Purple Roofs Gay Travel Newsletter 7/19/14

Author: , July 19th, 2014

Scott & MarkWelcome to the Purple Roofs gay travel newsletter.

Our articles section now has five parts – local news, general interest, reviews of past events, travel event news (including upcoming events and reviews and photos of past events), and finally sweepstakes and contests.

We’ve got lots of other great stuff for you this month, too – including some great feature articles: Strasbourg, France; Black Forest & Basel, Germany; Verona, Italy; SF’s Beach Blanket Babylon; and Sequim, Washington’s Lavender Festival.

We’ve also recently launching our revamped Gay Travel Events section – more than 700 pride events, film festivals, circuit parties, and much more, now with photos, descriptions, and links to lodging for your stay.

And we’re featuring a number of other gay travel articles from around the world.

You’ll also find some great accommodation specials and discounts, tons of upcoming gay travel events, and much more.


 

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Our Featured Articles This Month:


Strousburg, FranceFRANCE: Strasbourg
by Dolly Goolsby
Today we are in France. We were docked in Strasbbourg when we woke up. I opened the curtains in our cabin to see at least 40 swans, floating in the river, some around our boat.. And what a lovely morning. Later, we went on a walking tour of Strasbourg. When we were walking down one street, the guide told us to not look up until we reached the end of the block. There in front of us was the massive cathedral, whose construction started in 1015. It took two centuries for the cathedral to be completed.
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Baden Baden GermanyGERMANY: The Black Forest and Basel
by Dolly Goolsby
Well, sad to say, this is our last day of the tour. We are in Basel, Switzerland now, and will fly home tomorrow. This is a small map of our cruise. As you might remember, we started at the top of this map, in Brussels and along with cruising, we ate and drank our way down the Rhine and the Mosel Rivers. The food has been so good on the ship, with 3 meals a day included with the trip, but of course, along the way we had to sample regional specialties: beer, wine, apple strudel, Black Forest cake, sausages….on and on…I heard one lady say, at lunch, “After I get home, it will be chicken broth and carrot sticks, so I am going for the gusto today.” Me, too.
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Verona ConcertITALY:
by Dolly Goolsby
Good morning, everyone. Yes, Susan and I are in Verona. On Tuesday, we flew from home to Rome, then caught a train and came directly to Verona. It made a very long day for us, but we slept well that night. Yesterday was beautiful ..sunny, a bit humid. We took a bus up to Lake Garda, about an hour and a half ride from Verona. We had not been there before, so we wanted to see it. Garda is a beautiful town, with a lovely lakefront area. We walked along the lake, through a park, down to the beach. The lake itself was getting a bit choppy, so we did not go Into the water. We had lunch at a lakeside cafe, wandered some more through the shopping area, and returned to Verona.
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Beach Blanket BabylonUSA, CALIFORNIA: TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Beach Blanket Babylon
by Don and Ray
In our travels from coast to coast over the past several years, we keep going to back to some of the same resorts and restaurants and we see the shows and sights and sounds of what each area offers. Most all of the time after you see something a few times, you get bored with it and move on to see something else. We have been going to San Francisco for over 40 years and Steve Silver’s Beach Blanket Babylon, now in its 40th year and celebrating over 15,000 performances, is a world renowned record-breaking success and the longest running musical revue in theatre history! How many live shows can keep going for 40 years in the same town?
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Sequim Lavender FestivalUSA, WASHINGTON: Lesbian Travel: Come to the Lavender Festival in Discovery Bay, Washington
by Rush Messing
The third weekend of July each year features the Sequim Lavender Festival in Washington State. Dozens of lavender farms have mini-festivals and downtown Sequim hosts an arts and crafts show and a huge Lavender Festival. This year it will run Friday-Sunday July 18-20th. The Olympic Driftwood Sculptors will also host a large show of their finished works. There will be demonstrations and hosts to answer your questions. There’s just no place on earth like the North Olympic Peninsula, cooled by the waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and featuring the historic towns of Port Townsend and Sequim as well as Port Angeles, gateway to the Olympic Mountains.
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We also scour the web to bring you all the gay travel news we can find. You can see these posts on a daily basis at http://www.purpleroofs.com/gay-travel-blog, or sign up for our RSS feed. Here are some of our favorites from the last month.

Local Stories:

BAHAMAS: My Solo Trip to the Bahamas
I recently spent a long weekend in the Bahamas…on my own. Yes, I left my kids and husband at home and trekked to Freeport, Grand Bahama. At the airport, I sipped coffee, flipped through magazines and chatted with strangers.
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CANADA: Vancouver Hotel Adds Rainbow to City Skyline
Just in time for Vancouver’s pride events in late July and Early August, the city’s skyline now features a permanent display of LGBT pride.
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CHILE: Visiting Santiago
Santiago, Chile feels like a new city. With most of its colonial architecture flattened by earthquakes, and mirrored high-rises towering against the snow-covered Andes, it can be tough, at first, to see the more intimate side of this South American city.
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CURACAO: This Island Should Be on Your Radar
Every year, countless travelers wound tighter than a clock are lured to the Caribbean with the promise of a getaway filled with nothingness.
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DENMARK: What You Can Do With $10, $50 or $100 in Copenhagen
Founded by Bishop Absalon in 1160, Denmark’s capital has grown over the centuries into one of the northern Europe’s most charming cities.
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DUBAI: Four Cheap Things to Do in Dubai
Dubai is a city of superlatives, but Cheapest Vacation Destination is generally not among them.
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FRANCE: Four Paris Neighborhoods Locals Think are Tres Cool
First-time visitors to Paris should definitely visit the Marais for art galleries and falafel shops, and Bastille for modern art and antique records, but these areas are just too “bobo” to impress your Parisian friends.
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GERMANY: Gay Frankfurt is Fabulous
Nicknamed Bankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany has long held a reputation as a center of finance — and not much else.
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JAMAICA: Is Jamaica the Most Homophobic Island in the Caribbean?
TJamaica – Apple Mapsires, shoes and stones were some of the things that were being thrown to a helpless gay being beaten to a pulp in a street in Jamaica.
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SLOVENIA: Is Ljubljana, Slovenia the New Berlin?
When I told a few of my Berliner friends that I was visiting Ljubljana, I got a mixed response.
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SLOVENIA: The Creative Side of Ljubljana
When in Ljubljana the other weekend, among the many surprising things I discovered about the city was the fact that the city is home to more than a few abandoned spaces and plenty of street art and graffiti.
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SPAIN: One Million Attend Madrid Pride
Organisers estimate that around 1.2 million people attended Pride events in the Spanish capital, packing the streets yesterday for the parade, which is the culmination of the city’s Pride festival.
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SWEDEN: Stockholm’s LGBT Attractions
For LGBT families, a trip to Stockholm might include a ferry ride to the island Djurgarden to visit the ABBA museum, Skansen, Junibacken, or Vasa Museum. Junibacken, the children’s museum pays homage to Astrid Lindgren, the creator of Pippi Longstocking, whose books have been translated into 64 languages.
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TURKEY: The Golden Horn
Cruising down the Bosphorus is one of the most popular tourist activities in Istanbul, but most people will pay way too much (50 Turkish lira/$40 or more) to sit on a crowded, privately owned boat for three hours without every really getting the chance to interact with local culture.
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USA, ALASKA: Five Free Things to Do in Anchorage
Most tourists making a summer trip to Alaska will pass through Anchorage on their way to cruises, Denali National Park and other scenic adventures. While in Alaska’s biggest city, also home to the state’s largest airport, there are plenty of free things to do. Here are a few.
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USA, CALIFORNIA: Los Angeles Gay History Around Every Corner
History! Like radon, it’s all around us, even though you can’t see it. But unlike radon, absorbing it makes you a better person with a more informed future. Fortunately, in L.A. at least, it can also be fun.
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USA, CALIFORNIA: Gay Los Angeles on Foot
Forget the urban legend (and hit ’80s anthem) which suggests that only a nobody walks in Los Angeles. It’s time to trade those expensive designer loafers for your most sensible walking shoes, and hit the streets.
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USA, CALIFORNIA: Visiting the Paso Robles Wine Country
Paso Robles is one of California’s (and the country’s) fastest wine-growing regions, located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles in an unspoiled setting of vineyard-covered hills that rise and plunge down to one of the state’s most stunning stretches of coast.
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USA, CALIFORNIA: Five Hot Los Angeles Guys Tell You Where to Go
We all need a good recommendation when traveling to another city, especially one as trendy and uber deep as Los Angeles.
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USA, CALIFORNIA: Five Must Do’s in Gay Los Angeles
Even the most dewy of us can benefit from the occasional rejuvenation to help us retain that youthful glow. The City of Angels is no different.
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USA, OHIO: How Gay Friendly is Cleveland?
Two weeks ago in San Francisco, I walked past a couple of guys in my hotel lobby wearing tutus, and pretty much nothing else.
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USA, PENNSYLVANIA: Three Day Trips from Philadelphia
From murals to music to roast pork, there’s plenty for the budget-conscious traveler to enjoy in Philadelphia.
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USA, PENNSYLVANIA: Gay Philadelphia Fun
With same-sex marriage bans being lifted in many states, including Pennsylvania, why not share some travel tips about our nation’s historically political birthplace?
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USA, WASHINGTON: Taste Seattle Food Tours
A fun new tour on Alki Beach that combines a flat bike ride along the beach with tantalizing beach cuisine all while learning a little more about the history and culture of this beach neighborhood.
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USA, WASHINGTON DC: Gay Washington DC – Full of History
D.C. boasts a burgeoning music, arts and nightlife scene for all generations to step back in time. But the city is also known for its rich history, spanning nearly three centuries. This summer, visit some of the District’s most colorful and time-tested landmarks.
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General Interest Stories:

Amazing Afternoon Teas Worldwide
Fold your pinky in!” I’m holding a porcelain teacup in my hand, pinky jutting outward, about to tilt the china to my lips and savor a first sip of smoky Lapsang Souchong tea, when I’m startled by this chide.
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Museums of the Future
Museums can take years, even decades, of planning. These eight concepts have had a long and sometimes bumpy road on the way to becoming a reality, but we’re already big fans and looking forward to the ribbon-cutting dates.
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Past Events:

Lesbian Travel: Seven Days on a Floating Film Festival
“There sure are a lot of straights in fanny packs,” I thought to myself as I boarded the Norwegian Breakaway for my gay film festival at sea.
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CANADA, ONTARIO: Photos From Toronto World Pride
Watermark has some great photos from Toronto World Pride.
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Upcoming Event News:

AUSTRALIA, VICTORIA: Frosty Fruits – Gay Skiing Down Under
(Aug 21-26) FOR Daniel Lehrer, the annual Frosty Fruits Ski Trip is all about one thing: having an enjoyable time. “It’s a fun, relaxed vibe,” the Melbourne resident said. “It’s a nice way to have a relaxing trip and meet like-minded people while skiing.

