Fountainebleau – The Paris Day Trip You Must Take

Author: , March 23rd, 2016

Fountainebleau - Mike Shelby

Due to popular demand we’ve added one more Paris-related article to our recent series on the City of Light. This one is a day trip to Fontainebleau, our favorite nearby castle besides Versailles. In some ways, visiting Versailles during your trip to Paris has become so commonplace it borders on cliche. It’s not so much a day-trip as an extension of the city itself; as important to your Parisian cultural experience as a day at the Louvre, or a walk along the Seine.

In other words, you don’t need us to tell you to visit Versailles, just as you don’t need us to hold your hand on the way to the Eiffel Tower. But we thought you should know, there are other fish in the sea, and the Chateau Fontainebleau is one of our favorites. It’s not as well known, which also means it’s a bit less expensive and not as overrun with tourists and easy to get to; the palace is 34 miles southeast of Paris and accessible by train. The palace is, however, every bit as fabulous as Versailles, with a rich and longer history all its own.

Fountainebleau, a convenient day trip from Paris in Towleroad and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineBuilt in the 12th century, it was first used as a hunting lodge for the Kings of France (specifically Louis VII and Louis IX) and later expanded in the 16th century by King Henry II, and again by Henry IV. It is the birthplace and burial grounds of many French kings and has survived nearly a thousand years of revolutions and conflicts, remaining one of the world’s grandest estates.

By Ed Salvato – Full Story at Towleroad.com

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Photo by Mike Shelby

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Marlborough’s Diva DeLuxe B&B, Blenheim, South Island, New Zealand

Author: , July 24th, 2015

Marlborough's Diva DeLuxe B&B

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Welcome to Marlborough’s Diva DeLuxe Bed and Breakfast. Marlborough is a gourmet’s paradise. This is New Zealand’s largest wine growing region and is the home of some of New Zealand’s finest wines. With award winning wineries, the Marlborough Sounds with its walking, mountain biking and Launch cruising opportunities this is a fantastic region to stop overnight or for multiple nights.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Four Mounds Bed & Breakfast, Dubuque, Iowa

Author: , February 12th, 2015

Four Mounds B&B - Dubuque, IAPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfast in Dubuque, Iowa – Four Mounds is a 60 acre historic estate on the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River. A great escape for weddings, reunions or just a night away.

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