Stuttgart Walking Tour – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , May 16th, 2019

Stuttgart Walking Tour

I decided to have my own walking tour in Stuttgart on my second morning in the city. Yes, I did spend two full days here but on my first day, my friend and her husband whisked me away to Hohenzollern Castle, an hour drive from Stuttgart. We had a short stop at Tubingen for late lunch to meet another friend I’ve never seen for ages. Then, we drove back to the city before the Porsche Museum closed that day.

This walking tour was realized with the help of two of the staff from Novum Hotel Rieke Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof where I stayed. I started at 10:30 in the morning and done by 1:00 in the afternoon – just in time to meet another friend for lunch. That’s right, I have had three reunions on this trip in Stuttgart. 😉 What can I say – the Germans are inclined to my personality!

When you follow this walking tour route, I would advise having these places in your google map ready.

1. Stuttgart Main Train Station

It is good and wise to start from here – assuming you’ll be taking the train from other parts of Germany. If you fancy of seeing the city’s panoramic view, climb the tower attached to the end of this station.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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Germany’s Hohenzollern Castle – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , May 13th, 2019

Hoholzollen Castle - Keep Calm and Wander

Hohenzollern Castle is just one of the 20,000 fairy-tale-like castles in Germany. Indeed, you can’t be in Germany without visiting an old castle, be it small, medium or large. They’ve got castles in the city to the outskirts; to the plains and hilltops. These castles, of course, were once occupied by the royals and aristocrats whose influence ruled the land.

Where is Hohenzollern Castle?

The address is: 72379, Hechingen, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany. But where exactly is this, you might ask. It’s actually an hour from Stuttgart by car. I was lucky that a friend that I’ve never seen for more than 30 years lives there and she was kind to drive me up there with her husband. In other words, I didn’t have to worry about public transport. We only depended on Google map for directions because both of them had never been there before. If I didn’t visit them, they would never have gone there.

How to get there?

The nearest train station here is Hechingen Station (Bahnhof/ZOB, Hechingen). There’s a train at 10:16 AM from Stuttgart and it arrives at Hechingen 11:19 AM. From here, you can take a bus that will take you to Hohenzollern Castle. Don’t forget to ask for the bus schedule so you won’t miss your train going back to Stuttgart or onwards to your next destination. If time is not your issue, then you can stay for a night either in Tubingen or Hechingen.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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Gay Speyside & the Scottish Countryside – Gay Star Travel

Author: , May 10th, 2019

gay Speyside - Tom Capon

Most of us want to escape our small towns for lives in the big city.

For some it was watching Sex and the City growing up, for others it’s loading up Grindr and seeing so many men that you have to upgrade to premium to see beyond 500 meters. For most it’s to escape the close-minded homophobia of little communities.

Whatever the reason for moving, after a few years of pollution, towering buildings and angry, angry people, we eventually beg for a sweet escape to the countryside.

Not permanently, sure. But a short retreat, to de-blacken our lungs and widen our eyes to the majesty of nature. And no place is better for this than Speyside, in the Scottish highlands.

The area gains its beauty from its sheer strength, combining stunning, rolling hills, adorable cottages, and a well-known weapon of mass-jubilation: Scotch whisky.

Speyside is cute, cute, cute 

The ride from the airport to your hotel is often one of the more exciting parts of the trip. In the city, you can see the layers of culture and society unfold, like a giant onion. In gay Speyside, it’s nearly all countryside.

Rivers run alongside the roads, so smooth and pure they look like they’re made of glass. The hills are bold and emerald, thriving in the wet climate. Harsh winds batter against the cars, whistling through the glass almost in warning.

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A Day in Frankfurt – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , May 10th, 2019

Keep Calm and Wander

Let’s just say that you have a day in Frankfurt. Or at least 8-10 hours of connecting flight in the city. If you are boarding on a Lufthansa Airline flight, there is a huge chance you will be transferred at/from Frankfurt am Main Airport. Don’t fret – the airport is well-connected with trains to downtown Frankfurt.

Once you arrive at the city’s main train station, everything there is walkable, assuming you have well-shaped calves like mine (aka, someone who likes walking for hours).

So, if you have a day in Frankfurt, here are my suggestions – starting from the main train station. Take note that this travel itinerary of Frankfurt does not include recommendations for restaurants and bars because you can always go into one – anywhere in the city. Also, museums and galleries are not included here.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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Afternoon at the Main River – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , May 6th, 2019

Main River - Keep Calm and Wander

It is always a good idea to spend an afternoon by the Main River in Frankfurt – especially on a good summer day.

