Purple Roofs LGBT Newsletter – October 31st

Author: , October 31st, 2015

Welcome to the biweekly Purple Roofs Newsletter. Every day, our LGBT Travel Blog brings you featured LGBT travel articles, as well as tons of news and helpful travel tips, which we summarize here for you every few weeks. And you can also join our Facebook Travel Clubs for our daily discussions and your travel questions (it’s free!):

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Siem Reap Wandering WivesIntroducing Wandering Wives
by the Wandering Wives

After a light bulb moment, they sold everything they owned and bought two one way tickets to the other side of the world.

That was almost two years ago and they haven’t looked back since.

They’ll be sharing their hilarious adventures in a new regular column on the Purple Roofs blog!


12 apostlesWandering Wives – Selling Everything
by the Wandering Wives

The older you get, the more things you own, or as some might say, the more things own you. We own an average amount of stuff; furniture for a two bed house, a lot of books, some art, photographs, DVDs and quite a few sentimental boxes of treasure. Many other travel bloggers will wax lyrical about how their journey is about living off the land, relying on the kindness of strangers, eating mushrooms in a hippy commune and proudly owning nothing but the shirt on their back (plus their smart phone, laptop, kindle, iPod, GPS, and digital SLR camera of course).

Kudos to them, but that is not what our journey is about, we quite like our stuff. If money were no object, I guess we would kit out a Winnebago with our lovingly restored shabby chic furniture. Adorning the walls with our art and photographs, leaving enough drawer space for all our clothes and Ikea bedding. The kitchen would have ample space for our Kenwood mixer, varying size loaf tins and our ever growing collection of Tupperware. However, like most ordinary travellers, money (or how to make it go further) is a pretty big consideration for us.


Hot Air BallooningTRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Hot Air Ballooning
by Donald and Ray

Hot air ballooning is not for us however we have a lot of friends who are really into it. They have hot air balloon festivals in almost every State in the country plus all over the world as well. The best place to start to get full details is www.hotairballoon.com. There you will find a directory and calendar of hot air balloon festivals, rallies and events.

Another great site is www.ballooncalendar.com/. Hot air ballooning has been around for a time. They began in the late 1700’s and have continued thru the years all over the entire world. Attractive aspects of hot air ballooning include the exceptional quietness (except when the propane burners are firing), the lack of feeling any kind of movement and the bird’s-ye views. Since the balloon moves with the direction of the winds, the passengers feel absolutely no wind, except for brief periods during the flight when the balloon climbs or descends into air currents of different direction or speed.


Wellington - Dolly GoolsbyNEW ZEALAND: Dolly Travels – Wellington, New Zealand’s Capital City
by Dolly Goolsby

I have to apologize. We were so busy during our last few days in New Zealand, that I simply did not have time to write without feeling rushed; therefore, I am writing about Wellington after I am back on United States soil. Nevertheless, Wellington is still very much in my mind. What a lovely city. We were fortunate that the weather continued to be in our favor. We had arrived in Wellington at night, so we were very happy to wake up to a beautiful sunny day for our tour of the city.

Aaron had arranged a tiny little minibus with a driver, to take us on our tour. As Wellington is a very hilly town, we soon saw the wisdom in that choice. First, we drove up to the top of a hill that can also be accessed by a cable car. From this vantage point, one can walk down through the lovely Botanical Gardens. We did not have time for that leisurely stroll, so our little bus took us down to the glass buildings of the gardens.Next, our driver took us up another very winding road to an overlook, where we could see the city and the Harbour.


Machu PicchuPERU: Carlos Melia – Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu
by Carlos Melia

Hi there everyone.!!!! I am back and with lots of new tips and information. I haven’t been lazy, I have been traveling extensively across Europe – France, Sweden, Finland, Russia and then all the way down to Peru in South America, exploring and gathering lots of facts to be shared with you all. Many haute experiences around the globe, always following my two main travel goals, which are, (a) experiential travel and (b) when I travel I spend my days as a adventurer and my nights as a Queen.

This time I came to one of my all time top items on my personal travel bucket list, Machu Picchu. I could not believe that after being in Peru and Lima over a dozen times, I have never taken the time to visit one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. But this time I planed my trip, with the expert help of both OUTAndes – local LGBT Tour Operator based in Cusco, and Orient-Express Trains and Hotels, with over six properties in Peru.


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Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Newsletter 10/11/15

Author: , October 11th, 2015

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rv twoTRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Traveling The Country in an RV
by Donald and Ray – the Gay Travelers
Although we do not, we have a lot of friends and readers who enjoy traveling all over the country in either their own personal RV or a rented one. Unless you already own a RV you will need to rent one and amazingly we have checked out the prices and they are not all that expensive.

There are several different sizes that you can rent and the prices begin at about $599 a week. Prices of course vary from State to State and there are always a lot of extra charges so beware of them. Check your auto insurance to see if it covers renting a RV. You certainly do not need to pay for a RV should you get in a bad wreck!

Even the smallest RV’s sleeps 5 people and larger ones sleeps 8. Then there are other things to consider like should you pull a small auto behind it or just drive the RV? If you have never driven a RV before it could be a daunting task however we have seen little old ladies barreling down the Interstate driving RV’s. Guess you just have to get used to them and how to drive them.


Carlos Melia ParisFRANCE: Carlos Melia: Lunch and Dinner in Paris
by Carlos Melia
Yesterday, being a Sunday, I’ve decided to have a very local day. My morning began working at RUBINSINGER’s Showroon in Trocadero and from there after our morning appointments, I went to one of my favorite spots in Paris, the Marche Vernaison in St Ouen. Where I enjoyed a kitsch French lunch at my classic chez Louisette. This place always makes me so happy.

After that I spend my early afternoon walking around the market, Antique browsing and shopping. As it was quite a lovely day, I decided to walk for almost and hour and a half from St Ouen back to Trocadero, doing a quick stop at Jardins du Ruisseau for a cup of coffee by the rail tracks.


rome-day-3-11ITALY: Our 25th Anniversary Trip – Planning
by Bryan Frankel
My husband Dave and I celebrated twenty five (25) years as a couple on September 19th, 2015. Almost a year ago we decided to plan a big trip to Italy for our celebration. We needed to decide, did we want to go on a tour or did we want to plan and arrange the trip on our own. We looked at all of the Gay Travel websites to see if any were going to Europe and more particularly Italy in September or October.

We researched to see if Atlantis or RSVP were going to Europe and we compared the costs of taking a cruise or tour as opposed to arranging the trip on our own. The numbers are comparable. Last year we went on a trip to Austria and Germany(Oktoberfest) through a gay travel agency.


Nomadic Boys - MalaysiaMALAYSIA: Nomadic Boys: Gay Kuching, Malaysia
by Stefan Arestis, the Nomadic Boys
“It’s just more relaxed here compared to mainland Malaysia” explained one of our many gay friends we met travelling around Malaysia Borneo.

Here is Sarawak Malaysia on Borneo island where we stayed for half a month in August 2015 after travelling in Peninsular Malaysia. We based ourselves in the main city of Kuching, a very cool city, relaxed and smiles aplenty from everyone. Sebastien felt more at home here to waltz around in his latest sun hat purchase.


rv twoTRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Traveling The Country in an RV
by Donald and Ray – the Gay Travelers
Although we do not, we have a lot of friends and readers who enjoy traveling all over the country in either their own personal RV or a rented one. Unless you already own a RV you will need to rent one and amazingly we have checked out the prices and they are not all that expensive.

There are several different sizes that you can rent and the prices begin at about $599 a week. Prices of course vary from State to State and there are always a lot of extra charges so beware of them. Check your auto insurance to see if it covers renting a RV. You certainly do not need to pay for a RV should you get in a bad wreck!

Even the smallest RV’s sleeps 5 people and larger ones sleeps 8. Then there are other things to consider like should you pull a small auto behind it or just drive the RV? If you have never driven a RV before it could be a daunting task however we have seen little old ladies barreling down the Interstate driving RV’s. Guess you just have to get used to them and how to drive them.


San Miguel de AllendeMEXICO: Carlos Melia – Getting to San Miguel de Allende
by Carlos Melia
When planning my trip to San Miguel de Allende, I did quite some research on the best way to travel there. San Miguel de Allende sits at an altitude of 6,435 feet above sea level. Located in Central Mexico, it is roughly three hours away from Mexico City. Guests may fly to Mexico City, Queretaro Airport or the Guanajuato-Leon Airport.

Queretaro Airport has direct flights from Houston through United and Aeromar. It is an hour-drive away. Guanajuato-Leon Airport has direct flights from Dallas, Los Angeles, Houston, San Jose and Oakland (California), and Mexico City, and is served by American Airlines, United and Aeromexico. It is a scenic one-and-a-half-hour drive away.

My choice was to fly to Mexico City and onwards. Mexico City Airport is served by most major airlines including Aeromexico, KLM, US Airways, Air Canada, United and Alitalia. The airport is roughly a three-hour drive away.


San Miguel de Allende - Carlos MeliaMEXICO: Things You Have to Do in San Miguel de Allende
by Carlos Melia
After my recent visit to San Miguel de Allende, here is my list of must DO and SEE things, which hopefully will help you plan your trip and maximize your time there. I was there for three nights. Unfortunately I did not have time to visit Guanajuato, but if you can, you should add extra time to your journey to do so. San Miguel de Allende is a city that manages to be both quaint and cosmopolitan at the same time. Once an important stop on the silver route between Zacatecas and Mexico City, its historic center is filled with well-preserved buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries. With its narrow cobblestone streets, leafy courtyards, fine architectural details and sumptuous interiors, San Miguel de Allende is arguably the prettiest town in Mexico.

San Miguel de Allende – Carlos MeliaIn 2008 UNESCO recognized San Miguel de Allende and the neighboring Sanctuary of Jesus de Atotonilco as World Heritage of Humanity sites, citing the town’s religious and civil architecture as a demonstration of the evolution of different trends and styles, from Baroque to late 19th century Neo-Gothic. Walking around San Miguel is quite quaint and charming. An obligated stop is Aldama Street, for great photo opts featuring its iconic cobble stone narrow streets and the Parish Church of San Miguel Arcangel.


