Barcelona From the Sagrada Familia Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , February 19th, 2017

Sagrada Familia

Yes, you can go to the top of Sagrada Familia by elevator. However, the lift doesn’t really bring you to the topmost floor. You’ll have to climb some steps to go to the uppermost part. The elevator is too small and the steps are too narrow. That’s why, you can’t go up there anytime you want. You have to follow the time you’re scheduled to go.

And by the way, you have to pay a separate fee for this. It’s not included in the general admission. You also have to remember that since the area is too narrow, you won’t be able to take a picture of yourself with the city’s skyline in the background.

Visiting Tips: 
It is so much better to book your visit online so you can choose the time that’s convenient for you.

Out of the 18 towers, only 8 are currently completed. You can’t go to all of these towers. When buying the ticket, you have to choose between the Passion Towers and Nativity Towers. You also can’t use the elevator to descend but the steps only. So, if you have mobility problems, this might be a difficult task for you. Children younger than 6 aren’t allowed to go up.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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10 Interesting Facts About Sagrada Familia – Keep Calm & Wander

Author: , February 18th, 2017

Sagrada Familia - Keep Calm and Wander

There’s no doubt that Sagrada Familia in Barcelona is Antoni Gaudi’s most ambitious and most celebrated work that’s waiting to be completed. Though the artist had died long time ago, his vision of the church lives on. Construction is still going on but it’s getting to the finish line. After 134 years of construction, the world will be able to see the spectacular Sagrada Familia in its entirety soon.

For now, there’s nothing much to see inside for a regular tourist like me. While I was there last summer, the central part of the church was wholly covered. It was disappointing, especially if the entrance fee was excessive. In Barcelona, everything that has Gaudi trademark on is expensive. You could feel Spain’s economic crisis. The struggle is real. 🙂

Since I’m not a hardcore Catholic, the only thing that fascinated me is the architecture in itself.  Looking up, I was blown away by the complicated, intricate and beautiful structures of its columns to the roof. I was literally blown away. It’s the same feeling I had when I first set foot on the Great Wall of China or when I witnessed the first break of dawn at the summit of Mt. Sinai. I had goosebumps and I had no one to talk to or share that feeling – a disadvantage of travelling solo.

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: The Historic New Orleans Collection

Author: , February 18th, 2017
The Historic New Orleans Collection
While visiting New Orleans we found a  very interesting place to visit. “The Historical New Orleans Collection” is housed at 533 Royal Street in the heart of the French Quarter. Hours are Tuesday thru Saturday, 9:30 to 4:30 and Sunday, 10:30 to 4:30. Closed on Mondays.
The Historic New Orleans CollectionThe Historic New Orleans Collection is a museum, research center, and publisher dedicated to preserving the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South. It was founded in 1966 by General L. Kemper Williams and Leila Hardie Moore Williams who were collectors of Louisiana memorabilia and wanted to share their collections with the public.
The Historic New Orleans CollectionGuided tours give visitors an inside look at the elegant residence of the founders including the magnificent architecture and plush courtyards and it includes 7 buildings that compose the complex.. It truly is a remarkable tour and true New Orleans history at it’s finest.  They have beautiful period furniture, silver, porcelain and oil paintings. There are different exhibits at different times. In addition they have a very interesting Gift shop.
The Historic New Orleans CollectionThe Williams Research Center is located just a block away at 410 Chartres Street. Their hours are Tuesday thru Saturday, 9:30 to 4:30 and they are closed on Sunday and Monday. They have over one million items from more than 300 years, documenting New Orleans history. Scholars, historians and the general public can do research there.
While we were there, they had an exhibit of photographs by the Louisiana photographer, Clarence John Laughlin who was an American photographer best known for his surrealistic photographs of the South. The exhibit . also included photos by his contemporary photographer/friends. It was a remarkable and interesting exhibit.
The subject matter ran from landscapes to people in the area as well as buildings, trees, nature and a good general range for all to enjoy. Laughlin’s business and personal correspondence, notebooks, negative index, clipping file, and published and unpublished manuscripts for books and the articles are available to research at the Williams Research Center there. This certainly a “must see” place to visit and tour when visiting New Orleans!
Before visiting the Collection, visit their website at www.hnoc.org. Their phone is: 504.523.4662.
When we visit museums and historical places, we always enjoy complimenting some of the people who were outstanding. Among the people that we found truly friendly and professional were Docent Kurt Owens, Receptionist, Frances Salvaggio, Volunteer Barbara Louviere and Marketing Associate Anne Robichaux. You could tell that they all enjoy doing what they do. They were all very knowledgeable about New Orleans and full of information.
After visiting the Historic New Orleans Collection we highly recommend these restaurants in New Orleans,
VACHERIE, 827 Toulouse Street, EAT, 900 Dumaine Street,
MONA LISA’s, 1212 Royal Street, THE CHEEZY CAJUN.
To really get the ‘feel’ of New Orleans we like to stay at the BLUE60 Guest House, 1008 Elysian Fields Avenue.

