Macaw Bank Jungle Lodge – Gay San Ignacio, Belize Accommodations

Author: , August 20th, 2016

Macaw Bank Jungle Lodge

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

Macaw Bank Jungle Lodge is a gay friendly, green conscious, authentic rainforest ecolodge destination centrally located in the heartland of the Maya and between San Ignacio Town and the Mountain Pine Ridge. Being an authentic naturalist Belize Jungle Lodge our facilities are designed with your comfort in mind with a commitment to having a low impact on the environment. Also, as a sustainable lodge we produce our own electricity and water.

Our accommodations in the Cayo District consists of six nicely appointed rustic style cabanas with private baths,soaps, shampoos, linens, hot and cold shower, queen size bed,and some with twin single beds, a private screened deck with seatings, fans, electricity and daily housekeeping.

Our Maya Restaurant features farm fresh to table using mostly locally produced organic ingredients. we offer a fusion of Belizean, Italian, American, Asian and Mexican dishes.

The Tribal Bar serving an assortment of imported and locally produced liquors, wines, beers and cocktails. Our tropical cocktails are made with fresh and natural organic fruits juices.

The property also consists of five miles well groomed nature trails , Macal River front property with easy access to sandy beach with seatings, board games, lending library, darts, volleyball, palapas with hammocks, offsite tours to ancient Maya sites, waterfalls, caving,canoeing, horseback riding along with night walks, bird tours and pristine Macal River tubing available on site on our 50 acre Nature Reserve. In addition, our guests have access to free Wi-Fi during daylight hours which could be affected by weather conditions, as we are served by satellite.

We offer an exotic adventure destination where you will immerse yourself in an authentic natural jungle setting. Ideal for couples, families, retreats, naturalists, ornithologists, spelunkers, yoga retreats, family reunions, friends getaway.

Belize, land of enchantment where you will find an amazing amount of ecological and cultural bio-diversity. In Belize you will find mountains, abundance in flora and fauna, ancient mayan archaoelogical sites, extensive cave systems, rivers, waterfalls, savanahs, mangroves, coral reefs, islands, seashore, and much much more. You will be surprised on the amount of bio-diversity in the many ecosystems of Belize.

There is also a rainbow of cultural diversity in Belize for you will find Creole, Maya, Mestizo, East Indian, Chinese, Amish and Mennonites.

See the Macaw Bank Jungle Lodge Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Belize

Gay Hotels in Gran Canaria – Nomadic Boys

Author: , August 15th, 2016

Gran Canaria gay hotels

Gran Canaria has long been a gay destination for the gay boys. The Yumbo Centre is made up of gay bars, clubs and shops and forms the base of the gay scene on the island.

There’s a variety of excellent gay friendly and exclusively gay accommodation in Gran Canaria, whether it’s bungalows, resorts or boutique hotels. Here’s our 5 unique gay hotels to stay in Gran Canaria we discovered:

#1 GAY PASO CHICO

Gay Paso Chico is a male only gay hotel in Playa del Ingles and the ideal place to stay with a group of friends or for solo travellers who want to party and be based near Yumbo Centre. It’s also walking distance to the sand dunes and the famous gay beach at Kiosk #7.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

Canary Islands Gay Travel Resources

Provincetown Celebrates Carnival

Author: , August 9th, 2016

Carnival returns to Provincetown August 13 -19 with a ‘Back to the 80’s’ theme.  Carnival is one ofCarnival 2009i Massachusett’s largest outdoor festivals and is always a highlight of the Provincetown summer.  A Carnival highlight every year is the Carnival Parade, this year on Thursday, August 18th.  Other events include The Love Boat Cruise on Sunday, August 14th, The Pool Party on Monday, August 15th and numerous dance parties.  For a full listing of events check out the Provincetown Business Guild’s web site.

For last minute planners looking for Provincetown lodging  The Somerset House Inn has a four night stay for Carnival checking in on Friday, August 13th and a three night stay checking in on Saturday, August 14th.  We would love to have you stay with us at The Somerset House Inn, please give us a call (508-487-0383) or go on-line to make your reservations. 

