At the Seaside…

Author: , October 15th, 2014

at-the-seaside_3550I’ve been struggling to write this post for too long. But today, while sitting on a park bench in Cesenatico, Italy, the words finally came. You see, I’ve had a surprisingly momentous week. I don’t always talk about the personal things going on in my life here on the blog, though sometimes you’ll get glimpses on my public Facebook. I try to share when I can, but with so much of my life public, it’s also nice to have a bit of privacy. I love blogging and if you haven’t noticed by now, I usually don’t shy away from injecting my personality into my travel stories. This blog aims to be not just another useful travel resource, but also (hopefully) fun, interesting and unique.

Regardless, I don’t always put my emotions onto paper (or the keyboard, in this case). I think I’m usually quite a private person–perhaps surprising considering the public nature of this blog. But I’ve always struggled with sharing emotions. Not really out of a fear, but more likely this crazy idea I have that I’m sometimes a burden. In most instances, I can talk lots about myself. But at the same time, I’m definitely aware of what I’m doing. I love attention, yes, (I’m a blogger, after all), but I’m also quite capable of turning it off and just being.

Just being.

This article was written by Adam Groffman, author of the internationally popular travel blog, Travels of Adam. Read more here: At the Seaside….

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Attend Gelato University in Bologna

Author: , October 12th, 2014

GelatoThe mention of Bologna and food typically conjures images of spaghetti – Spaghetti Bolognese to be precise. A family favorite since the 1970s, and a staple of today’s student diet, it’s an adopted favorite of us Brits. But what about Spaghetti Bolognese in Bologna itself?

That’s something different.

There is no shortage of tratorrias serving up all manner of pasta treats in the city. Dishing up some of the best food from the region, it’s difficult to go wrong when dining out in Bologna. But Bologna also has a foodie secret.

A short bus or a 20-minute taxi ride from the city center takes you to an industrial estate where you’ll find ice cream heaven. Correction – we’re in Italy so it’s gelato heaven. Ice cream is a dirty term to the Italians. It’s ‘factory made’ and ‘heavy in fat’ compared to this artisan treat.

By Clark Turner – Full Story at Gay Star News | Emilia Romagna Gay Travel Resources

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Frog Hollow, Canadensis, The Poconos, Pennsylvania

Author: , September 12th, 2014

Frog Hollow - The PoconosPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Secluded 1920’s Cottage In The Pocono Mountains: Rustic 1920’s cottage nestled deep in a Pocono Mountain hollow. The huge screened-in porch, deck, running brook and large fireplace in the living room add to the restful feeling of this vacation getaway. Available for rent weekends and weekly year-round. Two hours from NYC, Philadelphia. Skiing, swimming, golfing, boating, antiquing and hiking minutes away. Weekly rates $700/1-2, $800/3-4 people.

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Weekending in Prague for Gay Pride

Author: , September 1st, 2014

Prague Pride - Adam Groffman

A few weeks ago I took a last-minute weekend trip to Prague for their 4th annual gay pride, Prague Pride. The festival included a jam-packed schedule of events over a week, including film screenings, political debates, parties and a parade. I would argue that Prague has been a gay hotspot destination for a while already, but this was only their 4th annual pride celebration. And for being such a young endeavor, it seemed to be incredibly well organized with a full spectrum of events for every type of visitor. I really loved it.

Gay pride in Prague was special not just because it was a small (though not too small) celebration, but also because there was a community feeling behind the pride. With political organizers and volunteers from Central European LGBT rights organizations taking the stage at several events, the pride felt as much about celebrating gay pride as it did about making positive societal change. And in a part of Europe that still needs reforms, that’s as important as anything else.

Even in Prague, with its beautiful backdrops, history of pornography and relative liberal attitudes, gay rights still have a ways to go. This year’s 2014 Prague Pride was even met with neo-nazi protesters at one point, though there were fewer than 10 and they were all removed relatively peacefully by police. I was further along the parade route when it happened and neither myself nor any of my friends even heard about the scuffle until hours later.