Auckland, New ZealandNEW ZEALAND: Dolly Travels – Auckland, New Zealand
by Dolly Goolsby
Hello, or welcome, to New Zealand. I hope you are ready to share this magnificent country with me. Unfortunately, for you, your experience will be what I hope I can convey through my writing, as well as the pictures that I am able to send along with the writing.<[>First, I want to say to you, I have been to New Zealand before…ten years ago, with this same company, Overseas Adventure Travel. Since that time, most of my travels have been in Europe, or Mexico, or Costa Rica. However, always in the back of my mind, was this running thought: I simply must see New Zealand again. I had found this country to be the greenest country I had ever visited. The rolling hills, the volcanos, now extinct, so therefore, green. I remember seeing the new lambs, frolicking about in the green fields, for this is springtime here in New Zealand, which is lambing season. Daffodils and calla lilies growing wild on the hillsides.


Calves in New Zealand - Dolly GoolsbyNEW ZEALAND: Dolly Travels: From Auckland to Rotorua
by Dolly Goolsby
Oh, there is so much to tell you about this wonderful country of New Zealand, I find that I must write something before I go to sleep tonight.

We had a beautiful drive down from Auckland yesterday. The weather was sunny; just a few puffy white clouds up high, and we had miles and miles to travel. We traveled by way of the motorway, which in the United States we would call a freeway. We drove past field after field of green rolling hills. I had expected to see many flocks of sheep with new baby lambs; however, it has been ten years since my last visit to New Zealand, and the North Island, where we are now, has become more of a dairy country. In fact, dairy products presently are the largest industry in the North Island. Therefore, I did get to see many herds of cattle in the green fields.


RotoruaNEW ZEALAND: Dolly Travels – Rotorua
by Dolly Goolsby
Yesterday, we had a very full day in Rotorua. Our wake-up call came at 0630. Right after breakfast, we boarded our bus, and drove up to Waimangu Volcanic valley. Our group was met at the Visitors’ Center by Mark, who led us on a walk through this area. There were clouds of steam rising from the valley, the smell of sulphur was in the air. That reminded me of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. However, as Mark explained, this Waimangu area has the characteristics of an active volcano, more than just a geothermal area. In 1886, there was a massive volcanic eruption, resulting in the formation of Lake Rotomahana, and destroyed seven villages.

While those little white wisps may just look like mist rising from the trees on a drizzly day, they are actually steam clouds rising from the valley. Those are all part of this ongoing volcanic action.

We spent an more than an hour walking down the trail, with Mark explaining the different features of the volcanic area as we walked.


Dolly GoolsbyNEW ZEALAND: Dolly Travels: Queenstown and Milford Sound
by Dolly Goolsby
Time is just flying by. I thought I would write about Queenstown and Milford Sound before now; however, there is so much to tell you, I had to revise again and again, to give you the highlights. This is such a beautiful, unique, majestic area that finding the words to describe it was a task.

First, we flew into Queenstown by way of Christchurch when we left Rotorua. After leaving Christchurch, flying south, these magnificent Southern Alps came into view. The day was brilliantly sunny, and I was constantly looking out the window. I finally had to take a short break, as I felt that I might go snow blind!


New Zealand - Dolly GoolsbyNEW ZEALAND: Dolly Travels – Franz Josef Glacier, Reefton and Greymouth
by Dolly Goolsby
We had stayed overnight in the little town of Fox, very close to Franz Josef. Today, on a beautiful sunny day,me drove to Franz Josef. We were met at the beginning of the nature walk path by Paul, a local guide and expert on the geology and history of this glacier. Paul walked with us for about an hour, telling us about this fast-moving glacier. I had seen this ten years ago, and could not believe how far the glacier had retreated in that time.

After visiting the glacier, we boarded our bus again and headed toward Greymouth, where we would stay for the next two nights. Being the pragmatic person that I am, I had thought I would compose my blog posts as we drove along the roads to each destination. Not going to happen! The scenery was so astounding, and so lovely, I just had to look out the window and see the cattle in the fields, the sheep on the hillsides, the deer farms, where they raise this very tasty venison as a market crop. In the background were the icy, snow topped Southern Alps. Wherever we went, the scenery was lovely, relaxing and I simply could not do anything but enjoy the view.


Dolly - Canterbury ChurchNEW ZEALAND: Dolly Travels – Our Last Day in the South Island
by Dolly Goolsby
It is now late at night. I am in my very comfortable hotel room in the heart of Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city. We had such a long day, I was certain I would sleep well. But, no. That was not to be. I was jolted out of a deep sleep by the sound of an emergency vehicle siren going past on the street below. I realized then, that we had not been in a big city since we left Auckland, which was nine days ago. How quickly my mind and body had adjusted to the quieter atmosphere of the smaller towns and the peacefulness of the great outdoors.

Early this morning, right after breakfast, we boarded our bus and left the west coast town of Greymouth. We had been blessed all week with sunny, pleasant weather. This morning, though, there were some clouds in the sky, and the air was quite chilly. With our excellent driver, Paul, we started going inland traveling a bit south and east, traversing the Southern Alps. We went over Arthur’s Pass, one of the highest mountain passes, driving on a steep, winding highway. Paul stopped the bus at a turnout, so that we could take pictures. The temperature outside was 34 degrees Fahrenheit, and a sharp, cold breeze blowing.


Secrets of Portlandia TourUSA, OREGON: Our Ten Favorite Things In Portland, Oregon
by Scott and Mark
We just got back from another great trip to one of our favorite places in the world – Portland. So we thought we’d share our favorite things – the must-sees if you visit downtown Portland. There’s a great free tour of Downtown Portland that meets every day, rain or shine, in front of the Portland Courthouse at 11 AM. Run by Erik Kennon and called The Secrets of Portlandia, it’s a two hour and fifteen minute tour (easy walking) that gives you so much information about the city, including many things we didn’t know. And we’ve taken a lot of tours here.

Learn why the city is called Stumptown, where to see the famous penny, the history of the smallest park in the world, and what famous world plazas inspired Pioneer Square. it’s a great tour, and if you like it, you can tip Erik at the end. He does work awfully hard.


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That’s it for this edition of the Purple Roofs Gay Travel Newsletter!

–Mark & Scott
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Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Round-Up – September 23rd

Author: , September 23rd, 2015

In addition to our regular travel articles, we’re starting a regular travel round-up, for those stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. Enjoy!

GENERAL:
5 Things Every LGBT Traveler Must Know Before Going Overseas (US News)
With June’s landmark Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states, it probably comes as no surprise the travel industry is increasingly targeting the LGBT market.
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BALTICS:
The Baltic Capitals in Photos (Breakway Backpacker)
The Baltics… three countries in northern Europe on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
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INDIA:
I Found a Gay Club Night in Delhi! (That Gay Backpacker)
Deciding to go to India for 5 months was always going to mean that I would not to have the gay ol’ life that I am used to.
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IRELAND:
5 Weekend Trips from Dublin Worth the Drive (Shermans Travel)
While Dublin’s museums, beautiful Georgian doorways, and craft beer scene could certainly fill an entire trip, we can think of some good reasons to venture beyond Ireland’s capital city. Glistening lakes, rugged filming locations, and scenic coastal drives are just a few reasons to get out of town. Here, five weekend trips from Dublin worth the drive.
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PHILIPPINES:
What Makes the Philippines So Gay Friendly? (Towleroad.com)
As part of our year long travels through Southeast Asia we made lots of Filipino friends. We loved the Philippines a lot and thought we’d dedicate an article to our Pink Pinoy buddies.
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SERBIA:
Serbia Hosts First Belgrade Pride March Without Arrests (Gay Star News)
Serbia has held its second LGBTI pride march in two years after the event was officially cancelled in 2010 by authorities when anti-gay riots left police and civilians injured.
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USA, CALIFORNIA:
View from De Young Museum (Keep Calm and Wander)
De Young Museum is inside the Golden Gate Park. But, don’t be misled — the Golden Gate Bridge is still far away from from here. Yes, you can walk but good luck to you. I’d give my hats off if you’ll get there without complaining a bit.
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USA, FLORIDA:
Trans Woman Degraded and Humiliated by TSA Officials in Orlando Airport (Towleroad.com)
A Transgender woman suffered degradation and humiliation at the hands of TSA officials in an Orlando airport on Tuesday after TSA officials flagged her for questioning because her genitals did not match the settings the TSA entered on the security scanner.
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USA, NEVADA:
29 Sinfully Fun Parade Photos at Las Vegas Pride (The Advocate)
If you think Las Vegas is too distracted by pools and parties to stage a major Pride, you’d be wrong. The desert city puts on an enviable festival, which just wrapped this weekend and included a lively outdoor party Saturday and a colorful downtown parade Sunday. Check out the latter with these great pics, courtesy of LVCVB.
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USA, TEXAS:
Scenes from Dallas Pride (The Dallas Voice)
The Dallas Voice has some great photos of Dallas Pride.
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Dallas Pride

USA, TEXAS:
Photos: Family Pride Zone at Dallas Pride Festival (The Dallas Voice)
The Dallas Voice has some great photos from last weekend’s family pride zone at Dallas Pride, too.
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Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Newsletter: Hong Kong, San Miguel de Allende, Ptown

Author: , September 19th, 2015

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do not disturbTRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Basic Rules for Hotel/Motel Safety
by Donald and Ray, The Gay Travelers
We hear horror stories from our readers all the time about hotel/motel safety. And we have also had ‘problems’ with hotel/motel safety. We do need to add that in all of our travels from coast to coast that we have NEVER had a problem while staying in any Bed and Breakfast, NEVER! The first problem anymore is when you check in, whether you have already made reservations with your credit card or just walking up and checking in. You present your credit card and then they want to see your driver’s license which we certainly do not mind showing. Then the new thing now is that they want to make a copy of your driver’s license for their files. Let’s see now, they have your name and address, telephone number, credit card number and now have a copy of your driver’s license which includes your photo! Is that not something that an unscrupulous $10.00 an hour clerk to take advantage of? Talk about easy credit card fraud! The rate of employee overturns in the hotel/motel industry is astounding so why take a chance doing that? We never allow them to make a copy of our driver’s license, NEVER. Most often we have to talk to the manager on duty and they say that they will make an exception this time just for us, but of course they just want no problems with us We never mind showing our driver’s license but will not let them copy it.


