The British Museum – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , January 13th, 2017

The British Museum

The British Museum is huge. It can be overwhelming for tourists who have no idea on what to see and where to start. With 8 million objects as collections, you can’t see them all in a day. But if you could, you’d be extremely exhausted at the end of your visit. There’s a chance that you won’t remember a thing or two if you intend to see too many objects in a short trip here. So, be like me – see only the things you’re interested to see. But, this doesn’t mean that you’ve got to be so focused on the objects you resolved to see. You’ve got to stop and see the things that capture your curiosity.

Here’s my top 10 things to see at the British Museum. This list can help you plan ahead on what to expect inside, especially if you’re on a short visit.

1. Look up and go around the Great Court

This is the largest covered public square in Europe. At the centre is the world-renowned Reading Room. Fail not to check it out.

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The Amalfi Coast -The Scruffy Italian Traveler

Author: , January 13th, 2017

Amalfi Coast

Last Summer I spent a weekend in this stunning part of Southern Italy, and I fell in love with it! Although not far from Puglia, the region where I live (a mere 3 and a half hours drive), I barely knew the area. I had visited it once with my parents when I was a kid, but I didn’t have much memory of it: it was such a surprise to discover how beautiful it is! I slept in Maiori, the perfect starting point for many different day trips around along Amalfi Coast.

First of all, where is that? Amalfi Coast is so called after the name of one of its best known towns, Amalfi. It is a stretch of coastline about 50-kilometers long in Campania region (the most famous city of it being Napoli, or Naples). It runs from Vietri sul Mare, a picturesque town worldwide famous for its ceramics, up to Meta, hilltop village just outside Sorrento. Amalfi Coast runs at the base of the Lattari mountains, which makes the view of the coastline very dramatic.

Driving through the so – called “road of 1,000 bends” is an experience itself. Very tortuous, the road passes through lemon terraces (being the lemon the most characteristic fruit of the area, well known for the limoncello productions) and traditional villages. The road is so narrow that during summer months traffic jams are inevitable! For this reason, if driving is not your favorite thing, you should probably avoid to drive on this road, preferring to take one of the buses that link the coast. It will also be a pleasant way to enjoy the stunning cliffs on one side and the astonishing azure sea on the other.

By Sergio Scardia – Full Story at The Scruffy Italian Traveler

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Events: Smokey Joe’s Café

Author: , January 13th, 2017

Events: Smokey Joe’s Café!  http://glynnhouse.com/events/ is a musical revueglynnhse winter of electrifying hits set in the 1950’s . The themes of love won, lost and imagined are blended with hilarity and slice-of-life emotions. Smokey Joe’s Cafe features nearly 40 of the greatest songs ever recorded. They include “Love Me,” “Poison Ivy,” “On Broadway,” “Yakety Yak,” “Loving You,” “Hound Dog,” “Love Potion #9,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Spanish Harlem,” and “Stand by Me”. Shimmy on over to the Palace Theatre for this toe-tappin’, finger-snappin’ good time January 27 – 29.

Reserve your elegant Palace Theatre 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 ‘Smokey Joe’s Cafe’ Accommodation Now! http://ao4.availabilityonline.com/availability_search.php?un=glynnhse or call (603) 968 3775.

Winter Sunrise in Germany – Globetrotter Girls

Author: , January 12th, 2017

Germany sunrise - Dani

This week has been all about spending time with my family and about getting in shape – because I got a pretty last-minute opportunity to run a half marathon in Israel later this month!

I’ve briefly mentioned my upcoming trip in my December Life Lately round-up, and I was already super excited for my return to Israel, but this race will make it even better. The marathon route goes along the Dead Sea – one of my favorite places in Israel – so I didn’t have to think long, even though I am admittedly not in the best shape I’ve ever been.

I didn’t run a single time during my week in Berlin, and couldn’t motivate myself to go for a run when I visited my brother for a couple of days afterwards, but now that I am back at my sister’s house I’ve taken her dog Odie on a daily 5k (even though he’d gladly do a daily 10k) and have run two 10ks.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls

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Gay Uruguay in One Week – Nomadic Boys

Author: , January 12th, 2017

gay Uruguay

Uruguay is a country you cannot afford to skip from your Latin America itinerary. It has so much to offer, whether it’s surfing beaches, good wine, stunning scenery, delicious steaks and of course marijuana.

Uruguay is one of the most progressive countries in the world and certainly the most in Latin America. It was one of the first in the continent to allow gay marriages, legalise abortions in 2012 and established a welfare state in 1903.

And of course the marijuana which it’s so famous for: since December 2013, Uruguay legalised the cultivation, sale and consumption of marijuana for recreational use.

Most will add on Uruguay as part of their Latin America trip to Argentina or South Brazil, so we set out a variety of options for a 1 week itinerary. Our Uruguay travel itinerary can also be done in 2 weeks if you like to travel at a slower pace like we do.

We also assume that you will be taking the boat from Buenos Aires to Colónia as your entry point, but you can also fly in to Montevideo and start from there.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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Events: Decades Rewind

Author: , January 11th, 2017

Events: Decades Rewind http://glynnhouse.com/events/ Take a trip down melody lane with Decades Rewind. The show features over 60 songs effortlessly blended into unique medleys from the most prominent decades in music history. This fully live concert experience features an 8-piece rock band. There are 6 brilliant rocking vocalists . ALl are surrounded by rock and roll stage lighting, poignant videos of American culture, and over 100 costume changes. From Abba to Zeppelin, Decades Rewind will have you singing along and dancing in your seats. The show is a magical rock musical extravaganza you won’t soon forget. Don’t miss a great evening of music January 25 & 26.

