Villa Elia Mykonos – Gay Friendly Mykonos Villa

Author: , January 19th, 2018

Villa Elia Mykonos - Gay Friendly Mykonos Villa

A luxury and cosy villa, very close to Elia beach!

The villa is modern and minimal with all kinds of facilities you may ask for. The big space together with the sunlight that jumps from every window gives you a sense of homely coziness. Comfortable king size beds will make you want to sink in them all day long, but let’s be honest; the private terrace gives you the sense of being in paradise.

The house has three bedrooms, three bathrooms, kitchen, dining room & living room. There is also an outdoor dining and lounge area, a private swimming pool and a private jacuzzi.

Beautiful surroundings. Guests love the place because of the views, the ambiance and the location. Villa Elia is located in a complex of 4 independent luxury villas and it’s ideal for couples, solo adventurers, business travelers and families (kids welcome).

See the Villa Elia Mykonos Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Gay Schöneberg – Gay Star News

Author: , January 18th, 2018

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Schöneberg is the heart of the gay playground that is Berlin, Germany.

We meet locals Ralf and Gunter Bauer who share their tips on how to experience Schöneberg like a local:

How long have you lived in Schöneberg?

We moved to Schöneberg two and a half years ago from Kreuzberg. We lived in Kreuzberg for over 10 years, but our closest friends always lived in Schöneberg.

What are your favorite gay bars in Schöneberg?

Hafen – we always meet our closest friends there to celebrate birthdays.

La Cocotte, which has a French kitchen – led by good friends.

Café Bério – a great café not only for breakfast and cakes, but to meet everyone who walks along, shopping or cruising.

GMF – the Sunday tea dance party, the hottest in the city, with two levels, good house music and cute boys.

By Gareth Johnson – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Paris Gay Games – Summer 2018

Author: , January 18th, 2018

Paris Gay Games 2018

The world’s LGBTQ communities will come together this August in beautiful Paris, for the 10th iteration of the Gay Games. Already, Paris has 5,000 athletes registered—a higher amount than previous hosts have reported this early in the process. Athletics and aquatics are the most popular sports, and golf is already sold out.

Organizers say they have more than 800 volunteers and a large number of organizational partners helping with Gay Games 10. They are confident in attracting more participants than previous hosts. The maximum capacity is 15,000 participants, and Paris officials say they expect 40,000 visitors—and some 300,000 spectators.

We spoke with Manuel Picaud, the co-président of Paris 2018, to get the scoop on the event.

TP: How will the Paris Gay Games differ from past iterations of the Games?

MP: Paris 2018 will host the first Gay Games in a French-speaking country—the same country where the Olympics were born. France is very passionate about sports. It will also be the site of the Olympics in 2024, the Rugby World Cup in 2023, the Golf Ryder Cup in 2018 and the Women’s World Championship of Soccer or Handball in 2019.

Gay Games in Paris will also be for the first time in a real capital city, in a city of culture and of art de vivre. Paris 2018–Gay Games 10 is also organized by a federation of organizations that has never been seen before. That means organizers have huge experience with organizing large sporting and cultural events like the International Tournament of Paris for 15 years.

And many national sports federations are committed to the success of the Gay Games. Finally, never has a city had such institutional support even from the President of the Republic (high patronage), the national and regional governments and, of course, the City of Paris.

By Paul Heney – Full Story at Travel Pulse

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Le Domaine de La Millasserie – Gay Dorgogne Bed & Breakfast

Author: , January 17th, 2018

Le Domaine de La Millasserie - Gay Dordogne Bed and Breakfast

La Millasserie, a gay-owned B&B with pool, is located in the heart of the Dordogne, the ancient province of the Perigord. Our spacious rooms offer a king-sized bed, dining table, comfortable chairs, and armoire and chest of drawers. Each room has an ensuite bath, private terrace, private entrance, and easy access to the pool.

A vacation at La Millasserie offers easy access to the best of the Dordogne: great architecture, great French cuisine, music, art, and antiques, the world of pre-history, and a variety of sports, including cycling, hiking, canoing, and boat trips on the Dordogne. La Millasserie is 20 minutes from the Bergerac airport and it is an easy drive to the many medieval towns,villages and cities of the region including to Sarlat,Beynac, Domme, Monpazier, Les Eyzies and the world of pre-history, and to all the chateaux of the Perigord.

La Millasserie is for adults only. Parking, and wi-fi connection is free. Pets are welcome with prior arrangement.

Your hosts are Alain Pioton and Byrne Fone, who met in the USA in 1978.

Alain, from Bordeaux, opened Alain Pioton Antiques, in 1982 in Hudson, New York. His was the first antiques shop in Hudson and for more than two decades he sourced antiques in France.

Byrne, Professor at the City University of New York, taught 18th Century English and 19th century American Literature and offered one of the first courses in Gay Studies taught in the US. He has written several books in that field including The Columbia Anthology Of Gay Literature (Columbia University Press) and Homophobia: A History (Holt/Picador). He is the author of four novels including Achilles: A Gay Love Story, and American Revolution, a detective fiction about the first gay US President.

Alain and Byrne have been coming to France since they met, and in 1989 bought a house in the Perigord, using it for vacations and as a base from which to source antiques for Alain’s gallery. In 1999 they moved from that house to La Millasserie, continuing to vacation there as well as source antiques. In 2008 the moved permanently to France and opened the B&B. As they say, “we have been fortunate to have become a popular destination for guests from The US, the UK, Europe, and beyond. In the spirit of Gay hospitality we welcome gay and gay-friendly guests to La Millasserie.

