, July 26th, 2015
After the 28 hour bus ride from Bolivia to Paraguay that felt more like hell I was not looking forward to my next bus ride. My next bus ride was from Santa Cruz to Sucre. They say it is only a 12 hour bus ride, but can take up to 18 hours or longer depending on the conditions of the road. A 12 hour bus ride is honestly a piece of cake, but I just didn’t want to deal with being on a bus for a long time and taking a chance on it being longer.
My friend Norbert from Globotreks mentioned that you could fly throughout Bolivia cheap. I try to avoid flying because most times it’s not cheap, but thought why not check flights out. So I got online and started looking at flights. Come to find out a flight between the two cities was a bit over $40. So I thought long and hard about it… okay no I really didn’t think about it at all. I didn’t even care how much cheaper the bus was. I went straight to a tour agency and booked my flight.
The craziest thing of all was not that it was a short 30 minute flight, but that I found out that the airport I was flying out of was walking distance from my hostel. I couldn’t believe it. I am in the middle of the city and I am going to be able to walk to an airport. I have never in my life walked to the airport and thought okay this is going to be interesting so I need to document it. I keep track of my thought on long 24+ hour bus rides why not the shortest flight I will probably ever take?
By Jaime Davila – Full Story at the Breakaway Backpacker
, July 26th, 2015
We found Palawan Island to be a popular romantic getaway for gay couples in the Philippines. It is surrounded by some of the most beautiful untouched beaches and islands, as well as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.
This is our gay friendly travel guide to Palawan island following our visit there in June 2015.
#1 PUERTO PRINCESA AND THE UNDERGROUND RIVER
Puerto Princesa is predominantly used as a base for onward travel to El Nido as well as for tours to the Underground River, which was voted as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature by a global poll in 2012.
Puerto Princesa is a small town, making intercity transport between the town centre, airport and main bus station very convenient. There is a wide variety of good quality home-stays and guesthouses near the airport, which is very close to the town centre.
By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at The Nomadic Boys | Philippines Gay Travel Resources
, July 26th, 2015
One 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.
I have done it a few times before, but on a smaller scale and more private. See my post on Private Champagne Sunset RIVA Sailing along the Seine River. BTW Post today July 14th 2015 in honor of Bastille Day. HAPPY Bastille Day.
By Carlos Melia – Full Story at the Carlos Melia Blog | Paris Gay Travel Resources
, July 26th, 2015
We’re launching a new weekly series on the blog and our Facebook travel groups – City Sundays. Each week we’ll select a different LGBT friendly city to talk about, and we’ll invite our innkeeper and travel agent/tour operator friends to come talk with us about it as well.
Tucson is my home town. It’s the liberal counterweight to the much larger Phoenix metro, a college town, and a beautiful place to visit. From the city’s up and coming downtown, where you’ll find the FGourth Street shopping district and the Tucson Museum of Art to the outskirts, with Colossal Cave, hiking in Gates Pass and Sabino Canyon, the Desert Museum, Old Tucson, and the Saguaro National Park, there is so much to do and see in this Southwest town.
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, July 25th, 2015
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TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: We Love Movies and Where They Were Filmed
by Donald and Ray
Like 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
DOs 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
A 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
As 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
I 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
I 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
Yes, 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
I 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
The 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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, July 25th, 2015
The Timberman Triathlon http://glynnhouse.com/events/ takes place in and around the beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee and New Hampshire’s spectacular Lakes Region. The fresh water swim takes place in pristine Lake Winnipesaukee. This will be a wave start. The water temperature in August ranges from 70 F to 77 F. The 15-mile bike course is a challenging, scenic out and back course with rolling hills. The 3 mile run is a scenic course along the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee with rolling hills. Look across the big lake, and see the majestic White Mountains. If you’re a triathlete, or just want to watch, plan to enjoy the Timberman Triathlon August 15 – 16.
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.
, July 25th, 2015
It’s Friday night and Las Vegas is buzzing, but not from the sounds of slot machines or the spinning of roulette wheels. It’s a different kind of buzz that fills the Arts District. A man stands at a microphone with the light of a neon sign serving as his spotlight. Passersby walk through the Arts District, taking in the various vendors’ stalls. A boy picks up a vegan chocolate bar, and the man, like a Greek stentor, shares his spoken-word poetry. A woman browses local artwork and as she moves on down the street she proclaims loudly, “I’ll have to pick that painting up later.”
Nearby, a group of gay boys files out of a local bar holding inventive sugary cocktails that each deserves its own PANTONE color. The poet continues to speak, creating a vibrant urgency, and people dance through the stalls to the beat of his trochees. The neon lights of Las Vegas’ Arts District are nearly drowned out by the illuminated vendors who have completely transformed the outdoor 18-block district into a creative amusement park of art and local culture.
The rumba of salsa music has old and young locals twirling under the disco-ball twilight. Clouds of smoke from the freshly deep-fried zeppole waft across the dance floor and mix with spray paint fumes puffing like a chimney from a young boy creating a mural.
By Joseph pedro – Full Story at Passport Magazine | Nevada Gay Travel Resources