Hong Kong - Carlos MeliaCHINA: Carlos Melia – Rediscovering Hong Kong
by Carlos Melia
This was my second time in Hong Kong, and this time I was there along my partner Rubin Singer, being his first time. We had ahead of us a full month of traveling along China, so for our first 48 hours, after a long flight, I wanted to re-discover the city and show him, the highlights mind the 48 hours limit. So basically to took it very easy, and we decided to explore Central, Kowloon, Wan Chai, The Peak and Aberdeen. Unfortunately, this time, we didn’t have time to go all the way to Lantau Island and the Big Buddha. First day began over breakfast at our lovely hotel in Central, the Mandarin Oriental The Landmark Hotel. Where we had a beautiful suite, and we were spoiled rotten. A masterpiece of contemporary design. With just 113 rooms and suites, they are a chic five-star retreat in the heart of Hong Kong’s business and fashion districts. Hong Kong – Carlos MeliaA walk around the Central District, absorbing the characteristic pulse and hustle and bustle of the city. An urban jungle, with its monumental towers and buildings. Where heritage and tradition blend perfectly with modern architecture and design.


Carlos Melia - San Miguel de AllendeMEXICO: Carlos Melia: Eating Your Way Through San Miguel de Allende
by Carlos Melia
Eating your way through San Miguel de Allende is very easy and enjoyable task, EAT, and as much as you can. Mexico is such a heaven for foodies, and San Miguel de Allende is no exception. With the creations of Chefs like superstar Mexican Chef Enrique Olvera and former Presidential Chef Jose Bossuet leading the trend, I spent four days at this charming destination, eating my way through. And of course, eating never comes alone, I paired such amazing gourmet experiences, with local wines, artisanal beers and top class Tequilas and Mezcales. La Posadita rooftop restaurant, has no celebrity Chef behind them, and with a very local traditional Mexican menu, and a lovely location overlooking Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, capture my attention and raised to be my absolute favorite gourmet experience during my recent visit to San Miguel de Allende. Unpretentious, with friendly service and staff, eager to explain you every single dish.


San Miguel de Allende - Carlos MeliaMEXICO: Carlos Melia – Postcards of San Miguel de Allende
by Carlos Melia
Here a few reasons why, you should visit UNESCO World Heritage San Miguel de Allende.

An image speaks for a million words, and here over a dozen postcards photographed by me.

Check also my posts on Where to Stay and Where to Eat when in San Miguel de Allende.


Nomadic BoysPHILIPPINES: Nomadic Boys – Our Philippines Travel Video
by Stefan Aresits
The Philippines was a dream! We spent a month in this beautiful country in May/June 2015 and absolutely fell in love with it. The Philippines has some of the most incredible underwater life we’ve experienced, which makes scuba diving and snorkeling a dream. We particularly enjoyed snorkelling and kayaking around El Nido on Palawan Island. Flower Island near El Nido was our romantic island escape with some amazing snorkelling. For a country made up of over 7,000 islands, it’s not difficult to find your own island romantic getaway. Palawan island is also home to the Underground River near Puerto Princesa. It is said to be the longest navigable underground river in the world and was voted as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature by a global poll in 2012.


building-provincetown-cover-frontUSA, MASSACHUSETTS: Provincetown Walking Tour
by PTown Dan
Google has recently created an app called Field Trip. It has been described as the app you never knew you wanted. Field Trip is your guide to the cool, hidden and unique things in the world around you. Field Trip is special to Provincetown. You may have heard NY Times writer David Dunlap created a record of the history of Provincetown buildings and published a book of his work. The book, Building Provincetown, recently published and available for sale in Provincetown, quickly sold out its first printing (a second printing will be coming shortly). But, don’t despair, Google Field Trip asked Mr. Dunlap to download his work into the Field Trip database. When you are in Provincetown if you have the Field Trip app on your phone it will bring up buildings and the history of those buildings as you walk through town. It’s pretty remarkable. It uses your location and lists the buildings in your vicinity and provides Mr. Dunlap’s story of the rich history of Provincetown buildings.


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Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Newsletter: September 5th, 2015

Author: , September 5th, 2015

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Carlos Melia - Buenos AiresARGENTINA: Carlos Melia – My Latest Restaurant Experiences in Buenos Aires
by Carlos Melia
After my week in Rio de Janeiro, I decided to take four days off and head to my native city of Buenos Aires, to visit my family, before heading back to, my new home, New York. One of my favorite activities, as you may know by now, is eating and checking out restaurants of all kinds, and that is what I did. I went to some of my classic ones like the Rodi Bar in Recoleta. I tried a new one in San Telmo and was invited by the Park Hyatt Hotel Buenos Aires, to enjoy their winter Fondue Nights at the Duhau Restaurant. See my comments and photos below. First stop was Rodi Bar, along with my father. This is a classic of each of my visits to Buenos Aires. It is the typical Buenos Aires dining experience, which some my think it looks very much like a restaurant in Spain, but well, our cultures and costumes are so interconnected that this is very much so. The food is AMAZING, I love the local vibe, see the Portenos and enjoy a nice chilled bottle of San Felipe Torrentes over a nice conversation. Rod Bar is located at the residential neighborhood of Recoleta.


Carlos MeliaCHINA: Carlos Melia – Two Days in Hangzhou and the Beautiful West Lake District
by Carlos Melia
Our short visit to Hangzhou, also known as the West Lake, was rather short but marvelous. We came from Shanghai ( over an hour ride by speed train ). One of eastern China’s natural jewels, the 650-hectare (1,600-acre) lake is surrounded by a lush green shoreline, with views of majestic mountains, ancient temples, traditional pagodas and graceful bridges. Our visit consisted on a lovely private tour of the West Lake Park + Visit to the Lingyin Temple – biggest Buddhist temple in China + Panoramic walk and views from atop the Peak Mountain – highest mountain in Hangzhou – and visit to the Lingshun Temple + Lunch and site inspection of the lovely Amanfayun by Aman Resorts + Some shopping at the main commercial center + A fantastic stay at my favorite Four Seasons property in China, the Fours Seasons West Lake. First stop was, over a private tour, at the gorgeous West Lake. It is like visiting the world’s largest traditional Chinese garden, with ancient temples, pagodas and delicate bridges. Hangzhou and particularly the West Lake, UNESCO World Heritage Site, are considered one of China’s most famous and beautiful destinations.


Carlos Melia in Hong KongCHINA: Carlos Melia – My Dining Recommendations in Shanghai
by Carlos Melia
From top to down and dirty, here are my top gourmet experiences in Shanghai, on both sides of the Huang Pu River. Hope you enjoy my recommendations and Bon Appetite. Sir Elly’s Restaurant at The Peninsula Hotel Shanghai. Dinner at Shanghai’s premier destination venue and my favorite dinning experience on the Bund, followed by cocktails at the chic and happening Sir Elly’s Rooftop Bar & Terrace over looking the Oriental Tower, Pudong and the Huangpu River. Sir Elly’s Restaurant, Modern European cuisine with a French twist. Breathtaking views of the city and in our private experience, UBER romantic. Sir Elly’s wine list offers an impressive selection of over 400 labels, ensuring that diners will find the right pairing to suit any mood or occasion. Then we moved on to the bustling Sir Elly’s Rooftop Bar & Terrace, where we had our table booked overlooking the glittering skyline of Pudong. FYI the dirty Vodka Martinis where amazing. I also did a full walk around the Peninsula Hotel Shanghai, and I must say, I was quite impressed with it.


Eiffel Tower - Carlos MeliaFRANCE: Carlos Melia – Eiffel Tower Behind-The-Scenes Tour By Gustave Eiffel
by Carlos Melia
Most of us, that have been to Paris before, have like other many millions, gone to the top of the Eiffel Tower. Now, there are other sides of this iconic landmark to explore, living an off the beaten track experience of the Eiffel Tower like you’ve never seen it before! and after that, enjoy a fast track access to the top of the tower, to enjoy panoramic bird eye views of Paris. This is what I planned and curated for my recent VIP Group to Paris, being that I had a mixed crow of first timers and regular Paris visitors in my company. (Re) discover the Eiffel Tower by the hand of no other than Gustave Eiffel. Eiffel Tower – Carlos MeliaExperience the epic of the Eiffel Tower, this feat of iron and daring, iconic landmark of Paris, in an original, innovative, educational and friendly way through a new guided visit brought to life by an actor, impersonating Gustave Eiffel among others. Who has not dreamt of exploring the hidden facets of the Eiffel Tower and go behind the scenes like a real VIP. Accompanied by a guide who will narrate numerous anecdotes during the tour, you will have privileged backstage access to this amazing monument.


San FranciscoUSA: TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: A Bucket List for LGBT Travelers in the USA
by Donald and Ray
Different people have different ‘bucket lists’. Here is our bucket list of places to visit in the United States for the LGBT travelers. These cities and towns are filled with Gay history in all forms and several of them have a Gay history museum. Fortunately we have already been to all of these places and we would highly recommend them to everyone. SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA: This has for years been the epicenter for the Gay community. Many years ago it was THE place for all Gays to visit and it still is. Although it has changed a lot, one must just see it in person to really get the feel of it. The Castro area has always been THE place filled with dozens of Gay bars and businesses. Years ago, it was the only place in the country where we could all be ‘ourselves’ and enjoy everything. Luckily in today’s world, we can usually be ‘ourselves’ anywhere in the country. We have visited San Francisco over a dozen times and never tire of it.


