Enchanting, Lesbian Philadelphia – Windy City

Author: , May 19th, 2017

Philadelphia

Philadelphia, the nation’s fourth largest city, feels vibrant, its walls covered in more than 3,500 murals, its narrow streets buzzing with excitement—and traffic. Streets can be packed with nightlife at two in the morning, but it feels rather like a carnival than an annoyance.

Despite the traffic, bicycles abound in lesbian Philadelphia. The Indego system—a bike share like Chicago’s Divvy—only costs $4 per half-hour ride. As long as you accept that the streets only have numbers sometimes, the grid system is easy to follow, and in the corners of the city you’ll find charming squares with sculptures, trees and benches. Staying in a Kimpton Hotel means you get free bike rental, though, as long as you return by sundown. The Hotel Palomar, in the middle of Center City, has a funky rock ‘n’ roll groove to it and personable, helpful staff who might offer you champagne at check-in.

When thinking about lesbian Philadelphia, art is not the first thing that comes to mind. Yet within a half-mile of each other exist the Philadelphia Museum of Art, home of the picturesque rocky steps, its smaller offshoot the Rodin Museum, and the Barnes Foundation. The Rodin Museum is a beautiful small repository of the sculptor’s works, including The Gates of Hell, one of his masterpieces.

The Barnes Foundation, a treasure trove of impressionism, is notable for staying true to its collector’s vision, despite a controversial move from the outskirts of town to the city itself—and for its utter lack of signage. Instead, visitors absorb the art with sly hints Barnes installed by the work, metal objects like keys and ladles indicating fundamental shapes in the painting below. It’s an unusual and ultimately incredibly rewarding way to view these priceless works, and is a must-see experience for an art lover.

By Liz Baudler – Full Story at Windy City

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Trinidad, Cuba – Globetrotter Girls

Author: , May 19th, 2017

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The true showstopper in Cuba for me wasn’t Havana, but Trinidad, a city founded by the Spanish that dates back to 1514 and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

I wasn’t sure if it’d be worth the long drive to get there – the city is located pretty much in the middle of the island, halfway between Havana in the north and Santiago in the far south; around 6 hours on a bus from Havana. But I am so glad that we decided to add it to our itinerary, despite the distance from Havana and Viñales, our first two stops.

Trinidad looked like it hadn’t changed much since the Spanish founded it in the 16th century – colonial houses line cobblestone streets, there are several Spanish-colonial churches and neatly arranged plazas, and horse carts outnumber cars. When people say that a trip to Havana feels like a trip back to the 1950s (because of all the American vintage cars from that time), it’s safe to say that a trip to Trinidad feels like a trip back to the 16th century.

In Trinidad, we got to really soak up Cuban life. With four nights here, we had plenty of time to experience Cuban culture, watch people dance salsa in the town square and in the bars every night, watch locals meet for a chat or a glass of rum in one of the benches that lined all the plazas, and artists draw paintings in the many galleries.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls

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Canada’s Trans Community Calls for Change in Travel Regulations

Author: , May 18th, 2017

Canada Parliament

Jennifer McCreath has a fear of flying of a different sort: a fear she won’t be allowed on board. McCreath, a 43-year-old transgender woman in St. John’s, N.L., takes issue with a federal regulation that prohibits airlines from transporting anyone who “does not appear to be of the gender indicated on the identification presented.”

Doing away with the regulation is a cause the federal NDP has been pushing for five years, and one for which Justin Trudeau expressed support before becoming prime minister. It’s also one the federal Liberal government should be all over, given its self-proclaimed reputation as the party of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, McCreath said in an interview Wednesday.

“It all comes back to the notion of equality,” said McCreath, who described having to wait for two hours in a holding area before a flight to the United States in 2011, when she was in the process of changing the gender on her birth certificate. The Canadian regulation, she said, gives officials too much power in cases where someone doesn’t look like the gender indicated on their identification.

By Kristy Kirkup – Full Story at RD News Now

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Travel Sites for Queer Women

Author: , May 18th, 2017

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My partner and I are avid travelers. As queer residents of New York City, we also often play tour guide for visiting family and friends when we’re not on the road. We encourage our guests to experience New York City beyond selfies in Times Square, including everything from outdoor movies on the historic Intrepid aircraft carrier, to New York Philharmonic concerts in the park, to food festivals in Brooklyn where you can enjoy a ramen burger and craft beer while viewing the Manhattan skyline. We also recommend that our queer visitors pay homage to and get wild at some of the longest standing LGBTQ bars that have played an important role in serving our community, such as Stonewall, the site of the Stonewall Riots that sparked the modern LGBTQ rights movement in the U.S., and Henrietta Hudson, the oldest brick and mortar queer women’s bar in New York City. We are also acutely aware that tourist guides fail to educate our visitors about the rich, diverse LGBTQ culture that exists beyond the bar scene, such as Voguing Balls and the largest LGBTQ fashion shows hosted at world renowned museums.

When my partner and I travel, we try to curate the same type of off-the-beaten-path experiences that we provide our guests. Whether we’re cliff diving in Georgia O’Keeffe country at Abiquiu Lake, or dancing the night away at an underground queer party in Sarajevo, our goal is to immerse ourselves in the most unique ― but also LGBTQ friendly ― adventures that vacation destinations have to offer.

However, the most popular destination guidebooks tend to showcase “must see” tourist landmarks, and any sections dedicated to the LGBTQ traveler generally focuses on the experiences of white cis gay men. If you don’t know someone who is willing to play tour guide like my partner and I do for guests, you really have to reach into the depths of the internet to find guides that feature unique experiences beyond what the mass market is demanding. Travel websites can be a great resource for creating itineraries based on feedback from like-minded travelers because self-published travel bloggers no longer need mainstream publishers to disseminate their words and images to a large audience. Yet, becoming a successful travel blogger is not easy or cheap, unless you’re independently wealthy. In order to travel and create quality, original content, bloggers need financial backing for cameras, flights, hotels, food, event tickets, and more.

