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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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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Most Popular Paris Queer Friendly Hotels – Gay Star News

Author: , January 4th, 2018

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If you’ve never been to Paris before, there is an enormous list of must-do tourist essentials that will easily fill your time during your stay. Climb the Eiffel Tower. Wander around the Louvre. Stroll along the Seine. Sit in cafe and look intellectual…
But Paris is more than just the obvious sightseeing cliches. Each time that you return to this city you discover a little more, experience something different, and immerse yourself in the day-to-day rhythm of the French capital.

One of the key ingredients for a great Paris experience is the right accommodation.
You need something that’s within your budget. You’ll also need a location that puts you in the heart of the action. If you’re an LGBTI traveler, then you’re going to want a hotel that’s happy to welcome you.

We’ve checked the available statistics and consulted a few experts to see which hotels in Paris are currently the most popular with LGBTI visitors:

Hotel du Vieux Saule: Popular, great-value hotel in the heart of Le Marais.

By Gareth Johnson – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Paris Day Trip – Paris Gay Friendly Tours

Author: , November 20th, 2017

Paris Day TripParis-Day-Trip is a french company based in Paris. We provide private tours around Paris and surroundings using our own guides and vehicles. Our main concern is to give the customers a full understanding of what they see in a fun, hassle-free and confortable way. We take care of everything 😉

A licensed official guide comes to your hotel to pick you up in a premium car or van, drives you to the museum, castle, landmark, and guides you inside. The entrance to landmarks where cues are expected are always scheduled to avoid lines.

We are used to work with customer requesting hight standards.

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Inside the Palace of Versailles – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , November 2nd, 2017

Palace of Versailles, the Hall of Mirrors

Out of the 700 rooms inside the Palace of Versailles, the Hall of Mirrors is the grandest of them all! If you don’t find it stunning or be blown away by its frescoes and craftsmanship of every thing inside, I’m not sure if you’re still human. LOL… It is here where I spent a long time gazing up at the frescoes from end to end. They’re just not interesting but they also seem to be alive!

The Frescoes. The paintings on the vaulted ceiling shows the political successes of France under the royal leadership of Louis XIV. Their colours are as bright as they were before and you can’t help but look at them with great admiration.

This 73-meter Hall of Mirrors used to be a balcony of the palace overlooking the royal gardens. It connects the Queen and the King’s apartments. But, because of bad weather, the design was changed in 1678 to become what it is today. It took 6 years to build it.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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The Golden Gate of Versailles – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , October 26th, 2017

Palace of Versailles

There’s no doubt that the golden gate of the Palace of Versailles displays excess opulence of French royalty. Boy, I was blown away the moment I got a closer look of the iron-wrought gate swathed in gold. Ok, it might not be real gold but it should be something close to that. The palace is also widely known as Chateau de Versailles.

Exact Replica. The 80-meter golden gate that stands today is not the original one. Nothing was left of the old one that was destroyed during the French Revolution. The French government decided to build the exact replica of the golden gate. It took two years to re-create referencing historical documentations. This 15-tonne masterpiece cost 4 million pounds!

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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Visiting the Moulin Rouge – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , August 30th, 2017

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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The Pyramids of the Louvre – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , July 31st, 2017

Pyramids of the Louvre

The Pyramids of the Louvre Museum are Photogenic at Night – so forget about Monalisa. There are only few people visiting the famed museum in Paris at night and you can get all the selfies you want. Seeing Monalisa? Ha! Good luck getting a good view and a selfie with her.

The Louvre Pyramid is also a beauty during the day. But, I didn’t have that same feeling of awe while visiting it at night. It’s really a good thing that on my first night in Paris, I went here and boy, I was flabbergasted. It’s a postcard perfect view wherever you’ll be and whichever angle you’ll take.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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The Eiffel Tower – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , July 27th, 2017

Eiffel Tower - Alain

There’s no doubt that the magnificent Eiffel Tower is France’s most photographed and most visited attraction. You’ve never been to Paris if you’ve never seen or visited the Eiffel Tower. And when you’re in font of the towering structure, what would you do?

Strike a pose. Take a selfie. Ask a stranger to take a photo of you. Or in my case, set up the tripod and click the timer. Then pose, like nobody is watching.

The magnificent Eiffel Tower needs no introduction. We all know what it is and we all dream to conquer it one day. Whether you look at it from afar or stand at the bottom of it, this masterpiece will sweep off your feet away. Boy, it did to me! Can you imagine Paris without the Eiffel Tower? I can’t.

By Alain – Full Story at keep Calm and Wander

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