Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia

Author: , January 23rd, 2015

Sagrada Familia BarcelonaThis was not my first time in Barcelona, but yes indeed the first time spending almost two hours exploring inside-out, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sagrada Familia. Right after my Facades and Architecture walk/tour along Paseo de Gracia and Av. Diagonal, I arrived right to Sagrada Familia, considered by many as the most famous landmark of Barcelona.

Designed meticulously by the great architect Antoni Gaudi. This work of art has taken over 100 years to build and contains the finest architecture in the city. Construction continues and they estimate will come to full completion by 2026.

Construction of Sagrada Familia had commenced in 1882 and Gaudi became involved in 1883, taking over the project and transforming it with his architectural and engineering style, combining Gothic and curvilinear Art Nouveau forms. Gaudi devoted his last years to the project, and at the time of his death at age 73 in 1926 less than a quarter of the project was complete.

The story of his death is quite shocking. He was run over by a tram, while contemplating his creation. Struck by a passing tram and lost consciousness. Assumed to be a beggar because of his lack of identity documents and shabby clothing, the unconscious Gaudi did not receive immediate aid. Only day after, he was identified. Not many know, but Gaudi’s remains are to be found at the Neoclassical church, located right underneath Sagrada Familia.

Once inside, you will be amazed by the work on the pillars, but mostly on the way natural light has been utilized. Each side represents two seasons. The green and blue, represent Summer and Spring. The orange and red, represent Winter and Fall.

After my tour, I jumped into a taxi right across the street from Sagrada Familia and head to Villa Olympic and the Beach Line of Barcelona, to enjoy a lovely lunch at Xiringuito Escriba.

Special Thank You to Eloi at Rainbow Barcelona for such a great tour and all the information shared.

By Carlos Melia – Full Story at the Carlos Melia Blog | Barcelona Gay Travel Resources

“Wicked White Winter in Jasper, Alberta

Author: , January 23rd, 2015

Jasper Pride Festival

The theme of the 6th annual Jasper Pride Festival will be Wicked White Winter, standing for the “Wicked White Winter Wonderland” that is Jasper.

Jasper Pride Festival is the only Winter Ski Pride celebration in the Canadian Rockies and the only Winter Ski Pride Festival inside a Canadian National Park!

During the day the Festival will include LGBTQ-themed skiing events at Marmot Basin, which has the highest base elevation of all Canadian ski areas. There will be guided Winter Pride activities like Ice Canyon walking, snowshoeing, dog sledding or skating. We will also have live entertainment, live music, LGBT-themed movies and, the highlight of the weekend, our infamous Wicked White Winter Party and Drag Show!

Full Story at Gay Travel Information | Alberta Gay Travel Resources

Baking an Italian Specialty

Author: , January 23rd, 2015

Our friend Dolly Goolsby gears up for her next Italian trip with a little baking (and she’s a killer cook):

Dolly's Cake

Hi, Everyone.

It is mid-winter. Cold, foggy, depressing. I had to think of something better to do with my days than going to bed, covering my head, and wait for nicer weather.

Fortunately, I have a pretty busy schedule now, so that going to bed thing wasn’t going to happen, anyway. I wanted to try an Italian dessert recipe, cannoli cake, so my good friend, Susan, suggested we make one, just to see how it turned out.

So often, I find recipes that intrigue me, with no idea of how these dishes are supposed to taste. In these cases, sometimes ignorance is bliss…the dish might taste really good to me, but bears no resemblance to what others, who are familiar to the dish, think it should be. Therefore, today Susan and I made a cannoli cake. Susan had told me, that growing up in Chicago, for her birthday each year, her family would order a cannoli cake from their favorite Italian bakery. So she knew what the cake should be.

I researched, via the Internet, looking for the perfect recipe. Susan and I decided on one, and away we went today. We started by making a delicate sponge cake, then split the layers, covered each piece with a simple orange flavored syrup. The filling consisted of ricotta cheese, cream cheese and mascarpone. The cake then was covered with a cream cheese-whipped cream frosting, toasted almonds and chocolate chips.

Believe it or not, Susan and I did find time to go over some Italian vocabulary this afternoon.