Fall is also a great time to visit Provincetown, reservations for the Fall including The Tennessee Williams Festival, Mates Leather Weekend, Columbus Day Weekend, Women’s Week and Halloween weekend are now being accepted.

Click here to make your Provincetown reservations. 

Dan and his partner Bob own The Somerset House Inn, a modern B&B in the perfect Provincetown location.  Located on Commercial Street it’s across the street from the Cape Cod Bay and you are steps away from dining, shopping and Provincetown’s nightlife.

AMTRAK and GSBA Host LGBTQ Honeymoon Train Contest

Author: , July 21st, 2016

Rainbow AmericaWe’ve been in contact with AMTRAK about their current contest celebrating LGBTQ PRIDE Month.

AMTRAK and the Greater Seattle Business Association have created a contest for LGBTQ couples to win a trip on Amtrak’s Coast Starlight and one-night stay at the Seattle Sheraton.

Here’s what they said:

To celebrate LGBTQ PRIDE month and show its continued support of the LGBTQ community, Amtrak announced today that it has partnered with the Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA) to launch a contest for LGBTQ couples.

This contest offers LGBTQ couples a chance to enter to win a trip on Amtrak’s Coast Starlight complete with a complimentary one-night stay at the Seattle Sheraton.

The Honeymoon Train features roomette service for two people and travels from Seattle to the San Francisco Bay Area. To enter and view the official contest rules, couples should visit www.TravelGaySeattle.com. This contest runs from June 25, 2016– Sep. 6, 2016, with the winning couple being selected on Sep 14, 2016.

“Amtrak is excited and proud to show its support of the LGBTQ community through this unique partnership with GSBA,” said Darlene Abubakar, Senior Director, National Advertising and Marketing Programs, Amtrak. “Amtrak strives to continually demonstrate its commitment to diversity and inclusion, and the Honeymoon Train is just one example of the many consumer promotions we activate throughout the year.”

The GSBA is a vibrant community organization with a mission to foster business development, social action and leadership opportunities within the LGBTQ community.

In addition to this partnership with GSBA, Amtrak is celebrating Pride Month with its support of Festivals in Washington, DC, New York City, Seattle and St. Louis.

For more information, visit http://www.Amtrak.com or http://www.YourTrainStory.com

Steven Skelley and Thomas RoutzongArticle by Steven Skelley and Thomas Routzong. Copyright 2016 Sunny Harbor Publish
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He Opened Doors for Gay Travelers

Author: , June 14th, 2016

Edward Sotomayor Jr.

Here is one of the stories from the shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. It’s important, I think, that we tell the stories of those who lost their lives in this terrible event.

Born in Sarasota, Fla., to a Puerto Rican father, Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34, made it his life’s mission to open doors for gay travelers, especially in Latin America.

He was proud of his Puerto Rican heritage. And as the national brand manager for a travel agency that catered to gay people, he organized what the company’s owner, Al Ferguson, called the first ever gay cruise to Cuba.

“There was so much fear in the American gay community to go to Cuba because of how they would be perceived and treated and potential security risks,” Mr. Ferguson, 54, said. “And Eddie was probably one of the leading voices to say Cuba was exceptionally safe for the gay community, and Cuba was really anxious to welcome the gay community. And it turned out to be true.”

During the trip, in April, Mr. Sotomayor and Mr. Ferguson met with Mariela Castro, Raúl Castro’s daughter and a prominent gay rights advocate there. The two men also posed in front of a poster left over from President Obama’s trip.

And instead of sleeping on the ship during their stay in Havana, Mr. Sotomayor found an Airbnb rental near the Malecon, an esplanade along the coast. The company later told him it was one of the first rentals in Cuba, and asked him to write a review.

