Scandinavia on the Orient Express

Author: , June 11th, 2012

Gay Travel: Scandinavia on the Orient ExpressWhile Scandinavia may not always be warm, it’s definitely hot on today’s travel scene. With gastronomic meccas Noma and Mathias Dahlgren, spectacular landscapes of craggy fjords and verdant lowlands, and addictive Dragon Tattoo thrillers, it’s no surprise that this northerly destination is on everyone’s travel wish list.

Starting in April 2013, the best way to experience Scandinavia is aboard the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express’ NEW, first rail voyage from Venice to Stockholm, which, over the course of five days, will journey through Italy, Austria, Switzerland, and Germany before making its way to Denmark and Sweden.

Guests desiring a shorter journey may opt to travel on either of the two legs of this tour: Venice to Copenhagen or Copenhagen to Stockholm. Reverse itineraries are also available.

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Riding the Orient Express

Author: , April 14th, 2012

Orient Express Venice to ParisThere is something supremely seductive about train travel. Ever since my childhood, I have been fascinated by trains, the destinations they visit, the people you meet along the way, and the occasional mystery that may take place onboard. Apparently, I am not the only one who feels this way. Writers and filmmakers have created a litany of work that celebrates trains and the role they play in our lives. The very first “train” film I saw was Von Ryan’s Express, starring Frank Sinatra and Trevor Howard. I was mesmerized from the start as Sinatra and his fellow POWs escape from a concentration camp, take over a train, and pretend to be Nazis so they can make their way to freedom in Switzerland.

Since then, I’ve discovered other exciting films that I watch every chance I get. These include The Train, starring Burt Lancaster; Hitchcock’s The Lady Vanishes; Travels With My Aunt, starring Maggie Smith in one of the best roles of her career; From Russia With Love, with Sean Connery as James Bond (which has some great scenes on the Orient-Express); and, of course, Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, which takes place entirely on the train.

With this in mind, you can imagine how I felt when I received an invitation to journey from Venice to Paris on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express (www.orient-express.com). It was a dream come true! I would travel from my favorite city in Europe, across the Swiss Alps, and into Paris onboard the most luxurious train in the world. First, however, preparations had to be made. My partner and I needed white dinner jackets, tuxedos, cufflinks, pocket squares…and…?

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Orient-Express welcomes the International LGBT Community

Author: , January 1st, 2012

Orient-Express Hotels welcomes the International LGBT Community  |  Orient-Express  | Orient-Express is an elite collection of hotels, cruises and luxury rail adventures in 25 countries, across five continents. The company has offered exceptional luxury travel experiences since 1976, when it purchased Hotel Cipriani in Venice and shortly afterwards recreated the celebrated Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, linking London, Paris and Venice.

Today, Orient-Express owns or part-owns and manages 49 businesses, 39 of which are highly acclaimed hotels, each unique in style, from the Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town and Rio’s Copacabana Palace, to the Maroma Resort and Spa on Mexico’s Riviera Maya. The company also embraces river cruisers in France and Myanmar, luxury trains in Europe, the Far East and Peru, and the celebrated ’21’ restaurant in New York.

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is proud to introduce you to a select group of Orient-Express properties welcoming the international LGBT Community to their stunning and unique properties, and destinations with open arms. Certainly A Journey Like no other. Find out more and see the list of properties participating @ Orient-ExpressCM

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Eagle Island Camp by Orient Express

Author: , October 12th, 2011


Eagle Island Camp by Orient Express 
 |  Okavango Delta, Xaxaba Island, Botswana  | Situated on remote Xaxaba Island among a web of waterways and lush vegetation, it overlooks a lagoon that attracts a breathtaking variety of big game and exotic birds. Explore the region by local canoe, set out on a game drive or roam on foot. One of the three Orient Express Camps I visited during my trip across Botswana and Souther Africa. One of the most romantic bars in the world, accommodation you would expect of a luxury safari experience, and air/river Safaris that will take your breath away. > Check the Full Post and more at www.carlosmeliablog.com

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The Minotaur at the Old Vic Tunnels London

Author: , October 11th, 2011


The Minotaur at the Old Vic Tunnels
 |  London, UK  |   Tonight I came to the tunnels of London, close to the Waterloo Station, to experience an amazing exhibition only matched by this unique venue, high fashion derelict and modern. The Minotaur which opens to the public tomorrow (OCT 11th. – 25th.) by Lazarides, returns to The Old Vic Tunnels this year taking inspiration from the ancient Greek legend of The Minotaur. If you are a local, or just visiting, The Minotaur is a London Must see and visit… > Check the Full Post and more at www.carlosmeliablog.com

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Hackett Groom & Groom Package by Mandarin Oriental

Author: , October 7th, 2011


Hackett Groom & Groom Package by Mandarin Oriental
 |  London. UK  |  Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park is offering a new Groom & Groom Package in collaboration with Hackett London, renown British men’s clothing with worldwide reputation for quality and luxury. The ultimate ‘Groom Service’ to couples getting married in the magnificent ballroom in 2012. And I got to experience the full service today at their store over Sloane Street. > Check the Full Post and more at www.carlosmeliablog.com

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Lake Panic at Kruger National Park

Author: , October 5th, 2011


Lake Panic at Kruger National Park
 |  Kruger Park, South Africa  |  One of the treasures of coming to Africa, is to be able to observe and enjoy animals in the wild, on their own habitat where there is almost to no interaction with human beings. Lake Panic is one of the spots in Kruger Park do so. Lake Panic is an earthen dam on the Mafunyana Creek.  > Check the Full Post and more at www.carlosmeliablog.com

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Trying to survive the Underground in London

Author: , October 5th, 2011


Trying to survive the Underground in London
 |  London, UK  |  So this morning, after my daily ride on the Tube from Tufnell Park to Charing Cross on the Northern Line, I posted into my Facebook” Why is it that every time I jump on the Tube in London I get dizzy and nauseous? …” and the comments came along with many different alternatives. Some blaming the bad quality of the air, others the narrowness of the cars and a one saying that I might be suffering from a chronic and trendy gay disease , the Panic Attack, fabulous by all means right !!!  > Check the Full Post and more at www.carlosmeliablog.com

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Le Quartier Francais Boutique Hotel

Author: , October 3rd, 2011


Le Quartier Francais Boutique Hotel
 |  Franschhoek, South Africa  |  Exclusive boutique hotel situated in the heart of the Franschhoek Valley, only over and hour away from Cape Town and minutes away from Stellenbosch. The perfect hotel to experience South Africa’s most renown and fine wine region. Tucked away in secluded gardens, with beautiful views, it is a fairytale-like haven of tranquility. > Check the Full Post and more at www.carlosmeliablog.com

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Chapman’s Peak Drive Scenic route Cape Town

Author: , October 3rd, 2011


Chapman’s Peak Drive Scenic route Cape Town
 |  Cape Town, South Africa  |  One of the most stunning and beautiful marine drives, along the coast of the Western Cape on the Atlantic Ocean, from Noordhoek to Hout Bay. Among top in the list of MUST DO while visiting Cape Town. During our drive back to Cape Town, after a full day tour of the Western Cape, including Cape of Good Hope, our driver took us through Chapman’s Peak Drive, promising one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. And he was absolutely right. > Check the Full Post and more at www.carlosmeliablog.com

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