All Shook Up: Oct 31 – Nov 2

Author: , October 21st, 2014

We are shaking things up with this lively musical set in the 1950’s. See what happens when a Midwestern town gets All Shook Up Palace Theatrehttp://glynnhouse.com/events/ by a mysterious, leather-jacketed stranger. The songs of Elvis Presley create and inspire the backdrops for librettist Joe DiPietro’s tale of mistaken identity, cross-dressing and romance.

The romantic Glynn House Inn – situated in the heart of New Hampshire’s White Mountains and Lakes Region – offers guests and exceptional experience. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Bring your four-footed canine pal on holiday and reserve one of five pet friendly rooms. Venture away from the Inn and enjoy antiquing, art galleries, boating, fine dining, fishing, golf, hiking, historic sites, skiing, snowmobiling, “tax free” shopping and scenic drives along tranquil country roads. Visit the Glynn House website http://www.glynnhouse.com for additional information about the Inn and local activities.

Tommy Castro and Sugar Ray Norcia: Nov 1

Author: , October 21st, 2014

Tommy Castro http://glynnhouse.com/events/ is famed for his signature brand of tough, rocking rhythm and blues, thrilling fans around flying-monkeythe world with his incendiary live performances. Singer and harp man Sugar Ray Norcia’s career kicked into high gear in 1979 when he formed the original Sugar Ray & the Bluetones with guitar giant Ronnie Earl, and it’s stayed there ever since.

The romantic Glynn House Inn – situated in the heart of New Hampshire’s White Mountains and Lakes Region – offers guests and exceptional experience. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Bring your four-footed canine pal on holiday and reserve one of five pet friendly rooms. Venture away from the Inn and enjoy antiquing, art galleries, boating, fine dining, fishing, golf, hiking, historic sites, skiing, snowmobiling, “tax free” shopping and scenic drives along tranquil country roads. Visit the Glynn House website http://www.glynnhouse.com for additional information about the Inn and local activities.

The World’s Most Beautiful Man Is In Italy

Author: , October 19th, 2014

David - Adam GroffmanEarlier this year there was either a law passed or a minister in Italy who said photographs could be taken in the country’s many museums, including the Accademia Gallery — home of Michelangelo’s David. The news appeared on My Facebook Feed (shameless plug: follow me!) at one point this summer and I just quickly took note without actually following up. But on my recent trip to Italy this month, I heard it verified by some local Florence bloggers: you can now take photographs of Michelangelo’s David (without flash, of course!).

And because photographs of the world’s most beautiful man are now allowed to be taken in the museum, I’m finally sharing my own sneaky snapshots from 2012 ;-)

I first visited Florence for two reasons and two reasons only. One because of art. And two because of books. Well, maybe also a third reason: books about art in Florence. I think my desire to visit Florence stemmed from Irving Stone’s The Agony and The Ecstasy…a book I read back in high school. Michelangelo’s passion in that biographical novel was enough to convince me that I needed to see his work in person. And the very first sculpture I remember seeing by Michelangelo was this one, the strangely majestic David.

This article was written by Adam Groffman, author of the internationally popular travel blog, Travels of Adam. Read more here: The World’s Most Beautiful Man Is In Italy.

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Tuscany’s Most Picturesque Hilltop Town: Volterra

Author: , October 18th, 2014

Volterra - Adam GroffmanLast year I spent a few days traveling around Tuscany but I realize I didn’t share much from the journey. The reason? It wasn’t my favorite place. I didn’t actually spend any time in Florence, the capital of Tuscany, but instead traveled to Pisa and some nearby villas and small hilltop towns. I was stuck with unfortunate weather during the October trip, so rather than experiencing lush, green, rolling hills, there were a lot of grey skies, muddy pathways and cold, wet days.

In the end, Tuscany left me feeling slightly disappointed. I think all the expectations (thank you very much Eat, Pray, Love) were just too high. And while I had a perfectly nice trip, Tuscany as a destination just didn’t “wow” me as I was expecting. I’m not ready to write off the destination, though. I know I’ll have to visit Florence again (that city is just too pretty not to see more than once!).

And I’m sure there are more towns and places worth visiting — especially since I’ve become a bit of an Italian food aficionado! But having now visited Tuscany on at least two separate trips, I think I’m ready to explore other parts of Italy.

This article was written by Adam Groffman, author of the internationally popular travel blog, Travels of Adam. Read more here: Tuscany’s Most Picturesque Hilltop Town: Volterra.

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Costa Rica and Nicaragua in One Trip

Author: , October 18th, 2014

Villa Buena OndaLong known as a mecca for surfers and sun-seekers, Costa Rica is, has been, and always will be a hotspot. But what many travelers are only just starting to discover is that Nicaragua, its central American neighbor to the north, offers much of the thrill, scenery, and sizzle — with a culture all its own. The fact that Nicaragua is an affordable destination, given its off-radar status, is a great reason to fold it into a Costa Rica itinerary. After all, both countries deliver their own brand of charm, and crossing them off your bucket list in one trip is both practical and illuminating when it comes to getting a feel for the region. Here’s how to create such a Central American tasting menu:

The Itinerary: Begin in Nicaragua

A two-hour flight from Miami brings you to the capital of Managua, and before landing you’ll already have an idea of what you’re in for: about 150 shades of green. To get a feel for old-Nicaragua, a visit to Granada — the colorful, colonial city founded in 1524 — is a good starting point for the trip. A local tour guide can give you the lay of the land and the history. You’ll also get inside info on must-see shops, such as Cafe de las Sonrisas, where you can get a cup of incredible Nicaraguan coffee while purchasing a locally handmade hammock.