By Benjamin Mueller – Full Story at The New York Times

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Airline Traveling This Summer

Author: , June 4th, 2016

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TSA airline linesOh, the horrors of airline traveling this summer. Since 9/11 it has gotten worse and worse and even worse if that is possible. Now it is even worse! Lines at the TSA are getting longer and longer and taking forever to go thru. People are missing their flights because of this and people are getting extremely fed up and frustrated.

The Transportation Security Agency’s “Precheck program” is designed to fix that problem and move the lines much quicker however only about 2.75 million people have enrolled to date which is far below projections.

The TSA wants to have at least 25 million people signed up by 2019 for federal ‘trusted traveler’ programs for domestic travel, and Global Entry which is the program for International travelers operated by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. And just what is this “Precheck program”? You can complete the online application or you can complete the entire process in person at an application center. Schedule an appointment by calling 855. 347.8371 weekdays, 8 A.M. to 10 P.M. Eastern Time.

TSA airline dogWalk-ins are welcome but appointments take priority. Visit an applications center to provide required documentation and be fingerprinted. Be sure and bring your current U.S. passport or a driver’s license and birth certificate. Pay a non-refundable fee of $85.00 which will last for 5 years. Payment may be made with a credit card, money order,company check or a certified or cashier’s check. You can obtain a ‘precheck’ at most airports.

It takes about 10 days to two weeks to get your ‘precheck” number in the mail. Then whenever you make an airline reservation, be sure and give them that number, otherwise you will need to stand in the regular lines. Those who have this ‘pass’ do not have to remove their shoes, laptops, 3-1-1 liquids, belts or light jackets. Since you are in a special line, naturally the wait time is much shorter or at least that is the way the system should work! For more information on the TSA’s Precheck program, check out: www.tsa.gov/tsa-precheck/apply and https://www.tsa.gov/tsa-precheck/airlines-airports

airline virginSpeaking of airlines, the latest reports out on the good and the bad and the ugly for airline companies, the ratings for the best down to the worst according to CNN : Virgin America, JetBlue, Delta, Hawaiian, Alaska, Southwest, SkyWest, United, Express Jet, American, Frontier, Envoy Air and Spirit at the bottom. The major complaints are the rise of ticket changing prices, lack of improvement of airline amenities, and most of all NO SERVICE once you are in the air. A great website to visit about airline complaints can be found at www.airlinecomplaints.org/

Some things in life we can handle and other things we just have to simply grin and bear it. At this point in history and especially when flying we really have few choices. So it is best to always take a book or two or three with you and just relax and don’t sweat the small things in life that you have absolutely no control over. Getting all worked up and getting your blood pressure going sky high is not the answer.

As for us, we have not flown in the past 15 years. Since we live in the middle of the country and have the time, we always drive from coast to coast. Sure, once in a while there is a traffic jam or something like that but it is never for a very long time. We can dine where we want to and enjoy the scenery along the way. However we fully understand that there are a lot of travelers out there that do not have the luxury of time that we do and have to fly.

Good luck this summer in your traveling and hopefully all of your airline traveling will be safe and with no major time delays or anything like that. Just remember do not sweat the things that you cannot control and enjoy yourself with a good book.

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

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

Proud members of the IGLTA. You can email them at gaytravelers@aol.com and visit their website at http://gaytravelersataol.blogspot.com/

​Viking River Cruises – Grand European Tour with Gay Travel Info

Author: , May 13th, 2016

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Viking River Cruises

Grand European Tour with Gay Travel Info

By Steven Skelley and Thomas Routzong

The Viking River Cruises Grand European Tour is simply one of the best cruises that we have ever experienced. It’s that easy to describe.

Where else can you enjoy a 15-day cruise with 12 guided tours visiting 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, while enjoying 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 14 dinners, complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks during onboard dinner and lunch service, concerts ranging from Austrian classics to baroque organ music, lectures on Germany, Holland and the European Union and free Wi-Fi?

Our Viking River Cruises Grand European Tour was the perfect mix of relaxation, education and exploration.
BudapestBUDAPEST, HUNGARY

Budapest is the capital of Hungary. It has been called one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. We arrived after sunset but it’s beauty was still clearly evident.

