Paraiso de Los Angeles – Gay Friendly Oaxaca Vacation Rental

Paraiso de los Angeles - Gay Friendly Oaxaca Vacation Rental

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

El Paraiso de Los Angeles is a gay friendly Oaxaca vacation rental that sits on Mexico’s southern Pacific coast. We offer a taste of the real Mexico, far from crowded tourist destinations, near the fishing village of Puerto Angel and the mythic sites of Zipolite and Mazunte. El Paraiso de los Angeles is the location of the film “A thing of Beauty”, a Jake Jaxson production (Cockyboys)

Our Oaxacan oceanside villas offer a stunning combination of modern beach holiday and immersion with nature: you’ll hear the waves crashing against the shore from your villa, and see dolphins and whales jumping in the sea at the right time of year.

We offer three Mexican vacation rental villas facing the sea, along with a swimming pool and a magnificent, front-row view of the shimmering Pacific Ocean. Our Oaxaca vacation rental villas face south, allowing guests to watch the sun to rise and set (winter time) daily.

The nearest airports are Huatulco (40 kilometers) or Puerto Escondido (70 kilometers).

Our first villa is La Villa Roja, a fully equipped home perched on the top of a small peninsula, with three-quarter ocean views – the bay of Puerto Angel on the left and the wide-open Pacific Ocean on the right. The villa’s living room and open kitchen are flanked by two terraces, one on each side of the house. The sofa can be made into two individual beds for extra guests, and can also be joined to form on king-sized unit.

The master bedroom is round, surrounded by a balcony and five French doors, with its own king-sized bed. The shower of the adjoining bathroom has a full ocean view.

La Villa Roja also has a roof terrace that is best enjoyed in the evening, especially at sunset. The house is fully equipped: refrigerator and freezer, oven-stove unit, microwave with grill, coffeemaker, blender, large safe for laptops, and even speakers for MP3 players.

Capacity: 4 people max

Villas Azul and Amarilla are two adjoined but fully-independent apartments.

The main, upstairs rooms of each apartment open onto large balconies that face the sea. Each villa also includes a king-size bed and sofa for a third person. The lower floors include private fully-equipped kitchens and bathrooms that also have windows overlooking the sea and the pool.

The large roof offers a shared terrace, and is also at its best in the evening, especially during sunset. Equipment: refrigerator, freezer, induction stove-top, microwave with grill, coffeemaker, blender, safe, speakers for MP3 players.

Capacity: 3 people per apartment maximum. Clothing optional.

We offer a number of other guest services, including:

  • parking
  • concierge
  • housekeeping twice a week
  • wifi internet access
  • washing machine
  • linens, including sheets, bath and pool towels
  • The site includes numerous staircases, both inside and outside, making wheelchair access very difficult.

If you’re looking for a beautiful, untrammeled Mexican vacation getaway on the Pacific Coast, come stay with us at El Paraiso de Los Angeles!

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Boston Gay Bars and Clubs

Boston Gay Bars - dBar

Boston’s acceptance of sexuality (of any orientation) has come a long way since the Puritans founded the city in 1630. Massachusetts was the first state to recognize gay marriage — a full decade before the country as a whole did — and its capital city quite fittingly has a host of bars catering to the LGBT community.

Whether you’re seeking a low-key dive bar or an in-your-face cocktail bar with drag brunches, these six LGBT-friendly Boston gay bars and clubs in Boston will make you feel right at home.

For the Cocktails: Trophy Room

Drag brunches and regular screenings of RuPaul make visiting Trophy Room in the South End a weekly occurrence for some Bostonians — especially those looking for more than just a standard drink. Here, bartenders serve 13 signature craft cocktails with a heavy pour. Order the namesake Trophy Husband: a smooth blend of Grey Goose cherry noir vodka, ginger liqueur, and lemon juice.

By Peter Schlesinger – Full Story at Travel+Leisure

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Visiting the Moulin Rouge – Keep Calm and Wander

Moulin Rouge - Paris - Alain

Moulin Rouge needs no introduction. Especially, if you’ve seen the award winning movie of the same name, starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor. I’ve seen it three times because I used it in my class back then. The movie fascinated me, partly because my favourite colour is red. LOL Ok, well, because I’m an Ewan fan, that’s why.