After meandering the streets and taking in the sights of Granada, the most peaceful, tranquil place to rest your head is at the enchanting Jicaro Island Ecolodge, a 20-minute boat ride away. The small resort — on one private island out of the 365 islands of Lake Nicaragua — is all about eco-friendly luxury. Upon arrival, you’re greeted with the local version of iced tea, doted on by incredibly friendly staff, then finally led to your two-story private casita sitting on the lake’s edge. You’ll spend your days spotting turtles and frogs, eating excellent local cuisine, swimming in the saltwater pool, practicing yoga on a floating deck, and visiting students whose school receives support from Jicaro — so you can feel good about the $300/night (meal inclusive) starting rates. Of course, there’s also just lounging in your hammock and staring off at the volcanoes in the distance.

By Pamela Jacobs – Full Story at Shermans Travel

Inflatable Christmas Tree Art Draws Protest in Paris

Author: , October 17th, 2014

Inflatable Christmas TreeAnti-gay activists in Paris are protesting a giant inflatable Christmas tree – because it looks too much like a butt plug. The 80ft (24m) high inflatable sculpture was erected this week by LA-based artist Paul McCarthy, in Place Vendome, near Paris city centre.

However, the installation – known as ‘Tree’ – has faced protests from far-right group Printemps Francais, because of its resemblance to a sex toy.

The anti-gay group claimed the privately commissioned work had “disfigured” Paris, adding: “This is where your money goes, taxpayers!”.

By Nick Duffy – Full Story at SOURCE | Paris Gay Travel Resources

Murals in San Francisco’s Mission District

Author: , October 17th, 2014

Missio Mural - Alain the Sojourner

The murals in Mission District in San Francisco are one of the things you shouldn’t miss to explore when you’re visiting the city. These murals are larger than life and many of them are labors of love from the artist to the community.

Their subjects are mixed-politics, religion, heroism, teenage angst, life as immigrants and social activism. There are murals that awaken, inspire and prick your conscience.

They are on the walls, doors, windows and roofs. A pavement was not even spared. Many of them are on the alleys, some are ubiquitous on the streets and commercial buildings and few are in the parks.

By Alain – Full Story at The Sojourner | San Francisco Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Community Marketing Releases First China LGBT Travel Survey

Author: , October 17th, 2014

China LGBT Travel Survey

Community Marketing and Insights has released their results of the 1st China LGBT Community Survey. The survey tacked demographics, the concept of being ‘out’, travel and communications in the largest LGBT market currently in the world. Here are some of their findings…

According to the data LGBT consumers were only slightly more likely than heterosexual consumers to take a vacation in a foreign country or Hong Kong, Macao or Taiwan in the past 12 months. However, LGBT consumers were slightly less likely to take a domestic trip in the past 12 months.

Almost twice the amount of lesbians and bisexual women as men were likely to take a holiday in a foreign country or Hong Kong, Macao, or Taiwan. The numbers were closer regarding domestic trips taken in the past 12 months, with 68 percent of women and 53 percent of men doing so. Cities, such as Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou, were the most popular domestic destinations for those travelling.

Full Story at Travel Ahent Central | China Gay Travel Resources

Burma Launches First LGBT Film Festival

Author: , October 16th, 2014

Myanmar - Apple MapsBurma’s first LGBTI film festival will be held next month in Rangoon to celebrate the sexual and gender diversity of the region. The &Proud LGBT Film Festival will run from 12-14 November at the French Institute and is organized by Colors Rainbow, YG Event, Equality Myanmar and several other LGBTI groups.

Hla Myat Tun, program officer at Colors Rainbow, told the Irrawaddy magazine that he hopes to change perceptions of LGBTI people in a country where media representations are often ‘insensitive.’

He said, ‘We hope that festival will help the public to change their views about the LGBT community, or at least give them ideas that those views can be changed. ‘We want to make a point that members of the LGBT community should be proud, and we wish to correct wrong messages that are being spread throughout the community by popular media.’

By Darren Wee – Full Story at Gay Star News | Myanmar Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

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My Last Day in Sorrento

Author: , October 16th, 2014

Sorrento - Dolly GoolsbyOh, I have such a bundle of mixed feelings: in one part of my heart there is joy that I am going home, and will see my friends and family once again. I have one great-granddaughter, Natalee, that I haven’t met yet, so that will be a happy experience to be able to meet her. Then another great-granddaughter, Aurielle, who must have grown so much since I last saw her, it will be fun to get re-acquainted.

Plus all the other family members, and Frank, who has the patience of a saint, to encourage my travels, and is always there for me. Yes, I will be happy to be home, for these reasons.

However, the biggest part of my heart always remains in Italy. I am sad to leave, as there are still so many places I haven’t been, and so many places where I want to return. Yes, I admit it. I have been very fortunate to be able to travel like I do, and I suppose I am a bit spoiled. I know I will come back to Italy, so I will try not to be too sad.

Last night, Susan and I returned to our favorite ristorante in Sorrento, for our farewell dinner. We had dinner there 3 out of the 6 nights of our Sorrento stay. We were treated like long-lost relatives every time we visited. The food is so good, and the owners, who are also wait-staff, are so genuinely caring.

Sorrento is indeed a lovely place, even if, during the day, the city is packed with tour groups, from cruise ships, from independent tour guides..I don’t know where they all came from. We tried to find quieter places to visit during those times.

We have been in Italy for 3 months. It would be hard to single out just one favorite place, or event.

The hikes in the Dolomites, the village of Burano near Venice, the Cinque Terre, all these bring back special memories. Plus the four weeks we got too spend in Montepulciano. All great experiences.

So now, I will leave you, and leave Italy behind. Arriverderci until next time, all my friends, and Bell’Italia.

Ciao for now,

Dolly

By Dolly Goolsby – Full Story at Dolly Travels | Campania Gay Travel Resources