The night view from the top deck of the ship is simply stunning. The palaces, government building and bridges are all lit at night. Have your camera ready because the reflections in the river make for fantastic vacation photos.

On the morning of our second day, we chose to enjoy the “Hungary’s Graceful and Inspiring Capital” tour.

Budapest is a mix of classical and modern architecture separated down the middle by the Danube river but connected by the Chain Bridge since 1849.

Our tour began in modern Pest where we viewed the beautiful Andrassy Avenue, the Hungarian Opera House, and the Heroe’s Square monuments.

We crossed the Chain Bridge to the historic Buda side of the city. where we strolled the Castle District. At this hilltop castle complex, we explored the turrets of Fishermen’s Bastion, medieval Matthias Church and the spectacular views from Buda Hill.

After our morning tour, we still had plenty of time to explore on our own. We walked from Pest to Buda across the Chain Bridge over the Danube and back again. We walked down to the imposing Parliament Building and also spent time contemplating “The Shoes On The Danube” memorial to the Holocaust victims that were executed here on the banks of the river.

If we had just had a little more time, we would have loved to have visited the famous thermal baths that were once enjoyed by ancient Romans.

For gay traveler information, visit http://www.budapest.com/city_guide/gay_budapest.en.html

ViennaVIENNA, AUSTRIA

Vienna is the capital of Austria. Musical icons including Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Joseph Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert and Johannes Brahms worked in Vienna. It has been called the “City of Dreams” because it was the home of the world’s first psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud.

Ornate is the key word for Vienna architecture. The historic structures, monuments, churches, palaces, homes and government buildings are works of art to be studied and enjoyed.

Retail stores from the most chic to the obligatory souvenir shops near the Vienna State Opera all fit the theme of historic and fashionable.

The Giant Ferris Wheel, erected to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Emperor Franz Josef I in 1897, offers a wonderful view of the city and an excellent photo opportunity.

We chose to explore Vienna by the “Essential Overview of the City of Waltzes” tour. We drove into the city by bus and then walked to various highlights including:

* The Ringtrasse grand boulevard lined with elegant palaces, private homes and public buildings * The Hofburg Palace winter residence of the powerful Hapsburg dynasty * The Spanish Riding School with world famous Lipzzaner horses * The gothic St. Stephen’s Cathedral * The Vienna State Opera Hall with Mozart inspired frescoes

There is a two level, paved walking path along the river. Be sure to watch for the black rabbits, brown rabbits and swans. Neither the rabbits nor the swans appear afraid of humans and almost seem to pose to have their pictures taken.

Just a short walk from the Danube docking site is The Grow Shop: a marijuana store. It is a great place to take a silly photo to show family and friends back home.

For gay traveler information, visit https://www.wien.info/en/vienna-for/gay-lesbian

Wachau ValleyWACHAU VALLEY

We spent the morning cruising the Wachau Valley that is filled with beautiful hillside vineyards and castle ruins including Duerrstein castle where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned by Leopold V.

With abbeys, monasteries, churches, castles and the terraced vineyards with their stone wall supports all along the river, it is a photographer’s dream come true.

Find a comfortable spot on the top deck, sip a refreshing beverage and enjoy the beauty passing slowly by on both sides of the ship.

Floating down the river through the Wachau Valley is like slowly strolling through a museum containing some of the most beautiful scenic paintings in the world. Enjoy!
MelkMELK, AUSTRIA

Once the ship docked, we toured the 900 year old Benedictine abbey at Melk.

Melk Abbey has 365 windows (one for each day of the year), imperial rooms, ceiling frescoes and a library that is filled with floor to ceiling shelves holding priceless hand-copied ancient books.

The abbey also contains a strange artifact: a human jawbone in a golden stand. It is meant to honor an innocent man that was unjustly executed.

There are also extravagantly dressed mummified human bodies in the church itself.

Melk Abbey is a strange and wonderful mixture of imposing fortress, extravagant palace and sacred religious site.