Now, much as we would like, we could not exist on cake alone. Therefore, I made a pot of soup for us….pasta e fagioli. Another dish I had never made before. But Susan had grown up with it.

Susan said the soup was “different” from what she remembered, but it was still pretty good. I had to apologize to Susan, as the red wine I had open was French, not Italian, but it was very good, too.

Then we got to the cake. I still don’t know if it measured up to Susan’s expectations, but it turned out pretty darn tasty.

Yumm! This is definitely a recipe to keep.

Susan did ask me why I keep making recipes that I have no idea of what they are supposed to taste like. I told her that those things make life adventurous. How boring if I only made things that I have made before. I especially love cooking and baking Italian dishes. I seem to be thinking of Italy all the time….and in anticipation of returning to Italy, I simply must eat Italian food.

As long as this gloomy weather continues, I will be trying more new recipes. Look for further posts. If you want, you could send me some ideas! I am always open to suggestions.

Ciao for now,

Dolly

By Dolly Goolsby – Full Story at Dolly Travels

The Dinah Celebrates 25 Years

Author: , January 23rd, 2015

The Dinah

Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend is turning twenty-five and taking the event to a new zenith.

A quarter-century ago, Mariah Hanson did more than just kick-start her Dinah. She also and most importantly launched what would become her enduring legacy to both the city of Palm Springs and the LGBT community.

From a small, one-night event at a Palm Springs museum with 1,500 participants twenty-five years ago, to booking lavish locations at deluxe hotels over five days of epic pool parties and world-class entertainment with some 15,000-plus attendees and major corporate sponsors today, Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend has evolved into one of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley’s largest tourism boosters and undisputed biggest lesbian event of its kind in the world.

The natural symbiosis shared by these two iconic LGBT Mecca has continuously been a match made in heaven. More than a tradition The Dinah Shore Weekend has over these past 25 years (and counting) become a Palm Springs institution and one of the city’s most popular spring attractions.

As one of the early pioneers, the Dinah has become one of Palm Spring staple events sharing the spotlight with the likes of the Coachella Music Festival, Stagecoach, The Palm Springs International Film Festival, the BNP Paribas Open Trophy, and the PGA and LPGA golf tournaments -all intrinsically linked to the famous desert community.

In the span of twenty five years The Dinah has cemented its status as not only an event the entertainment industry’s most elite go to but also as a trendsetting event that music industry insiders watch and jockey to book their artists’ performances.

It is the only acknowledged all-girl party that features such a phenomenal line-up of talent to ever to perform at a lesbian event. Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Colbie Caillat, India Arie, The Pussycat Dolls, Kesha and more recently Iggy Azalea, are just a few examples of major recording artists that headlined the epic event while still “unknown” and then systematically went on to hit international superstardom.

While The Dinah has been spearheading music careers, it has, most importantly, also been transforming lives and making a difference in and for the LGBT community. Offering an unparalleled one-of-a-kind experience for myriads of women who come every year from all over the world to enjoy the freedom to be who they truly are without fearing the judgment of others, and gain, as well, a tremendous amount of self worth.

The event has also been serving as a platform to mobilize the LGBT community around humanitarian projects and social issues, famously partnering in previous years with a variety of activist associations and charity organizations such as GLAAD, HRC, NOH8, Love is Louder, Equality California, and The Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center among others.

The Dinah has certifiably come to represent an ever-growing movement that has crossed over to mainstream bringing more and more visibility to the lesbian community – one that had never existed before.

As the largest and biggest lesbian event in the world, The Dinah has been continuously delivering a spectacular slate of legendary headliners, rising pop stars and celebrities alike. And 2015 will be no different.

Now ready to soar to new heights, the 25th installment of The Dinah is already expected to be one of the major highlights of the 2015 Palm Springs festival season.

Already confirmed to headline the 25th Anniversary of the Dinah are international Billboard Top 40 superstars Meghan Trainor and Christina Perri; as well as pop music’s new “it” girls Bebe Rexha and Ivy Levan; and old school legends Crystal Waters and Rose Royce.

Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend is not just breaking grounds; it is making history!

And as the celebration of the milestone Silver Anniversary is already in full swing, past Dinah alumni are all proudly stepping in front of the camera to send in their best birthday wishes!

