Cinq & Sept – France Gay Guesthouse

Author: , December 20th, 2018

Cinq & Sept

Cinq & Sept in the South of France is Europe’s favourite gay guesthouse resort, offering 9 luxurious suites with aircon, large pool and garden, in a 200-year-old mansion in the centre of a traditional wine-making village. Offering a warm welcome and plenty of socialising, we’re now in TripAdvisor’s 5-star ‘Hall of Fame’. Nude and gay beaches are only 25 mins away.

Join us for pool-side dinners, wine-tasting evenings and canoeing trips. Destress in our clothing-optional garden and pool. Enjoy Michelin-starred restaurants nearby.

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Monte Placido Vacation Rentals – Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic

Author: , December 17th, 2016

Monte Placido Vacation Rentals

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

Welcome to Monte Placido Vacation Rentals. This tropical hilltop paradise is a secure gated residence comprised of 6 individual rental homes. Each home offers breathtaking views of the ocean, the forested mountains and the coconut groves below.

Our elevated location offers constant soothing breezes and very few mosquitos. The homes have fully equipped kitchens to do your own cooking or a personal chef can be provided (maid and linen service included). Each home is especially designed with a verandah for privacy from neighbors. The homes are airy and spacious, comfortable for both inside and outside living.

Monte Placido Vacation Rentals’ tropical and botanical gardens are busting with an explosion of colorful flowers. Enjoy the infinity pool virtually cascading into the sea with its cabana and barbecue. From our pastoral setting we are just a short 15 minute drive from bustling and fun Las Terrenas with its beach bars and restaurants, late night Latin dancing galore.

We are located in Samana Province on the North East of the Island. It is still is a very well-kept secret with its pristine and undeveloped beaches, reefs, waterfalls, hiking, bird watching whales and more. SHIVA’S CAVE is our yoga retreat center that can also welcome Latin dance camps, special events and wedding parties up to 25 guests (see our website). Full catering for events/groups or a hired chef for a special individual lunch or dinner are optional and on request (inquire).

We offer complimentary continental breakfast on the 1st day. The owners live on site and they are always available to help out with every little detail and make sure that their guests enjoy their getaway.

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Villa Loca B&B – Gay, Clothing Optional B&B in Puechabon, France

Author: , August 31st, 2016

Villa Loca B&B

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

Eric and Patrice will reiceive you in Puechabon, typical Languedoc village located 25 minutes from Montpellier, close to the gorges of the Herault and only 45 minutes from the Mediterranean.

We offer you two spacious guest rooms of about 35 m2 each equipped kitchenettes, and private bathroom and three other bedrooms of 20 m2 each equipped with their own bathroom and private WC.

You can enjoy the hammam, the large swimming pool (12 X 5) including a hot tub, or relax in another jacuzzi lulled by the chirping of cicadas.

The wooded and wild environment, without any opposite, leads to naturism .

Breakfasts will be served on the terrace of the house.

Puechabon adjoins the trusted Gorges de l’ Herault and you will discover a diverse and unique heritage as the village of Saint Guilhem le Desert and the Devil’s Bridge ( World Heritage of UNESCO), Clamouse cave, Salagou Lake. You can pracitce hiking, biking, canoeing, via ferrata ….

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Ambassadors to Another Country: San Marino

Author: , May 9th, 2012

San Marino View

San Marino RoccaAfter San Leo, we departed for the neighboring city-state of San Marino. San Marino has an interesting history – it’s the oldest ongoing republic in Europe, dating back to the third century AD.

Two hundred years ago, Italy as we know it now didn’t exist – instead, there were a number of city-states, some independent, most controlled by Austria, Spain and France.

San Marino CastleIn the 1800’s, several heroes of the republic, including Garabaldi, Vittore, and Cavali, fought a war for the liberation and unification of Italy, eventually creating the country as we know it now. The country was unified via a series of battles, diplomacy, and finally public votes, and San Marino alone elected to stay independent. And so it exists today – a separate country entirely surrounded by Italy.