SalzburgSALZBURG, AUSTRIA / PASSAU, GERMANY

Located in the beautiful Austrian Alps, Salzburg is one of Austria’s most picturesque Alpine cities.

Salzburg was once a world power dealing in salt. The word Salzburg means “salt fortress.” Later it became the birthplace of the musical genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. It received international recognition again as the setting for the film “The Sound of Music.”

We chose the optional “Salzburg Highlights” tour. We enjoyed a walking tour of the old town which was designed and built by imported Italian artisans.

We visited Mozart’s home where throngs of people stand to have their photo taken.

We explored Mirabell Gardens where the opening scenes from the “The Sound of Music” were filmed and the cemetery where the family hid from the Nazis during their escape.

We could have spent hours in the gardens and streets photographing the statues, fountains and artistic landscaping.

For gay traveler information, visit http://www.salzburg.info/en/service/salzburg_for/gays_and_friends

Regensburg

Regensburg

REGENSBURG, GERMANY

Regensburg is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The medieval city was somehow untouched by bombing in World War II. It is considered one of Germany’s best preserved cities with Roman city walls erected by Marcus Aurelias.

We chose to enjoy the “Regensburg Walking Tour.” From the ancient Roman city walls to the 12th century Old Stone Bridge to the Old Sausage Kitchen (the oldest restaurant in Germany), we walked the cobblestone streets of this Medieval city.

Our hearts were touched when we viewed the memorial to the Jewish synagogue that had been destroyed and by the Stumbling Blocks memorials in the cobblestone streets remembering those killed by Nazis.

For gay traveler information, visit http://www.gay-regensburg.de/index_ci.php

NuremburgNUREMBURG, GERMANY

Nuremburg is Bavaria’s second largest city. It is filled with beautiful half-timber homes and Gothic churches. Unfortunately, it was chosen by Adolph Hitler as the site for some of his most aggressive propaganda.

We chose to see the city on the “Nuremburg City Tour.” We viewed Nuremburg’s medieval city walls which stretch almost three miles and still have 80 original watchtowers. We passed the Imperial Palace fortress. We visited Market Square with it’s craft and vegetable stalls and enjoyed lunch at a local bratwurst restaurant.

For lovers of history, be sure to visit Zeppelin Field (the Nazi parade grounds), Hitler’s Congress Hall Colosseum (modeled on the one in Rome) and the Palace of Justice where the Nazis finally faced justice in the Nuremberg Trials.

For gay traveler information, visit http://nuremberg123.com/where-to/nuremberg-gay-guide/

Bamberg

BAMBERG, GERMANY

Medieval Bamberg is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was founded in 902 A.D.

We toured the city on the “Bamberg Walking Tour.” For almost 5 hours, our guide walked us through the streets, along the canal and up to the hilltop cathedral which was home to Emperor Henrich II and Pope Clement II. The cathedral museum claims to have splinters from the actual cross of Jesus as well as the mounted skulls of Heinrich and his wife Kunigunde!

Beside the Bamberg Cathedral, the Neue Residenz resembles a palace. It was the home of prince-electors and prince-bishops who held both religious and secular authority. The panoramic view from the Rosengarten (Rose Garden) is fantastic.

For gay traveler information, visit http://en.bamberg.info/uferlos/

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WURZBURG, GERMANY

We decided that we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to follow Bavaria’s Romantic Road to one of Germany’s last remaining medieval walled towns. Rothenburg ob der Tauber means Red Fortress above the Tauber.

Rothenburg is everything you hope a medieval city would be. It is a medieval town that still functions in modern society. Make sure that you have lots of space on your camera memory card because this place is filled with amazing photo opportunities.

We walked the city’s defensive walls from top to bottom. We climbed the dark winding stairways of the towers. We photographed beautiful gardens and stunning panoramic views of the river and valley below. We enjoyed every moment of our Rothenburg visit.

