Thirteen Surprising Things About Berlin – Globetrotter Girls

Author: , August 24th, 2016

Berlin - Dani

I’ve talked about Berlin a lot on this site, providing you with some useful guides for the city (check out:

…but returning after a year, several first-time visitors in tow, I noticed that there are quite a few things that I’ve never shared with you: The things I find surprising about Berlin, and the things people I show around find surprising and interesting. So without further ado, here are 13 things about Berlin that I find surprising and that might surprise you, too:

1 BERLIN IS THE VEGAN CAPITAL OF EUROPE

This one is surprising – who would’ve thought that you’d find one of Europe’s most vegan-friendly cities in meat loving Germany? It seems like vegan cafes, bars and restaurants are popping up everywhere around the city, but I was skeptical when my friend Sam told me that Berlin was the vegan capital of Europe. A quick Google search revealed that he was correct though, and Berlin is in fact the city with more vegan restaurants than any other city in Europe, according to CNN. Germany’s first vegan supermarket chain, Veganz, was founded here, and Berlin is home to the biggest vegan festival in all of Europe. You can get vegan versions of the meat dishes that Berlin is famous for, doner and curry wurst, and you can get pretty much anything vegan: wine, cheese, ice cream, pizza… There are vegan versions of everything, and then there are of course the 60+ purely vegan restaurants and cafes in the city.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls

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Gay Italy – From Verona to Milan

Author: , August 24th, 2016

Gay Italy

In my deluded mind, a trip to Milan was an opportunity to sip Negronis by a sun-baked pool, admiring the city’s style and hot, swaggering men. A relentless two-day rain storm changed that plan slightly.

An umbrella was firmly in the hand, rather than in the cocktails, but Italian talent was duly ogled and the Milanese remain admirably chic, even when it’s quite nippy and pouring it down.

We were in the city for the Quiiky Untold History tour. This wasn’t a guided peek into Donatella’s plastic surgeons or Berlusconi’s favourite escort agencies. This was a journey into an ancient past when alchemy, art, design and religion fused to made Italy a cultural ruler. But before delving into the mysteries and wonders of 15th-century art, we plunged into Milanese nightlife.

Lecco Milano is a hip, mixed bar offering food, DJs and a range of cocktails, including one tipple worryingly called GinHB. We also played bingo at L’Elephante while drinking a killer cocktail called the Bin Laden. I don’t remember how I got home.

By Stewart Who – Full Story at Gay Star News

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1907 Bragdon House B&B – Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast in Geneva, New York

Author: , August 22nd, 2016

1907 Bragdon House

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

The 1907 Bragdon House is a beautiful B&B centrally located within the Finger Lakes Wine trails and in the heart of Geneva.

We are within minutes walk to Hobart and William Smith Colleges, local shops, pubs, wonderful restaurants.

The inn is also only a 5 minute drive to Belhurst Castle, Ventosa Winery and Geneva on the Lake

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Brooklyn Bridge Park – Globetrotter Girls

Author: , August 22nd, 2016

Brooklyn Bridge Park

The past week has been all about work; the most I got to see of New York was during my runs: Brooklyn Bridge Park with its stunning Manhattan views, across the Brooklyn Bridge (with even better views), the lovely Red Hook neighborhood with its pier and great vistas of the Statue Of Liberty, running in Riverside Park alongside Hudson River and in Central Park. I took a break on Thursday to finally enjoy an outdoor movie – one of the 28 things I love about summer in New York City are the free outdoor movies all over the city – and couldn’t have chosen a better time for a break away from my laptop: a beautiful summer night, A League Of Their Own, good company, a lovely picnic and watching the sunset over the Manhattan skyline.

That night was a nice walk down memory lane in three different ways: This Used To Be My Playground, the theme song of the movie, was the first Madonna song that really got me hooked on her music (I liked her 80s stuff, but it was a bit too pop-y for me), and was the song that started her ‘ballad phase’ – over the next couple of years, she would release some of my all-time Madonna songs, like Rain, Secret, I’ll Remember, Take A Bow, and finally You’ll See, which might be my all-time favorite song of hers.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls

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Ipanema: Rio’s LGBTIQA Hot Spot

Author: , August 22nd, 2016

ipanema - Gabriel Heusl

With the Olympic Games well under way and the first medals snapped up, the worlds eyes are on Rio de Janeiro. But despite the hustle and bustle around the venues and inside the athletes village, living in Rio follows its own pace and its a fairly relaxed one.The city is, by far, Brazils gay hub: apart from welcoming over one million visitors flocking to the city each year, Christ the Redeemer also casts a watchful eye over the citys own, home-grown community. After all, 14.3% of Rios citizens identify as part of the LGBTI community.

At a population of 12.3 million people in the metropolitan area, that accounts for about 1.7 million people and those who arent LGBTI themselves are often described as open minded and extending a warm welcome to people from every walk of life.

Brazils second-biggest city may not have a clearly defined gay quarter, but ask around and people will generally point you in the same direction: towards the Rua Farme de Amoedo, in the affluent South Zone neighbourhood, or bairro, of Ipanema.

By Stephanie Gerdes – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Image from Wikipedia, by Gabriel Heusl

Events: The Waltz

Author: , August 21st, 2016

Events: The Waltz http://glynnhouse.com/events/ is an original work. It was conceivedevening small and written by Broadway veteran Carolyn Kirsch, explores sculptor Camille Claudel’s tempestuous relationship with Auguste Rodin, her ongoing struggles to be recognized in 20th Century Parisian art circles, and the question of her descent into madness. A gifted artist, Claudel left a magnificent artistic legacy which is beautifully immortalized in this new work by award-winning actress Kirsch. Experience a delightful evening of theatre at the Winnipesaukee Playhouse September 7 – 10.