I’d highly recommend this and if you have a spare from your budget, stay at one of the bars or restaurants alongside the river.

If you have budgetary constraints, don’t forget to buy some cans of beer or food and have a merry, little picnic here. Join the rest of the locals as they admire the modern skyline of skyscrapers across the river. The sun sets behind these skyscrapers.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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Lynton Hotel London – Gay Friendly B&B in London

Author: , May 4th, 2019

Lynton Hotel

The Lynton B&B is a small friendly centrally located B&B in London. We are not a hotel although a bygone era once did call it a hotel once. We provide simple no frills accommodation in a great central part of London, positioned between the safe areas of Belgravia, Westminster and Pimlico. The West End, Soho, Vauxhall Cross, Oxford Street and most of London’s tourist attractions are close.

In our area you will find pubs, restaurants, coffee shops, fish and chips, supermarkets, a post office Plus the Victoria Palace and Victoria Apollo theatres are a 5-minute walk away. The location is also a transport hub with Victoria offering the tube, main line trains National express coaches and London red buses. All airports can be reached by Public transport.

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Frankfurt City Skyline – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , May 4th, 2019

Frankfurt City Skyline

The Frankfurt City Skyline from the Main Tower gives you an amazing 360-degree view. Standing at 200-meter (656 ft) or 56-storey, The Main Tower is located in the Innenstadt district. If its antenna spire is included, the building is at 787 ft (240 meters). You might think that its name (Main Tower) is boring and has no creativity, but it has a reason why it is called as such. Its name comes after the nearby Main River which is visible from the top.

Do you know that the Main Tower has 5 floors under and 2 viewing platforms for the public? It is the sole structure in Frankfurt with viewing observatory for tourists and visitors. Main Tower is Frankfurt’s fourth tallest building and also Germany’s 4th tallest.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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Gay Sweden – The Globetrotter Guys

Author: , April 24th, 2019

gay Sweden - The Globetrotter Guys

If you are looking for a beautiful and gay friendly destination in Europe, we highly recommend Sweden. We first visited Stockholm, the capital of gay Sweden, in 2018 on a gay press trip hosted by Stockholm LGBT. We learnt so much about being gay in Sweden – it was an incredibly positive experience!

We wrote all about gay Sweden (specifically Stockholm) in our Gay Guide to Stockholm, make sure you take a look!

But don’t just take our word for it. We are not so naive as to think that as tourists we always gain the full picture. This is why we connected with Swedish gay couple Alex and Marcus to learn what it is like for a gay local in Sweden.

Hi guys, please introduce yourselves!

Hi! My name is Marcus, I am 32 and I come from the small town of Eskilstuna, Sweden. I work in project management and communications.

Hi, my name is Alexander, I am 36 and from Gothenburg, Sweden and I am a huge film critic. We met online 8 years ago and have been married since 2017. We love traveling, cooking, fitness, and throwing theme parties at our place in Stockholm.

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Gay Urban Scotland – Towleroad.com

Author: , April 18th, 2019

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When you think of Scotland, you may think of a rustic, romantic countryside with rolling hills and majestic Lochs. But in addition to the country’s picturesque pastoral views, there’s tons to discover in Scotland’s urban centers.

LGBTQ travelers in particular should put gay urban Scotland at the top of their travel to-dos. Scotland has been considered one of the best countries in all of Europe for LGBTQ equality, legalizing same-sex marriage in 2014 and banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity since 2010.

Scotland’s urban centers boast outstanding culinary options, vibrant nightlife, world-class arts and thriving LGBTQ communities.

Check out some highlights of Scotland’s urban metropolises below, and visit VisitScotland to plan your trip today.

Home to the world’s largest arts festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Scotland’s capital is the perfect place to see the most exciting artists of today and tomorrow alongside a city so rich with history its Old Town and New Town have been designated World Heritage sites by UNESCO.

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Ten Great Free Things to Do in Galway, Ireland – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , March 21st, 2019

Galway Cathedral Ireland - Keep Calm and Wander

If you’re searching for a new adventure, but you don’t want to break the bank, look no further than Galway. There’s so much to do in this quaint Irish town. Here are ten things to fill a weekend without parting with any of your hard-earned cash:

Visit the Old City Walls

Anglo-Norman conquerors created the town of Galway and built an imposing wall to defend the new settlement. Amazingly, parts of this wall still stand today and it’s a must-see attraction when visiting.

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