After our Rothenburg adventure, we spent a few hours exploring the Bishop’s Residenz Palace and Garden in Wurzburg. The large and ornately decorated palace features a 2000 square foot frescoe titled “Four Continents” by Venetian artist Giovanni Tiepolo. Some of the scenes are quite humorous as the artist had never seen some of the desired animals in person so he used his imagination to fill in the blanks. Some of the paintings are remarkably three dimensional and the gardens are incredible.

For gay traveler information, visit http://www.gayscout.com/en/city138/Wuerzburg

WurtheimWERTHEIM, GERMANY

The view as the ship approaches Wertheim is simply phenomenal. The colorful and historic buildings along the river reflect in the waters as the 1000 year old castle watches over from the imposing hillside.

We walked the narrow streets of Franconian style homes along the Main and Tauber rivers and viewed the 800 year old Pointed Tower which leans amusingly to one side.

The walk up to Wertheim Castle is challenging. The cobblestone street is steep, uneven and sometimes slick.

There is a turnstile at the top charging one Euro to enter the actual castle but you can still roam the outer walls and get a beautiful panoramic view of the city and the two rivers below.

KOBLENZ, GERMANY

Our morning began with a scenic and tranquil cruise through one of Germany’s most scenic regions called The Romantic Rhine. We cruised past endless vineyards ascending the hillsides and castles, castles and even more castles!

We sailed around the massive Lorelei Rock and heard the local myth of a beautiful woman named Lorelei who lured sailors to crash against the rocks.

We docked in Koblenz beside the massive statue of Kaiser Wilhelm I on his horse. Cable cars taking tourists across the river glided over our heads.

We strolled the paved walkways in both directions along the waterfront enjoying the gardens and statues.

For gay traveler information, visit http://gayguide.net/Europe/Germany/Koblenz/

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COLOGNE, GERMANY

Cologne is a 2000 year old city that is an interesting mixture of the cherished ancient and the progressively modern. It is where the perfume “cologne” originated that soon became greatly desired by all of Europe’s royal families.

We chose to try the “Bruhl UNESCO Palaces” tour of the Augustusburg castle. Unfortunately, you can’t win them all. The castle and grounds just could not match the previous palaces we had visited. It was less than impressive and we could not wait for our tour to end.

On the bright side, once we returned to Cologne, we enjoyed walking the waterfront promenade where locals relax, talk and exercise. A leisurely walk along the river brought us past churches, love locks on the bridge, parks with ice cream shops and restaurants, statues and a theater that resembles a circus tent. Our riverfront walk was the highlight of our Cologne visit.

For gay traveler information, visit http://www.cologne-tourism.com/city-experience/gays-lesbians.html

KinderdijkKINDERDIJK, NETHERLANDS

Kinderdijk is the kind of place that photographers dream about!

Just steps from where the ship docked, there were 19 remarkably preserved windmills. Many of them are 200 to 300 years old!

Viking offers a free tour that shares why the windmills were built, how they work and a chance to step inside a working windmill.

We chose to explore on our own rather than joining the free tour.

The blue skies and ancient windmills reflected into the dark water of the canals in a picture-perfect scene again and again.

Kinderdijk, the largest concentration of windmills in the Netherlands, offers an iconic view of the Dutch landscape.

AmsterdamAMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS

Our amazing Viking River Cruise came to an end in Amsterdam. Our only view of the city was from the ship’s deck just before we boarded a bus for the Amsterdam airport for our flight home.

We hope to return and explore Amsterdam one day as well.

For gay traveler information, visit http://www.amsterdam.info/gay/

SHIP & CREW INFO

Our ship had 95 outside staterooms, a sun deck with 360-degree views and shaded sitting areas, an organic herb garden, a putting green, a walking track, a lounge and bar with floor-to-ceiling glass doors, a restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows, optional al fresco dining, and 40″ flat-panel Sony TV’s.

We spoke with Captain Peter Sevcik and Hotel Manager Katja Geyersbach about the Viking River Cruise ships.

