Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Rainbow Rest Haven, New Orleans

Author: , June 30th, 2012

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

Rainbow Rest Haven, New OrleansThe Rainbow Rest Haven Bed & Breakfast is located in a charming, historic neighborhood just 2 blocks from New Orleans’ beautiful City Park, and just four blocks from downtown New Orleans and the French Quarter street car.

In a city that prides itself on not being afraid of colors, our New Orleans B&B is in one of the few places on this planet where a brightly decorated house is not shunned but admired by all the people in the neighborhood!

Our great location is one of our top draws – the French Quarter is just seven minutes away by car, and the Museum of Art, Sculpture Garden and Botanical Gardens are all just three blocks away. There are also some great bars and cafes within easy walking distance, and on the way, you’ll pass some of the stunningly beautiful hundred year-old mansions that this unique city has to offer.

See the Rainbow Rest Haven Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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New Asian-Pacific Membership Card Launched – And It’s Free

Author: , June 30th, 2012

Rainbow CardOur friend Jim over at Cambodia Out just sent us this announcement:

Rainbow Lifestyle Card Launches 1 July 2012! Join this exciting GLBT community venture in Asia-Pacific!

At Rainbow Lifestyle Card we believe the GLBT community needs all the support it can get, and one big way to do that is to help each other, and to promote a positive image. The Asia Pacific GLBT Community is large and varied with diverse beliefs and cultures, but we all have one thing in common – the fact that we are GLBT.

Our community is accepted in some places, and threatened in others. If we stand together and promote ourselves as a responsible and forward thinking united community, we have a greater chance of seeing tolerance replacing bigotry.

The founders of Rainbow Lifestyle Card seek the support of GLBT-friendlybusinesses across Asia-Pacific in our quest for a better world. Support those who support your businesses, and see our community and your business grow stronger.

As an ‘ordinary’ (but we like to think extraordinary) GLBT citizen, you can play your part by supporting GLBT businesses that accept the Rainbow Card, in that way you are helping our community, while those businesses are giving something back to you, and in their way also helping our community.

The Rainbow Card will be promoting and supporting Pride and other community events across Asia Pacific over the coming years. We’ve seen a great deal of interest, and many businesses in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Singapore are already part of Rainbow Card, while we’ve also had many contacts from GLBT companies and groups in Hong Kong, Australia, and the US.

We already have hundreds of card carrying members from countries as diverse as China, the US, Singapore, Germany, Cambodia, the UK, Thailand, and many others, all now ready to take part in the community building opportunity that the Rainbow Lifestyle Card offers.

Its free to join, both for businesses and members, at http://www.rainbow-card.com

Carlos Melia in Istanbul – The Blue Mosque

Author: , June 30th, 2012

Blue Mosque, IstanbulSo proud of this photos I took of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul that I want to share it with you. Taken from the higher floors of the Hagia Sofia Museum. Hope you enjoy them. (four of them) Will be posting more photos and videos soon.

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Gay Pride Parades – More Than Tight Shorts and Motorcycles

Author: , June 30th, 2012

Pride FlagMy partner Susan and I were driving to the San Diego Zoo last week and we drove through the route of the San Diego Gay Pride Parade.

We started talking about maybe changing where we sit this year and in that conversation we then decided that we couldn’t do that because we’ve been sitting in the same spot for 10 years now and that kind of makes it a tradition! I found as we were talking that my heart was just filled with emotion, and my spirit was lifted just remembering my first Pride Parade 10 years ago.

Gay Pride Parades aren’t just about gay men stomping about in tight short shorts and dykes riding their motorcycles in leather pants and no tops! Not that there’s anything wrong with either one of those things, and the motorcycles are certainly worth looking at, but, it’s really about so much more.

Full Story from LGBTQ Nation

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Tuscany Day Two: Monteriggioni, The Little Tuscan Hill Town

Author: , June 30th, 2012

Monteriggioni, ItalyWe woke up in the morning in our new digs, Il Pioggiolo delle Rose, to a wonderful buffet breakfast in the sala da pranzo (dining room) across the little courtyard from our apartment – complete with warm brioche (like crescent rolls, some with chocolate), and a selection of meats, cheeses, rolls, cereal, coffee and fresh juice.

They even had one of my Italian favorites, blood orange juice. It was a good start to what promised to be a long day, with visits to both Siena and San Gimignano.

Playing around with the camera, I also discovered a few new settings, including sepia tone, black and white, and selective color, that lets me take a black and white photo with a pop of color.

We headed down the freeway through Tuscany toward Siena, and after maybe twenty minutes, we exited at Monteriggioni, a cute little castle town on a hill, surrounded by historic stone walls.

Marco and Fabry in Monteriggioni

Originally built in the 1200’s, in the war between Siena and Florence, this cute little medieval town now houses a cute central piazza with a stone church, a number of little restaurants, cafes, and boutique stores. We saw some beautiful scarves and beautiful jewelry here.

Montereggioni View From the WallsThe town sits right in the heart of Tuscany, and is one of the best preserved towns of its time.