See the Le Domaine de La Millasserie Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Santiago de Compostela in Spain – Carlos Melia

Author: , January 17th, 2018

Santiago de Compostela

Two weeks ago, I joined a week trip by Relais & Chateaux Hotels and Restaruants, to visit all their current properties in Galicia, Spain and all over Portugal. Our first stop was Santiago de Compostela at A Quinta da Auga Hotel & Spa. This is my report on that first night.

A Quinta da Auga charm and boutique hotel, with a luxury Spa and gastronomic restaurant to discover the luxury and the beauty of Santiago de Compostela, Galicia. A Quinta da Auga, the only Hotel Spa Relais & Châteaux of Galicia, is one of the hotels with more charm of Santiago de Compostela. A Quinta da Auga design hotel stands out by his carefull restorage and decoration, a unique 5 stars Spa and the high quality of The Filigrana Restaurant a real Relais & Châteaux gastronomic experience through the “Galicia Haute Cuisine”.

Our stay and visit, was warmly hosted and coordinated by no other than Mamma Luisa and her charming daughter Luisa – owners of A Quinta da Auga. These two ladies are the sweetest ever, and if you are lucky enough to meet them, they will make your stay even more special. But I must say that their energy and hospitality, extends to all their staff. THANK YOU Mamma Luisa, looking forward seeing you soon again, in Compostela or anywhere in the world.

Authored By Carlos Melia – See the Full Story at The Carlos Melia Blog

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Amsterdam in the Morning – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , January 15th, 2018

Amsterdam in the Morning - Keep Calm and Wander

In my previous blog post, I talked about what Amsterdam looks like without the tourists. This is part 2 of the post – and a continuation of my morning stroll. You might not like waking up early in the morning but it’s worth it. You’ll see more of Amsterdam when there are no tourists around.

Though you won’t be able to see museums and art galleries, walking around the city in the morning is far more rewarding than doing it when tourists are everywhere. Don’t worry about getting lost – enjoy being lost. It’s a small city, so you’ll always find a way to get back where you started. You might be surprised what you can find in the city’s little corners.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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A Crash Course in Spanish Paella – Tango Diva

Author: , January 11th, 2018

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They say the secret to getting to know a culture is born through a passion for its food. Spain is no exception. Paella, the country’s most well-known and celebrated dish, is a reflection of the richness and diversity of the country that created it. The bright, inviting colors and layers of intense flavor the dish is known for tell a story. They take you on a journey to a land that is steeped in tradition, history and a love for community. Whether you are planning to make your very first paella or you consider yourself a seasoned paella pro, here is some information you may find helpful on your road to paella perfection.

It is said that the Moors brought rice from northern Africa to Spain in the 10th century. And, it is agreed, what we know today as paella originated in the 18th century in Spain’s third largest city, Valencia. Like many of the world’s best recipes, it is a beautiful melding of cultures that has led to Spain’s most popular dish, now happily eaten in every corner of the globe.

You may not know that the word paella actually refers to the name of the pan used to cook the hearty rice dish. Traditionally prepared in a large metal pan with a dimpled surface, these days, cooks can opt for a dimpled or flat-bottomed pan, depending on personal preference.

By Allison Neves – Full Story at Tango Diva

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Amsterdam Without the Tourists – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , January 8th, 2018

Amsterdam Without Tourists - Keep Calm and Wander

Here are photos of what Amsterdam looks like without the tourists.

It is estimated that there are around 17 million tourists that visit Amsterdam every year. For a tiny city, this number is already insane! Come in summer and you might think you’re in China due to the crowd – everywhere! Your photo will always have people in the background. Unless you’d walk away far from the centre. You can’t even enjoy a very nice, quiet meal in a restaurant. Bicycle? Forget it! Biking downtown is truly a nightmare for someone who doesn’t know the city’s shortcut corners.

Go Around in the Morning. Before tourists are awake, take a stroll along the city’s canals and squares. Though it’s quiet but you’ll appreciate the city’s layout without the crowd. The canals are serene and seem to have a personality of its own. At 7:00, the locals start to go out by riding their bikes to their offices. You’ll be hearing more bike bells anywhere you go and suddenly, you feel that you’re really in Amsterdam. By 9:00 a.m., the city starts to look a lot more like Disney again.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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Naked Southwest France – Gay Star News

Author: , January 6th, 2018

Naked Southwest France - Jean-Pierre Leclerc

If you’re looking for some travel inspiration for your next vacation, then LGBTI travel specialist Jean-Pierre Leclerc suggests that the southwest of France should be top of your wish-list.
We spoke with Leclerc, a veteran of the travel industry since 1994, to find out what makes Bordeaux and the beaches of the Aquitaine coast a must-visit destination in France.

What makes the southwest of France a good destination for LGBTI travellers?

No other French region offers such a great lifestyle. Not only are there plenty of monuments, museums, history, and regional traditions, where else can you find the unique combination of beaches, mountains, forests, and rural life? Plus there’s our gastronomy – foie gras, truffle, traditional pastries, and a vast assortment of cheese and wines.

If you’re looking for an active vacation, this is a great region for surfing, kite surfing, biking, cycling, and boating.
It’s also a region that enthusiastically welcomes LGBTI travellers. Plus it’s one of the world’s most popular vacation destinations for naturists.

By Gareth Johnson – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Masterpieces of the RijksMuseum in Amsterdam – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , January 6th, 2018

RijksMuseum Amsterdam - Keep Calm and Wander

When you’re in Netherlands, don’t skip in getting to know all the masterpieces inside Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Boy, until now, I can’t help but remember the goosebumps I had staring at the originals masterpieces of Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Frans Hals, Johannes Vermeer and other Dutch masters.

How much time should I spend there? I was there two hours before is closed. That’s good enough time to explore the whole museum. But if you’re really an art enthusiast, then, you need a half day to scrutinize everything.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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