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/

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Events: Kannapolis

Author: , February 18th, 2017

Events: Kannapolis – A Moving Portrait!http://glynnhouse.com/events/ glynnhse winterKannapolis: A Moving Portrait is a multi-media piece conceived by the composer, singer, and violinist Jenny Scheinman. It consists of a live score and sound design with re-edited footage from the films of H. Lee Waters. Waters documented over 118 towns in the Carolinas, Virginia, and Tennessee in the latter half of the Great Depression. Scheinman’s score draws from folk music sources. It also integrates a series of narrative songs that imagine the lives of several chosen protagonists. The audience will experience a sonic bridge between silent footage and live music. Experience a fascinating evening at the Capitol Center for the Arts March 5.

Reserve terrific Capitol Center for the Arts accommodation at the GLBT friendly Glynn House Inn. Guests enjoy gracious surroundings, delicious food, uncompromising service and genuine hospitality. A multi-course gourmet breakfast is served at separate tables in the Victorian dining room. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Afternoon refreshments and early evening wine and cheese are offered daily. Bring your favorite four-footed canine pal. Reserve one of five pet friendly rooms. Pamper yourself and book an in-room massage. Available in most guest rooms.

Venture away from the Inn. Experience the delights of New Hampshire’s spectacular White Mountains and Lakes Regions. Art galleries, antiques and ‘tax free’ shopping options will entice the most discerning shopper. Cultural activities include concerts reflecting every genre and four professional theaters. Vineyards and micro breweries offer complimentary tastings and exceptional products. Outdoor enthusiasts can experience lakes and mountains, outdoor adventure, ski and snow play plus endless hiking trails. Inn guests are eligible for some terrific local activity discounts too. Everyone can enjoy scenic drives along New Hampshire’s tranquil country roads. Great local dining options will satisfy your palette too. View the Glynn House website http://www.glynnhouse.com for additional information about the Inn and local activities. Book Your ‘Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait’ Accommodation Now!! http://ao4.availabilityonline.com/availability_search.php?un=glynnhse or call (603) 968 3775.

Events: Marshall Tucker Band

Author: , February 17th, 2017

Events: Marshall Tucker Band: http://glynnhouse.com/events/ The Marshall Tucker Band is definitely one of the KINGS of Southern Rock. In the early fall of 1973 The Marshall Tucker Band was still a young and hungry group out to prove themselves every time they hit the stage.  Their debut album had already spawned numerous hits. The band’s recent release of their Greatest Hits album, in traditional vinyl form, is a time capsule from that period. “We were a bunch of young guys who didn’t know any boundaries” says founding member and longtime lead singer Doug Gray.  Gray is quick to credit the band’s current dynamic members with carrying on the timeless essence of the Marshall Tucker Band sound.  Together they present a powerful stage presence as they continue to tour the country and continue to be powerful force in the world of music. Plan on enjoying a stunning concert at the Flying Monkey February 24.

Book your Flying Monkey accommodation at the GLBT friendly Glynn House Inn. Guests enjoy gracious surroundings, delicious food, uncompromising service and genuine hospitality. A multi-course gourmet breakfast is served at separate tables in the Victorian dining room. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Afternoon refreshments are available daily. Early evening wine and cheese is offered daily. Bring your favorite four-footed canine pal. Reserve one of five pet friendly rooms. Pamper yourself and book an in-room massage. Available in most guest rooms.