Miami Beach Gay TravelUSA, FLORIDA: 5 Best Gay-Friendly Events and Attractions in Miami Beach
Florida has long been known as one of the most gay-friendly vacation spots in the United States, and Miami Beach is truly its gay-friendly capitol! Offering amazing gay beaches, a variety of mouthwatering restaurants, and LGBT events year round, this amazing locale is a hot spot for anyone in the LGBT community looking for a place to get away from it all, party it up, and simply enjoy life. But, of course, when you go on vacation, you aren’t just looking for a place that’s accepting; you’re looking for an area with happening clubs, and a variety of attractions that suit your mood and your desire. Fortunately, Miami Beach has more than its fair share of gay friendly attractions that simply can’t be missed!


Big Daddy TacosUSA, MASSACHUSETTS: Provincetown on a Budget
by PTown Dan
We know Provincetown can be an expensive place to visit, the busy season is quite short and businesses have to make a great percentage of their income during that short busy season to survive. We have a lot of great restaurants and you will want to try many of them while you are here. How do you get to visit our great restaurants while keeping your food budget under control? Here are some hints. On a few days make lunch your big meal of the day. A perfect day to do that is Sunday and have the brunch at Fanizzi’s at 598 Commercial Street. Fanizzi’s is on the water in the East end, brunch is from 10am to 2pm. Did I mention it’s ‘All You Can Eat’? for $14.95? You won’t find many deals like this. Brunch includes French Toast, Scrambled Eggs, Corn Beef Hash, Breakfast Burritos, Steamed Mussels, Eggs Benedict, Sausage, Bacon. I could go on.


Burlington PrideUSA, VERMONT: Shine at Pride in Burlington, Vermont’s Queen City
by Made in Vermont
Vermont has long held a special place in the hearts of the LGBT community as the first state to grant legal recognition of same-sex marriage following the 1999 Supreme Court decision. And as the largest city in Vermont, lakefront Burlington is the state’s “crown jewel,” hence her moniker, “Queen City.” PRIDE Vermont, Northern New England’s premiere LGBT PRIDE celebration will be held Sept. 6-13 in Burlington. This year’s theme, “SHINE,” celebrates the personal and collective triumphs of the LGBT community. The week-long, family-friendly event includes a high heel race, transgender events, a food and travel expo, and a special appearance by the girl group The Glamz.


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Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Newsletter – 8/22/15

Author: , August 22nd, 2015

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ViolatedA Clothing Optional Gay B&B
by Jamie Fessenden, Author of Violated
A clothing-optional gay bed and breakfast? For reals? Yes, the clothing-optional gay bed and breakfast I described in Violated is based upon real B&Bs in my area. I don’t know of any in New Hampshire, but I found Frog Meadow and Gargoyle House, both of which are in Vermont. I’ve been to clothing-optional resorts in the past. The particular one I’m recalling was one I visited about a decade ago near Burlington, VT. I was dating Erich, at the time, but he wouldn’t be caught dead running around naked with a bunch of strangers, so I went with a group of friends—all men, two gay and one straight. It was a pleasant weekend. The resort had been there so long, a number of the people there actually had small cabins they lived in for much of the summer. My friends and I stayed in a full-sized trailer with an indoor bathroom, a huge living room, a kitchen, and two bedrooms. The weekend was spent swimming in the lake, soaking in the (indoor) hot tub, and there was one big communal dinner consisting of game animals prepared in various ways—moose, elk, venison. I recall venison barbequed in a maple syrup glaze.


journalTRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Journals and Photos When Traveling
by Donald and Ray
Do you take off without a camera or journal when you travel? We have been traveling by auto from coast to coast for the past 15 years and we always take notes all along the way on people that we meet, places where we stay, restaurants where we dine and even where to purchase cheap gas. It would be nice to think that we could just remember all of these things however we can’t and thankfully we keep a journal and photos with all of that information. When we get back home we put the photos, notes, brochures, flyers, receipts in an album. That way we can go back before we go to the same place again and get the details on what we did before plus get the information on people, places and things and email everyone that we are coming back.


Samba in Brazil - Carlos meliaBRAZIL: Behind the Scenes Samba Experience
by Carlos Melia
If there is an experience you must have when in Rio de Janeiro, it is SAMBA, and what best than doing a behind-the-scenes tour to the world of the “samba schools” of Rio, which has remained mysterious and hidden. Let’s open the doors to reveal the secrets behind it. For this I came to the Samba City in the district called Little Africa, A beautiful, ancient and historical part of the port of Rio, where samba and the very first samba school was born. Hosted by one of the last year winning Escola de Samba Mirim Pimpolhos da Grande Rio ”Samba School“. Grande Rio is non-profit organization and a Samba School for Grande Rio’s children, that uses carnaval’s arts and popular culture as a tool for education. Grande Rio is one of the newest schools, nevertheless currently one of the most successful members of the First League (Special Group). It has come close to winning in all the last 10 years. It is currently ranked the second best among all Rio samba schools. Samba School Grande Rio represents Duque de Caxias, a satellite town of Rio de Janeiro.


Carlos Melia - Favela VidigalBRAZIL: Exploring Rio’s Vidigal Favela
by Carlos Melia
I would say that one of the best experiences I did, during my recent visit to Rio de Janeiro, to curate unique travel experiences for my VIP clients coming to the 2016 Summer Olympics next year, was something was ranking high in my travel bucket list, after being in Rio for many times in the past. Venturing into the intriguing world of a Favela, was quite interesting, and what I found atop Morro do Vidigal – which gives name to the Favela Vidigal – was indeed unexpected. While I was touring around Rio de Janeiro with my expert guide Isabella, as the sun was setting over the bay at the neighborhood of Urca, she said to me …” Would you like to go an explore a Favela…” My first thought was, Is it safe – meaning ARE YOU CRAZY. Second, since we were touring around on a luxury E Class Mercedes Benz, I was, are you sure we can go with this car?


Nomadic BoysMALAYSIA: Langkawi Island: A Pink Travel Guide to the Jewel of Kedah
by Stefan Arestis, the Nomadic Boys
For most gay travellers, Muslim countries like Malaysia are not necessarily high up there of places to visit. Technically, under Malaysian law, we’re seen as criminals and this ungodly practice (!) of ours becomes very hush hush and hidden away. But get to Langkawi and a whole new way of thinking kicks in. There was us thinking we would not be welomed if we rocked up as gay travel bloggers promoting pink tourism in Langkawi. But to our surprise, every single place we visited in Langkawi was very enthusiastic and excited to welcome us as a gay couple visiting their shores. In any case, Langkawi has always had a reputation as being more liberal and relaxed than mainland Malaysia. For example, its politicians have always fought to maintain its duty free status (a savvy move, which has helped boost tourism a great deal over the years).


largest-gay-fes-3ce56a71-lMEXICO: Largest Gay Dance Party Announced for Puerto Vallarta Mexico
by Tim Wilson
Jeffrey Sanker’s WHITE PARTY Palm Springs started as a small celebration with only a few hundred people in the desert in 1989. It has evolved to become the world’s largest gay dance music festival, attracting more than 30,000 attendees from every corner of the globe. WHITE PARTY PALM SPRINGS founder and producer Jeffrey Sanker says, “ WHITE PARTY has become more than just a party. It is an institution. After 25 years, it’s time we bring the festival outside North America and what better place to do it than in Puerto Vallarta during Latin Fever.” Sanker joins forces with Latin Fever producer Will Gorges. The inaugural WHITE PARTY PUERTO VALLARTA will be headlined by two of the industry’s powerhouse DJs- ALEX ACOSTA and CINDEL along side local talents DJ Ramses and Daniel Sandoval.


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Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Newsletter: Boracay; Italy; Hong Kong & Beijing; Cuba

Author: , July 25th, 2015

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TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: We Love Movies and Where They Were Filmed

by Donald and Ray

Philadelphia Museum of Art with the famous "Rocky" steps, Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALike most people, we love movies and when we are traveling we often visit the places where some of our favorite movies were made. Go to ‘google’ and type in any movie. Usually the first thing to come up is the Internet Movie Database, (IMDb) It is the largest online database of information related to films and television. It will tell you what cities, towns or areas where the film is made as well as a lot of other information about the film.

Bodega BayWe loved the movie, THE BIRDS so when we were in the Russian River in California we visited Bodega Bay and Bodega where it was filmed. Two important landmarks from the The Birds still stand in the town of Bodega (which is not the same town as Bodega Bay and is inland a bit). The Potter School, just east of Bodega, served as the spot where screaming children fled for their lives. St. Theresa’s church, right in town and also on the Bodega Highway, is where they found refuge.

Of course the town takes full advantage of the fact that the movie was filmed there including all kinds of collectibles to purchase including black crows which we purchased. One is ALWAYS looking up to the sky when walking around the town just in case you see any crows you can run fast for cover!


CHINA: Carlos Melia – Do’s and Don’ts When Dining in Hong Kong

by Carlos Melia

Carlos Melia - Hong KonhDOs and DON’Ts Dinning Options in Hong Kong, based on our own experience. Because in this city, amazing panoramic views are not enough to make it work. To include Tin Lung Heen by The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong . Man Wah by Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong and Hutong by the Aqua Restaurant Group. I have been to Hong Kong before, so this list only reflects the dining experiences of my last trip. Learn which made the cut and which was a total disaster… Check out also my post on my favorite Lunch options in Hong Kong.

As we arrived to Hong Kong on our first night, be were staying at a gorgeous suite at The Landmark Hotel by Mandarin Oriental. Just around the corner from their Hong Kong flagship hotel the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, where I have stayed before during previous visits. For our first dinning experience, I chose Man Wah Traditional One-Michelin Cantonese Restaurant.