AUSTRALIA, NSW: Got New Year’s Plans Yet? How About Tropical Fruits?
(Dec 21-Jan 1) If the glitz and glamour of Sydney are all just a bit too much for you on New Year’s Eve, look no further than the beautiful Northern Rivers region of New South Wales!
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CANADA, ONTARIO: Toronto WorldPride Chooses Vancouver Artist’s Work
Jun 22-Nov 15) Vancouver’s Pablo Munoz is one of six Canadians whose work will be shown at the Art Gallery of Ontario during a special exhibition marking WorldPride 2014 in Toronto.
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CARIBBEAN: Transgender Cruise Planned for December
(Dec 14-21) Travel agent Jeff Land blocked cabins on a Royal Caribbean sailing in December for what he believes is the first trans cruise. “This has been a dream of mine for so long,” Land said, “because it feels safe being with other trans people.”
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COSTA RICA: Gay Surf Week in November
(Nov 8-15) We’re not going to ask what you like to ride, but if it includes waves, consider Gay Surf Week 2014, which promises to offer a week of sun, fun and waves for gay and lesbian surfers and beach lovers in Tamarindo, Costa Rica.
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GREECE: Xlsior Dance Festival Returns to Mykonos and Santorini
(Aug 20-29) XLSior – the International Dance Festival that has taken over Greece for the last 5 years – is back again and coming to Mykonos this 20-24 August and Santorini this 27-29 August.
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GREECE: Lesvos Island Welcomes Women’s Festival in September
(Sept 6-20) After 13 years, this festival keeps getting better, attracting women holiday makers from all over the world to this tiny Greek Isle. For 2014, the International Eressos Women’s Festival takes place over two weeks, from 6-20 September.
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ICELAND: Bears, Bears, Bears on Ice!
(Sept 4-7) BEARS ON ICE is an annual event for bears and friends held in Reykjavik, Iceland in September.
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NEW ZEALAND: Queenstown’s Gay Ski Week to Be Bigger Than Ever
(Aug 30-Sept 6) Hot on the heels of Queenstown becoming a gay wedding hotspot, the organisers of the resort’s Gay Ski Week have organised international travel prizes bound to grow the event’s global profile.
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UK, ENGLAND: London Pride 2014 to Be Crowdfunded
(Jul 19-27) London Pride will be raising money for this year’s festival by crowd-funding, it was announced today (14 March).
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UK, ENGLAND: L Fest Coming to Staffordshire in July
(Jul 18-21) L Fest is the UK’s award winning lesbian music, arts & comedy festival, returning in 2014 from 18-21 July in Staffordshire.
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UK, ENGLAND: Newcastle Pride Will Be Bigger and Better in 2014
(Jul 18-20) One of the region’s most popular music festivals is returning in July with an additional venue and an extended run.
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UK, SCOTLAND: 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow Will Include a Pride House
(Jul 23-Aug 3) Ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow organisers have announced a Pride House event for LGBT athletes and fans.
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SPAIN: Girlie Circuit Festival Hits Barcelona in August
(Aug 12-17) The Girlie Circuit Festival 2014 hits Barcelona 12-17 August. Where better to hold the biggest summer lesbian festival than in the Mediterranean gay capital.
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USA, CALIFORNIA: Palm Springs Celebrates Gay Pride in November
(Nov 7-9) “I am Pride: Stonewall” is the theme for the 2014 Palm Springs Pride Celebration scheduled for November 7-9, ending with the parade.
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USA, FLORIDA: New: Gay Days Fort Lauderdale
(Nov 25-Dec 1) According to Gay Days president Chris Alexander-Manley, the event is expanding into Fort Lauderdale.
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USA, HAWAII: Maui Pride to Feature Frenchie Davis
(Oct 3-5) Maui Pride is coming up in October and has an amazing array of events this year. Including a Film Festival, which will premier a short film called Princesa and a full feature film Fagbug Nation!
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USA, ILLINOIS: Chicago’s Reeling LGBT Film Festival Moves to September
(Sept 18-25) Chicago Filmmakers, the presenting organization of Reeling, the world’s second oldest LGBT film festival, has announced dates for the 2014 festival.
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USA, MASSACHUSETTS: Women’s Week Returns to Ptown in October
(Oct 13-19) For the past thirty years, Provincetown has hosted a festival in October like no other.
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USA, NEVADA: Saturday Gay Beach Club Party at Tropicana Las Vegas This Summer
(Saturdays, Mar 9-Labor Day) The first-ever Saturday LGBTQ beach party at a resort on the Vegas Strip, Xposed!, celebrates its grand opening Saturday, March 29, at The New Tropicana resort in Las Vegas.
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USA, NEVADA: Evolve Returns to Vegas for New Year’s Eve
(Dec 31) Evolve 2015, a unique gay New Year’s Eve celebration, is more than just a party – it’s a 3-day experience attracting men from more than 30 countries to Las Vegas.
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USA, OHIO: United Church of Christ to Sponsor Gay Games 9
(Aug 9-16) The UCC is going to sponsor the Gay Games 9 this year in Cleveland.
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USA, TEXAS: Gay Music Festival Coming to Austin in September
(Sept 12-14) Couldn’t snatch a ticket to Coachella this year? Save your dollars and your feathered earrings for the biggest queer music festival in the country.
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USA, TEXAS: New LGBT Play Festival To Debut in September
(Sept 4-14) Uptown Players moved its Pride Play Fest from September to June this year, so it seems TeCo Theatrical Productions is stepping in to the fall spot.
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USA, VERMONT: “Camp Camp” Returns to Vermont in August
(Aug 24-31) Did your parents send you away to summer camp when you were young, before you were out, and you’d like a do-over? Then maybe ‘Camp’ Camp is for you.
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AUSTRIA: Win a Romantic Trip for Two to Gay Vienna
(Enter by 8/31) Imagine walking down gay Vienna’s infamous Ringstrasse en route to the Vienna State Opera with your loved one.
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USA, HAWAII: Win Five Nights in Maui at the Maui Sunseeker
(Enter by 10/1) Step off the plane and the first thing you notice is the warm tropical breeze, full of the scent of plumeria, jasmine and tuberose, wrapping you in a wonderful feeling you’ve really arrived in paradise. And that’s just the first few moments of your escape from the normal. It gets better.Full Story

USA, MASSACHUSETTS: Win a Summer Vacation in Massachusetts
(Enter by 8/31) What’s better than a summer vacation? A free summer vacation, obviously.
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Purple Roofs Gay Travel Newsletter 7/5/14

Author: , July 5th, 2014

Scott & MarkWelcome to the Purple Roofs gay travel newsletter.

Our articles section now has five parts – local news, general interest, reviews of past events, travel event news (including upcoming events and reviews and photos of past events), and finally sweepstakes and contests.

We’ve got lots of other great stuff for you this month, too – including some great feature articles: Castles, Villages and the Rhine in Germany; Luxembourg; The Netherlands; Yosemite; and our own fantastic photos from SF Pride.

We’ve also recently launching our revamped Gay Travel Events section – more than 700 pride events, film festivals, circuit parties, and much more, now with photos, descriptions, and links to lodging for your stay.

And we’re featuring a number of other gay travel articles from around the world.

You’ll also find some great accommodation specials and discounts, tons of upcoming gay travel events, and much more.


My Gay Friendly ItalyMy Gay Friendly Italy

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The hotels we include are mostly historic homes or small regional hotels. Restaurants are usually family owned with local, fresh food and offer regional cuisine. We arrange for private licensed guides allowing us to explore each town with knowledge and flexibility.