But relations between the two countries are very friendly, and you don’t need your passport to visit this tiny, beautiful Paese (country). In fact, it’s hard to tell exactly where Italy ends and San Marino begins!

Fabio's artLike neighboring San Leo, which was founded by a brother of the man who founded San Marino, this city-state exists in three parts – the valley, the hill, and the three towers that crown it.

We arrived from San Leo in time for lunch at the home of two friends of Marco and Fabry, Lisa and Fabio – Fabio is an artist who paints and sculpts wood, and his work is really good.

Nido del RondeLisa is an artist in the kitchen. She prepared us a delicious (if very large) meal, starting with homemade bread, prosciutto, and three kinds of cheese, followed by an absolutely delicious ravioli with cheese, spinach, and just a hint of lemon.

Then there was a pasta dish I’d never seen before – Il Nido del Rondine (pictured at right) – literally “the nest of the swallow”, named for the distinctive shape of the pasta.

This, in turn, was followed by a salad, and after this, strawberries and four kinds of gelato – truly a feast! Lisa and Fabio are consumate hosts, and we discovered we had several things in common, including an interest in yoga.

Funiva di San MarinoAfter lunch, the six of us made our way to San Marino’s storico centro (historic center) – reached via una funiva (funicular or lift) that carries you up from the valley floor. You can also drive, but parking is difficult, and this way is more fun.

When you arrive on the platform at the top, the valley is spread out below you, but the views are even better from the towers.

San Marino Street SceneThe city streets are very cute, winding up the hill with little twists and turns. The shops are mostly tourist traps selling the usual fare – shirts, purses and knick-knacks.

As you first enter the town, there’s a haunting statue of a woman in great distress with a child next to her, commemorating the bombardment of the country in World War Two.

A little farther on, you’ll find Freedom Square, celebrating the liberation of the city, complete with their own statue of liberty (no,she doesn’t look like ours) – but Fabio did brag that she was much larger than ours (I didn’t try to correct him).

Facing the square is the tall, skinny house of the San Marino Parliament, where the business of government is accomplished for this beautiful little country.

San Marino with FriendsFrom here, we climbed up to another piazza with a grand columned building and a rather plain church (even Fabio thought so), and from here up to the first “rocca” (fortress).

There are three castles here, all in a row along the top of the hill, and two of these are open to the public for a fee.

San Marino CastleUnfortunately, the governments here have no money left to maintain such treasures, so the entrance fees have gone up to help cover the costs. We were lucky – our friends, as native San Marinians, have free access to the castles for themselves and their friends

San Marino CastleYou can get some beautiful shots here of one castle from the other, and of the valley laid out below you.

The first castle has a number of rooms, walks, and even a tower to explore. The tower is reached via a steep ladder through a tiny hole, complete with trap-door, and only those sure-of-foot should attempt it, but you’ll be rewarded with the best view in San Marino, with the main keep of the castle and the old town below.

San Marino ViewThe Italians (and San Marinians) have been so friendly to us, even the strangers, and I was so excited to use a bit of Italian with a few of them here. Two women wanted to pass me on a narrow walkway, and so I stepped aside and said “Mi scusi” (formal Italian for “excuse me”, and a minute later, when it was my turn to pass, I said “tocca a me” (literally “it turns to me”, figuratively “my turn”). Our Italian class friends (especially you, Giovani) will appreciate this. 🙂

San Marino ViewFrom the first rocca, we descended along a short saddle between two peaks of the hill, and then climbed to the other.

San Marino CastleThis one is smaller, but features a large museum, that unfortunately was uncomfortably warm. We passed through it quickly, and enjoyed the views from here to the other rocca in the fresh outside air. We could also see the third tower from here, but it’s not open to the public.

As we descended from the second rocca, the skies finally opened up, and we rushed back down through the town through the rain to the funicular.

It was a long, tiring, but rewarding day of exploration – and time for dinner “con la famiglia di Fabry”.