I will rank Man Wah as my second best choice of my trip. Located on the 25th floor, this Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant serves exquisite local and regional specialties. Often referred to as Hong Kong’s most beautiful dining space. With walls adorned by original paintings on silk, and lacquered enamel and gold-plated ceiling lamps fashioned to resemble birdcages, Man Wah’s design is as celebrated as the menu.


CHINA: Carlos Melia – Exploring the Many Layers of Beijing

by Carlos Melia

Beijing - Carlos MeliaA complete log in photos and text of my full day exploring the many layers of Beijing to include a morning at the Lama Temple + Hutongs + Tea Ceremony at the Bell Tower. Lunch at Zijin Mansion restaurant at the new Waldorf Astoria Beijing. Afternoon at the Beihai Park + Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City. Afternoon Tea back at my hotel Raffles Beijing. Later visit to the Temple of Heaven.

Traditional dinner and Pekin Duck experience at Cantonese restaurant Huang Ting at the Peninsula Beijing. And finally some non-traditional snacks at the pedestrian night street market and bazaar of Wangfujing, before calling the day back at my suite at the Raffles Beijing, to enjoy my last cup of tea and off to bed, happy knowing that I have managed to experience and see the many layers of Beijing.

Early morning began right after breakfast at my hotel – the Gran Dame of Beijing – the Raffles Beijing. My private guide picked me up and my day began.

First stop of the morning, was a private half day tour of the surroundings of the Forbidden City, hosted by Abercrombie & Kent China. The tour included stops and visits to the Lama Temple, Hutongs and the Bell Tower with a private tea ceremony.


CUBA: Visit Cuba?

by Rob Saldarini

Cuba - CarAs with iPhone versions, many Americans are ‘chomping at the bit’ to be the first in line to visit Cuba. And like iPhones, those who get the devices first, deal with initial roll-out problems as an intrinsic cost of their bragging rights. Relative to rights, the LGBT community remains marginalized in Cuba due to its male machismo culture writing the law. Through the 1960s and ‘70s homosexuality was met with brutal treatment and a possibility of being sent to the labor camps. In 2007, Mariela Castro (daughter of President Raul Castro) began pressing for civil rights. Tensions eased over the last eight-years with a landmark move of Cuba voting in favor of UN resolutions supporting gay rights. Nevertheless, one cannot say that there is an embracing and accepting climate, specifically, outside of the urban areas.

An American traveler cannot simply book a flight to Cuba. The U.S. Government has strict regulations regarding allowable travel between the two nations. As requirements are under revision, check the Department of State’s Website concerning travel law and visas. Still, Cuba is not really a summer destination. In Cuba, July and August offer incredible heat and generally poor weather. The Island is in the hurricane track and can experience heavy downpours during this rainy season. Therefore, August through October has the highest potential of giving you nothing but a ‘bar tan’ for your money.


ITALY: Dolly Travels – Being Lazy in the Dolomites

by Dolly Goolsby

Dolly Goolsby - DolomitesI simply must write. Today is our last full day in Castelrotto. I want to stay longer, but I do have to get back to Florence. We have had a lovely stay here in the Dolomites. I have been having trouble adjusting to the altitude (I hate to think that my lack of stamina has anything to do with eating too much or partaking of too much of the local, delicious wines and beers! So I will blame it on the altitude.)

I love being here, and as much as the weather would permit, I wanted to be out in the fresh air and the mountains. Therefore, I decided I should only do down hill walks. That is not so difficult. Yesterday, I took a chairlift up to Panorama station, then walked down to Compatsch. That was about 45 minute walk. The view from Panorama was outstanding. By standing near the end of the chairlift, I had a 360 degree view of the mountains around me.

This northern part of Italy is actually pretty narrow, so therefore, Switzerland is not so very far away. The Swiss Alps link up with the Dolomites.


ITALY: Dolly Travels – Florence, Again, and Side Trips

by Dolly Goolsby

Dolly TravelsI was reminded by my fellow traveler and assistant tour guide, Susan, that I have fallen behind in my blog posts. Mamma Mia! How could that happen?? When I last posted, Susan and I had left Castelrotto to return to Florence. We spent one night in Bolzano, which is not enough for me. I do love Bolzano, also, but we did have time to go to dinner at one of the local breweries/restaurant.

I do not usually eat like this, but I was missing Frank, and I know that the roasted pork shank, Schweinhocksen, with all the trimmings, is one of his favorites, so I ordered this meal. I could not eat even half of it. However, since it was our last night in Sued Tyrol, I gave it a good try. By this time, I had to change my drink back to wine. I do think the Tyrolean beer is excellent, but I could already feel the waist of my pants was getting tighter..I cannot blame the Wuerstel. Potatoes, Weinerschnitzel. Ha!

We arrived back in Florence on Saturday, exactly one week ago. We have had a heat wave here like I have never experienced in Florence before, and I have been coming here every year for the past 8 years. The temperatures are in the high 90’s, and over 100, but the humidity is anywhere from 35% (at night) to over 60%. We are not used to the high humidity, so the heat has been very draining. Therefore, our adventures in Florence have been pretty limited: early morning walks. (Susan), late evening walks and entertainment: Susan and Jayne.. My adventures have been to the Mercato in the morning and cooking in the evening. Until today.


ITALY: Dolly Travels – Monterosso al Mare

by Dolly Goolsby

Cinque Terre - Dolly GoolsbyYes, we are in Cinque Terre now. We were so happy to escape the heat in Florence, that when I saw the forecast for Monterosso as being in the mid-80’s during our stay, we were happy. We had no idea of what 69% to 85% humidity felt like. Now we know. I can only hope that I have perspired enough to leave a few pounds here when we leave, which will be tomorrow.

Actually, the weather did change some today. It has been cloudy, still warm, but I spent most of the day at the beach, so I was happy. Fortunately for me, there were no jellyfish in the water. I had been warned to look for them, and in fact, I did see them one year when I was here, but today the water was simply cool, refreshing and clear.

Before we hit the beach, though, we had to stop at the best bakery in town, Il Fornaio. This is one bakery that does as well with pastries as it does with bread. They also make espresso, so after a cappuci con doppia caffe, and a croissant crema, I was ready to go.


Dolly Travels – Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast

by Dolly Goolsby

Sorrento - Dolly GoolsbyI am sad to say that this will be my last blog post from Italy this year. We have had a great time. First there was a group of 6 of us travelers, then Susan and I had one week in the Dolomites, where we met more friends, then we went to Florence and Jayne joined us for this last 3 weeks.

We have experienced a heat wave like I have never felt before, but still we kept going…not doing as much as we would have like to do, because of the heat, but fortunately, for us, Italy has some amazing beaches.

We elected to bypass Rome during the heat, and instead, spent our last seven days in Sorrento. While the weather was still pretty warm, it was tolerable. We especially love the Marina Grande in Sorrento. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the commune of the “Fisherman’s Village” had covered the rocky beach with some great sand, apparently dredged up from the sea near there, as we were told it was native sand, not sand that had been brought in from somewhere else.


PHILIPPINES: Nomadic Boys – Gay Guide to Boracay

by Stefan Arestis

Nomadic Boys - BoracayThe Philippines is well known to be very gay friendly to tourists, particularly the popular island of Boragay Boracay. Boracay is one of the more touristy and frequented islands and as a result has a subtle gay scene, so we’ve put together our gay guide to Boracay following our travels there in May 2015.

Boracay has a variety of gay friendly accommodations for all budgets. You could spend as little as 300 pesos (#4 / $7) for a bed in a dormitory to as much as 20,000 pesos (#285 / $440) for a room in a luxury resort.

Filipinos are very relaxed and open-minded towards LGBT tourists so most places will be ok with you booking a double bed. The places we recommend below are 100% gay-friendly, so you can freely wave your rainbow flag at the door.


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Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Round-Up – July 5th

Author: , July 5th, 2015

In addition to our regular travel articles, we’re starting a regular travel round-up, for those stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. Enjoy!

CANADA:
Photos – Toronto Shows Off Its Pride (The Advocate)
As with many of the Pride parades this year, the rain only made Toronto’s parade more fun, cooler, and more photogenic.
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Toronto Pride in Photos

GERMANY:
Photos – Thousands Flock to Cologne Pride (Pink News)
Huge crowds were drawn to Cologne today for the city’s annual Pride parade.
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Cologne Pride

GERMANY:
Photos – The Guys In Frankfurt Are Absolutely Delicious (Queerty)
Delicious is a giant gay circuit party held three times a year by club promoter Ralf Bareuter. Hundreds of gay men pack into Gibson, a nightclub in Frankfurt for drinking, dancing and debauchery.
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Germany - Delicious

UK:
Police investigating alleged anti-Semitism at Pride in London (Pink News)
Police are investigating allegations of anti-Semitism made by a Jewish group at Pride in London.

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USA:
Photos – Best of Pride 2015 (The Advocate)
Sexy, silly, ferocious, outrageous — Pride this year was a place to be in your moment, whatever that moment was.
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Best of Pride 2015

USA, ARIZONA:
Loo With a View (Keep Calm and Wander)
I never thought of writing this post, “Loo with a View,” until I skimmed through my photographs from my Arizona trip. I noticed that I had a couple of shots of bathrooms, overlooking the panoramic views of the Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon.
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The Sojourner

USA, CALIFORNIA:
Photos – Pride for Days In San Francisco (The Advocate)
San Francisco is the city that knows how, and San Francisco Pride is defintely the social event of the year. Everyone is invited.
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SF Pride

USA, FLORIDA:
Photos – St. Pete Pride Street Festival (Watermark)
The St. Pete Pride street festival took place the day after the nighttime parade June 28.
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St. Pete's

USA, TEXAS:
Houston’s Perfect Pride Parade (The Dallas Voice)
This could be nicest piece ever written about Houston by someone from Dallas.
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Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Newsletter – June 7th

Author: , June 7th, 2015

Scott & MarkWelcome to the Purple Roofs LGBT travel newsletter.

