Life Lately and Upcoming Travels – Globetrotter Girls

Author: , February 12th, 2017

Green Card - Dani

Phew, where do I even begin? Let’s start with the good news: I won the lottery! No, I didn’t win a million dollars, but I won a green card.. i.e. permanent residency, the right to live in the US. Did you know that you can win green cards? Chances are that if you are from the US, you aren’t aware of the fact that your country gives away 50,000 immigrant visas through a lottery. Or at least most Americans that I told I won a green card didn’t know that this was possible.

And most foreigners I’ve met in the past few months who I told about my green card win had heard about it but didn’t think it really existed, they thought it was more of an urban legend. But yes, the US have an amazing initiative called The Diversity Visa Program, which was introduced in the early 1990s to attract immigrants from countries with low immigrant quotas.

You can enter every year (it takes place in October, running all month), and it’s completely free of charge. The only requirement to qualify for the DV lottery visa? You must have a high school diploma or its equivalent; or within five years of applying, at least two years of work experience in an occupation requiring at least two years’ training or experience. Some countries – those that sent a total of more than 50,000 immigrants (those issued green cards) to the US – aren’t eligible to participate, but millions of people from all over the world enter the lottery every year hoping to make their ‘American Dream’ come true : to emigrate to ‘The Land Of Opportunity’.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls

Recipe for Peruvian Pisco Sour Cocktail – Nomadic Boys

Author: , February 12th, 2017

Pisco Sour - Nomadic Boys

Pisco Sour is the national drink of Peru and one of our all time favourite cocktails. It’s a mix of Pisco (a grape brandy), lime juice, egg whites and sweetened with syrup.

The famous Peruvian Pisco Sour was invented in the early 1920s at Morris Bar in Lima by its owner, Victor Vaughen Morris who came up with the idea of adding Angostura bitters and egg whites to Pisco.

Morris Bar used to be located at 847 Calle Boza but it closed down after Victor passed away in 1929.

Pisco Sour has become an institution in Peru and in 2003 it got its own official government holiday: Día Nacional del Pisco Sour (National Pisco Sour Day) is celebrated on the first Saturday of February.

In Lima, we met local boy Aaron, who also goes by the nickname The Pisco King. Aaron sat us down and showed us his recipe for making the perfect Peruvian Pisco Sour cocktail…

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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Events: Victor Wooten Trio

Author: , February 12th, 2017

Events: Victor Wooten Trio http://glynnhouse.com/events/ Victor Wooten is a unique human being. He began learning to play music at the tender age of two. He started performing in nightclubs and theaters as the bassist with the family band at age five. He was on tour at age six with The Wooten brothers opening shows for legendary soul artist Curtis Mayfield. Fast forward a few decades. We know Wooten as a 5-time Grammy Winner. He’s a founding member of the Grammy award-winning band Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. Wooten is the only multiple winner of Bass Player Magazine’s reader’s poll (3 times). He was voted one of the top ten bassists of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine. He’s won just about every award awarded to a bassist. Plan on enjoying the Victor Wooten Trio at the Flying Monkey February 28.

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 ‘Victor Wooten Trio’ Accommodation Now! http://ao4.availabilityonline.com/availability_search.php?un=glynnhse or call (603) 968 3775.

Avila Cathedral – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , February 11th, 2017

Avila Cathedral

Catedral de Avila or Avila Cathedral is the first Gothic cathedral in Spain. Going inside was the first thing I did when I arrived in this city known for its ancient fortress.

Instead of joining a tour, I opted to do it alone because, as you can guess, I abhor to be rushed. And besides, a lot of the Spanish descriptions on objects and icons aren’t really that hard to understand. I survived with my limited Spanish without any difficulties.