Visit the Dinah site here – it starts on April 1st!

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Venere Travel Map Ranks Safety Risks for LGBT Travelers

Author: , January 22nd, 2015

Venere Gay Travel Map

Openly gay visitors are being made far from welcome in many up-and-coming holiday destinations, including Morocco – where in 2015, tourists still risk imprisonment. While some nations become more accepting, others remain stubborn in their traditional views, so it is important that potential visitors know where they stand.

For this reason, Venere.com has created an online map by taking all the information regarding attitudes toward LGBTQ people in different places around the world – giving each nation a score.

Nations that accept non-hetero-sexual people are shown in green, while those that and have hostile laws and attitudes are shown in red.

It’s a novel approach to a serious problem and one that has troubled the LGBTQ community for decades.

By Anna Lia Gerardi – Full Story at Venere Travel

The Accidental Expat

Author: , January 22nd, 2015

Adam GroffmanOne of the most popular questions (here’s the full list, if you’re curious) I get from followers and friends is about my choice for staying in Berlin long-term. How did I choose Berlin? Why did I want to stay? Why haven’t I returned to the USA?

Considering the fact that Germany had never even been on my bucket list, when I landed in Berlin on a cold summer night in June 2011, I never really expected to stay long myself. And yet, as I’ve retold a hundred million times, that week turned into a month, that month into six more, and then, before I knew it, it was 2014. And now it’s almost 2015. And there’s no end in sight.

I found it hard to commit to Berlin at the time, that first summer. I had this deep, intense love for the city (and more than a few boys I’d met on that first one-week holiday), so it was only natural to stay. But to keep staying? That took some commitment.

This article was written by Adam Groffman, author of the internationally popular travel blog, Travels of Adam. Read more here: The Accidental Expat.

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Featured Lesbian Owned Accommodations: Hill Crest Cabin, Boone, North Carolina

Author: , January 22nd, 2015

Hill Crest CabinPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Beautiful Cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains: Whether you’re seeking solitude, romance or a wonderful family vacation, our cabin offers everything you want and more! The deck, hot tub, picnic table and grill make this cabin a wonderful place to stay. Wireless Wifi throughout, big screen TV and TV’s in every room for your convenience.

See the Hill Crest Cabin Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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David Surette

Author: , January 22nd, 2015

David Surette! Widely acclaimed as one of New England’s premiere instrumentalists, glynnhse winterDavid Surette http://glynnhouse.com/events/ is highly regarded for his work on the guitar, mandolin, and cittern.As a soloist, he is nationally known as a top player of Celtic fingerstyle guitar. Yet his diverse repertoire also includes original compositions, blues and ragtime, traditional American roots music, and folk music from a variety of traditions. Suzette  plays with finesse, taste, and virtuosity. As part of a duo with his wife, singer Susie Burke, they have performed regularly together for 20 years, recording several albums and building a reputation as one of New England’s top folk duos. Don’t miss the show February 6th. 

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.

Live’s Ed Kowalcztk: Feb 6

Author: , January 22nd, 2015

The front man, songwriter and lead-singer of the multi-platinum rock band, Live, announces glynnhse winterthe first leg of his Throwing Copper Unplugged – 20th Anniversary Tour. Stripped back, intimate and disarming – Ed Kowalczyk http://glynnhouse.com/events will appear onstage with a new unplugged production, some of rock’s most profound anthems and the voice that has attracted legions of fans for more than two decades.

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.

Lesbian Surf Camp Coming to Brazil

Author: , January 21st, 2015

Brazil - Google MapsThe first ever lesbian surf camp in South American will get girls sharing their uniqueness in Santa Catarina, Brazil, between May 9th-16th.

Lesbian-owned tour operator Brazil Ecojourneys is inviting women to a week on their own. In this case, the real “l” surfers will travel to Praia do Rosa, a spot that is already frequented by the local LGBT community.

“I surf all the time, and I’m usually the only lesbian out there, surrounded by heterosexual men. I see how there really aren’t many opportunities for gay women to get together and learn to surf in a friendly environment,” explains Marta Dalla Chiesa, owner of Brazil Ecojourneys.

Full Story at Surfer Today | Brazil Gay Travel Resources

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