Authored by Adam Groffman. See the Full Story at Travels of Adam here.

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Featured Gay Friendly Tour Operator: Nature Expeditions International Inc.

Author: , August 21st, 2014

Nature Expeditions International Inc. - Plantation, FloridaPeriodically we’ll feature one of our tour operators here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Founded in 1973 and rated A+ by the BBB, Nature Expeditions International offers upscale cultural, wildife viewing and “soft” adventure tours to 40 countries on 6 continents. We customize creative, exciting and educational itineraries for independent travelers and for small pre-formed groups.

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Fray Bentos Summer Vacations on the Banks of the Rio Uruguay

Author: , August 17th, 2014
Fray Bentos Central Plaza

Fray Bentos Central Plaza

 

By Roy Heale

This small, sleepy town is one of Uruguay’s lesser known vacation spots. From green parks, dramatic cliffs along the river, historic architecture to splendid beaches, there exists a wide variety of outdoor activities for summer fun in and around Fray Bentos, Uruguay.

The Rio Uruguay

The Rio Uruguay

Recognised for “the romance of the sun, the cliffs and the river”, the town was conceived as a river port that still preserves its natural features with waters deep enough to allow large ocean going ships. This pleasant Uruguayan city is connected with the resort town of Gualeguaychu in Argentina through the Libertador General San Martín international bridge. Here the climate is temperate and humid, ranging between 17° and 20° C in the summertime and dropping considerably during the winter.

The town of Fray Bentos provides “Old World” charm, historic architecture, beautiful parks and plazas. However, it does not offer many dining choices and opening hours vary. Young Theater, Constitución and Artigas Squares, the public amphitheater, and the Solari Museum are other sites of interest open to curious visitors in search of the region’s history.

Entrance To Barrio Anglo

Entrance To Barrio Anglo

There is a spectacular ten kilometer scenic drive along the riverside cliffs beginning in the center of the town and ending close to the beaches of Las Cañas bathing resort, renowned for its sandy beaches, nautical sports, and fishing. Along this route lies Barrio Anglo, declared a National Historical Monument, where a group of over one hundred houses from the late XIX century with English and German characteristics surround the former Anglo meat slaughter house. This historic community was once the heart of Fray Bentos. Today there is an Industrial Revolution Museum in the old meat processing plant and buildings, a monument, and historic buildings for visitors to enjoy a glimpse of the past. This area is just southwest of the town of Fray Bentos. Its natural harbor gave birth to the town around 1859 on the cliff coast of the River. It was a major port for the region and led to the development of the city. Guided tours are available and adjacent to the museum is a small restaurant offering local fare.

RR Hotel Entrance

RR Hotel Entrance

Hotel RR is a family run property close to the main highway from the International Bridge between Argentina and Uruguay. It is a motel style complex with fourteen chalets set amongst beautiful trees and floral gardens. There is a small swimming pool for the hot summer days and the main lodge has a very large verandah with seats to enjoy the view. It is set back from the road and is very quiet at night. The rooms are simple, clean, with air conditioning and heating plus satellite TV. It is a five minute drive to the center of Fray Bentos and a car is a must. The prices are economical and include a continental breakfast buffet. It is a great place for a short stay when travelling around by car in this beautiful part of Uruguay.

RR Hotel Swimming Pool

RR Hotel Swimming Pool

For those touring this part of the Uruguay countryside Fray Bentos and Las Canas are ideal places offering unique indoor and outdoor activities to unwind during the lazy summer days.
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Austria’s Pink Lake: Not Your Typical Gay Beach Party

Author: , August 9th, 2014

Pink LakeIt’s the end of August. You’re splashing around in 82-degree turquoise green water.

You smile on as drag queens saunter through crowds of bronzing bodies sunning on the sand and showing off the goods. You bop your head to some lounge music as you catch the eye of a cutie who’s recharging their batteries for the party later tonight.

