Blood, Sweat & Tears

Author: , June 27th, 2015

Blood, Sweat & Tears!  Like a Great Baseball team the members change. The soul lives on. Glynn House Evening-cThough many great musicians have passed through Blood Sweat & Tears, it’s musicianship stands the test of time”. 2005 found Blood Sweat & Tears http://glynnhouse.com/events/ looking back to founding father Bobby Colomby’s original vision for Blood Sweat & Tears.  Quite simplely, “find the greatest musicians and the rest is easy”. Treat yourself to an exceptional evening with a legendary band. Be at the Kingswood Arts Center in Wolfeboro on July 10th.

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 too. 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.

Nomadic Boys – Angkor Wat

Author: , June 25th, 2015

Angkor Wat - Cambodia

Angkor Wat is the world’s largest religious building, located near Siem Reap in Cambodia. You could spend days, weeks strolling around all the many beautiful temples and leave wanting more.

Angkor Wat - Nomadic BoysBut, if like us you are limited with time, we’ve put together a 2 days itinerary, enough for you to get a good taste of Angkor Wat and the fun city of Siem Riep.

FIRST, A BIT OF HISTORY

Wat is the Cambodian name for “temple” and Angkor Wat was built as a Hindu temple in the early 12th century (around 1113-1150 AD) over an estimated 30 years by King Suryavarman II. It may have been intended as the funerary temple for King Suryavarman II. Angkor Wat is one of many temples around a large space of land, including the former walled city called Angkor Thom and the famous Ta Prohm where the Angelina Jolie “Tomb Raider” film was located.

Full Story at The Nomadic Boys | Cambodia Gay Travel Resources

Carlos Melia – AMAN Summer Palace

Author: , June 25th, 2015

Carlos Melia

Explore the other Beijing. A Royal residential, spiritual, and recreational experience within a landscape of lakes and mountains, in accordance with the Chinese philosophy of balancing the works of man with nature. A luxury resort, surrounded by a vast ensemble of lakes, gardens and palaces conceived by the Qing emperor Qianlong. I must admit, I am a huge fan of the AMAN Resorts collection. I have stayed and experience them at Amantaka (Luang Prabang, Laos), Aman Canal Grande (Venice, Italy) and Amapuri (Phuket, Thailand), but I must say that Aman Summer Palace, ranked top as the perfect China experience. Just steps from the East Gate of the Summer Palace grounds. Allows you to have your own Royal experience embracing traditional Chinese architecture.

Carlos MeliaIt is on me !!! Because you deserve it, book the Aman Summer Palace with me and enjoy the following extra VIP Amenities: Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability + Continental breakfast daily, for up to two in room guests + One complimentary Chinese Set Lunch Menu for two persons + Early check-in/late check-out subject to availability.

We spent 2-nigts at one of their lovely Deluxe Suites. It was such a relaxing experience and the perfect location to explore the Summer Palace and the Great Wall of China – Mutianyu Gate. Other than that we didn’t do much else, since Aman Summer Palace is itself a destination, and since we have already spent a few days in central Beijing, and we were coming back at the end of our journey, we decided to just relax, and enjoy the resort. If you are familiar to Aman Resorts, you will well know that usually they are located in secluded unique locations. In this case Aman Summer Palace, is located 35-45 minutes away from central Beijing. Some say it is not an option for first timers to Beijing. I say, that if you plan your itinerary correctly, you would be able to enjoy, as we did, a few days away from the city center, enjoying this oasis of calm.

Adjacent to the East Gate of the Summer Palace grounds Aman at Summer Palace, Beijing, housed in a series of dwellings, most of which date back over one hundred years. Some of the original dwellings were used by guests of the Summer Palace awaiting an audience with the Empress Dowager Cixi at the turn of the twentieth century. Aman at Summer Palace, Beijing is a peaceful retreat from which to explore the many exciting faces of China’s capital.

Aman Summer Palace, offers a variety of accommodation which pays homage to the traditional architecture of the Summer Palace, celebrating its courtyard architectural style. Suites surround an internal courtyard featuring an intricate latticework of pathways, separating formal gardens and trees. I spent most of my time there, walking and exploring the grounds. The aesthetic references draw upon traditional materials and the architecture and design of the Ming Dynasty period. Floors are finished in Jin clay tiles which have been polished to achieve a deep lustre. The ceilings are mostly open to exposed wooden roof beams and structural columns.