Avila Cathedral has a long name – Cathedral of Christ the Saviour of Avila. It is a UNESCO Heritage Site.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Laura’s Plantation

Author: , February 11th, 2017

Laura's Plantation

Laura's PlantationWhile we were recently visiting New Orleans, we stopped by for a tour of Laura’s Plantation which is located about 35 miles west of the New Orleans Airport and right on the banks of the Mississippi River. We had already read the book, “Memories of the Old Plantation Home & A Creole Family Album” which was written by Laura Locoul Gore many years ago and published in 2001. Gore who died at the age of 101 in 1963 chronicles her life and her famiie’s history on the Plantation. She sold the Plantation in 1891 and moved to St. Louis with her husband. It is a marvelous read.

When we entered the front area of the office we were greeted very warmly by the staff. There were about 8 of us for the tour. We had been told that all of the tour guides were extremely informative, professional and friendly. For our tour, we had Jay Schexnaydre, who is the assistant manager of Laura’s Plantation.

Laura's PlantationIn all of our travels from coast to coast we have visited and toured dozens of museums, home tours and all types of tours however Jay was the best tour guide that we have ever encountered. His tour was extremely informative and professional and entertaining. You could tell that he really enjoyed what he was doing. After the tour when we were all walking out, everyone in our tour was commenting on how good he was.

Some things can be written about or seen in a movie or on television however this Plantation is something that has to be seen in person. (and with an excellent tour guide like Jay). How he can remember all the names and dates is amazing. He talked about each of the family members and what they did (and didn’t do) and it is a true history lesson. From being inside the large Plantation house itself to the slave quarters one really does get a true sense of how it was to live back in that era. It is about a 75 minute tour and one is spellbound the

Laura's PlantationWe always tell our readers to “talk to everyone” and we met a couple on our tour, Kelly and Rich from New Zealand. They were visiting the United States and we just happened to be in the same tour group that they were in. We had a very fine conversation with them and then the next day we ran into them again on the streets in the French Quarter in New Orleans. With the thousands of tourists there, what are the odds of that happening ? It is always nice to meet people from other countries as they visit the United States and especially when they are as fun and interesting as they were. Now we want to travel to New Zealand just so we can visit them!

Laura's PlantationLaura’s Plantation hosts 12 buildings that is on the National Register surrounded by fields of sugarcane, vegetable and fruit gardens and formal French parterre. Beginning in 1805 and for the next 5 generations, different family members owned the Plantation. Years later the ‘right’ people purchased the Plantation and completely refurbished it and now it is back to it’s original grandeur for people to visit and learn about it’s history.

And what history there is!   Your admission includes a guided tour based on Laura Locoul Gore’s book and a complete guided tour of the Big House, it’s raised basement and galleries, men’s and women’s parlors, service rooms and common rooms as well as a guided tour of the 200 year old sugar plantation homestead. In addition a tour inside a slave cabin and many other places.

They are open every day and they give tours from 10 AM to 4 PM. Be sure and take your camera with you. Their website is:
https://www.lauraplantation.com/ or give them a call at 225.265.7690. There are other Plantations in the area to visit but you might as well tour the BEST ONE which is the Laura’s Plantation! Thank You to the entire staff for making this such a great place to visit!

On your way back to New Orleans, be sure and stop in the small town of LaPlace, Louisiana and dine at Wayne Jacob’s Smokehouse Restaurant. They smoke all their own meat right there. We had their baby back ribs and also beef brisket and they were the tastiest that have ever had. The servers are extremely friendly and you will leave with a big smile on your face and your stomach will be full especially after eating one of their desserts. They are located downtown LaPlace at 769 West 5th Street. Give them a call at 985.652.9990. Check out their website at: https://wjsmokehouse.com/ and they are open 7 days a week. You can also purchase food there to take home or to ship home or to friends
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: Classic 70’s Retrospective

Author: , February 11th, 2017

Events: Classic 70’s Retrospective http://glynnhouse.com/events/ Jonathan Edwards with Paul Barrere & Fred Tackett of Little Feat http://glynnhouse.com/events/ Warm as summer sunshine, real as the truth, intimate as a long overdue visit between old friends … such is a Jonathan Edwards concert. Four decades into a stellar career of uncompromising musical integrity, the man simply delivers. Edwards delivers night after night – songs of passion, songs of insight, songs of humor. All are rendered in that pure and powerful tenor which, like fine wine, has only grown sweeter with age. Edwards is an artist who measures his success by his ability to attract and take good care of an audience. He’s done so for four decades. Jonathan maintains that it is the feedback he receives after his shows that keeps him going. Join Jonathan Edwards for a Classic 70’s Retrospective at the Flying Monkey on February 25.
Book your Flying Monkey accommodation at the GLBT 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 ‘Classic 70’s Retrospective’ Accommodation Now! http://ao4.availabilityonline.com/availability_search.php?un=glynnhse or call (603) 968 3775.

