfits and the absolute freedom for every person in attendance to be him/herself. In search of the true essence of pride parade, we scoured through the ocean of hot bodies, vibrant costumes and talented performances to find out what Tel Aviv Pride goers truly love about the parade and what Pride means to them. One thing we can tell you ahead of time is that, predictably, love is a common theme. “My absolute favorite was the amazing party at Charles Close Park at the end of the road. It was filled with fun people, crazy outfits and most importantly – a lot of love,” Shira from Israel (right) recalled. “Not only that, I also loved the difference performance trucks lining the road. The dancers are very talented and it was so nice to see other parade-goers join in the fun as they formed little circles to dance.

Dolly Travels: Orvieto


Orvieto - Dollyby Dolly Goolsby
We arrived in Orvieto about lunch time yesterday. Once we got settled into our rooms at Villa Mercede, we set out to find some lunch. The weather is great, the city is just as beautiful as the last time I was here. For those of you who have never been here, I will tell you that Orvieto is one of the first hill towns that you will see, going north from Rome towards Florence. This town sits 1,000 feet above the valley floor. The best way for me to describe it, is for you to imagine a giant flat-topped mushroom with a big, thick stem, sitting in the most lovely green valley. I hope that when I post some pictures, you will see the resemblance. This town is centuries old. There are churches from the 13th and 14th Centuries A.D. With all the little rabbit-warren streets, winding around the city, one might be afraid of getting lost. You might get lost, but not for long. Similar to being on an island, you will be on this mushroom cap…eventually, you will see the Torre de Moro, with its clock face, or a spire from the Duomo, and find your way back to your hotel or to your friends.

Dolly Travels – Bagnoregio and Civita, Orvieto

Civita - Dolly Goolsbyby by Dolly Goolsby
Today is our last day in Orvieto. Early this morning we caught a bus which took us to the nearby town of Bagnoregio, another Umbrian hill town. This was an hour’s ride on a very twisty road, but through beautiful country. Once we arrived in Bagnoregio, we had to walk a little over a mile to get to the ancient, almost isolated village of Civita. That is Civita, sitting up on a hill. We had to walk on that footbridge you see in the foreground to get to Civita. This little village is really very old. Its origins go back to Etruscan times. It is very small now. One can walk across the city in about 5 minutes. However, the structures – the houses, the church, some other buildings – are kept in pretty good condition. Of course, over the centuries, some structures have fallen down, walls have eroded, and the village suffered a major earthquake in 1695.

Dolly Travels – The Cinque Terre


Cinque Terre - Dolly Goolsbyby Dolly Goolsby
We have been so busy, I haven’t been blogging. Please forgive me, and I will try to get you up to date on our travels. We went from Orvieto to Vernazza, by train last Thursday. That was a new experience for some. Although it seemed like it took forever, in fact, the trip was only about 6 hours. However, we started our day by leaving Orvieto by funicular to get down to the train station. Susan helped everyone get on the little car with their luggage, then the doors closed and Susan was left behind. We got to the train station, and when the next funicular arrived, thankfully Susan was on that one. But she was not a happy person. Once we got on the train, we travelled to Florence, changed trains, on to Pisa, changed trains, on to La Spezia, changed trains again and on to Vernazza. By then, it was 2:30 in the afternoon and we were all hot, hungry and tired.

Dolly Travels – We Are in Florence Now


Florence - Dolly Goolsbyby Dolly Goolsby
I want to send a little bit of news. From Florence, before we get too busy again. We arrived here Sunday afternoon. We are staying a bit further away from the center of activity than we usually stay, but we are still only 10 minutes away from the Duomo, and in a very nice neighborhood. I couldn’t believe it when the taxi pulled up to this lovely building, and a very nice Italian gentleman introduced himself, as he was there to get us into the apartment and oriented to the apartment and the neighborhood. We had to converse entirely in Italian, as Marcello did not speak English, and I must say, Janis and I did very well getting all the information straight. We are on the ground floor. Those windows are our living room windows. This is a beautiful apartment, I am almost sorry I am only staying here for a week.

Dolly Travels – Venice


Veniceby Dolly Goolsby
Wow! How time flies. It seems like jus a few days ago we started our Italy trip in Rome, now here we are in Venice, with only one more day left for our group travel. What adventures we have had, though. I last posted from Florence, and as usual, since Florence is my favorite Italian city, I enjoyed that week the most..going to the museums, to the mercato, walking through Florence, sharing meals in the apartment… all are lovely memories. When we got to Venice Sunday afternoon, we were met by the apartment owner, who walked us to our apartment. About the time we got settled in, down came the rain. It had been raining off and on all morning, but now it came down in buckets. I had been so excited to get this apartment with the terrace on the top floor, but with the rain, we still haven’t been able to sit out there and enjoy being outdoors, looking over the roof tops.

MEXICO: Puerto Vallarta Mexico for LGBT Families


puerto-vallarta-203218da-lby Tim Wilson
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico has done an outstanding job attracting the family to the destination, Huge all-inclusive resorts with large pools, family friendly activities, family beaches, and kid’s clubs abound. But, what about the LGBT family? This is a relatively new niche in LGBT tourism that presents a great opportunity for Puerto Vallarta. Olivia Travel and R Family Vacations, two of the largest players in LGBT travel, recently announced a partnership to produce an LGBT family vacation at the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. Puerto Vallarta has everything to attract the LGBT family. Let’s see what and why! LGBT parents state they are more interested in choosing a family friendly vacation destination than an LGBT friendly destination. Puerto Vallarta is a very family friendly destination. Large, all-inclusive resorts exist throughout the city. Large gay friendly chains like Costa Sur, Hilton, Marriott, and Hyatt are reaching out to the LGBT market, and eventually to the LGBT family. Gay properties in the romantic zone like Hacienda Escondida attract the LGBT Family also.

USA, HAWAII: Win a Trip to Maui Pride


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Imagine jetting off on one of Virgin America’s new flights to Maui to bask in the warm Hawaiian sun on a white sugar beach, just steps away from your well-appointed Maui Sunseeker Penthouse Suite. Now imagine doing this FREE! Maui Sunseeker LGBT Resort, Virgin America and KOFY TV present our “Maui FlyAway with Pride” Sweepstakes! One lucky sweepstakes winner will receive TWO ROUNDTRIP TICKETS from San Francisco to Maui on Virgin America plus a FIVE NIGHT STAY in one of Maui Sunseeker LGBT Resort’s luxurious Penthouse suites. Entries may be submitted online at www.mauiflyaway.com between June 1 and June 30, 2015. Entries may also be submitted at the KOFY TV booth at Civic Center Plaza during the SF Pride Festival on June 28. The winner will be randomly drawn on July 4th, 2015.

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