During our 2-nights visit, we stayed at one of their lovely Deluxe Suites. Showcasing furniture inspired by the Ming Dynasty, and while some have a combined bedroom and living area, others have separate bedrooms. All feature king-size beds, daybeds, reading chairs and writing desks. Bathrooms are spacious, with twin vanities and free-standing island bathtubs. Adjacent to the bathing area is a dressing room that is furnished with two large Ming-style wardrobes.

Waking up early was a joy more than a sacrifice. Enjoy the quietness an silence, while zipping through a few cups of Tea checking my emails. The all ready to head off to the gym and and a quick dip into their indoor pool.

Aman Spa and Fitness areas are located beneath the resort in a unique 5,000-square metre, double level, underground recreational facility. The Spa features a tranquil reception, nine self-contained double treatment rooms and a dedicated Pilates and yoga studio which is naturally lit through an extensive panel of skylights. The Pilates studio is fully-equipped with reformers and private classes can be arranged. The Spa menu features a wide range of health, well-being and beauty treatments. Other facilities include a 25 metre indoor lap pool, a 300-square metre sky-lit Gym with Technogym equipment (including Kinesis), two squash courts and a juice bar serving healthy fruit and vegetable drinks. Fitness consultants are on hand to offer personal training and squash partners at all times.

After my morning working, I was ready to enjoy breakfast. This was such an experience itself. Every morning we would seat outdoors, next to the pond and enjoy a local traditional Chinese breakfast. All I would do is look at the Koi Fish swim in the pond and relax.

For those of you, like me, that enjoy a traditional afternoon Tea, where else better than China to do it. The Reflection Pavilion features a peaceful terrace over-looking a lotus pond. The adjacent Music Pavilion is host to performances and private dining.

Evenings would go very quiet. We enjoyed dinner at their exquisite Chinese Restaurant. Decorated with classic, Ming Dynasty-inspired furniture, the Chinese Restaurant features Peking duck and several imperial dishes, along with traditional Cantonese cuisine for both lunch and dinner. The restaurant consists of nine different rooms including six intimate spaces for gatherings.

As I mentioned before, Aman Summer Palace is a destination. Once there, you have plenty of activities to do, some of them educational, like the Chinese Calligraphy Class by a skilled master of this ancient art. This classes take place at the Library Room, which includes a wide selection of material on various subjects in several languages, from rare books on the Summer Palace to historic and photographic works on China and the Asian region.

One of the highlights of staying at the Aman Summer Palace, is the private access to the Summer Palace and Kunming Lake. Explore this landmarks at your own pace and after-hours once all tourist head back to the center of Beijing. This is to me, the true definition of the word LUXURY. A private passage will allow you to enter the Summer Palace incognito. The resort will provide you with a backpack with maps, water, and a mobile phone. Once you are finished exploring the Summer Palace, you just need to call, and someone will come to open the gates to access back to the resort.

The Summer Palace in Beijing – first built in 1750, largely destroyed in the war of 1860 and restored on its original foundations in 1886 – is a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design. The natural landscape of hills and open water is combined with artificial features such as pavilions, halls, palaces, temples and bridges to form a harmonious ensemble of outstanding aesthetic value. The Summer Palace in Beijing integrates numerous traditional halls and pavilions into the Imperial Garden conceived by the Qing emperor Qianlong between 1750 and 1764 as the Garden of Clear Ripples. Using Kunming Lake, the former reservoir of the Yuan dynasty’s capital and Longevity Hill as the basic framework, the Summer Palace combined political and administrative, residential, spiritual, and recreational functions within a landscape of lakes and mountains, in accordance with the Chinese philosophy of balancing the works of man with nature.

Such a romantic and relaxing experience. We were so happy seeing this other side of Beijing, and it was the perfect base from where to explore the area of Summer Palace and The Great Wall.