So, one early morning (2AM) in Paris, after dropping off a friend of mine at her hotel, I walked for 3 kilometres. The subways were already closed and I had no choice but walk. Armed with a google map on my phone, I braved to walk, instead of taking a bus for two transfers before reaching my destination. Fortunately, google maps felt that I was nervous walking alone in such ungodly hours in a big city. The app led and showed me to well-lit streets, where the bars and cafes were still littered with people. Some of them were hanging out outside, enjoying a fag and a joint. Then, I realized that I was in a bar district where the famed Moulin Rouge still stands.

I intended to visit Moulin Rouge at night, but I unintentionally found it in an hour I didn’t expect. No, I had no plan to watch the cabaret shows because I can’t afford it. It was already enough for me to stand outside and gaze at the big, red windmill on the roof that’s still spinning.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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Francis Malbone House – Gay Newport Bed & Breakfast

Francis Malbone House - Newport Gay Bed & Breakfast

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

Come visit us in Newport at Francis Malbone House – a Newport gay bed & breakfast – and experience the city’s most luxurious bed and breakfast. The Francis Malbone House is located on Newport’s downtown harborfront, and is Newport’s only Five Star Diamond award-winning B&B.

We offer twenty luxurious rooms, from elegant queen and king rooms with working fireplaces, to spacious master suites and even our separate colonial home, the Benjamin Mason House. Our Newport accommodations offer private garden patios, double jacuzzis and gas fireplaces. Returning guests often ask for ‘their’ room by name – maybe you’ll find you have a favorite, too!

Each guest room features Queen Anne style furnishings, along with beautiful oriental rugs and custom window coverings, rare paintings and antique prints. And our common rooms, along with our manicured courtyard, are the perfect places for guests to enjoy our complimentary afternoon tea and delicious homemade snacks. Our dining room has a fifteen-foot dome ceiling, beautiful chandelier and large fireplace – a bright and sunny room that’s the perfect place to enjoy our generous, gourmet breakfasts. Relax and enjoy breakfast, afternoon tea or a glass of wine in our private courtyard in the warmer months, or just curl up with a book next to the fireplace in the winter.

If business or pleasure brings you to Newport, come stay with us at the Francis Malbone House.

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Must-See London Landmarks – Keep Calm and Wander

London Landmarks - Big Ben

London is a cosmopolitan city that connects you to its past, present, and future. Look around, and you’ll find that the city is filled with amazing architectural wonders from the Georgian, Baroque, Gothic, Romanesque, art deco, Victorian, and contemporary eras. They blend beautifully into the city’s skyline, giving visitors the chance to explore a variety of eras. Let’s get to know some of the must-see London landmarks in one of my favorite cities.

Big Ben (Gothic Revival)

This is the most recognized landmark in London and the world’s most famous bell tower. It chimes every 15 minutes, and you can hear it all around the city within a 5-mile radius. In fact, in 2008, the tower was voted the most popular icon in the United Kingdom. You can’t climb up to the top, but you can visit Parliament Hall, which is attached to Big Ben. Westminster Abbey, another London icon, is also steps away from here.

Note: because of renovations, Big Ben will not be ringing on a regular basis for the next five years.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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Colorful Gay Curacao – Chicago Pride

Gay Curacao

One of the first things that catches your eye on the beautiful, colorful Caribbean island of Curacao is, the colors. Specifically, the colorfully-painted homes and businesses.

But there was a time when almost every building in gay Curacao was white, nothing else.

Then, legend has it, a former governor of the island suffered from severe headaches – and he believed the sun’s reflection off the white buildings made his headaches worse. So he mandated that building exteriors be painted any color but white.

That array of colors is one of the calling-cards of Curacao, a Dutch island that is about 40 miles from Venezuela, encompassing about 171 square-miles with a population of about 160,000.

Later it was learned, according to lore, that the governor was a shareholder in the island’s only paint store.

Nonetheless, Curacao is one eye-appealing island.

It’s like the pride flag came to life on homes and businesses.

By Ross Forman – Full Story at GoPride

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The 4 Most Underrated Australia Queer Events

Wild costumes, oversized floats, film festivals and fabulous live performances – it draws a reported 500,000 spectators a year, everyone in the world knows about Sydney’s annual dusk till dawn Mardi Gras party.

Though Sydney might have earned the moniker “gayest city on earth” with its festivities, for the discerning LGBT Aussie it’s certainly not the only live attraction around. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of the biggest and best festivals and gatherings to keep you occupied for the whole year.

Midsumma Festival

Midsumma Festival

Started in Melbourne in 1989, this 3 week queer extravaganza looks to celebrate everything LGBT and more. It brings 120,000 people together every year just for its enormous opening day carnival. Consisting of hours of free music, entertainment and hundreds of stalls with plenty of food, fun, dancing and drinks – and that’s just the first day!

