Inflatable Christmas Tree Art Draws Protest in Paris

Author: , October 17th, 2014

Inflatable Christmas TreeAnti-gay activists in Paris are protesting a giant inflatable Christmas tree – because it looks too much like a butt plug. The 80ft (24m) high inflatable sculpture was erected this week by LA-based artist Paul McCarthy, in Place Vendome, near Paris city centre.

However, the installation – known as ‘Tree’ – has faced protests from far-right group Printemps Francais, because of its resemblance to a sex toy.

The anti-gay group claimed the privately commissioned work had “disfigured” Paris, adding: “This is where your money goes, taxpayers!”.

By Nick Duffy – Full Story at SOURCE | Paris Gay Travel Resources

Murals in San Francisco’s Mission District

Author: , October 17th, 2014

Missio Mural - Alain the Sojourner

The murals in Mission District in San Francisco are one of the things you shouldn’t miss to explore when you’re visiting the city. These murals are larger than life and many of them are labors of love from the artist to the community.

Their subjects are mixed-politics, religion, heroism, teenage angst, life as immigrants and social activism. There are murals that awaken, inspire and prick your conscience.

They are on the walls, doors, windows and roofs. A pavement was not even spared. Many of them are on the alleys, some are ubiquitous on the streets and commercial buildings and few are in the parks.

By Alain – Full Story at The Sojourner | San Francisco Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Community Marketing Releases First China LGBT Travel Survey

Author: , October 17th, 2014

China LGBT Travel Survey

Community Marketing and Insights has released their results of the 1st China LGBT Community Survey. The survey tacked demographics, the concept of being ‘out’, travel and communications in the largest LGBT market currently in the world. Here are some of their findings…

According to the data LGBT consumers were only slightly more likely than heterosexual consumers to take a vacation in a foreign country or Hong Kong, Macao or Taiwan in the past 12 months. However, LGBT consumers were slightly less likely to take a domestic trip in the past 12 months.

Almost twice the amount of lesbians and bisexual women as men were likely to take a holiday in a foreign country or Hong Kong, Macao, or Taiwan. The numbers were closer regarding domestic trips taken in the past 12 months, with 68 percent of women and 53 percent of men doing so. Cities, such as Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou, were the most popular domestic destinations for those travelling.

Full Story at Travel Ahent Central | China Gay Travel Resources

Burma Launches First LGBT Film Festival

Author: , October 16th, 2014

Myanmar - Apple MapsBurma’s first LGBTI film festival will be held next month in Rangoon to celebrate the sexual and gender diversity of the region. The &Proud LGBT Film Festival will run from 12-14 November at the French Institute and is organized by Colors Rainbow, YG Event, Equality Myanmar and several other LGBTI groups.

Hla Myat Tun, program officer at Colors Rainbow, told the Irrawaddy magazine that he hopes to change perceptions of LGBTI people in a country where media representations are often ‘insensitive.’

He said, ‘We hope that festival will help the public to change their views about the LGBT community, or at least give them ideas that those views can be changed. ‘We want to make a point that members of the LGBT community should be proud, and we wish to correct wrong messages that are being spread throughout the community by popular media.’

By Darren Wee – Full Story at Gay Star News | Myanmar Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

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My Last Day in Sorrento

Author: , October 16th, 2014

Sorrento - Dolly GoolsbyOh, I have such a bundle of mixed feelings: in one part of my heart there is joy that I am going home, and will see my friends and family once again. I have one great-granddaughter, Natalee, that I haven’t met yet, so that will be a happy experience to be able to meet her. Then another great-granddaughter, Aurielle, who must have grown so much since I last saw her, it will be fun to get re-acquainted.

Plus all the other family members, and Frank, who has the patience of a saint, to encourage my travels, and is always there for me. Yes, I will be happy to be home, for these reasons.

However, the biggest part of my heart always remains in Italy. I am sad to leave, as there are still so many places I haven’t been, and so many places where I want to return. Yes, I admit it. I have been very fortunate to be able to travel like I do, and I suppose I am a bit spoiled. I know I will come back to Italy, so I will try not to be too sad.

Last night, Susan and I returned to our favorite ristorante in Sorrento, for our farewell dinner. We had dinner there 3 out of the 6 nights of our Sorrento stay. We were treated like long-lost relatives every time we visited. The food is so good, and the owners, who are also wait-staff, are so genuinely caring.

Sorrento is indeed a lovely place, even if, during the day, the city is packed with tour groups, from cruise ships, from independent tour guides..I don’t know where they all came from. We tried to find quieter places to visit during those times.