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Our Featured Articles This Month:


Bonn, Germany - Dolly GoolsbyGERMANY: Bohn and Koln
by Dolly Goolsby
Yes, we are in Germany now. We started sailing last night from our last little village in the Netherlands, where we were on the Waal River, a tributary of the Rhine. At 0830 this morning we docked at Bonn, Germany. We had already had our breakfast and we were ready for our walking tour through the city of Bonn. Bonn is one of the oldest cities in Germany, and was the capital of West Germany before the Berlin Wall came down. Bonn is a university town, and has several old churches, but the city was so heavily bombed during World War II that very little of the original buildings are standing, and those that are have been restored.
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Cochem, Germany - Dolly GoolsbyGERMANY: Cochem, Castles and Vineyards
by Dolly Goolsby
Oh, wow! We are now on the Mosel River, which veered off from the Rhine River, traveling westward now. Although we have been told that there are more castles on the Rhine than here, but I have to tell you, this is the most scenic, calm area. There is other boat traffic, but not the commercial barges as on the Rhine. This morning we took a tour of the Cochem castle. This castle dates back to 1100’s, but of course, many restorations have been made to it during the subsequent centuries. The setting is gorgeous, sitting way up on a hill overlooking the town of Cochem.
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Germany - Dolly GoolsbyGERMANY: Bernkastel and Trier, Germany
by Dolly Goolsby
It is a rainy Saturday afternoon, and some quiet time for us, so I can tell you about our adventures of yesterday and today. Yesterday we visited the most charming little village, called Bernkastel. This tiny town is situated right in the middle of wine country. I do believe, of all the darling little villages we have seen this is the most delightful. The town dates back to the 13th century. There are still many of the old half-timbered houses still standing. This little house (pictured) is one of the oldest, and while it is starting to lean to one side, it is still being used as a Weinstube, or wine shop. Notice how much smaller the bottom of the house is compared to the top. This is because taxes were paid according to how much street frontage the building used. (As an aside, this system was also used in Venice, but taxes paid according to how much Grand Canal frontage the building had.)
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Marksburg Castle, GermanyGERMANY: Castles on the Rhine
by Dolly Goolsby
I will try to catch up on writing while I have a few minutes. We are docked in Speir, another old city on the Rhine, where we will visit this morning. Marksburg Castle, GermanyYesterday was all about castles. We had docked at Boppard, on the west side of the river. Some of us wanted to visit the Marksburg Castle, which is on the east side, therefore we boarded the bus, and had to travel back to Koblenz to get to the other side, as there are no bridges on this stretch of the Rhine. The Marksburg castle is one that has never been destroyed, nor taken by force. It dates back to the year 1032, and was passed down through family lines, or sold. It is very well maintained, and very big.
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Luxembourg - Dolly GoolsbyLUXEMBOURG: Visiting Luxembourg
by Dolly Goolsby
We have a sunny day and Internet connection, so all is well. We have had a couple of rainy days, but the rain was intermittent, so we were still able to enjoy ourselves. On Sunday, we took a bus trip back to Luxembourg, one of the smallest countries in the European Union. We visited the American Military Cemetery outside Luxembourg City, then we went to the German Military Cemetery, which is just 0.9 km from the American, but was established after WWII to lay those soldiers to rest as well. German soldiers were buried 2 to a marker: one above and one below. As you can see, these were very young men. There are over 10,000 German soldiers buried here. Sad to think that so many young men on both sides died because of the insanity of Hitler. We must learn from those mistakes and never let that happen again.
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Netherlands - Dolly GoolsbyNETHERLANDS: A Day in the Netherlands
by Dolly Goolsby
I have a bit of time before going on a walking tour of Nijmegen. (These Dutch names seem hard to pronounce, but the town is pronounced “Nee-Megan “). Today will be our last day in the Netherlands, as after lunch we will sail again, this time into Germany. Netherlands – Dolly GoolsbyYesterday we had the pleasure of visiting the little star-shaped village of Willemstadt. It is so tiny, our Program Director told us that if we got lost in that town there virtually is no help for us! I think he might have put it a bit more tactfully, but we got the message. Frank and I walked down this lovely little street, and met a man who was trimming his garden. He spoke English very well, and he was so happy that we had stopped to talk with him. I asked if I could take his picture, and he said, “Oh, yes, just wait a minute until I put on my wooden shoes.” He and Frank had a great conversation, then we continued on our way.
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SFPride01USA, CALIFORNIA: Photos from San Francisco Pride 2014
by Scott & Mark
We just got back from a weekend in San Francisco for San Francisco Pride 2014. This was our umpteenth SF Pride, and we spent it with Mark’s brother and his husband. We had a great time in The City – Saturday we checked out the Castro and the crazy Pride celebration at Civic Center. We also caught a very funny play at the New Conservatory Theatre – The Devil Boys from Beyond. And we took a tour with one of our favorite people in The City – Kathy Amandola at Cruisin’ the Castro. Did you know there’s a link between the eccentric Emperor Norton of the mid 1800\0x2032s in SF and the Imperial Court system of drag queens across the country today? Kathy will tell you all about it.
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YosemiteUSA, CALIFORNIA: TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Yosemite National Park
by Don & Ray
On our last trip to California we decided to stop and visit the Yosemite National Park. We have been to a lot of the different national parks across the country but have heard that Yosemite was a MUST SEE! Well, it IS a MUST SEE! Whenever you travel to new places you always need to do your preliminary work before going. The entrance fee to drive into the park is $20 per car. If you have a Golden Pass Card or a Senior Card, there is no admittance fee. We have had our Golden Pass Card now for several years and have already gotten over $500 worth of free entrance fees. from coast to coast.
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We also scour the web to bring you all the gay travel news we can find. You can see these posts on a daily basis at http://www.purpleroofs.com/gay-travel-blog, or sign up for our RSS feed. Here are some of our favorites from the last month.

Local Stories:

USA, CANADA: Gay Niagara and Ottawa – Canadian Delights
Gorgeous French Canadian chateaux are just some of the architectural delights of Eastern Canada, especially in the national capital of Ottawa, which enthusiastically celebrates Pride.
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CUBA: How Gay Friendly is Cuba?
I’m surprised to see a rainbow flag outside a tiny bar called Gats Loco in Trinidad, an old sugar town on Cuba’s Caribbean coast.
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ITALY: Why I Love (and Hate) Senigallia, Italy
“Bomba di calorie! (A bomb of calories)”, the chef declared while holding what looked like lava cake in her hands. Our table roared with laughter.
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MALTA:Malta: European Charm At a Bargain Price
It may be small, but the European island nation of Malta, with its warm climate, rich culture, three World Heritage sites, and beautiful coastline, has a lot to offer travelers.
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SPAIN: Gay Sitges, Spain
Just thirty-five kilometers south of Barcelona is the port town of Sitges, which has become recognised throughout Europe as the perfect gay resort for summer relaxation and fun.
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UK, ENGLAND: What to Do in Yorkshire, England
When it was announced in December 2012 that the English region of Yorkshire had been selected to host the 2014 Tour de France’s grand depart (the three-stage opening route stretches from Leeds to Harrogate; York to Sheffield; and Cambridge to London), there was shock.
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USA: Six Smaller Gay Friendly US Cities
Last week Lauren Conrad blew up her social media over a flap with a restaurant in Cabo San Lucas.
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USA, ARIZONA: The Spirit of Gay Sedona
Feel the warmth of the sun,” says Linda Summers. “Listen to the movement of the wind and the song of the birds.”
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USA, CALIFORNIA: Funky, Free-Spirited Guerneville
Even when the Russian River is flowing low, summer is high season for Guerneville, the funky, free-spirited town amid towering redwoods, 75 miles north of San Francisco.
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USA, CALIFORNIA: Gay Los Angeles on a Budget
They say the best things in life are free. And while we can think of a few exceptions, it’s undoubtedly true.
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USA, CALIFORNIA: Amazing Oakland, California
Finally, Oakland is getting the attention it deserves from travelers and media alike as one of the country’s coolest cities, having been skipped over for years for sister city San Francisco.
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USA, CALIFORNIA: San Francisco Gay History Around Every Corner
The reputation of San Francisco as a gay Mecca goes back to the Gold Rush days of 1849, when there were an estimated 40,000 men and 700 women.
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USA, FLORIDA: A Gay Travel Guide to St. Petersburg
Whether you’ve lived in the city for five years or have passed through for just five minutes, I think most people will find that St. Petersburg is a very relaxed city.
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USA, ILLINOIS: Gay Chicago, An Insider’s Guide
A proud member of Les Clefs d’Or since 2006, Mark Roberts is a veteran hospitality industry professional who has worked in New York City, Atlanta, Montreal, and his hometown of Chicago.
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USA, MASSACHUSETTS: Gay Boston and Beyond
Foodies, art lovers, sports fans, and history and architecture buffs have more than enough reason to visit Boston, its neighboring nest of academia, Cambridge, and the nearby town of Salem which is a a fantastic daytrip destination with its own annual Pride celebration, slate of yearlong social events, a world-class art museum (the Peabody Essex), and a wealth of witchy kitsch.
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USA, NEW YORK: Visiting Gay New York – Break Out of the Old Routine
Do you find that when you travel to New York City that you go to familiar places and maybe do the same old thing?
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USA, NEVADA: Las Vegas – What’s New
“Welcome to the city of Lost Wages.” These were the words from a flight attendant during a recent excursion to gay Las Vegas, Nevada.
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USA, OREGON: What to Do in Portland
From scenic day trips, to breweries and wineries galore, to cycling and hiking, it would be impossible to experience all that Portland has to offer in a single day — but you can certainly try.
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General Interest Stories:

The Importance of Lost Travel Memories
This past weekend I saw the movie The Monuments Men.
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Why I Love Traveling for Festivals
Tell me: do you love festivals? From multi-day music festivals to gay pride events, film festivals, cultural events and art shows — festivals are a pervasive part of the European summer experience.
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Who Does Pride Motivate to Travel?
The LGBT2020 research project is the largest research study into the lives of LGBT people from around the world that has ever been undertaken, and has since 2010 sampled respondents in 13 languages, and in more than 20 countries across all five continents.
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Past Events:

Gay Pride Photos From Around the World
We’re in the thick of gay pride month, and there are photos galore from around the world.
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Gay Pride Photos From Around the World 2
Pride season 2014 is quickly passing us by. Here are some gay pride photos from this last week from various places around the world.
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Upcoming Event News:

AUSTRALIA, VICTORIA: Frosty Fruits – Gay Skiing Down Under
(Aug 21-26) FOR Daniel Lehrer, the annual Frosty Fruits Ski Trip is all about one thing: having an enjoyable time. “It’s a fun, relaxed vibe,” the Melbourne resident said. “It’s a nice way to have a relaxing trip and meet like-minded people while skiing.

AUSTRALIA, NSW: Got New Year’s Plans Yet? How About Tropical Fruits?
(Dec 21-Jan 1) If the glitz and glamour of Sydney are all just a bit too much for you on New Year’s Eve, look no further than the beautiful Northern Rivers region of New South Wales!
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CANADA, ONTARIO: Toronto WorldPride Chooses Vancouver Artist’s Work
Jun 22-Nov 15) Vancouver’s Pablo Munoz is one of six Canadians whose work will be shown at the Art Gallery of Ontario during a special exhibition marking WorldPride 2014 in Toronto.
Full Story

CARIBBEAN: Transgender Cruise Planned for December
(Dec 14-21) Travel agent Jeff Land blocked cabins on a Royal Caribbean sailing in December for what he believes is the first trans cruise. “This has been a dream of mine for so long,” Land said, “because it feels safe being with other trans people.”
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COSTA RICA: Gay Surf Week in November
(Nov 8-15) We’re not going to ask what you like to ride, but if it includes waves, consider Gay Surf Week 2014, which promises to offer a week of sun, fun and waves for gay and lesbian surfers and beach lovers in Tamarindo, Costa Rica.
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GREECE: Xlsior Dance Festival Returns to Mykonos and Santorini
(Aug 20-29) XLSior – the International Dance Festival that has taken over Greece for the last 5 years – is back again and coming to Mykonos this 20-24 August and Santorini this 27-29 August.
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GREECE: Lesvos Island Welcomes Women’s Festival in September
(Sept 6-20) After 13 years, this festival keeps getting better, attracting women holiday makers from all over the world to this tiny Greek Isle. For 2014, the International Eressos Women’s Festival takes place over two weeks, from 6-20 September.
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ICELAND: Bears, Bears, Bears on Ice!
(Sept 4-7) BEARS ON ICE is an annual event for bears and friends held in Reykjavik, Iceland in September.
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NEW ZEALAND: Queenstown’s Gay Ski Week to Be Bigger Than Ever
(Aug 30-Sept 6) Hot on the heels of Queenstown becoming a gay wedding hotspot, the organisers of the resort’s Gay Ski Week have organised international travel prizes bound to grow the event’s global profile.
Full Story