Across the rest of three weeks you can expect to enjoy such events as the Australia Day Picnic at Forest Glade Gardens, a 50,000 strong Pride March and an LGBTIQ sports day with 17 groups competing in a variety of sports. With 150 events in total there’s something for everyone from art lovers to families.

Brisbane Queer Film Festival

This is one for the movie buffs, turning 18 this year the Brisbane Queer Film Festival has long promoted queer cinema from Australia and around the world. Recognized alongside other international queer-centric festivals in Shanghai, Tokyo and Seoul, the festival runs from March 10-18th every year. The stated intent of the festival is to showcase a diverse screening of inclusive films that really reflect the modern LGBTIQ experience.

Alice Springs’ Pride Carnival

The celebrations aren’t just confined to major cities anymore. Relatively new to the LGBTIQ festival scene, the carnival seeks to promote sexual diversity across all the different cultures of Australia. Special focus is given to Brotherboys and Sistergirls trans communities of Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders that have existed long before European settlers came to Australia.

The weekend long September festival includes art exhibitions, a fair day, travelling performers, a dog show and stalls amongst many other attractions. So if you’re in the Northern Territories, now is the perfect time to check it out.

Feast Festival

On the books since 1997 Adelaide’s premier event for LGBIT causes, Feast Festival is a worthy entry on our list. Remarkably, it is counted as the third biggest queer festival in the country. The extravaganza was headlined last year by pop idol Danii Minogue and takes place over 2 weeks, centred on the Raj House in Adelaide’s East End. The festival is very arts-centric with theatre and fringe performances occurring throughout, alongside dances and the obligatory bombastic carnival. The festival also plays host to important forums for discussion of queer issues and culture, for the heady types amongst you.

Party On

While these are some of the bigger festivals that have drawn our interest, they’re far from the only game in town. Pride events in Perth and the Chillout Festival in Victoria are just a few more that escaped the attentions of this list; however you can keep up with all the latest gay festival news on sites like emen8.com.au amongst others.

Whatever kind of festivity suits your style it’s clear that Australia has a variety of parties and events for every taste. So pack your bags, body glitter and costumes because this year is going to be a real celebration.

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Traveling Is the Best

Lincoln

We first met the Broadway actress Tovah Feldshuh in Ft. Lauderdale in 2007 where she was portraying Katharine Hepburn in our friend Matthew Lombardo’s “TEA AT FIVE”.  In March of 2015 she hiked Mount Kilimanjaro with her son. She said that she was inspired after the 2014 death of her mother at the age of 104, and her own athletic role in Pippin in which she had to swing on a trapeze.

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“I really do feel we’re only in this body once,” she said. “I just want enough money to buy experience. I can forego a dress, but the idea of taking a trip and trekking Mount Kilimanjaro or going on the Trans-Siberian railroad or tracking lemurs in Madagascar — these things are very exciting to me. To see the world until I leave my own body. It’s now or not at all.”

And of course we all know what Auntie Mame said about life,  “Yes! Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death.” And what a life she lived and she knew how to live life well. There were few dull moments in her life.

Forest Mountains Colorado Woods Snow Trees

Unfortunately we know way too many people who live very boring lives, doing the same thing day in and day out, month after month and year after year, without traveling or seeing new things and experiencing how other people live.

Whether you want to take a cruise or hike up a mountain or ride the rapids on the river, or visit a large city or visit the forests or ocean, there are literally hundreds of things that you can do here in the United States.

A cross country driving trip is always extremely interesting, visiting the sights and sounds of the land along the way. Forget all the chain restaurants when you travel and try the local ones. Eat different things that you don’t normally do, from real southern cooking in the South or Cajun food in New Orleans to New England Lobsters, to Boston Baked Beans to Barbeque and grits. In Florida we have tried Alligator burgers and in New Mexico we have tried calf cheeks tacos. Perhaps they are something that we would not enjoy on a regular basis but we did enjoy trying them. We have dined with American Indians on their reservations as well.

travel rafting

We have been rafting down the Colorado River, climbed many mountains and discovered interesting underground caves and went on a boat ride thru the Everglades. For those who cannot afford to travel all around the country, just enjoy your own State. Google your State and visit their websites to see what your State offers. For instance,   http://www.travelok.com/ gives a listing of dozens and dozens of things to do and see in that State.