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

Play, Eat, and Stay in Marrakech Without Breaking the Bank

Author: , June 25th, 2015

Marrakech Image by Elena Sonnino

Marrakech lures travelers with promises of spices, vibrant colors, and evocative sounds like the repetitive adhan — the call to prayer — broadcast from minarets five times daily. With so much to see and do, planning a trip to this Moroccan city can be as confusing as navigating the chaotic souks. Here’s how to find luxury in Marrakech without breaking the bank.

Although you might want to focus your time in Marrakech with aimless wandering through the medina — or old city walls — there are a few must-see sites. Travelers can take a crash course in culture and history outside the Koutoubia Mosque, the largest in Morocco, or the Saadian Tombs, built by Saadian Sultan Ahmed al-Mansour. Short on time? Imagine what life was like as part of a harem at the El Bahia Palace or as a Koranic student at the Medersa Ben Youssef. (Admission at each site is 10 MAD, or around $1).

Of course, no trip to Marrakech is complete without a round of haggling in the souks. Don’t be afraid to make your best I’m-willing-to-walk-away face. Instead of paying tourist prices in Spice Square, explore the Mellah Market in the Jewish quarter like a local if you’d like to buy spices and herbs. For traditional items with contemporary flair, seek out the boutique of artist Hassan Hajjaj — the Moroccan Andy Warhol — at Riad Yima for babouches, totes, and poufs made of recycled bags. We also love Jaffa from D’Art Touareg, who invites you into his small shop (at 19, El Biyadine Rue Rahba Lakdima Fondok Foura Medina) without any pressure to buy. From decorative jewelry to authentic Tourag stone and silver, you can’t go wrong here.

By Elena Sonnino – Full Story at Shermans Travel | LOCATION Gay Travel Resources

Image by Elena Sonnino

Darius Rucker

Author: , June 25th, 2015

Darius Rucker!  Darius Rucker defied all odds in 2008 when he made the successful and difficult transition Eventsfrom rock-pop star to country star. Many before him have tried such a move, but few have ever succeeded, and virtually none succeeded to the extent that Rucker did, and all with just one album. From Hootie and the Blowfish frontman to bona-fide country music sensation, Darius Rucker http://glynnhouse.com/events/ achieved the impossible, and his future in country music appears to be very bright. Experience a great evening of country music at the nearby Meadowbrook Pavilion July 10.

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 too. 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.

Dolly Travels – In the Dolomites

Author: , June 22nd, 2015

Dolomites - DollyYesterday I left Verona, traveled north by train to Bolzano, then I caught a bus that brought me to Castelrotto, in the Dolomites. While I am still in Italy, it doesn’t feel like Italy any longer. I feel like I am in Austria. I can almost hear “Sound of Music” coming from the hills.

On the bus ride, I could just feel myself relax, muscles unwind, brain letting go of stress.

When I got to the hotel, I met three of my friends who had arrived here a few days before, while I stayed in Verona. I checked into the hotel, opened the door to the small terrace, and was greeted by a gorgeous view.

It was chilly last night, so we didn’t venture further than the nearest good restaurant for dinner, some good red wine from the region, and called it a night.

Today, two of the friends left. Susan and I took the chairlift up to the small area of Marizen. Later, I took the chair lift back to Castelrotto, while Susan hiked back.

I did get a few raindrops on my head on the ride down, but that stopped almost immediately, and the rest of the afternoon was very pleasant. This evening, we took a little walk around town before going out to dinner.

From the Main Street of town, I looked down on another little village below Castelrotto. I think that needs to be checked out tomorrow.

Finally, we went to dinner, and had a fantastic meal. The dinner was Austrian food: roast veal with bread dumplings in a rich sauce, followed by an Italian dessert, panna cotta. Of course we had another local wine with dinner, then waddled our way back to the hotel.

On that note, I will close. We are hoping for good weather in the morning, so that we can do some hiking. Or, maybe a stroll in the meadow. I am just so happy to be here, and I am enjoying the lovely scenery, the fresh mountain air, that I really don’t have an agenda. I will just savor the moment.

Until next time,

Ciao,
Dolly

By Dolly Goolsby – Full Story at Dolly Travels | Trentino-Alto Adige Gay Travel Resources

Gay Key West Like a Local

Author: , June 22nd, 2015

Gay Key WestFlorida Keys expert Stephen Murray-Smith on the gorgeous Key West: from its vibrant drag scene to its Cuban cuisine to its celebrity inhabitants past and present, from Madonna to Tennessee Williams.