UK, ENGLAND: London Pride 2014 to Be Crowdfunded
(Jul 19-27) London Pride will be raising money for this year’s festival by crowd-funding, it was announced today (14 March).
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UK, ENGLAND: L Fest Coming to Staffordshire in July
(Jul 18-21) L Fest is the UK’s award winning lesbian music, arts & comedy festival, returning in 2014 from 18-21 July in Staffordshire.
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UK, ENGLAND: Newcastle Pride Will Be Bigger and Better in 2014
(Jul 18-20) One of the region’s most popular music festivals is returning in July with an additional venue and an extended run.
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UK, ENGLAND: Buff Manchester Brings Trans Pride to Town in July
(Jul 11-13) BUFF 2014 is on Fri 11th – Sun 13th July 2014, coinciding with Sparkle Manchester: The National Transgender Celebration 2014.
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UK, SCOTLAND: 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow Will Include a Pride House
(Jul 23-Aug 3) Ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow organisers have announced a Pride House event for LGBT athletes and fans.
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USA, CALIFORNIA: Palm Springs Celebrates Gay Pride in November
(Nov 7-9) “I am Pride: Stonewall” is the theme for the 2014 Palm Springs Pride Celebration scheduled for November 7-9, ending with the parade.
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USA, CALIFORNIA: 12 Hour After Party Planned for San Diego Pride
(Jul 19) San Diego Pride weekend is just under three months away, and already we have a Pride party on the horizon that people are talking about. Overdrive Pride is a joint production of DJ/promotor Tristan Jaxx and promoter Shaun Flak, and is slated for Saturday night of Pride weekend, July 19.
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USA, FLORIDA: New: Gay Days Fort Lauderdale
(Nov 25-Dec 1) According to Gay Days president Chris Alexander-Manley, the event is expanding into Fort Lauderdale.
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USA, HAWAII: Maui Pride to Feature Frenchie Davis
(Oct 3-5) Maui Pride is coming up in October and has an amazing array of events this year. Including a Film Festival, which will premier a short film called Princesa and a full feature film Fagbug Nation!
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USA, ILLINOIS: Chicago’s Reeling LGBT Film Festival Moves to September
(Sept 18-25) Chicago Filmmakers, the presenting organization of Reeling, the world’s second oldest LGBT film festival, has announced dates for the 2014 festival.
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USA, MASSACHUSETTS: Women’s Week Returns to Ptown in October
(Oct 13-19) For the past thirty years, Provincetown has hosted a festival in October like no other.
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USA, NEVADA: Saturday Gay Beach Club Party at Tropicana Las Vegas This Summer
(Saturdays, Mar 9-Labor Day) The first-ever Saturday LGBTQ beach party at a resort on the Vegas Strip, Xposed!, celebrates its grand opening Saturday, March 29, at The New Tropicana resort in Las Vegas.
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USA, NEVADA: Evolve Returns to Vegas for New Year’s Eve
(Dec 31) Evolve 2015, a unique gay New Year’s Eve celebration, is more than just a party – it’s a 3-day experience attracting men from more than 30 countries to Las Vegas.
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USA, OHIO: United Church of Christ to Sponsor Gay Games 9
(Aug 9-16) The UCC is going to sponsor the Gay Games 9 this year in Cleveland.
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USA, TEXAS: Gay Music Festival Coming to Austin in September
(Sept 12-14) Couldn’t snatch a ticket to Coachella this year? Save your dollars and your feathered earrings for the biggest queer music festival in the country.
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USA, TEXAS: New LGBT Play Festival To Debut in September
(Sept 4-14) Uptown Players moved its Pride Play Fest from September to June this year, so it seems TeCo Theatrical Productions is stepping in to the fall spot.
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USA, VERMONT: “Camp Camp” Returns to Vermont in August
(Aug 24-31) Did your parents send you away to summer camp when you were young, before you were out, and you’d like a do-over? Then maybe ‘Camp’ Camp is for you.
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WORLDWIDE: Win a Pair of Tickets Around the World From KLM
(Enter by 6/15) KLM is offering a pair of tickets around the world for the person who can take the best “CitySelfie”, and I thought you might like to share the opportunity with the Purple Roofs readers.
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USA, CALIFORNIA: Win Two Passes for Outfest Los Angeles in July
(Enter by 6/16) Passport Magazine is giving away a VIP package to Los Angeles’s LGBT Film Festival.
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USA, HAWAII: Win Five Nights in Maui at the Maui Sunseeker
(Enter by 10/1) Step off the plane and the first thing you notice is the warm tropical breeze, full of the scent of plumeria, jasmine and tuberose, wrapping you in a wonderful feeling you’ve really arrived in paradise. And that’s just the first few moments of your escape from the normal. It gets better.Full Story

USA, MASSACHUSETTS: Win a Summer Vacation in Massachusetts
(Enter by 8/31) What’s better than a summer vacation? A free summer vacation, obviously.
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USA, NEVADA: Win a Trip for Two to Vegas for New Years from Gay Cities
(Enter by 7/6) Headed to Pride this year? We want your pics! Share your Pride pictures by entering the Equality In Color Pride Photo Challenge sponsored by At&T and you could win a New Years Eve in Vegas.
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Purple Roofs Gay Travel Newsletter 7/20/13

Author: , July 20th, 2013

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Our articles section now has four parts – local news,
general interest, travel event news (including upcoming events and reviews and photos of past events), and finally sweepstakes and contests.

We’ve got lots of other great stuff for you this month, too – including a bunch of feature articles on Eureka Springs, Arkansas; Italy; Niagara Falls, Ontario; Madagascar; and Bryce Canyon, Utah.

And we’re featuring a number of other gay travel articles from around the world.

You’ll also find some great accommodation specials and discounts, tons of upcoming gay travel events, and much more.

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Our Featured Articles This Month:


es statueTRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Eureka Springs, Arkansas, Part Two
by Don & Ray
Eureka Springs is the first city in Arkansas to officially endorse same-sex marriage and the first and only city in the state with a Domestic Partnership Registry, Eureka Springs is also the number one vacation destination in the entire Midwest for Out and Proud LGBT travelers. The antithesis of the redneck stereotype, their micro Mecca has been a beyond-gay-friendly getaway for decades– long before out was in. In Eureka Springs, one Gay Pride weekend won’t do. So, Spring, Summer and Fall they also celebrate a trifecta of Diversity Weekends that attract thousands of gay and lesbian gaycationers.
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Niagara FallsCANADA, ONTARIO: Niagara Falls: Not Just for Honeymoons!
by Robert Saldarini
Beyond the Abbot and Costello routine and 1950s honeymoon destination, a trip to Niagara Falls can prove to be great summertime fun. You can cool a hot July day with a ride on the Maid of the Mist and excite a summer night with a Haunt Walk. And remember, if you want the full experience, pack your passport so you can freely come-and-go between the U.S. and Canada. During July, the Niagara Falls region offers comfortable daytime temperatures in the 80s. This is perfect weather to explore, relax and play. The Falls proper is viewed as one of the seven Natural Wonders of North America and has many observation venues; you can see its majesty by boat, foot or air.
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Train TracksITALY: Planes and Trains
by Dolly Goolsby
Finally, as promised, I will write a blog post about transportation in Europe, as I encountered it. Driving: First, you must know, I never rent a car….just thinking about driving in Italy scares me to death. I truly admire the Italian drivers, though, as I see them zip in and out of traffic, make a right turn from the far left lane, merge into traffic going so fast you just know they are going to get killed, but they never do.
When they do get in a fender-bender, the drama that unfolds is a sight to behold. Everyone yelling and waving their arms, including the witnesses and a few other motorists that stop just to get involved in the drama. One time we saw a scooter driver get hit by a car in a parking lot. The scooter driver just picked himself up, as well as his bike, dusted himself off and took off again, as did the motorist who hit him. Interesting.
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Marco and the Chameleon - MadagascarMADAGASCAR: Our Week in Madagascar
by Marco Munda
Last month, our Italian friends Marco and Fabry took a week-long vacation in Madagascar, at a little resort on Nosy Be, a tiny island off the northwestern coast of Madagascar, with no TV, phones, or internet access. Nosy Be is just ten miles wide, but filled with natural beauty. Marco reports: It’s difficult to describe our short but intense journey to Madagascar, where the sheer diversity is overwhelming to the eye, and it’s difficult to describe it using just words.
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bryce-canyonUSA, UTAH: Visiting Bryce Canyon National Park
by Vincent Stokes
Bryce Canyon National Park is, for lack of a better word, stunning. Filled with towering rocks spires (which are called hoodoos by the way) created by water seeping into the limestone structures and then expanding as it freezes, Bryce Canyon is almost otherworldly. Trails crisscross the massive structures, attracting hikers and horseback riders from all over the world. The park winds around the edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau, with heavily forested areas on one side and the Paria Valley dropping down on the other. Dozens of streams have eaten into the land over millions of years and formed horseshoe-shaped bowls. The largest of these bowls is Bryce Amphitheater, and it functions as the heart of the entire park. The rugged and alien landscape draws nearly 1,400,000 visitors annually, and you better believe that some of those hikers are gay.
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More Gay Travel News


We also scour the web to bring you all the gay travel news we can find. You can see these posts on a daily basis at http://www.purpleroofs.com/gay-travel-blog, or sign up for our RSS feed. Here are some of our favorites from the last month.

Local Stories:


BRAZIL: Booming, Closeted Gay Travel Market (Forbes)
It’s no news that gay men and lesbians travel more, own more homes and cars, spend more on clothes and electronics, and have the largest amount of disposable income of any niche market.
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CANADA, QUEBEC: Photos from Boybutter’s Trip to Montreal (Boybutter)
Boybutter’s Eyal Feldman just got back from Montreal – and he’s got the photos to prove it.
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CHINA/VIETNAM: My Trip Through Vietnam and China (GayTravel.com)
We had ventured to Halong Bay, a fairyland of limestone peaks. It was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to and I felt like I was dreaming.
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ECUADOR: Cuenca, Ecuador – Full of Urban Charm (Sherman’s Travel)
Bigger, bustling Quito may get more of the glory, but after spending a week on the ground in both locales, it’s smaller-scale Cuenca – Ecuador’s third-largest metropolis – that wins hands-down for urban charm.
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FRANCE: Hot New Restaurants in Paris (Passport)
With the advent of food blogs, social media, and videos posted online, the food scene here has never been more closely watched.
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GERMANY: Visiting Germany’s Big Three – Berlin, Dresden and Cologne (Windy City)
There are so many places to visit in Germany. While Berlin is a must-stop, of course, cities like Dresden, Aachen, Cologne and Dusseldorf have their own unique personalities as well.
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GREECE: The Island of Zakynthos (Best Gay Travel Guide)
The island of Zakynthos, the beautiful green island in Greece, surrounded by the clear blue water of the the Ionian Sea.
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ISRAEL: Getting the Most for Your Buck in Tel Aviv (Sherman’s Travel)
Israel’s buzzing metropolis of Tel Aviv has been trending for a while now – proving many travelers aren’t put off by the city’s high cost of visiting. But the Israeli hub isn’t just for deep-pocketed tourists.
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JORDAN: Visiting Petra – Stunning History (Sherman’s Travel)
Venture down a narrow gorge between two cliffs towering at 263 feet high and you’ll encounter the Lost City of Petra, Jordan.
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RUSSIA: Traveling to Russia? The New Gay Propaganda Law Could Send You to Jail (Edge Boston)
Openly gay tourists who are planning a visit to Russia may want to rethink their stay as the Canadian travel website Travel and Escape reports that foreign tourist can now be subjected to the highly controversial “homosexual propaganda” law that fines and sentences citizens for exposing minors to LGBT materials.
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UNITED KINGDOM, ENGLAND: UK Bed and Breakfast Owner Who Turned Away Gay Couple Loses Appeal (Gay Star News)
An anti-gay Bed and Breakfast owner in Cookham, Berkshire lost her appeal in a lawsuit over turning away a gay couple in March of 2010.
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USA, ARIZONA: My Red-Rock Road Trip Through Northern Arizona (Go Girlfriend)
Got a bucket list? One of my bucket-list items was to drive across the desert and see the epic flatness, red rock passes and endless desertscapes of the wild west. Conjuring images of old westerns watched with my dad, I imagined the good guys and the bad guys hiding in the canyons and bluffs for the ambush.
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USA, CALIFORNIA: Gay San Francisco – The Castro Theater (Queerty)
Few other U.S. city offer more to the LGBT traveler than San Francisco?
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USA, FLORIDA: Discovering Gay Pensacola (Edge Boston)
The city of Pensacola, on the northwest Gulf Coast of Florida, has a long and storied history, dating back to 1559 when Spanish settlers tried and failed to settle the area.
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GayTravel.com’s Guru Does Key West (GayTravel.com)
With a tropical storm blowing through, I was ecstatic I caught the last flight into Key West! Nothing was going to stop me from getting to Key West for pride weekend.
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USA, ILLINOIS: Boystown Business Leaders Approve Out Chicago Project (Go Pride)
Looks like it’s a go for the second Out hotel, this one in Chicago.
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USA, MARYLAND: Heading to Baltimore? Five Great Things to Do (The Washington Blade)
If you’re on your way to Baltimore, Maryland for business or pleasure, The Washington Blade has five great things for you to do in town.
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USA, MARYLAND: Baltimore: Where Southern Hospitality Meets Urban Funk (Passport Magazine)
Now that marriage equality is legal in Maryland, Baltimore is getting a second look by gay travelers.
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paUSA, MASSACHUSETTS: Provincetown Releases New App (Wisconsin Gazette)
A smartphone app to help guide visitors to Provincetown, Mass., has debuted. And it isn’t an ordinary travel app – ‘Useful Information’ depicts Ernestine, the Lily Tomlin’s telephone operator who made “one, ringy, dingy” a classic skit.
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USA, NEVADA: The Ultimate Gay Guide to Vegas (Pink News)
The flamboyant, anything-goes attitude of Las Vegas makes it the perfect place for the ultimate LGBT trip.
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USA, OHIO: Cleveland – Art, Culture, Dining and More (Passport Magazine)
I grew up with a chip on my shoulder about Cleveland. Tired of defending my hometown from nomenclatures such as “the mistake on the lake,” I eventually gave up and rolled my eyes as if to say ‘It’s not that bad.’
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USA, PENNSYLVANIA: Philadelphia Welcoming LGBT Travelers (Philly.com)
Philadelphia has put out the welcome matt for the LGBT community.
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USA, RHODE ISLAND: Get Away to Providence, Rhode Island (Passport)
With same-sex marriage now legal in Rhode Island, it’s the perfect destination for your summer getaway.
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USA, TEXAS: Dallas and Fort Worth – Everything’s Big in Texas (Edge Boston)
Tea in hand, I sit back and watch morning creep over a landscape soft with mist and the dappled greens of scrub oak and mesquite. Here there is inviolate air and unrushed hours. Somewhere, maybe a mile away, a horse brays.
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USA, WASHINGTON: Seattle LGBT Visitors Center Opens (Seattle Times)
A visitors center for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender tourists opens Friday on Seattle’s Capitol Hill — the second of its kind in the country.
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General Gay Travel News:


Six Weird Transportation Laws That Can Get You in Trouble (Sherman’s Travel)
There are some weird transportation laws out there – don’t get caught by one of them when you travel.
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New Now Next Names Their Favorite US Gay Beaches (New Now Next)
Looking for a great gay beach getaway this summer? New Now Next has you covered.
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Summer Beach Getaways – Homer and Mendocino (Dallas Voice)
Andrew Collins over at the Dallas Voice clues us into a few less-traveled beach destinations for your summertime getaway.
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Gay Event Reviews:


CANADA, ONTARIO: Photos From Toronto Pride 2013 (The Advocate)
Toronto’s 33rd Pride parade drew hundreds of thousands to the heart of the city in June to wave rainbows flags alongside Canada’s red maple leaf.
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GERMANY: Cologne Celebrates Gay Pride (Pink News)
Tens of thousands took to the streets of Cologne at the weekend as part of Germany’s annual LGBT Pride celebrations.
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PORTUGAL: First Gay Pride Celebrated in Braga, Portugal (Gay Star News)
The people of Braga, Portugal are celebrating their first gay pride this year.
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SINGAPORE: Off the Beaten Path (Sherman’s Travel / Passport)
A couple articles on Singapore came through this week. The first, from Sherman’s Travel. looks at some of the great things to do in this city-state.
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Upcoming Event News:


Gay Pride Season 2013 – Upcoming Events (various)
Here’s a recap of the upcoming Pride events from the last week’s news. Enjoy!
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Five Wacky World Festivals (GayTravel.com)
Looking for something a little different for your next trip? GayTravel.com has five wacky festivals for your consideration.
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CURACAO: First Gay Pride in September (Source)
Curacao will celebrate its first full-fledged Pride this year with the launch of Curacao Pride 2013 September 25-29.
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SPAIN: Summer Festivals and Events in Benidorm (Pink News)
Benidorm remains one of the UK’s favourite holiday destinations welcoming more than 1.5 million UK visitors, growing year on year.
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TURKEY: Turkey: Country Won’t Censor Gay Pride Parade (LGBTQ Nation)
Some conservative organizations had pushed for media organizations to censor Gay Pride celebrations as pornography.
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UK, ENGLAND: Deputy Prime Minister Backs London’s Bid for Gay Games 2018 (Gay Star News)
Over in the UK, London got a boost in its bid for the 2018 Gay Games.
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Sweepstakes:


Win a Flight From Orbitz With Your Gay Travel Photos (Edge Boston)
Got a Camera? Like to Travel? In celebration of progress made in marriage equality around the globe, Orbitz has launched the “Take Vacation Back” photo contest that will award winners flights to domestic and international cities with marriage equality including NYC, Seattle, Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Paris and many others.
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MEXICO, QUINTANA ROO: Win a Week at an All-Inclusive Gay Resort in Mexico (Passport Magazine)
(August 2nd) Brand g is taking over a resort in Playa del Carmen, Mexico for a week, and you could win a week’s stay.
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USA, MARYLAND: Win a Five Night Gay Travel Getaway on Tilghman Island
(Oct 1st) We’re running a great sweepstakes this month at Purple Roofs – win five nights from Purple Roofs and Black Walnut Point Inn at this great Maryland B&B.
http://purpleroofs.com/gay-travel-blog/2012/12/win-a-five-night-gay-travel-getaway-in-maui.html

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Win a Night at An Asheville B&B (PR)
Summer is here and with it lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. One way to take advantage of all that is out there and try some new foods is to purchase a CSA share. (CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture). Essentially you purchase a share in the crop from a local farm and every week you will receive a box filled with items from that week’s harvest.
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RisQue Atlantic City Pride Scheduled for Early July

Author: , February 4th, 2012

RisQue Pride Atlantic CityRisQue is the first co-ed Pride event taking place in the heart of Atlantic City, New Jersey. The dates for RisQue Atlantic City Pride are July 5-9, 2012. The event will include shopping, boating, casinos, beaches, celebrities, shows, parties, music, fashion and more. This elite getaway is catered to over 5,000 culturally diverse attendees who will receive top of the line exclusive packages and VIP events that are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.

The host hotel for RisQue will be the new Rendezvous Tower at Resorts, which has redefined the entire Resorts experience. From the moment guests approach the stunning 27-story tower and enter the impeccably designed Grand Lobby, they are surrounded by a sense of style and sophistication. The sleek art deco theme prevails throughout the Rendezvous Tower, from the hand-painted murals and marbled walkways to the stylishly decorated and spacious hallways and guest rooms.

Just steps away from valet parking, the Grand Lobby, the newly expanded casino and 25 Hours lounge, the Rendezvous Tower at Resorts is the perfect choice for guests.

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