By Anita Dolce Vita – Full Story at the Huffington Post

Glass on Glasshouse – Queensland, Australia

Author: , May 17th, 2017

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

Tucked away by Queenslands picturesque Glasshouse Mountains our stylish and contemporary hideaway feature floor to ceiling glass windows for spectacular views of the Sunshine Cost Hinterland so guests can experience nature up close, even when indoors.

Our sleek pavilions offer understated luxury and a sense of seclusion, while just being 6 kilometres from the nearest town. But with a dramatic freestanding bath at your disposal as well as a double sided fireplace, luxurious king size bedroom, breathtaking views of native wildlife, not to mention a delectable breakfast basket each morning, we doubt you will want to venture anywhere else except maybe out for dinner to a country pub if you are not in the mood for using the BBQ on the deck.

Should you choose too however to venture out there are many amazing walks and hikes not too far away.

Venture a little further to the beautiful Rainforest Towns of Maleny & Montville or go and explore the famous Australia Zoo.

Or if you don’t really want to leave your sanctuary we have an onsite cafe where you can just relax and enjoy the views over our Mango Orchard and watch the kangaroos.

Treat yourself to something special….you deserve it!

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Video: New York City Gay Nightlife – Gay Star News

Author: , May 17th, 2017

New York City Gay Nightlife

New York City. The city that never sleeps. This is one of the most energetic cities in the world and offers a nightlife like no other. In NYC you can have fun around the clock. Come along with Charlie Williams (currently in Miss Saigon) as he takes you into the New York City Gay Nightlife and see why it’s great to be LGBTI in NYC.

Watch the video below:

By David Calderon – Full Story at Gay Star News

Sail With DJ Yabis to Sardinia and Corsica

Author: , May 17th, 2017

DJ Yabis

I’m so freaking excited to share this big news with you! I’m finally hosting my own #DreamEuroTrip this summer!

It’s going to be a luxurious sailing trip for a week. And it’s not just to any basic bitch islands either.

It’s a sailing trip to two of the most beautiful and dreamiest islands in Europe: Sardinia, Italy and Corsica, France.

I am SO SO SOOOOOOO EXCITED!

I have been living and traveling around Europe since 2009 and been blogging about it for a few years. If you’ve been following me for a while specially on Instagram you know that I am obsessed with Europe and that I love traveling with my family or friends to show them around my favorite places.

This year I want to offer the opportunity to YOU to travel with me!

I get emails and comments every now and then of you guys saying “Take me with you please!” or “Can I join you on your trip next time?” so now here is your chance to join me on a fabulous trip in Europe.

By D.J. Yabis – Full Story at Dream Euro Trip

Events:The Fabulous Thunderbirds

Author: , May 17th, 2017

Events:The Fabulous Thunderbirds! http://glynnhouse.com/events/ For over 30 years, The Fabulous Thunderbirds have been the quintessential American band. The group’s distinctive and powerful sound, has been influenced by a diversity of musical styles. The band has manifested itself into a unique musical hybrid. The current Thunderbirds line-up features Jay Moeller on drums, Johnny Moeller and Mike Keller on guitar, and Randy Bermudes on bass.  The Thunderbirds understand different styles of music and have different ways of playing. Purchase your tickets now and plan on enjoying a terrific concert at the Flying Monkey June 2.

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 spring 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 spring activities. View the Glynn House website http://www.glynnhouse.com for additional information about the Inn, special offers  and local activities. Book Your ‘The Fabulous Thunderbirds’ Accommodation Now! http://ao4.availabilityonline.com/availability_search.php?un=glynnhse or call (603) 968 3775,

Mediterranean Sunset in Alexandria – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , May 15th, 2017

Alexandria - Keep Calm and Wander

Mediterranean sunset in Alexandria is, oh boy, breathtaking. While I was in Alexandria last month, a local couchsurfer (Thanks, Abdulazziz!) brought me to Montaza Palace Gardens. This park is huge and there were only few people when we were there. Its lush green, well-manicured gardens are good for an afternoon walk or picnic. This is a great place to escape from the crazy, busy streets of Alexandria. When the weather gets too hot, this is your cool refuge.

The best place to watch the sunset here is by going to the red, Victorian-styled bridge. The setting sun is right in front of you and it makes a perfect backdrop for the old light house.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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Exploring Sri Lanka – Passport Magazine

Author: , May 15th, 2017

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Sri Lanka offers broad sandy beaches, astounding cultural and historic sites, stunning wildlife refuges, and misty hilltop tea plantations, all within relatively short and smooth-paved driving distances from each other.

Just over 30 miles from the southern tip of India, across the narrow Palk Strait, lies the island nation of Sri Lanka. This small country is similar in size to Ireland, but with delightfully dissimilar weather (temperatures generally between 75 and 80 Fahrenheit year round). Formerly known as Ceylon, the island offers broad sandy beaches, astounding cultural and historic sites, stunning wildlife refuges, and misty hilltop tea plantations, all within relatively short and smooth-paved driving distances from each other.

With its winning combination of ease and exoticism, one might assume you’d find Sri Lanka on any avid traveler’s must-go list, but this is a country that for a quarter century (beginning in 1983) suffered the ravages of a civil war between the island’s two largest ethnic groups, the majority Sinhalese and the Tamils, who represent 15% of the population.

Accusing the national government of discrimination and demanding the establishment of an independent country, the Tamils’ tenacious guerilla-style attacks and bombings kept the nation perpetually on edge.

By Jim Gladstone – Full Story at Passport Magazine

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