We’ve got lots of great stuff for you this time, including our feature articles on Ireland, Tel Aviv, Rome and Puerto Vallarta! And our articles section has four parts – local news, general interest, travel event news, and sweepstakes and contests.

Check out our Facebook Travel Clubs – discussion groups where you can ask questions and meet other travelers and we have a new topic to talk about daily. Everyone’s welcome in each group, but the discussions should be related to the group topic:

Gay Travelers

Lesbian Travelers

Transgender Travelers

Bisexual Travelers

LGBT Families (New)

And check out our Gay Travel Events section – almost 700 pride events, film festivals, circuit parties, and much more, now with photos, descriptions, and links to lodging for your stay. You’ll also find some great accommodation specials and discounts, tons of upcoming gay travel events, and much more.


Capitol Hill Mansion B&B Inn

Capitol Hill Mansion B&B Inn – Denver, Colorado

Walk to the convention center, museums and restaurants from this nationally listed 1891 ruby sandstone mansion. Enjoy a full breakfast, original decor and guestrooms appointed with antiques. Choose from eight distinct guestrooms, some with Jacuzzi tubs for two, fireplaces or balconies. Business meetings and special events welcomed.

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IrelandTRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Let’s All Go to Ireland to Celebrate!
by Donald and Ray
We can’t think of a better or more appropriate time to visit IRELAND than this year. Change your plans of going to Australia or Paris or South America and go to IRELAND this year and show them how much you love IRELAND and thank them for doing what the people of IRELAND did for the LGBT community in their recent voting. We are really sick and tired of the religious idiots always shoving their views about ‘activist’ judges, etc. cramming their views for different countries and now they are beside themselves to think that the general population of an entire country actually voted YES for same-sex marriage and in IRELAND of all places. Sad to think that in many American cities, the LGBT community cannot even have a float in the Saint Patrick’s Day parade but in IRELAND, they can get legally married.
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Gay Beach_Kfir SivanISRAEL: Tel Aviv Pride Month 2015 Events
by Spencer Ho
Tel Aviv is always one of the most popular cities in the world for travelers of all shapes, sizes and orientation, but June is a special month for the LGBTQ community in Tel Aviv, as it not only signals the beginning of summer, but is also gay pride month in Tel Aviv. For the duration of the month, the municipality building will be lit up with the colors of the rainbow gay pride flag, clubs and bars will be gearing up for Pride Parade festivities and the thousands of visitors and Tel Aviv’s gay community will be holding a number of cultural events. Gay Pride Week takes place officially from June 7-14.
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Pantheon RomeITALY: Dolly Travels: Our First Day in Rome
by Dolly Goolsby
I hope you will forgive me for not blogging sooner. We have been busy! For the first time ever, all 6 of us in my travel group flew over to Rome together. Five of us left Sacramento early Monday morning and flew to Washington D.C., where we met our 6th person, Shelora, who flew from Portland. Our connection between flights was so tight I wasn’t sure Shelora was with us, till I saw her enter the plane. Yay! We arrived in Rome early Tuesday morning, with no problems. We went to our apartment, which is located in the Campo di Fiori neighborhood. This location is ideal…we are near a main boulevard and also close to many of Rome’s attractions.
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Dolly's MokaITALY: Dolly Travels – Rome is a Beautiful City
by Dolly Goolsby
I am sitting here with my second cup of coffee, enjoying the beautiful early morning quiet of Rome. The sky is getting brighter, but of course, I cannot see the sunrise. There are some lovely old buildings in the way. I am getting pretty good at making coffee in this Moka pot. Yesterday I told you only about our first day in Rome. Now, here it is Sunday, and this will be our last day in Rome. Time has flown by. We have walked, walked, walked some more. We have seen so many sights, from the Ancient Rome to the present day cafes and shopping centers, and enjoyed living in our neighborhood, the Campo di Fiori, and being temporary citizens of Rome.
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Ostia AnticaITALY: Dolly Travels – Ostia Antica and Borghese Galleria
by Dolly Goolsby
Wow! How time flies when we are having fun. We went out to the ancient seaport of Ostia Antica last Friday. This area was the main bustling settlement of merchants and traders in Roman times. Boats came into the port, goods were unloaded, traded and shipped up the Tiber River to Rome. Eventually, the course of the river changed and Ostia Antica became a ghost town. We took a Metro train, then another train to reach Ostia Antica. Although I had been there before, I was still taken aback about the size of this area. I had to remind myself, yes, it was a small city at one time.
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GAYPV_cover10A_ideaMEXICO: Puerto Vallarta Mexico for the LGBT Eco Traveler
by Tim Wilson
The LGBT traveler meets nature in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Our beyond gay friendly destination is an ecotourism wonderland. It is here the Sierra Madre mountains join the Pacific ocean and lush jungle to form a natural wonderland paradise. Puerto Vallarta offers more gay and gay friendly activities than any other Mexican destination. Cool refreshing rains arrive in June bringing new life to vegetation, riverbeds and jungles. It is a great opportunity to experience our exotic destination. Although the “rainy season” arrives in June many LGBT travelers mistakenly think this is a time to avoid travel to Puerto Vallarta. Nothing could not be further from the truth. Most often the rain, indeed hard at times, is at night bringing a refreshing cool next morning perfect for a trip to the gay friendly Botanical Gardens (www.vbgardens.org) or the Vallarta Zoo.
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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:

BELGIUM: Mons – Belgium’s Capital of Culture
In the heart of Belgium you will find the city of Mons. Crowned as the European Capital of Culture for 2015, if you ever needed a nudge to visit this part of the world then this is it.
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BRAZIL: Breakaway Backpacker – First Time at a Nude Beach
It had been my 2nd visit to Praia Galheta (Praia is Playa or Beach in Portuguese) the gay/nude beach in Florianopolis when it finally happened. The first time I was there I couldn’t get the nerves to go nude.
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BRAZIL: Breakaway Backpacker – Making the Best of Bad Circumstances in Brazil
I try to never make actual plans because they always change for one reason or another. I had heard about this amazing island between Paraty & Rio de Janeiro called Isla Grande. I had heard that it had amazing beaches all over and to get to most of them you must hike to them. I was sold… amazing beaches and hiking, I’m all about that.
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CAMBODIA/LAOS: Five Things to See in Cambodia and Laos
This weekly travel column is brought to you by ManAboutWorld, an immersive digital gay travel magazine for iOS and Android devices from Billy Kolber, Ed Salvato, Kenny Porpora, and nearly 75 Global Correspondents.
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CANADA, ONTARIO: Lesbian Travel – Self-Guided Winery Tour in Niagara-on-the-Lake
When we travel, we always go where the glass is half full. Of our favorite wine. In Niagara-on-the-Lake. Now that summer’s almost here, there’s always a wine tasting available – and a cute little B&B or inn nearby if you have time to spend the weekend. Talk about the perfect girlfriend getaway.
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CHINA: Globetrotter Girls: 12 Surprising Things About Hong Kong
Even though I didn’t have many expectations when I visited Hong Kong for the first time this year, I have to admit that not only did the city blow me away completely, but it also surprised me in many ways.
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CUBA: Reporting Back From Gay Cuba
The prospect of passing through customs at Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport on May 19 with several interviews of LGBT rights advocates in Cuba who openly criticized their government saved to my phone was something that made me anxious ahead of my scheduled departure.
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CUBA: LGBT Travel to Havana
The dance floor of Humboldt 52, a gay bar near the Hotel Nacional and Havana’s oceanfront promenade known as the Malecon, was packed around 12:30 a.m. on Wednesday. Rum and Blue Sky, the drink special, were flowing freely as the DJ played Cuban reggaeton and American and European pop songs.
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EUROPE: Globetrotter Girls – The Ultimate European Vacation: Europe By Rail
For me, there is no more relaxing way to travel than riding the train. Sitting by the window, a cup of coffee in one hand, my camera in the other hand, and watching the world go by, the landscapes change, while listening to the smooth and steady rattling sound of the train gliding down the tracks is the perfect way for me to see a country.
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GERMANY: Five Things You Can’t Miss in Berlin
Berlin’s been on the receiving end of some backlash as of late. Having been the reigning king of cool for so long, it’s now even trendier to lash out against it, to claim Berlin is ‘over’ and to declare a dozen or so burgeoning the cities “the new Berlin!”
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GERMANY: Travels of Adam – Berlin By Boat, Photos from the Spree
Recently I was invited by Hannes from one of Berlin’s newest boat tour operators, Berlin Liquide, to experience an afternoon out on the River Spree.
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ITALY: Turin Like a Local
The Turin (Torino) Gay & Lesbian Film Festival director on his impossibly chic hometown, from alpine vistas to charming pizzarias.
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LATVIA: Europride 2015: Fourteen Things to Do in Riga, Latvia
Never made a trip to the Baltics? Latvian capital Riga will be the host for this year’s Europride festival in summer (15-22 June 2015) – which is reason enough alone to think about paying the city a visit.
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paPHILIPPINES: Globetrotter Girls – The Philippines in Pictures
This is my very last post about the Philippines – at least for now. My next trip to this gorgeous country is already in the works, and I can’t wait to visit all the places I didn’t make it to the first time around.
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PORTUGAL: Gay Porto – The Perfect Portuguese Experience
‘Would you like to go to Porto for a weekend?’ This is a question I’ve been waiting to hear for years.
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SPAIN, CANARY ISLANDS: Hidden Treasures on the Island of Lanzarote
When I first told people I would be going to Lanzarote, I got two reactions; one, ‘You’re going to the wrong island mate, Gran Canaria is a little further west’, and two, ‘But there’s not much there, is there?’
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SWITZERLAND:
In the recent film Clouds of Sils Maria, Juliet Binoche plays an anxiety ridden, aging actress tackling a part in a play she resents having agreed to appear in. To escape the pressures of her situation and to rehearse, she finds some peace and calm in the mountains of the Engadine region in the Swiss Alps.
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UK, WALES: Forty Eight Hours in Cardiff
Cardiff gets a bad rap sometimes – especially in light of the tourist behemoth that is London (only two hours away by train).
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VIETNAM: Nomadic Boys: Recipe for Vietnamese Savory pancakes
Banh Xeo are Vietnamese pancakes, which have been deep fried and cooked with pork, shrimp and bean sprouts.
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VIETNAM: Nomadic Boys – Recipe for Vietnamese Cao Lau
Cao Lau was our favourite Vietnamese dish. It is a noodles based dish with slowly cooked sliced pork, bean sprouts and herbs served in a rich broth and topped with deep fried wonton crackers.
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USA, ARIZONA
The Tourism office of Sedona claims the red rock city as the most beautiful city in the world. I’d say, it’s the most beautiful city in America.
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USA, ARIZONA: The Sojourner – From Phoenix to Grand Canyon: Tips for Backpackers
Arizona isn’t cheap if you don’t drive. The State isn’t made to be backpacker-friendly. Getting a bus in Southeast Asia is way easier than going from one city to another in Arizona.
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USA, ARIZONA: Globetrotter Girls – Road Tripping in Southern Arizona
This week’s Polaroid is coming a little earlier than usual because I have two more posts coming up this weekend – including my monthly round-up on Sunday!
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USA, ARIZONA: Globetrotter Girls – Street Art in Tucson
When I came to Tucson the first time back in 2010, I went downtown one or two times. That’s it. Why? Because there just wasn’t anything to do there. Barely any eateries, no good coffee shops, no stores – like in so many cities, the downtown retailers had shut down after more and more malls had opened closer to the ever growing suburbs.
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USA, CALIFORNIA: Walking Through The Castro’s History
In a city as vibrant as San Francisco, it can be hard to remember that it has a lot of history as well-but the company Detour is working to change that.
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USA, CALIFORNIA: San Francisco’s Presidio
Part of the U.S. National Park Service, the Presidio of San Francisco is a national park unlike any other.
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USA, FLORIDA: Naked Paddleboarding in Key West
It’s an afternoon of pure bliss that happens deep in the secluded heart of the waterways that part the majestic black and red mangroves of bucolic and sparsely populated Sugarloaf Key. The only sounds on this journey are the steady, reliable swoosh of the paddle as it dives into the water on both sides of your board propelling you along at a graceful, steady clip.
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USA, FLORIDA: Eating Out Miami
If you watched the show Best New Restaurant on Bravo (where I’m a judge for two episodes), you would have been introduced to some of the best new dining hot spots in the country.
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USA, HAWAII: Lesbian Travel – Rejuvenating Kauai
It’s not often that we have time to stop and think about the life we are living. Nor do we sit down and think about our current blessings and future legacy. But travel can make us do all of this and more. Travel can open our eyes and help us find beauty in the NOW.
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USA, ILLINOIS: What’s New in Gay and Chicago
The stools at Dove’s Luncheonette (1545 N Damen Ave. Tel: 773-645-4060. www.doveschicago.com) in Wicker Park are crafted of a shiny, rich brown vinyl and gleam with newness.
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USA, NEVADA: Lesbian Travel – Vegas’s Fremont Street
Most people travel to Las Vegas for the infamous strip and glittering nightlife that never ends. But what about Downtown Las Vegas? That tiny little core city where the story all began? I travel to Vegas twice a year for business and while I’ve stayed at a lot of hotels on the Strip (Trump, Vdara, Wynn, Caesar’s), I always make a trip downtown.
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USA, NEW JERSEY: Best LGBT Beach Towns in New Jersey
That Asbury Park is the most gay-friendly Shore town comes as no surprise to anyone. There are about a dozen bars and hotels that cater to gays and lesbians; the Empress Hotel, for example, bills itself as “Asbury Park’s LGBT friendly hotel,” with a ’50s style “that radiates sophistication.”
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paUSA, PENNSYVANIA: 4 Splashtastic Indoor Waterpark Resorts in the Poconos
Calling all Northeastern thrill-seekers: the Poconos region is adding two more gargantuan destination resorts to its roster this summer.
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General Interest Stories:

Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Round-Up – May 25th
Skruff app travel alert; Five stars in Ibixza; FL beaches; Oscar Wilde tour of NYC; more.
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Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Round-Up – May 26th
LGBT travel survey; Sexy Spaniards at fetish bar; Frameline promo and more.
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Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Round-Up – May 26th
Urban options for gay honeymoons; Cape Town four ways; NYC’s Greenwich Village; and more.
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Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Round-Up – May 28th
Hidden Mediterranean beaches; San Diego breakfast spots; photos from IML; DC Black Pride pics; more.
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Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Round-Up – May 29th
Fitness tips on vacation; Key West rainbow crosswalks; TX pride events and more.
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Purple Roofs LGBT Travel News Round-Up – May 30th
Carnival Rio 2016; Life in Laos; WeHo and LA Pride; more.
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Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Round-Up – May 31st
How to be a badass travel girl; 5 ways to see Ireland; Pink Dot Tapei debuts; London’s Barcode club closes; Tallywackers opens in Dallas gayborhood; and more.
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Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Round-Up – 6/3/15
Summer flight delays; Chargers and adapters for intl travel; over the top wedding venues; Morocco expels lesbians for kiss; national LGBt landmarks; and more.
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Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Round-Up – June 5th
Amtrak Tips, Slovakia Pride cancelled; UK ready to celebrate; Foodie tour of Carmel; more…
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Past Events:

USA, NEVADA: Las Vegas Goes Dinah
25,000 gay girls recently descended on Las Vegas for a weekend of fun and frolics – here, journalist Lauren Jow proves what happens in Vegas certainly doesn’t stay in Vegas…
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Upcoming Events:

USA: Six Sexy Gay Events for 2015
You may be staring at your diary for 2015 and looking for a bit of inspiration. Which countries around the world haven’t you been to? Which cities haven’t you ticked off yet? Which parties are attracting your attention?
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CANADA, ALBERTA: International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics Championships Comes to Edmonton in 2016(Aug 8-14) Edmonton will be the site of the largest gay sporting event in Alberta history next year when it hosts the International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics championships.
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CANADA, QUEBEC: First Ever “Canada Pride” in Montreal in 2017(2017) The first ever ‘Canada Pride’ is to be held in Montreal in 2017, following the success of Toronto WorldPride in 2014.
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ICELAND: Rainbow Reykjavik – A Gay Travel Wet Dream
(Jan 2016) It’s always fascinating to meet new people; it’s all the more captivating to meet underneath one of the world’s most spectacular and elusive phenomena – the Northern Lights.
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ITALY: Women’s Writing Retreat Planned in Varenna, Italy in September(Sept 20-26) Have you longed to visit Italy for years and love the art of writing?
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UK, ENGLAND: Brighton Pride Announces 2015 Theme(Aug) Britain’s favorite seaside LGBTI festival, Brighton Pride, has chosen its theme to celebrate its 25th anniversary.
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USA, CALIFORNIA: Pink Saturday Party Back On – With an 8PM Curfew
(Jun 28) San Francisco City Hall is expected to pay for this year’s Pink Saturday party but will end the event in the Castro at 8 p.m. and is likely to ban music stages.
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USA, LOUISIANA: Month by Month Guide to Gay New Orleans 2015(Jan-Dec 2015) When southern charm, a storied history and wild abandon collide, there’s absolutely no mistaking what city you’re in.
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USA, NEW YORK: New Gay ComiCon Coming to NYC in June(Jun 13) Geeks OUT is excited to announce that NYC’s first-ever queer-focused comic con, FLAME CON, will be held on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at the Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn.
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Contests and Sweepstakes:

USA, CALIFORNIA: Win a Dream Trip to Palm Springs(Enter by Jun 30) GRAND PRIZE: Choice of: Three-night stay at POSH Palm Springs, Three-night stay at Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs or Three-night stay at Queen of Hearts Resort.
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USA, CALIFORNIA: Win a Trip to the Sonoma Wine Weekend
Win a Trip for 2 to Gay Wine Weekend June 19 – 21 to Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County from any Alaska Airlines West Coast City. We’ve teamed up with Alaska Airlines, Official Airlines of Gay Wine Weekend, to bring 2 lucky winners to Sonoma County for a weekend of wine and celebration, benefiting Face to Face, Sonoma County AIDS Network.
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USA, WASHINGTON: Win Five Nights at the Gaslight Inn
(Enter by Oct 1) PurpleRoofs.com is teaming up with the gay-owned Gaslight Inn in Seattle to bring you the chance to win five nights on Capitol Hill in Seattle.Full Story


Gay Travel Events – The List:


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Seattle Sweepstakes: We’re teaming up with the Gaslight Inn (http://www.gaslight-inn.com) to give away 5 nights on Capitol Hill in Seattle.
http://www.purpleroofs.com/contest.html

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Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Newsletter – May 18th

Author: , May 18th, 2015

Scott & MarkWelcome to the Purple Roofs LGBT travel newsletter.

We’ve got lots of great stuff for you this time, including a feature article from Don and Ray on The Gay Bar in Gay, Michigan! And our articles section has four parts – local news, general interest, travel event news, and sweepstakes and contests.

Check out our Facebook Travel Clubs – discussion groups where you can ask questions and meet other travelers and we have a new topic to talk about daily. Everyone’s welcome in each group, but the discussions should be related to the group topic:

Gay Travelers

Lesbian Travelers

Transgender Travelers

Bisexual Travelers

LGBT Families (New)

And check out our Gay Travel Events section – almost 700 pride events, film festivals, circuit parties, and much more, now with photos, descriptions, and links to lodging for your stay. You’ll also find some great accommodation specials and discounts, tons of upcoming gay travel events, and much more.


Glacier Bay Cottage - Gustavus, Alaska

Glacier Bay Cottage – Gustavus, Alaska

Our gay and lesbian, bi and trans-friendly cottage is located in Gustavus, Alaska, the gateway to Glacier Bay National Park. Our specialty is catering to the independent traveler. Glacier Bay Cottage is conveniently located in the center of Gustavus at the Four Corners but is also very private and rural.