This isn’t Mykonos or Barcelona. It’s the Pink Lake Beach Club in Austria, welcoming guests from all over the world for a weekend of fun from 28 to 31 August.

By Jean Paul Zapata – Full Story at Gay Star News | Austria Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Image via Pink Lake

Gay Tel Aviv is wishing for peace

Author: , July 30th, 2014

Who would have thought, even only a month ago, that this is how summer of 2014 will look like? I still remember us dancing and laughing on Gay Pride Tel Aviv, walking down the streets and feeling the warm winds of summer arriving slowly to our sleepless, crazy, vivid Gay Tel Aviv city, with an optimistic promises for an unforgettable summer new experiences, and new friends.

It crazy how fast can our reality change into something completely different. Instead of thousands of tourists arriving from all over the world, filling the streets, the restaurants, the beaches ,the numerous hotels in Tel Aviv, and basically the entire city, we only see half packed venues, instead of hearing laughs we mostly hear crying, instead of peace and good neighboring, we’re in the middle of war.

This are one of the most difficult paradox in our lives – being in such a politically charged situation, surrounded by difficult neighbors, while trying to live our daily routine , as do all the rest of us in other countries, is even hard during calmer days, not to mention during times of war and vengeance. The feelings are mixed and you are torn between the bad news you hear on TV, the alarms you hear almost everyday, which send you right to the closest shelter and the weird vibe which is not familiar the the hedonist vibe of Gay Tel Aviv, and the inner force which makes you want to go on with your normal life, makes you want to go dancing, to tell your friends from abroad not to give on their Gay travel Israel plans, to go tanning at the beach and to let yourself escape from this hard reality.

At the moment, we’re still in the middle of this war, without knowing when and how it will end. It’s weird to even think about Gay Israel travel or to recommend on some of the new Gay friendly hotels in Tel Aviv which were recently opened, or even to deal with anything that has to do with friends and visitors from abroad. Let’s just pray for better days, hope that this too will end soon and things will, slowly go back to normal, and let’s all pray for peace in the Middle East!

Gay Tel Aviv

Gay Tel Aviv

Eating Filipino Food in Berlin

Author: , July 24th, 2014

Pan Restaurant - BerlinYou know that feeling when you’re traveling and you get cravings for food from home? You just can’t ingest another plate of schnitzel or curry wurst anymore? I sometimes have that. I want to pig out on adobo lechon kare-kare sinigang na ulo ng bangus tinolang manok longganisa shet pati dinuguan pinakbet ginataang alimango ok tama na. Nagutom ako bigla.

But it’s always difficult to find a Filipino restaurant in Europe even in the big cities eh so I always end up going Vietnamese or Thai just to satisfy my cravings, you know? Naging conyo bigla haha.

Imagine my excitement when my Fil-Am friend Anne told me that there is a Filipino restaurant in Berlin and asked if I wanna go check it out with her. I said YES without batting an eyelash.

By DJ Yabis – Full Story at SOURCE | Germany Gay Travel Resources

You Can Vacation in the Land of Oz

Author: , July 21st, 2014

Land of Oz - Photography by Brett & JessicaIn 1970, a Wizard of Oz theme park called The Land of Oz opened its doors to the public in the resort town of Beech Mountain, North Carolina. In 1980, it closed. Good run, guys.

And since it closed 34 years ago, the park hasn’t really been altered much. Which means that the abandoned park scores wonderfully high on the creepy meter.

And to make it even more eerie, the original designers were told not to watch the iconic film and instead base everything off the book. So all the elements are familiar — you can walk down the yellow brick road to Emerald City, visit the scarecrow and the tin man, and escape the Wicked Witch of the West, but everything looks slightly “off” from how you’d expect.

By Dan Tracer – Full Story at Queerty | North Carolina Gay Travel Resources

Photography by Brett & Jessica