Four Paris Neighborhoods Locals Think are Tres Cool

Author: , July 19th, 2014

Gay Paris, France

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First-time visitors to Paris should definitely visit the Marais for art galleries and falafel shops, and Bastille for modern art and antique records, but these areas are just too “bobo” to impress your Parisian friends. Instead, head for theses lesser-known neighborhoods for a rendezvous that will show the world that you’re very chic. We’ve offered tips on a couple of places to visit in each neighborhood, but be sure to explore on your own to see what other surprises you can find.

Republique

You’ve probably switched metro lines here, but have you ever actually had a look around? Full of students, cheap bars, and affordable restaurants; Republique is a great place to hang out.

Do: Wander along the popular Canal St. Martin, and be sure to stop by Point Ephemere for artists’ workshops by day and live music by night.

Eat: For down to earth food, the traditional(-ish) crepes at West Country Girl are worth waiting in the line you’re likely to find.

Drink: The area around Republic Square is full of bars, and on busy nights your best bet is to listen for the music that draws you in. If you can’t make up your mind, Le Cinquante is always a good bet for music and reasonable drink prices.

By Stephen Lioy – Full Story at Shermans Travel | Paris Gay Travel Resources

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Beach Blanket Babylon

Author: , July 19th, 2014
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Beach Blanket Babylon

Beach Blanket BabylonIn our travels from coast to coast over the past several years, we keep going to back to some of the same resorts and restaurants and we see the shows and sights and sounds of what each area offers.

Most all of the time after you see something a few times, you get bored with it and move on to see something else. We have been going to San Francisco for over 40 years and Steve Silver’s Beach Blanket Babylon, now in its 40th year and celebrating over 15,000 performances, is a world renowned record-breaking success and the longest running musical revue in theatre history! How many live shows can keep going for 40 years in the same town?

It is the same premise from the very first time that we saw it, however it is always updated to keep up with the times and it is always a great show.

Beach Blanket BabylonNo! Wait, it is NOT a great show! It is a fabulously wonderful show. Calling it a great show would be putting it down!

It never ceases to amaze us how the audience’s reactions are time and time again. Everyone loves the show and why not? The costumes, the songs, the scenery and the hats… and oh what hats they have!

Beach Blanket BabylonThey are all truly unbelievable and the finale is always way over the top for a standing ovation. Every time we have seen the show and we have been seeing it for 40 years, the audience always wants MORE! The entire cast works as a team and you can certainly tell that they love what they are doing. A highly successful show such as this one takes hours and hours of rehearsals.

We still do not know how the performers can quick change their costumes so quickly. And who thinks up all of the very creative skits that are so new and current in today’s world? It truly is a masterpiece and of course that is exactly why it has been so successful year after year after year and audiences keep coming back for more.

Beach Blanket BabylonIf you have never been to see their performance, be SURE and put it on your list of things to do when visiting San Francisco. We love the venue where it is located as it is so accommodating for the type of show that they put on. The production staff, the entertainers, the musicians, the set designers, the costumer designers and everyone involved with Beach Blanket Babylon are to be commended for such a great and fabulous job that they have done over the past 40 years and continue doing it year after year. We know that they will be around another 40 years.

Congratulations to everyone there. San Francisco is so proud of you and so are we!

Beach Blanket Babylon is located at Club Fugazi in the heart of San Francisco’s North Beach district at 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Boulevard (Green Street) and just a couple blocks from the Cable Car stop. Their website is: www.beachblanketbabylon.com For their Box Office and for tickets, call 415.421.4222.

In our travels from coast to coast we have dealt with dozens if not hundreds of public relations firms and individuals and we have never dealt with anyone as professional as Charles Zukow and Kevin T. Kopjak in San Francisco.

Always remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone!

Donald and RayTRAVELING 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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Johnny Winter – Jul 25

Author: , July 18th, 2014

Over 40 years ago, Johnny Winter http://glynnhouse.com/events/ immediately laid out the blueprint for his fresh take on Glynn House Evening-cclassic blues a prime combination for the legions of fans just discovering the blues via the likes of Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton. Constantly shifting between simple country blues in the vein of Robert Johnson, to all-out electric slide guitar blues-rock. Johnny is in better form than ever, at the top of his game…..as the SOLD OUT crowd at his last Monkey show can attest….Johnny had the entire place on their feet during his multiple encore songs…Don’t miss a true living legend.