“We use Swiss Radar and GPS. We have an automatic transponder system that shows the location of our ship and every other ship on the river. The ship has eight propellers and four propulsion systems. Our engines are all electric. For low bridges, we can lower the wheelhouse but we must wait our turn in the locks,” Katja told us.

“Katja Geyersbach is the best Hotel Manager in the company,” added Captain Sevcik.

We found the crew and staff to be just as friendly and complimentary as their captain. Everyone excelled in serving their guests onboard. Program Manager Violeta Crisan was a dynamo of organization, problem solving, customer service and upbeat energy. We couldn’t have asked for better service.

VIKING CONTACT INFO

Visit the Viking Cruises website at http://www.vikingcruises.com

You can reach them by phone at 1-800-706-1483.

Visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/VikingRiverCruises

The Viking River Cruises Grand European Tour is simply one of the best cruises that we have ever experienced. It was the perfect mix of relaxation, education and exploration. We are ready to go again!

Steven Skelley and Thomas RoutzongArticle and photos by Steven Skelley and Thomas Routzong. Copyright 2016 Sunny Harbor Publishing.

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Scams and Annoyances in Egypt

Author: , April 11th, 2016

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Wherever I travel, scammers, touts and annoyances are unavoidable, especially in touristy areas. Or maybe, I’m a tout/scammer magnet. They are part of the challenges of travelling. And believe it or not, I’ve fallen victim to some of these people because I’m too trusty, always believing on the positive side of the experience. Call me a fool, if you want. 🙂

In Egypt, these annoyances are in a different level. I can understand the desperation of the people but being aggressive is a totally different story. There are times when my smile and polite “No, thanks” work but in many cases, they don’t.

I had to say “No, thank you,” a gazillion times before the guy would leave me alone–and in most times, they’re cursing me (judging from their facial expressions). And oh boy, they’re good in guilt-tripping, too!

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

Egypt Gay Travel Resources

Woods Resort, Guerneville, California – Featured Gay Accommodations

Author: , April 7th, 2016

Woods Resort

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

The Woods Cottages & Cabins at the Russian River is the perfect answer for a rejuvenating, relaxing and slightly “spirited” escape to the Sonoma Wine Country.

The Woods, a Russian River Hotel that is centrally located in downtown Guerneville, is situated between the tall, swaying redwood trees and the hypnotic flow of the splendid Russian River for the ideal getaway! Watch our video!

This Russian River Hotel is within walking distance to shops, restaurants, dancing and live entertainment. Enjoy wine tasting and tours along the Russian River Wine Road through the Russian River, Dry Creek and Alexander Valley appellations. Enjoy varietals including Sauvingnon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, Barbera, Merlot, Syrah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and a wide variety of dessert wines.

The Woods Resort, Russian River Hotel, offers cottages, free-standing guest cabins and multi-room suites with full kitchens, gas fireplaces, private balconies and stunning views of lush redwood forests. The resort has one of the largest swimming pools in the area and has full sun all day long. With an outdoor fireplace, stone fountains and romantically lighted landscaping, your stay at The Woods is guaranteed to make you forget the chaos of the real world.

The Woods Resort has a wireless Internet workstation available for guests in the lobby …and is an ideal venue for Russian River weddings, conferences and private parties.

Your hosts at this Russian River Hotel, Michael and Verna, are veterans of the local customer service industry with a familiarity of all the area has to offer in the way of recreation, adventure, wine tasting, dining, spa treatments and entertainment. They are happy to help you plan an exciting, memorable stay at the Russian River.

See the Woods Resort Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Sonoma County

Nassau, Bahamas – Free things to see and do just a short walk from the cruise port

Author: , February 16th, 2016
Prince George Wharf by Thomas Routzong

Prince George Wharf by Thomas Routzong

Nassau, Bahamas

Free things to see and do just a short walk from the cruise port

By Steven Skelley and Thomas Routzong

Nassau, Bahamas is a routine stop on many Caribbean cruises. If you’re not in the mood for another visit to the Atlantis complex, here are a few sights that you can walk to within minutes from the cruise ship pier.

