Breakaway Backpacker – 24 Hours in Paris

Author: , October 15th, 2015

Paris - Jaime Davila

Stories written about Paris can fill a stadium and I am sure photos taken of Paris can too. Especially photos taken of it’s icons. We all know Paris… we have seen it in movies, TV shows and just about every media outlet possible. It’s the city of lights, a city of romance and a city millions dream of visiting once in their lives.

It’s a beautiful city and is no wonder why the world loves it. I didn’t have plans to revisit this city for a long time, but since all my plans in Europe changed the opportunity arose for me to go back and visit friends I made on the road. So I thought why not and went back for 2 days. I had one full day while I was there and decided to walk to all it’s icons. Yes I had seen them all before, but it’s Paris so why not see them again!

My hostel was located a few blocks from the Sacred Heart of Paris so decided to start there and make a circle around Paris walking from icon to icon. I started my day at 9am and finished at 6pm. If you have 24 hours in Paris this is a perfect manageable walk that anyone can do. That morning I literally grabbed a map and circled all the main icons of Paris and just walk from one to the other. Start from the nearest icon to you and make a loop. Yes it’s that easy!!! My loop went in the order of the photos below.

By Jamie Davila – Full Story at Breakaway Backpacker | Paris Gay Travel Resources

Walking Through The Castro’s History

Author: , June 1st, 2015

Castro GayborhoodIn 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.

Advertised as “stories that take you places,” Detour uses modern smart phone technology to give users a historical tour of specific locations. While they have a whole series of San Francisco locations, the tour of the Castro narrated by Cleve Jones, now in his 60s and still living in the area, is especially intriguing.

Starting out at Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy, tourists are taken through a winding expedition of the diverse and beautifully kept neighborhood known as the Castro. The history of the area seems to come to life with Jones’ narration of the LGBTQ rights movement.

As Detour’s website says, “Imagine walking through the Castro with a key figure in almost every twist and turn of San Francisco’s historic fight for gay rights…

By Emily Rush – Full Story at Dot429 | San Francisco Gay Travel Resources

A Walking Tour in the Big Easy

Author: , March 2nd, 2014

New OrleansAs one of the most charming and unique US cities, New Orleans is made for strolling and chatting and discovering hidden gems. The buildings are interesting, the people even more so. From the French Quarter to the Garden District, I adore exploring this city on foot with a friend – and a cool drink.

I recently stopped in New Orleans for a short visit and took a tour with Mary, a charming guide who began her tour with an explanation of why you won’t find Katrina damage in the French Quarter. The city is shaped like a saucer and while the surrounding areas were damaged extensively, the oldest (and most beautiful) parts of New Orleans look much like they did a century ago. She also told us we’ll never find a parade on Bourbon Street because New Orleans protects its inebriated…

I love walking this city. If you go, start your tour early in the day – 9 am is perfect. Take it easy (this is the Big Easy after all) and linger over the iron lacework on the balconies, artisan brickwork and the swaying Spanish moss dripping off the century-old oak trees. There are almost 80 city blocks to explore – if you’re adventurous – so wear comfortable shoes.

Authored By Julia Rosien – See the Full Story at Go Girlfriend

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: TrekInnMarin, Mill Valley, California

Author: , August 15th, 2013

TrekInnMarin - Mill Valley, CaliforniaPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

TrekInnMarin provides a distinctive and memorable vacation experience trekking through Marin County, California — just 30 minutes north of San Francisco and home to some of the world’s most beautiful terrain. These tours, led by local experts, are for avid hikers who like to end an active day with great food, fine wine, and premium lodging.

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Doing New Orleans On Foot

Author: , June 5th, 2013

New OrleansDo a little dance. Make a little love. Get down tonight. This is the Big Easy, after all.

The history of New Orleans isn’t an easy one – slavery, plagues, fires, floods – but the people here are amazingly resilient. It’s almost as if each tragedy gives birth to a new way to celebrate life – Mardi Gras, African-Indian parades, saints holidays – and don’t forget Zydeco and jazz musicians and Cajun food.

The first time I visited New Orleans (pre-Katrina), I fell in love with the energy, the passion, the joie de vivre that defines the people who live here. My girlfriend and I walked from the French Quarter to the Garden District – an adventure that took us through some of the poorest sections of the city.

Authored By Julia Rosien – See the Full Story at Go Girlfriend

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Miami Beach Gay and Lesbian Walking Tour

Author: , October 17th, 2011

Miami Beach Walking TourThe Miami Design Preservation League has joined forces with the Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau for a 90-minute guided walking tour, 5 p.m. on the fourth Saturday of each month.

Tour departs from MDPL’s Art Deco Welcome Center, 1001 Ocean Drive at 10th Street. To book call 305-672-2014 or visit www.mdpl.org.

Full Story from the Miami Herald

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San Francisco Offers Tales of the City Walking Tour

Author: , May 31st, 2011

Tales of the City Walking TourFew will deny the impact that Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City has had since they were first published in the 1970′s. Now, you can also see Tales of the City – The Musical, which premieres at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco this Wednesday, 1st June (following previews since mid-May).

If you’re planning a trip to see the show, why not also take a hike around the city and see some of the Tales of the City landmarks. Tours of the Tales charts the exploits of the main characters as walking tours (though for some you’ll need a car) that you can download for free from the website.

Full Story from the Gay Traveller Blog

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Gay Travel: A Walking Tour in Berlin

Author: , April 30th, 2011

Berlin Holocaust MemorialIf you cannot make it to Berlin anytime soon, please allow me take you on a little walking tour through one of my favorite European cities via my travel photos.

Berlin is my favorite big cities in Europe right now especially because it is incredibly International and it is quite easy to get around speaking and reading English. The people are fun, happy friendly, educated, classy, and energetic. This is a veritable hot spot for any jet setting cosmopolitan on the go when visiting Europe.

Paris and London and Madrid are great, but Berlin is all of that plus it is noticeably more affordable and friendly than those others. Berlin is incredibly flat and makes for easy walking from all the eye popping landmarks. Since World War II and the bombing There are museums and walk from eye popping historical landmark to eye popping historical landmark then Berlin is your place.

Full Story from the Boy Butter Blog

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