Are you looking for other winter activities during your visit to New Hampshire’s spectacular White Mountains and Lakes Regions? Venture away from the Inn and enjoy art galleries, dog sled trips, fine dining, hiking, skiing, sleigh rides, snowmobiling, skiing , snow play and ‘tax free’ shopping. Or, simply experience the delightful New Hampshire countryside. Inn guests enjoy savings on many winter activities. View the Glynn House website http://www.glynnhouse.com for additional information about the Inn, special offers  and local activities. Book Your ‘Marshall Tucker Band’ Accommodation Now http://ao4.availabilityonline.com/availability_search.php?un=glynnhse or call (603) 968 3775.

Annapolis Inn – Annapolis, Maryland

Author: , February 17th, 2017

Annapolis Inn

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

Who doesn’t want to feel special? Isn’t the purpose of a getaway to find and experience something special that will make all the difference in how we feel – that special place, that special destination, that private oasis where intimate experiences create lifelong memories? Who doesn’t want to make their special someone feel even more special or enjoy being pampered in comfort, luxury and elegance while experiencing excellent service and convenience? In Annapolis, one of America’s best kept secret destinations, you will find the treasure you are looking for. Tucked away on prestigious Prince George Street, the most fashionable and sort after address in town, you will find that gem of a destination that superbly transforms the ordinary into the magical, the run-of-the mill into the one-of-a-kind, the ordinary getaway into the unforgettable and unexpected experience. It is The Annapolis Inn.

Only one block from the center of town, The Annapolis Inn is tucked away in the quiet and serenity of historic and majestic Prince George Street, boarded by the Chesapeake Bay, the United States Naval Academy, St. John’s College, the Annapolis City Dock, and the Maryland State House, where Washington resigned as Commander-In-Chief of the Continental Army and where the Treaty of Paris was signed ending the Revolutionary War.

In keeping with its prestigious surroundings The Annapolis Inn, once the home of Thomas Jefferson’s personal physician and still British territory, was erected in 1762. The United States was yet to be born, and Marie Antoinette was yet to become the Queen of France. The Inn still maintains the aristocratic elegance that it originally possessed with spacious entertainment rooms and bedrooms, ornate gold-leaf plaster crown moldings, marble fire mantels and southern pine floors. A blend of 18th Century furnishings from around the world can be seen throughout the Inn accented with ten custom-made Swarovski crystal chandeliers and sconces, English tapestries, hand make oriental rugs. Our custom designed baths have an elegant yet rustic charm combining tumbled, honed and polished marbles, heated marble floors, towel warmers, massage therapy tubs, showers and bidets. Our customized king-sized mattresses of 100% natural bamboo latex are antimicrobial and hypoallergenic, eliminating any concern for dust mites, bed bugs and any other allergens. Dressed in beautiful Italian linens of 100% Egyptian long-spun cotton with a 300 to 1100/si thread count, we can assure you of a regal night’s sleep.

If you believe that tomorrow is promised to no one, that time makes no promises to the heart, that love knows no measures or that romance has no season, then once kissed by time, love and romance, the heart will never forget. Make your getaway one that your heart will never forget, one that you will always remember, one that your special someone will always appreciate. You’re special and so is your life and your loved ones. You deserve the best. Don’t hesitate to reach for the stars. There you will find us happily awaiting your arrival.

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Best View of Tel Aviv – Globetrotter Girls

Author: , February 17th, 2017

Tel Aviv View - Globetrotter Girls

I spent the bigger part of the past week in Israel before returning to Berlin, where I was greeted with snow. It couldn’t have been a greater contrast: On Thursday, I went running in a tank top on the beach, and on Friday I went running across icy & snowy Tempelhof airfield.

After a couple of days in Jerusalem we took the bus to Tel Aviv and spent my final days in Israel in what is one of my favorite cities in the world. It was the perfect way to end my trip – after a few chilly days, the weather was sunny and warm, and we splurged on fancy hotel right by the beach, using a discount code for Hotels.com.