So if you can only travel close to where you live and only have a couple or three days, you can still get away from your ‘regular life” and enjoy new and interesting things.  You are never too old or young to travel. We are fortunate and we have been traveling with a str8 couple in their 80’s for the past two years and have driven in 17 States and are ready next month to drive with them out to California. We will be stopping everywhere to see everything and even still be sleeping in a Wigwam Motel.

So don’t be one of those people who Auntie Mame says is starving to death. Make your life something special, just for you!

Don and RayAlways remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone!

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD is written by Donald Pile and Ray Williams, Award-winning, Celebrity travel columnists who write for gay publications from coast to coast (And now legally married).

Proud members of the IGLTA. You can email them at [email protected] and visit their website at http://gaytravelersataol.blogspot.com/

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Burch Street Casitas – Taos Gay Friendly Vacation Rentals

Burch Street Casitas

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

Recently built (June 2005) and with a very convenient in-town Taos location, Burch Street Casitas are an easy walk from the Historic Taos Plaza and Kit Carson Museum. These vacation rental cottages provide the ideal Taos vacation rental.

At Burch Street Casitas, our Taos Gay Friendly Vacation Rentals, we offer four cozy 550 sf units featuring southwestern style architecture in a private compound.

We supply everything you’ll need except for food!

Our Taos Casitas are in the heart of “Canyon”, a historic neighborhood just 1.5 miles from Carson National Forest. This area is well-known for great hiking, biking, and fishing.

These casitas are also close to the Taos Plaza, shops, galleries, restaurants, and Kit Carson House.

We offer pleasant relaxing environments, including all the comforts of home, as well as romanticwood burning fireplaces. Outdoors, you’ll find private patios under a canopy of tall Chinese Elm and Cottonwood trees. There is also private off-street parking just a few feet from your arched front door.

Each of our ground-level Taos casitas features an open floor plan, and has a king-sized bed, full kitchen, full private bath, and quaint living/office/dining areas, with saltillo tiled radiant floor heat throughout.

The custom tongue-and-groove native New Mexico Pine and cross-beamed ceilings, along with the large windows and glass-wall blocks lend a light and airy charm. Each casita is decorated with contemporary southwest flavor.

Tastefully appointed niches, attractive wall hangings, consignment art from J. K. Lamkin, an eclectic selection of books and talavera tile kitchen counter accents complete your home away from home.

Casita amenities include:

  • king-sized bed with ceiling fans
  • free high speed internet
  • direct phone line with computer jack
  • TV / DVD Player / VCR
  • a selection of videos and books
  • informal book exchange
  • washer/dryer
  • iron / ironing board
  • generous closet/cabinet storage
  • wood-burning fireplace
  • desk
  • hair dryer

Each full kitchen includes all appliances:

  • gas flamed broiler / oven / range stove
  • refrigerator-freezer with icemaker
  • microwave
  • coffee maker & toaster
  • blender & crock pot
  • cooking / service ware for four people
  • coffee & tea
  • specialty equipment supplied at your request

You’ll find all the conveniences, staple items, and paper supplies you’ll need for your stay.

Coming to Taos? Stay with us at the modern, charming, friendly Burch Street Casitas!

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Ten Facts About Chile

Torres del Paine Chile - Nomadic Boys

There are so many unique things about Chile, a country with one of the longest coastlines in the world, stretching 4,620 km (2,647 miles) from the Northern border with Peru right to the very tip of the Americas.

This is our 10 interesting facts about Chile as we travelled from the dry San Pedro desert in the North all the way to Torres del Paine in the breezy snowy Patagonian south.

#1 THE CHILEAN ACCENT: a new way of speaking Spanish!

Just when you thought you’d mastered the Spanish language, you arrive in Santiago totally confused, wondering what on earth anyone is saying to you…

Meet: the Chilean accent! It’s like nothing else you’ve encountered before and by far the most unique across Latin America. It’s fast, with a strong almost sing-song-like sound, with specific letters and phrases cut off from words and new ones thrown in for good measure.

For example, in Chilean Spanish, the letter s is usually avoided, so in a shop, “200 pesos” (dos cientos pesos), becomes do ciento peso. The word for thank you, gracias sounds like gracia and mas o menos (more or less) is pronounced ma o meno.

Chileans also take off the d from words ending with ado, so words like supermercado become supermercao and the Spanish word for fish, pescado sounds like pecao as both the s and the d are dropped. And for good measure, random words like po are randomly thrown in every other sentence, even after a simple yes or no: si po or no po.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at The Nomadic Boys

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