The romantic Glynn House Inn – situated in the heart of New Hampshire’s spectacular lakes and mountains – offers guests an exceptional experience. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Bring your favorite four-footed canine pal on holiday too and reserve one of five pet friendly rooms. Venture away from the Inn and antiquing, art galleries, boating, fine dining, fishing, golf, hiking, historic sites, ‘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 Creative Side of Ljubljana

Author: , July 17th, 2014

Street Art LjubljanaWhen in Ljubljana the other weekend, among the many surprising things I discovered about the city was the fact that the city is home to more than a few abandoned spaces and plenty of street art and graffiti.

The Metelkova district, a former army barracks and art squat, has been a popular destination for street artists since it was taken over by artists in the ’90s. These days, Metelkova is home to Ljubljana’s most unique hostel (a former prison!) and the city’s best nightlife–and still plenty of squatters and artists in the mix, too.

Another popular place in Ljubljana where you can find not just street art, but other art events and creative undertakings, is at the former bike factory Rog. The former factory once produced Yugoslavia’s most popular bicycle, the Rog “pony.” Since 2006, the factory has been turned into a public art space and cultural center. The center isn’t in the best condition, though, as it’s still very much an abandoned space. So exploring this area should be done with caution (as a sign at the entrance rather ominously points out).

Authored by Adam Groffman. See the Full Story at Travels of Adam here.

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Ludacris: Jul 26

Author: , July 17th, 2014

Christopher Brian Bridges , better known by his stage name Ludacris, is an American rapper, entrepreneur and actor. Along Glynn House Evening-cwith his manager, Chaka Zulu, Ludacris is the co-founder of Disturbing tha Peace, an imprint distributed by Def Jam Recordings. Ludacris has won a Screen Actors Guild, Critic’s Choice, MTV, and three Grammy Awards during his career. Ludacris http://glynnhouse.com/events was one of the first and most influential Dirty South artists to achieve mainstream success.

The romantic Glynn House Inn – situated in the heart of New Hampshire’s spectacular lakes and mountains – offers guests an exceptional experience. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Bring your favorite four-footed canine pal on holiday too and reserve one of five pet friendly rooms. Venture away from the Inn and antiquing, art galleries, boating, fine dining, fishing, golf, hiking, historic sites, ‘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.

Win a Romantic Trip for Two to Gay Vienna

Author: , July 17th, 2014

Vienna ContestImagine walking down gay Vienna’s infamous Ringstrasse en route to the Vienna State Opera with your loved one. Emperor Franz Joseph opened Vienna’s Ringstrasse on May 1, 1865, and 2015 will mark the 150th birthday of this grand boulevard. Walk in footsteps of the Habsburgs at the Schoenbrunn and Belvedere palaces, take in the expansive Naschmarkt, and people watch at Cafe Berg before exploring Vienna’s nightlife.

Vienna is a glorious European capital that is any couple’s romantic fantasy come to life. The city of Vienna is offering the chance to win a free trip to Vienna for two. The “We Are In Vienna” campaign demonstrates how homosexuality is a vital part of life in the Austrian capital.

Just ask local couples:

Caspar & Kristoffer, Petra & Jess, Marko & Gerd, Marlene & Silvie, Martin & Max are same-sex couples living in Vienna who have shared their favorite spots in Vienna on the campaign’s website. These spots include the Natural History Museum, Butterfly House, and the Schoenbrunn Palace Park.

Sweepstakes ends on 8/31/14.

By Jeffrey James Keyes – Full Story at Queerty | Austria Gay Travel Resources

Girlie Circuit Festival Hits Barcelona in August

Author: , July 17th, 2014

Girlie CircuitThe Girlie Circuit Festival 2014 hits Barcelona 12-17 August. Where better to hold the biggest summer lesbian festival than in the Mediterranean gay capital.

More than just parties (like Lezzo & Splash opening/closing), there’s a Water Park Day, shopping, art and music activities, plus sports galore! Even the films, talks and training are cool.