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 winter 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 ‘Decades Rewind’ Accommodation Now! http://ao4.availabilityonline.com/availability_search.php?un=glynnhse or call (603) 968 37

Villa del Golfo, Sicily, Italy

Author: , January 11th, 2017

Villa del Golfo

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

Enjoy a perfect vacation at Villa del Golfo!

Ciao and welcome to Castellammare in our two story villa set on 3000 sq mt of private secluded property located on the Western Coast of Sicily.

This charming place can accommodate up to 14 people, having 7 air conditioned bedrooms with either sea or mountain view. Terraces and balconies give the guests the opportunity to enjoy and savor the breathtaking view or the Mediterranean Sea. 4 bathrooms, 2 outside showers, a well equipped barbeque area, gives the perfect setting for family get together or for special gatherings and celebration. Gated area offers secure and plenty of parking for cars, vans or motorcycles.

The villa is only 23 miles from either Palermo (Pmo) or Trapani (Birgi) Airports and within a short ride (30/50 minutes) from archeological sites as Segesta, Selinunte, Motzia, as well as Erice, San Vito Lo Capo, Trapani, Palermo , Monreale, Cefalu’ and many other interesting places. The villa is at a walking distance of the town beach, restaurants, supermarkets, bars, coffee shops.

The town itself offers many convenient activities as bike or motorcycles rentals, boat with or without skipper, diving, snorkeling. Guests can choose to swim in the close sandy beach (spiaggia plaja) or pebbles (Guidaloca) or rocky (Scopello). Hiking in the Natural Reserve of Lo Zingaro is an unique experience and no one should miss it as well as exploring Mt. Inici!

Orientation tour, special requests as visits to a cheese making farm, local wineries, hearthy home made meals, guided sightseeing tours, shopping and visits to the local markets, are all added features that you host will gladly arrange for you. Not to mention special treats as pick your own delicious mouthwatering figs in the villa’s garden or take a short ride to the owners farm to pick your own grapes!

Come to Villa del Golfo to experience a vacation full of emotions.

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New Year’s in Berlin – Globetrotter Girls

Author: , January 11th, 2017

Berlin - Dani

My first Polaroid of 2017 is coming to you from Germany’s capital where I escaped to after spending the Holidays with my family. While I came to Berlin mainly to get some work done and catch up with friends, I managed to fit in quite a few fun activities – like visiting several of the city’s amazing Christmas markets, which I hadn’t done in over ten years.

I have to admit that it felt a bit awkward at first in light of the recent terror attack, but I decided to adapt the ‘We won’t let terrorists ruin this joyful time of year for us’ attitude that the Berliners showed, who kept flocking to the Christmas markets.

Other than Christmas markets, I went on a bar crawl in Kreuzberg and took a friend who passed through town to the observation deck of the Park Inn hotel for a panoramic view of Berlin, climbed the 285 steps of the spiral staircase to the top of the Victory Column and revisited the East Side Gallery, the longest still standing piece of the Berlin Wall which has been painted with murals by international artists. Note to self: Leave open air viewing platforms for summer visits to Berlin – the biting cold winter air up on top of both structures was brutal.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls

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Gay Sweden – The Swedish Experience

Author: , January 11th, 2017
Gay Sweden

Image Courtesy of Stockholm Visitor’s Board

Truly, gay Sweden offers so much to LGBTI travellers. Being gay, lesbian or anything in between in this Scandinavian nation has been legal since 1944. And next May, they’ll also be celebrating eight years of equal marriage – so it has long been an open-minded place to visit.

We like to say that it’s a place where narrow streets and expansive landscapes meet open minds. It really is an exciting place to visit for gay people, whether for a city break or longer stay – it has a vibrant and integrated gay scene, with over 30 LGBTI Pride festivals celebrated each year.

Whether you’re an adventure travel enthusiast, or a total foodie, have an eye for great design or appreciate beautiful people, you’ll find that there’s something for you in any part of the country. Considering everything that’s happening in the world, it’s great to be able to take a holiday in a place where you know you’re truly welcome.

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Events: Round and Round the Garden

Author: , January 9th, 2017

Events: Round and Round the Garden http://glynnhouse.com/events/ Alan Ayckbourn’s Romantic comedy is set on a bed of roses! Round and Round the Garden, along with Table Manners and Living Together, make up The Norman Conquests. They’re a trilogy of plays about an unlikely Romeo whose romantic cravings create a family sized series of comic misunderstandings and mismatched relationships. Plan on enjoying Round and Round the Garden at the Winnipesaukee Playhouse August 16 – 26.

Book your Winnipesaukee Theatre 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.

Are you looking for other summer activities during your visit? New Hampshire’s spectacular White Mountains and Lakes Regions? Venture away from the Inn and explore NH’s spectacular White Mountains and Lakes Regions. You can enjoy ATV rides, canoeing, hiking, kayaking, rock climbing and zip line. More sedentary options include boat rides, train journeys and scenic drives. Shoppers will appreciate local antique emporiums, art galleries and a range of unique tax free shopping options. Inn guests enjoy savings on many summer activities. View the Glynn House website http://www.glynnhouse.com for additional information about the Inn, special offers  and local activities. Book Your ‘Round and Round the Garden’ Show Accommodation Now! http://ao4.availabilityonline.com/availability_search.php?un=glynnhse or call (603) 968 3775.