Monteriggioni also offers a catwalk on two sides of the city walls. For just two Euro a person, you can climb up to the walls for some beautiful views of the town and the surrounding Tuscan countryside. We took some great photos here of vineyards and picturesque Italian villas.

It was still unseasonably cool here, but we hoped things would warm up by this afternoon. We were also a little tired from lack of sleep and the crowded itinerary in Rome – travel is exhausting!

Visiting Gay Cancun

Author: , June 29th, 2012

I’m already smiling as that first wave of softly salty sea air hits my nostrils. There’s absolutely nothing that I love more than stepping out into a tropical breeze, and my first few steps out of Cancun’s international airport do not disappoint.

Yes, there may be a Jimmy Buffet Margaritaville offshoot right outside the terminal, and yes, there may be a throng of dozens of other Americans alongside me, equally ecstatic about their impending Caribbean vacations.

After all, Cancun is the most highly visited Mexican destination, welcoming 5.9 million vacationers in 2010.

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Gay Pride on the French Rivieras in Photos

Author: , June 29th, 2012

French Riviera Gay PrideAlong the sun-kissed and sparkling French Riviera, the city of Nice hosted its 9th annual Pink Parade on June 16, with thousands of queers and their friends marching from Avenue Saint-Jean-Baptiste to the glitzy seaside Promenade des Anglais.

Though traditionally conservative (as moneyed getaways often are), Nice has flowered into a true queer darling in recent years. Now even the city’s tourism bureau is embracing the LGBT demographic as a target market. And, really, what’s not to love? Warm sun, beautiful beaches, and impossibly blue skies that’ve had artists swooning for centuries–not to mention the totally gracious and gorgeous locals.

Full Story from GayCities

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Avenue Hotel B&B, Manitou Springs, Colorado

Author: , June 29th, 2012

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

Avenue Hotel B&B, Manitou Springs, ColoradoNestled in the history of Manitou Springs, Colorado, the notable Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast was built in 1886 at the base of Pikes Peak, as a Victorian boarding house. We’re located in the National Historic District of downtown; the city’s’ first bed and breakfast neighbors’ trendy shops, fine restaurants and exciting galleries.

Perched on the hill, nestled off the street with an expansive front lawn and garden, we are uniquely located on Manitou Avenue in the heart of the city, stroll down the street to enjoy the charm of Manitou Springs. A perfect place to escape and relax or the central location for discovering all area attractions.

Seven spacious guest rooms, each with private bath, offer a blend of Victorian charm and modern elegance, as well as a variety of views. Family heirlooms with an updated decor add flare to the distinction of the Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast. Soak your cares away in one of our antique claw foot bathtubs, an amenity of simpler days. Whether relaxing on our covered front porch with its stately pillars, sitting by our historic green stone fireplace or sightseeing in and around Manitou Springs at the base of Pikes Peak, our setting is perfect for your romantic getaway, small wedding or family reunion.

See the Avenue Hotel B&B Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Edinburgh’s Pride Scotia Starts Tomorrow

Author: , June 29th, 2012

Gay Travel: Edinburgh's Pride Scotia Starts TomorrowGet your kilt on, Edinburgh and the south east of Scotland is ready to celebrate Pride Scotia tomorrow.

The event offers a march and party, hosted by Kieron Richardson, star of TV shows Hollyoaks and Dancing on Ice.

The setting for the march is one of the most stunning for any Pride. It will kick off at 1pm with a colorful procession which promises to be a fun street party through the beautiful Royal Mile where it will be joined by floats past the Scottish Parliament and Holyrood Palace before passing a number of popular LGBT venues and finishing up at the Omni Centre.

Full Story from Pink News

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New Map Chronicles Gay Friendly Tallinn, Estonia

Author: , June 29th, 2012

Tallinn, EstoniaThe pristine map of Tallinn makes the discovery of gay bars and clubs incredibly easy to our visitors with a comprehensive list of gay and gay-friendly nightlife in the city centre, with the exact location marked on the map itself. The GayMap also includes a list of LGBT-friendly restaurants, accommodation possibilities, and many other supportive services for LGBT visitors. Coupons with discounts to a number of the places marked on the map are included in the map as well.

Tallinn, the northernmost capital in Baltic States, offers visitors a lush cultural scene with a wide scale of sightseeing opportunities. The brand new GayMap Tallinn 2012 edition allows LGBT visitors to easily navigate through the diverse cultural setting and enables them with the possibility to create an individualized holiday according to their own desires. This includes, but is not limited to a wide array of entertainment and city life, tours in nature, and shopping opportunities.

The full-size, comprehensive map of the city with close-ups of the City-Centre as well as the beautiful, full-of-secrets Old Town includes a “Self-Guided Gay Tour in Tallinn Old Town” which guides visitors through the LGBT-friendly city of Tallinn with ease. The Tour section includes a short description of the sights, as well as a suggestive-list of must-see sights in Tallinn.

Full Story from GayTravel.com

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