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The Gay BarTRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: The Gay Bar in Gay, Michigan
by Don and Ray
Hasn’t everyone visited Gay, Michigan, population that is around 60? It is 12 miles from Lake Linden on Copper Island at the western end of the Upper Peninsula. The town was named after Joseph E. Gay, one of the founders of the Mohawk Mining Company that built a stamp mill in Gay in 1898. At it’s peak, Gay, Michigan had 1,500 residents and 117 houses. There were company stores and a schoolhouse for 250 students. In the late 1800’s, Gay was a lumber town. Logging was waning when the Mohawk Mining Company decided to put stamping mills in the area to process copper from mines at Mohawk and Wolverine. Construction started in 1900. By 1901, there was an office, warehouse, blacksmith and carpenter shops, dock, pump house and company houses in the community.
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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:

ARGENTINA: Breakaway Backpacker – Buenos Aires in Photos
If you have been following my blog or Instagram for a while you know I love street art. I have shared tons of street art from around the world and am obsessed.
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ARGENTINA: Jujuy and Salta Provinces
When considering a trip to Argentina, most people think of Buenos Aires. Or perhaps they know the pampas, or the wine-producing region of Mendoza.
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ARGENTINA: Breakaway Backpacker – How to Plan The W in Torres del Paine National Park
One of the things you hear often once you arrive in Patagonia on either side Chile or Argentina and are making your way down is…
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CAMBODIA: Ten Interesting Facts About Cambodia
During our 3 weeks travelling between Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville, the Kingdom of Cambodia and its super friendly people stole our hearts in many ways.
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CAMBODIA: Nomadic Boys – Best Traditional Foods of Cambodia
Cambodian (or Khmer) food is not really well known internationally but there are some unique traditional Khmer foods we discovered whilst eating our way around the country.
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CHINA: Most Gay Friendly Provinces
Economically developed cities and China’s southeastern coastal provinces are the most gay friendly, a new survey has found.
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DENMARK: Globetrotter Girls – Colorful Copenhagen
Other people might have considered it hugely inconvenient to travel to another country to catch a flight, but when I found a flight deal leaving from Copenhagen that was $200 cheaper than all the other flight from Europe to LA, my first thought was ‘Perfect! Now I’ve finally got an excuse to visit Copenhagen.’
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DENMARK: Twenty Four Hours in Copenhagen
If you’re as old as me, you’ll remember a time when you wouldn’t dream of embarking on a vacation or city break without buying or borrowing the relevant guide book.
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ISRAEL: Jerusalem Street Foods
Every budget-savvy travelers loves a good street food destination, and Jerusalem is one of the best. From classic vegetable stalls to fragrant falafel stands, here’s what you should order for affordable eats when you’re in the city.
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PHILIPPINES: Globetrotter Girls – The Grand Finale of my Philippines Trip
El Nido was one of the two places I was looking forward to the most on my Philippines trip (the other one was Boracay), as everyone who had been there was raving about the unspoiled beauty of the deserted islands off the coast of Palawan, the island El Nido is located on.
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POLAND: Five Things to See in Warsaw
For nearly a century, Warsaw was a city at times synonymous with strife and political upheaval — a victim of the Third Reich and then the Soviets after that.
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SPAIN: Seven Things You Might Miss on Gran Canaria
Gay tourists to Gran Canaria are loyal – a fact that will soon be illustrated with Maspalomas Pride around the corner.
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paSPAIN: Barcelona on a Budget
With the euro now in favor of American travelers for the first time in many years, European cities with chic, cosmopolitan flair are an attractive travel option this summer.
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SPAIN: Gay Ibiza Like a Local
Scott Dempster, an Ibiza rooftop bar manager, talks about gay Ibiza, Spain.
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SWEDEN: How Stockholm Became a Gay Mecca
If ever there is a time to visit Stockholm, it’s the summer of 2015.
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UK, ENGLAND: Seeing LGBT Manchester Like a Local
Faye Evans profiles Manchester’s prettiest sights, cheapest eats and most homo-electric bars.
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UK, Wales: Foodie Heaven in the Brecon Beacons, Wales
Staring at a door at the Llanerch Vineyard, restaurant, I found myself confused.
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USA, CALIFORNIA: Globetrotter Girls – Sunset in Santa Monica
It seems like the travel gods aren’t on my side this year: I wish I could say that my journey to the U.S. went without a glitch, but I almost didn’t make it here.
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USA, COLORADO: Saxon and Joe – Colorado
Here’s the long awaited, much anticipated collection of clips from our trip to Colorado a few months ago.
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USA, TEXAS: Saxon and Joe – Texas
My partner and I live in Los Angeles and recently started a channel where we are posting videos from our travels. We started it last week and have a few videos up. I though you may like to check them out!
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USA, TEXAS: Gay Houston
There is a billboard on a nondescript stretch of freeway just south of George Bush International Airport in Houston that reads, “Wherever you go, God listens.”
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USA, WASHINGTON DC: A Culinary Capitol
Thankfully, one conversation in town that all political parties can agree on is that the nation’s capital has been transformed into a deliciously diverse draw for gourmands of all stripes.
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General Interest Stories:

Globetrotter Girls – Five Best Moments From Five Years of Travel
Since I am celebrating the milestone of five years of travel this weekend I felt that it was time to look back at the past five years, but I had done that just a while ago (Looking Back: Five Years Ago I Quit My Job To Travel The World). So I decided to share the five best and worst travel experiences instead.
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Past Events:

USA, NEVADA: Las Vegas Goes Dinah
25,000 gay girls recently descended on Las Vegas for a weekend of fun and frolics – here, journalist Lauren Jow proves what happens in Vegas certainly doesn’t stay in Vegas…
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Upcoming Events:

Upcoming LGBT Events
We’ve got a bunch of new reports about upcoming LGBT events to share with y’all, including Dina Las Vegas, the Brighton Bear Weekender, and Austria’s Pink Lake Festival.
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USA: Six Sexy Gay Events for 2015
You may be staring at your diary for 2015 and looking for a bit of inspiration. Which countries around the world haven’t you been to? Which cities haven’t you ticked off yet? Which parties are attracting your attention?
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CANADA, ALBERTA: International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics Championships Comes to Edmonton in 2016(Aug 8-14) Edmonton will be the site of the largest gay sporting event in Alberta history next year when it hosts the International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics championships.
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CANADA, QUEBEC: First Ever “Canada Pride” in Montreal in 2017
(2017) The first ever ‘Canada Pride’ is to be held in Montreal in 2017, following the success of Toronto WorldPride in 2014.
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ICELAND: Rainbow Reykjavik – A Gay Travel Wet Dream
(Jan 2016) It’s always fascinating to meet new people; it’s all the more captivating to meet underneath one of the world’s most spectacular and elusive phenomena – the Northern Lights.
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ITALY: Women’s Writing Retreat Planned in Varenna, Italy in September(Sept 20-26) Have you longed to visit Italy for years and love the art of writing?
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UK, ENGLAND: Brighton Pride Announces 2015 Theme(Aug) Britain’s favorite seaside LGBTI festival, Brighton Pride, has chosen its theme to celebrate its 25th anniversary.
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USA, CALIFORNIA: Pink Saturday Party Back On – With an 8PM Curfew
(Jun 28) San Francisco City Hall is expected to pay for this year’s Pink Saturday party but will end the event in the Castro at 8 p.m. and is likely to ban music stages.
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USA, FLORIDA: Parliament House Announces Disney World Gay Days Concert Lineup
(Jun 5-7) Parliament House’s 2015 Gay Days concert lineup features Color Me Badd, Brandy and Salt-N-Pepa.
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USA, LOUISIANA: Month by Month Guide to Gay New Orleans 2015(Jan-Dec 2015) When southern charm, a storied history and wild abandon collide, there’s absolutely no mistaking what city you’re in.
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USA, NEW YORK: New Gay ComiCon Coming to NYC in June(Jun 13) Geeks OUT is excited to announce that NYC’s first-ever queer-focused comic con, FLAME CON, will be held on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at the Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn.
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Contests and Sweepstakes:

USA, CALIFORNIA: Win a Dream Trip to Palm Springs(Enter by Jun 30) GRAND PRIZE: Choice of: Three-night stay at POSH Palm Springs, Three-night stay at Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs or Three-night stay at Queen of Hearts Resort.
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USA, CALIFORNIA: Win a Trip to the Sonoma Wine Weekend
Win a Trip for 2 to Gay Wine Weekend June 19 – 21 to Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County from any Alaska Airlines West Coast City. We’ve teamed up with Alaska Airlines, Official Airlines of Gay Wine Weekend, to bring 2 lucky winners to Sonoma County for a weekend of wine and celebration, benefiting Face to Face, Sonoma County AIDS Network.
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USA, FLORIDA: Win a Trip to Gay Disneyworld in June(May 15) It’s the 25th Anniversary and you don’t want to miss it!!! One Magical Weekend during Gay Disney – One of the largest LGBT Events in the World! June 5 – June 7, 2015, Orlando Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Epcot.
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USA, WASHINGTON: Win Five Nights at the Gaslight Inn
(Enter by Oct 1) PurpleRoofs.com is teaming up with the gay-owned Gaslight Inn in Seattle to bring you the chance to win five nights on Capitol Hill in Seattle.Full Story


Gay Travel Events – The List:


Check out our brand new events list, where we list gay events around the world – http://www.purpleroofs.com/gay-travel-events.html.

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Seattle Sweepstakes: We’re teaming up with the Gaslight Inn (http://www.gaslight-inn.com) to give away 5 nights on Capitol Hill in Seattle.
http://www.purpleroofs.com/contest.html

Check Out Our Special Offer Section


Our innkeepers and travel agents offer exclusive specials to travelers who find them on Purple Roofs. This month, we have 99 Accommodation/Tour offers listed in 15 countries and regions around the world! No membership required.
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