We did all the things I love doing in Tel Aviv: morning runs along the beach promenade, strolls through Carmel market and Jaffa flea market, eating lots of sabich sandwiches (I fit in two visits to the legendary sabich sandwich place on the corner of Frishman and Dizengoff Str). Luckily we took advantage of Tel Aviv’s bike sharing system, which I discovered during my last visit, and cycled off some of the calories.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls

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Berlin’s Must-See Museums

Author: , February 17th, 2017

Lindenstrabe

It’s hard to beat Berlin as a European mini-break destination. One of the city’s many strengths is the culture and history that surrounds you at every turn. Here’s five impressive Berlin museums that you might want to add to your itinerary for your next visit:

Pergamon Museum – Museum Island

You’ll be awed by the Pergamon Altar – an ancient Greek shrine transported from Turkey, with a freeze depicting the Gods doing battle with the Giants to decide who should rule the earth.

Jewish Museum – Lindenstraße

This is an excellently displayed and thought-provoking journey through the whole history of Jews in Germany, including, of course, the Holocaust.

Full Story at SOURCE

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Events: Cashore Marionettes

Author: , February 17th, 2017

Events: Cashore Marionettes! http://glynnhouse.com/events/ The glynnhse winterinternationally acclaimed Cashore Marionettes are unmatched in artistry, grace and refinement of movement. The Cashore Marionettes redefine the art of puppetry. Their moving and humorous performance have astounded audiences in Europe, the Far East and across North America. Characters of depth, integrity, and humanity are portrayed unlike anything else in theater today. The performance is a series of scenes taken from everyday life and set to beautiful music by composers such as Beethoven, Vivaldi, Strauss, and Copland. The Cashore Marionettes take the audience on a journey that celebrates the richness of life. Don’t miss this exceptional performance at the Smith Recital Hall March 5.

Reserve your elegant Silver Center accommodation at the GLBT friendly Glynn House Inn. Guests enjoy gracious surroundings, delicious food, uncompromising service and genuine hospitality. A multi-course gourmet breakfast is served at separate tables in the Victorian dining room. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Afternoon refreshments and early evening wine and cheese are offered daily. Bring your favorite four-footed canine pal. Reserve one of five pet friendly rooms. Pamper yourself and book an in-room massage. Available in most guest rooms.

Venture away from the Inn. Experience the delights of New Hampshire’s spectacular White Mountains and Lakes Regions. Art galleries, antiques and ‘tax free’ shopping options will entice the most discerning shopper. Cultural activities include concerts reflecting every genre and four professional theaters. Vineyards and micro breweries offer complimentary tastings and exceptional products. Outdoor enthusiasts can experience lakes and mountains, outdoor adventure, plus endless hiking trails. Inn guests are eligible for some terrific local activity discounts too. Everyone can enjoy scenic drives along New Hampshire’s tranquil country roads. Great local dining options will satisfy your palette too. View the Glynn House website http://www.glynnhouse.com for additional information about the Inn and local activities. Book Your ‘Cashore Marionettes’ Accommodation Now! http://ao4.availabilityonline.com/availability_search.php?un=glynnhse or call (603) 968 3775.

Seven Cool Places to Take a Date in Vienna

Author: , February 16th, 2017

Vienna - Pixabay

Vienna’s status as one of the leading European LGBTI destinations didn’t peak with the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest, you know. Yes, the fierce and fabulous bearded lady Conchita Wurst put her hometown on the map when she won it in 2014.

And yes, the Austrian capital did a fantastically camp job of hosting the following year. (Followed by Stockholm last year and, erm, Kiev this year). But the reverberations of Vienna’s moment in the gay sun can still be felt today. This city of roughly 1.7 million is wonderfully, truly LGBTI-friendly. Even the traffic lights are gay.

But, in its way, it’s friendly towards everyone. Perhaps because the people who live here are really, really happy. Vienna topped Mercer’s 2016 Quality of Living Ranking, measuring the happiness of city-dwellers around the world. In the country proper, things aren’t perfect. A far-right political trend is gaining momentum, and same-sex marriage is still not legal, although Austria introduced civil partnerships in 2010.

By Jamie Tabberer – Full Story at Gay Star News

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