We have been in Italy for 3 months. It would be hard to single out just one favorite place, or event.

The hikes in the Dolomites, the village of Burano near Venice, the Cinque Terre, all these bring back special memories. Plus the four weeks we got too spend in Montepulciano. All great experiences.

So now, I will leave you, and leave Italy behind. Arriverderci until next time, all my friends, and Bell’Italia.

Ciao for now,

Dolly

By Dolly Goolsby – Full Story at Dolly Travels | Campania Gay Travel Resources

Ghost Encounters – Oct 25th

Author: , October 15th, 2014

Experience the other-worldly feel of our 200-year-old historic site on an October evening. Shaker landscapeThisspecial Ghost Encounters http://www.glynnhouse.com/calendar/#october__2014 evening has something for everyone! Stroll the village for Trick or Treating, hear true Village ghost accounts from story tellers, and enjoy Halloween-themed activities and hot cider at this event for the whole family. Make sure to wear your costume!

Stay at the romantic Glynn House Inn during your New Hampshire winter getaway and experience elegant surroundings, delicious food, uncompromising service and genuine hospitality. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Don’t leave your four-footed canine pal at home. Reserve one of five pet friendly rooms. View the Glynn House www.glynnhouse.com/ website for additional information about the Inn and local activities.

 

At the Seaside…

Author: , October 15th, 2014

at-the-seaside_3550I’ve been struggling to write this post for too long. But today, while sitting on a park bench in Cesenatico, Italy, the words finally came. You see, I’ve had a surprisingly momentous week. I don’t always talk about the personal things going on in my life here on the blog, though sometimes you’ll get glimpses on my public Facebook. I try to share when I can, but with so much of my life public, it’s also nice to have a bit of privacy. I love blogging and if you haven’t noticed by now, I usually don’t shy away from injecting my personality into my travel stories. This blog aims to be not just another useful travel resource, but also (hopefully) fun, interesting and unique.

Regardless, I don’t always put my emotions onto paper (or the keyboard, in this case). I think I’m usually quite a private person–perhaps surprising considering the public nature of this blog. But I’ve always struggled with sharing emotions. Not really out of a fear, but more likely this crazy idea I have that I’m sometimes a burden. In most instances, I can talk lots about myself. But at the same time, I’m definitely aware of what I’m doing. I love attention, yes, (I’m a blogger, after all), but I’m also quite capable of turning it off and just being.

Just being.

This article was written by Adam Groffman, author of the internationally popular travel blog, Travels of Adam. Read more here: At the Seaside….

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Visiting Berlin’s Lesbians-Only Cemetery

Author: , October 15th, 2014

Lesbians-only cemetery in BerlinIf lesbians can go through hell together, they should be allowed to share heaven, too.

If you haven’t already heard, Berlin–the city with a famously gay mayor–now boasts a lesbians-only cemetery. Spearheaded by the Sappho Women’s Living Foundation, the national lesbian club, and intended for the members of the SAFIA club for lesbians over age 48, the cemetery has a section for 40 lesbian-only graves among the sprawling, leafy green Lutheran Georgen Parochial cemetery. Sappho released a statement saying the cemetery is a “statement against the widespread invisibility of lesbians in society, politics, and the media.”

While many women reserved their plots when the cemetery launched back in April, the first funeral is slated for next Friday (for Hilde Heringer, a Sappho member who initiated the cemetery and recently passed away from breast cancer at age 66).

By Nadja Sayej – Full Story at Dot429 | Germany Gay Travel Resources

Juston McKinney – Oct 25

Author: , October 13th, 2014

Juston McKinney http://glynnhouse.com/events/ has appeared on a half dozen Comedy Central shows including his half Palace Theatrehour Comedy Central Presents and most recently his 1-hour special Juston McKinney-A Middle-Class Hole, which was released by Warner Bros. on DVD/CD. He has appeared numerous times on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and appeared on the Tonight Show with Conan O’brien. He was chosen to be part of the Blue Collar Comedy Next Generation Tour, with Bill Engval, which aired on TBS and had his own weekly show on Sirius/XM radio, Live From the Woods with Juston McKinney.
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.

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Casa Marfil, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico

Author: , October 13th, 2014

Casa Marfil - Puerto Vallarta

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

Charming Casa with River and Ocean Views: Casa Marfil is traditional Mexican home with many upgrades, wifi, satellite TV, iPod dock, loads of convenience. Casa Marfil overlooks the Rio Cuale, rooftop palapa, wetbar and terraces sunbathe privately.

See the Casa Marfil Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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