Anchor House B&B – Dublin, Ireland

Author: , February 10th, 2017

Anchor House B&B

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

The Anchor House Dublin is regarded as one of Dublin’s most charming City Centre Bed & Breakfasts.

This former 1790’s home is located within a few minutes walk of Dublin’s popular tourist attractions, which include Temple Bar, Grafton Street, Henry Street, Trinity College, The O2, Dublin Convention Centre, Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Guinness Storehouse, Stephen’s Green, Dublin Castle, Croke Park Stadium, & the Aviva Stadium on Landsdowne Road.

The Anchor House B&B is perfectly situated in the city centre, 200 metres from The Central Bus Station Tram Stop, to the rear of Gandon’s Custom House.

The easiest & most economical way to reach us from Dublin Airport is by using the Dublin Bub No. 41. It may be better to use the Dublin Bus Airlink No. 747 with heavy baggage. A Taxi will cost 20 to 25 Euro, which might best suit a group of 3 or 4.

See the Anchor House B&B Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Sunset in Avila, Spain

Author: , February 10th, 2017

Avila

If you have the chance to watch the sunset in Avila (Spain), make sure to be on top of a hill to enjoy the view from up there. You can’t miss the hill with a ruined shed as you enter the town wall. There’s even a fat chance that you see tourists taking thousands of selfies on this hill overlooking the tiny city of Avila.

Avila is a medieval town that personifies ancient Spain. At sunset, the town turns gold. Like this.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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Gay Greece Holiday Trends

Author: , February 10th, 2017

gay Greece

Greece has been, without a doubt, one of the biggest trends in global gay travel for the past three years. The mind-blowing beauty of the country, in combination with welcoming Greek hospitality, has made Greece a beloved destination for the global LGBTI community. Not only for its mainstream destinations, but for its alternative choices as well. Here, Destsetters, in collaboration with Gay Star News, gives exclusive advice for your most memorable gay holidays in Greece.

Unofficial Gay Beaches Are the Top Attraction

Beach and sun are by far the main characteristics of Greece that spring to mind for all travelers — and naturally for gay men as well. But what could be a better combination than an idyllic beach with sexy Greek men to flirt with? All around Greece, you will find unique, local, unofficial gay beaches; these are usually unorganized beaches (mostly nudist) which have become gay hotspots for locals and tourists.

The island of Crete is without question the king of gay beaches in Greece. It features more than two or three in each one of its regions, giving you the chance to meet and flirt with more and more gay people.

Full Story at Gay Star News

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Events: Best of Boston Comedy

Author: , February 10th, 2017

Events: Best of Boston Comedy http://glynnhouse.com/events/ Why not enjoy the best of Boston Comedy? You don’t even have to t ride to Beantown.. Brad’s unique routine never fails to hit home with audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Brad has held his own on the comedy circuit with such luminaries as Lenny Clark, Kevin James, Ray Romano and the legendary Pat Cooper. Mastrangelo is a gifted storyteller who doesn’t have to use four letter words to get laughs. Brad’s high energy brand of family and observational comedy has earned him rave reviews from the top comedy clubs around the USA. Paul is now one of the top standup comedians in Boston and the New England Area, and is known nationally for his rapid-fire comedy style. He can be seen performing in clubs nationwide in addition to providing corporate entertainment and working at charity events and parties. Boston Comedy hit the Capitol Center for the Arts main stage February 24.

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 ‘Best of Boston Comedy’ Accommodation Now! http://ao4.availabilityonline.com/availability_search.php?un=glynnhse or call (603) 968 3775.