When you arrive at Prince George Wharf, go into the cruise terminal and grab one of the FREE tourist maps that are available to have a better idea of the local streets and any other sights you may want to add to your walk.

Sir Milo Butler

Sir Milo Butler statue photo by Steven Skelley

Sir Milo Butler Statue
Just minutes from the pier across Parliament Street, you will see Rawson Square with a statue of Sir Milo Butler, local hero who was the first Bahamian governor of the islands.

Queen Victoria Statue photo by Thomas Routzong

Queen Victoria Statue photo by Thomas Routzong

Queen Victoria Statue
After viewing the statue, turn around and at the rear of Rawson Square you will see West Bay Street and Parliament Square with the Queen Victoria Statue. The pink government buildings surrounding the white statue make a picture perfect setting. The buildings reportedly date back to the 1700’s.

 

Nassau policeman photo by Steven Skelley

Nassau policeman photo by Steven Skelley

Policeman In Box
At the Queen Victoria statue, look to your right to the intersection of Parliament Street and West Bay Street. You will find a policeman in British-styled uniform standing in the center of the intersection inside a wooden box on wheels.

Garden Of Remembrance photo by Thomas Routzong

Garden Of Remembrance photo by Thomas Routzong

Garden Of Remembrance
Follow Parliament away from the waterfront to find the Garden Of Remembrance behind Queen Victoria’s statue and the Parliament buildings. The Garden Of Remembrance contains a monument to Bahamians who have served in various wars.

Nassau Public Library and Museum
Just behind the Garden Of Remembrance is the Nassau Public Library and Museum. The Nassau Public Library and Museum was once a jail but the cells have been

Nassau Public Library and Museum photo by Steven Skelley

Nassau Public Library and Museum photo by Steven Skelley

converted into bookshelves. The library / museum contains artifacts from the Arawak indigenous people as well and colonial documents. There is a viewing station upstairs where you can get a look at the city below.

Queen's Staircase

Queen’s Staircase photo by Thomas Routzong

Queen’s Staircase
Take Elizabeth Avenue to the Queen’s Staircase. There are 65 steps to the top. It is 102 feet tall. The staircase was hand carved from the rock by slaves to provide British troops a protected route to Fort Fincastle. The staircase was later renamed in honor of Queen Victoria who abolished slavery.

Fort Fincastle
At the top of the Queen’s Staircase is Fort Fincastle. Fort Fincastle was built in the late 1700’s at the top of the hill overlooking the city and bay. There are several canons in place.

Fort Fincastle photo by Steven Skelley

Fort Fincastle photo by Steven Skelley

Straw market
Head back to the waterfront along Woodes Rogers Walk past Prince George Wharf where you started and you will reach the Straw Market and the Vendue House / Pompey Museum.

The Vendue House / Pompey Museum is where slaves were bought and sold. You will find it just past the Straw Market.

The Straw Market is like a giant flea market. The aisles are small and crowded with vendors selling tourist souvenirs. The vendors call out as you pass by and make negative comments

Straw Market photo by Thomas Routzong

Straw Market photo by Thomas Routzong

if you don’t purchase something from them.

As you head back down Woodes Rogers Walk towards the cruise ship terminal and Prince George Wharf, there are many shops, bars and restaurants along the waterfront. There are also several courtyards where art and wood carvings are sold.

Article and photos by Steven Skelley & Thomas Routzong. Copyright 2016 Sunny Harbor Publishing. Contact Us: PO Box 560318, Rockledge, FL 32956. Phone: 321-446-7552. Email: SunnyHarborPublishing@yahoo.com

Steven Skelley and Thomas Routzong

Steven Skelley and Thomas Routzong

Steven Skelley and Thomas Routzong are a happily married couple who love to travel. They write and photograph to help others see the world and see it in a new way. They have authored multiple travel and positive-themed books.

You can learn more about Thomas and Steven at www.SunnyHarborPublishing.org and www.GayTravelersMagazine.com