When did you move here?

I’ve lived here for 26 years. After visiting one year in June and falling in love with the island, the vegetation, the bloom – I was ready to make a change. Plus I don’t like cold weather and a lot of traffic. It’s also very welcoming and safe here. You’re hard pressed to stop anywhere and not see someone you know. We’re one big happy family.

What’s your favourite gay bar?

I like Bourbon St. Pub, and I like the Garden Bar because you’re sat actually in a courtyard with a swimming pool and a jacuzzi. It’s a very relaxed place to be.

By Jamie Tabberer – Full Story at Gay Star News | LOCATION Gay Travel Resources in Key West

Nomadic Boys – Our Cambodia Travel Video

Author: , June 22nd, 2015

Cambodia - Nomadic Boys

We spent 2 weeks travelling in Cambodia in April 2015 with our friends Jess from the UK and Johan from France.

We started in the capital city of Phnom Penh where we discovered a very exciting gay scene with local boy Aaron.

We then headed to Siem Reap to explore the world famous temples of Angkor Wat.

In Siem Reap we also saw the excellent Phare Circus and got quite involved in the water and talcum powder throwing during the Khmer New Year celebrations around Pub Street.

Full Story at the Nomadic Boys | Cambodia Gay Travel Resources

Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Round-Up – June 22nd

Author: , June 22nd, 2015

In addition to our regular travel articles, we’re starting a regular travel round-up, for those stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. Enjoy!

CANADA, QUEBEC:
Photos – Go-Go Boys Get Busy Inside Montreal’s Biggest Gay Club (Queerty)
With two dance floors, a rooftop terrace, and a VIP area make, Club Unity is Montreal‘s biggest gay club. It features drag shows, international DJs, and go-go dancers, plus special party nights that keep the regulars coming back for more every week.
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Montreal Go-Go Boys

LATVIA:
Steve Grand and Stuart Milk attend EuroPride in Riga (Gay Star News)
EuroPride in Riga, Latvia was attended by 5,000 over the weekend – making it the first post-Soviet country to host the annual party. – See more at: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/steve-grand-and-stuart-milk-attend-europride-riga-latvia-%E2%80%93-full-report-pictures220615#sthash.St07euda.dpuf
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Steve Grand

UK:
UKIP Members Will Wear These T-shirts at Pride in London Despite Ban (Pink News)
Marchers plan to wear UKIP t-shirts at the Pride in London parade on Saturday – despite being banned from marching as a group.
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UKIP Pride Shirts

UK:
British Cabinet Office to Fly Rainbow Flag for Pride in London (Pink News)
The Cabinet Office has announced that it will fly the rainbow flag this week to celebrate Pride in London.
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USA, DELAWARE:
Rehoboth’s Controversial Pool Ban Fails (Washington Blade)
Gay vacationers and residents of Rehoboth Beach were part of a coalition of property owners and renters credited with persuading the popular resort city’s Board of Commissioners to unanimously defeat a controversial proposal to ban rental homeowners from operating swimming pools.
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USA, KENTUCKY:
The People of Kentucky Pride (Advocate)
Rain mixed with sunshine created beautiful rainbows this year for the Kentuckiana Pride Parade and Festival in Louisville.
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Kentucky Pride

USA, MASSACHUSETTS:
Circuit Party Ascension Boycotts Fire Island Pines, Relocates to Greece (Gay Star News)
Party’s producer says he was influenced by calls to boycott properties owned by gay hotelier Ian Reisner after he hosted party for GOP senator Ted Cruz.
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John Gorka

Author: , June 22nd, 2015

John Gorka! There are few contemporary songwriters that come anywhere close to the talentGlynn House Evening-c of John Gorka http://glynnhouse.com/events/. His songs have a way of working on you long after you thought you had it all figured out. You will listen to a song that you know all the words to and can sing along with and then one day sitting at a traffic light, realize that there was a whole other layer of meaning that you had missed. Enjoy John Gorka at the Anderson Hall in nearby Wolfeboro July 3.

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 too. 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.