Book your Winnipesaukee Playhouse accommodation at the romantic 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 activities during your visit to New Hampshire’s spectacular White Mountains and Lakes Regions? Venture away from the Inn and enjoy art galleries, ATV Rides, boating, fine dining, fishing, golf, hiking, historic sites, horseback riding, zip line and tax free shopping. Or, simply experience the delightful New Hampshire countryside. Inn guests enjoy savings on many activities too. View the Glynn House website http://www.glynnhouse.com for additional information about the Inn, special offers  and local activities. Book Your ‘The Waltz’ accommodation Now http://ao4.availabilityonline.com/availability_search.php?un=glynnhse or call (603) 968 3775.

Macaw Bank Jungle Lodge – Gay San Ignacio, Belize Accommodations

Author: , August 20th, 2016

Macaw Bank Jungle Lodge

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

Macaw Bank Jungle Lodge is a gay friendly, green conscious, authentic rainforest ecolodge destination centrally located in the heartland of the Maya and between San Ignacio Town and the Mountain Pine Ridge. Being an authentic naturalist Belize Jungle Lodge our facilities are designed with your comfort in mind with a commitment to having a low impact on the environment. Also, as a sustainable lodge we produce our own electricity and water.

Our accommodations in the Cayo District consists of six nicely appointed rustic style cabanas with private baths,soaps, shampoos, linens, hot and cold shower, queen size bed,and some with twin single beds, a private screened deck with seatings, fans, electricity and daily housekeeping.

Our Maya Restaurant features farm fresh to table using mostly locally produced organic ingredients. we offer a fusion of Belizean, Italian, American, Asian and Mexican dishes.

The Tribal Bar serving an assortment of imported and locally produced liquors, wines, beers and cocktails. Our tropical cocktails are made with fresh and natural organic fruits juices.

The property also consists of five miles well groomed nature trails , Macal River front property with easy access to sandy beach with seatings, board games, lending library, darts, volleyball, palapas with hammocks, offsite tours to ancient Maya sites, waterfalls, caving,canoeing, horseback riding along with night walks, bird tours and pristine Macal River tubing available on site on our 50 acre Nature Reserve. In addition, our guests have access to free Wi-Fi during daylight hours which could be affected by weather conditions, as we are served by satellite.

We offer an exotic adventure destination where you will immerse yourself in an authentic natural jungle setting. Ideal for couples, families, retreats, naturalists, ornithologists, spelunkers, yoga retreats, family reunions, friends getaway.

Belize, land of enchantment where you will find an amazing amount of ecological and cultural bio-diversity. In Belize you will find mountains, abundance in flora and fauna, ancient mayan archaoelogical sites, extensive cave systems, rivers, waterfalls, savanahs, mangroves, coral reefs, islands, seashore, and much much more. You will be surprised on the amount of bio-diversity in the many ecosystems of Belize.

There is also a rainbow of cultural diversity in Belize for you will find Creole, Maya, Mestizo, East Indian, Chinese, Amish and Mennonites.

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Buenos Aires – LGBTIQA Capital

Author: , August 20th, 2016

Buenos Aires

Next to a photography exhibition of transsexuals, Ruben Forace touches up his black eyeliner with one hand as he holds a balloon with the rainbow flag in the other. “My identity is ambiguous. I’m not trans because I didn’t get a gender-reassignment surgery and I don’t consider myself as a normal gay guy. My partners are heterosexuals and I don’t like going out with gay men,” he says.

Forace, who works as a tourist guide and has identified as a female cross-dresser for the past 10 years, says his identity is fluid. “During the day, I’m a man and I wear clothes for men. At night, when I go out dancing, I am a girl.” Forace goes by Tati at night.

Forace is one of hundreds of people participating in Buenos Aires’ LGBTIQ festival, a week-long series of events to celebrate sexual diversity. Organized by Argentina’s Tourism Ministry, the festival features drag queens shows, queer tango classes, sports activities, photography exhibitions, and business networking opportunities. For a week, the city’s pedestrian road signs changed to two men and two women.

By Kamilia Lahrichi – Full Story at Fusion.net

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Tripping through Tbilisi

Author: , August 20th, 2016

Tbilisi

If I had a coin for every time I explained I was traveling to Georgia The Republic of, not the US state I’d be a wealthy man. Admittedly, to many Westerners it’s not high on the bucket list, overshadowed by higher-profile neighbours Turkey and Russia.

But following a invitation from a friend to visit him in his newly-rented apartment in Tbilisi, I felt instantly curious and torn. It’s legal to be gay in Georgia, but the country is so entrenched in Orthodox Christianity that LGBTI people are often victims of abuse and violence.

When it comes to where queer travelers in the West choose to vacation, many of us vote with our wallets, supporting the economies of well-catalogued gay-friendly destinations, such as Sitges or Mykonos. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

By Clark Turner – Full Story at Gay Star News

Wickwood Inn – Gay Friendly Saugatuck Bed and Breakfast

Author: , August 19th, 2016

Wickwood Inn

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

At the Wickwood Inn, we share a love for food and a signature style with our guests. We have eleven rooms with distinctive style in the heart of beautiful downtown Saugatuck, Michigan. Step inside our world.

See the Wickwood Inn Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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