Not in vain, the city of Barcelona combines a valuable cultural heritage and the liking for the latest trends. Its cosmopolitan and tolerant personality, its Mediterranean climate and its excellent location by the sea has made this a privileged city. Without question, it has one of Europe’s best urban beaches!

Full Story at Rainbow Tourism | Catalunya Gay Travel Resources

Los Angeles Gay History Around Every Corner

Author: , July 17th, 2014

Garden of AllahHistory! Like radon, it’s all around us, even though you can’t see it. But unlike radon, absorbing it makes you a better person with a more informed future. Fortunately, in L.A. at least, it can also be fun.

The city is particularly effervescent with LGBT history, with countless little fragments of the past hidden here and there. We’ve gathered together a listing of some of our favorite hotspots where you can see what made us the amazing community of equality and diversity we are today. Learn, enlighten your friends, and pay homage to those whose sacrifices made us who we are today.
You can walk to most of these destinations, or bike, or take the bus. Or you could even drive, if you’re that kind of person.

1. Garden of Allah: Originally built as a palatial residence, the Garden of Allah was built just before World War I. It went through several owners, including lesbian actress Alla Nazimova, before landing in the hands of Dorothy Parker.

By Matt Baume – Full Story at Queerty | Los Angeles Gay Travel Resources

Visiting Fairbanks, Alaska

Author: , July 17th, 2014

Alaska AirlinesWhether arriving by cruise ship or airplane, few Alaskan visitors stray from the ports around Juneau, the city of Anchorage, or the beautiful Denali National Park. But we have lots of love for the state’s more rugged pocket of Fairbanks, another 100-plus miles beyond Denali. From surprisingly diverse cuisine to truly remote respite, here’s why we think the region inhabited by just 32,000 is worth the distance:

1. Surprising Cuisine and Brews
Of course, you’ll find plenty of crab legs here and typical AK fare here. Through mid-September, Alaska Salmon Bake in Pioneer Park serves all-you-can-eat salmon fillets baked over an open fire — plus more entrees like prime rib and cod, a salad bar, rolls, baked beans, and desserts — all for just $31.95.

But who knew Fairbanks is also home to a staggering number of Thai restaurants? To be exact, we found 15 at last count — including Lemongrass, which serves up dishes like Gaeng Paar “jungle curry” with Alaskan halibut or scallops. There’s no shortage of early morning options, either. You can jumpstart your day with reindeer sausage and eggs, dished up at the three-year-old Loose Moose Cafe. For a hearty Sunday brunch, the buffet at the historic Pump House Restaurant comes with great patio views of the Chena River.

By Kristine Hansen – Full Story at Shermans Travel | Alaska Gay Travel Resources

Visiting the Paso Robles Wine Country

Author: , July 16th, 2014

Grapes, WineryPaso Robles is one of California’s (and the country’s) fastest wine-growing regions, located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles in an unspoiled setting of vineyard-covered hills that rise and plunge down to one of the state’s most stunning stretches of coast.

“Paso WHAT?” I hear you say. Well, come with me and we’ll explore this region, a real up-and-comer in the wine world, with a developing sophistication that still takes the residents by surprise. The town of Paso Robles is surrounded on all sides by excellent wineries on its gently rolling, emerald-clad hills, and it’s just a short drive away from such charming coastal villages as Cambria, Morro Bay, and Cayucos, and major attractions like Hearst Castle.

Paso Robles (pronounced, PASS-o RO-bulls) is a charming town with a park, newly refurbished buildings spread over several blocks, some of the best restaurants I’ve eaten in recently, as well as a variety of shops offering everything from great art to culinary gems. I had no idea before visiting just how pleasant and pretty the town is–and I think that’s one of the things I like best about Paso and the entire region: the sense of surprise. What a feeling of discovery, then, as this stunning region begins to unfold for me, starting with the main town and flowing outward through vineyard-covered hillsides, valleys clad in oaks (robles in Spanish) as well as almond and walnut trees, and cliffs changing from chalky white to deep red to mellow tan–all different kinds of rocks that affect the types of grapes grown here and therefore the kinds of wines produced.

By Rich Rubin – Full Story at Passport Magazine | California Central Coast Gay Travel Resources