Five Unexpected Gay Scenes – The Globetrotter Guys

Author: , February 16th, 2018

Five Unexpected Gay Scenes

This is a guest post on the Nomadic Boys’ site by super cute gay couple Sion and Ben of The Globetrotter Guys.

We all know and love the obvious gay scenes around the world like Berlin, Gran Canaria, Sydney or San Francisco. But what about the less talked about ones? Even in the most unexpected places, gay locals still come together to drink and have a good time. We always make a point to seek out the local gay scene wherever we travel on holiday.

These are our 5 most unexpected gay scenes we’ve encountered on our travels to date.

Mikonos and Phoenix in Marbella – Spain

If you blink, you might miss the gay scene in Marbella. Given its beautiful beaches and cosmopolitan nature you would expect there to be a more established scene in this part of Spain. However, this simply is not the case. Instead what was on offer when we visited turned out to be one of the best nights we’ve had in a long time.

Mikonos gay bar was extremely well hidden. We walked to the exact address and it seemed to not exist. However we went down a nearby alleyway to a backstreet, down some stairs and voila – there it was.

Mikonos is a very small local bar, which fills up quickly. The staff are very friendly, offering free shots and making sure they speak to all the customers. Drinks here seem pricey at €7, but they come with a generous measure. They also have entertaining drag shows, which are great for polishing up on your Spanish slang.

By Sion and Ben – Full Story at The Nomadic Boys

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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Gay Panama City – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , January 2nd, 2018

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Panama City is often nicknamed The Dubai of Latin America because of its immense economic growth in recent years and impressive dense skyline. But unlike Dubai, this mighty Latin American metropolis has a far more welcoming gay life, in a country where although culturally conservative, is pushing towards civil union equality for gay couples.

Most will associate Panama City with the famous canal, which is a reason alone to visit. The city is also the gateway to some gorgeous tropical beaches within Panama, like San Blas and further afield – Bocas del Toro.

We stayed in Panama City for a week and found it to be a lot of fun, full of things to do, plenty of trendy bars, but most importantly, we left with a thirst to return. This is our gay guide to Panama City following our experience here during our big Latin America trip.

Gay Panama City

Panama a very conservative Catholic country, with a strong influence from Opus Dei. As such, the gay scene in the country is pretty underground in quite dodgy neighbourhoods, with places frequently closing down/changing. When we visited, there were no gay bars and only one official gay club (see below) in Panama City.

Warning: when going out to a gay club in Panama City, doormen are very strict and will only admit you if you have your original ID, preferably your passport. Most LGBTQ locals we met preferred to have private parties, or attend one of the the monthly gay rooftop parties hosted at venues like the Hard Rock Hotel.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at The Nomadic Boys

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Why Are We Losing Our Lesbian Bars?

Author: , November 27th, 2017

Lesbian Bars - The L Word

At a recent newly-launched lesbian party in Brooklyn, women scattered themselves haphazardly throughout the backyard of a gay bar filled mostly with men. Wearing dark jeans and denim jackets, they stood in small groups, intermittently scanning the room while talking amongst themselves. Inside the bar, the dance floor was empty.

“This is why lesbian bars all close, because everyone is U-hauling!” Valentina Osorio, a queer-identifying woman who lives in Brooklyn exclaimed, alluding to a verb that refers to how quickly lesbian and bisexual women move towards commitment and, often times, the suburbs. “When you’re coupled up you don’t leave the house.”

Osorio wasn’t imagining things: Women don’t want to spend money at lesbian bars anymore. Although the number of people who identify as LGBTQ is on the rise, the number of spaces dedicated to their communities has fallen. Statistics are few, but an analysis of gay travel guides showed the number of LGBTQ bars in the U.S. decreased by 12.5 percent between 2005 and 2011.

By Kari Paul – Full Story at the New York Post

WeHo Gay Nightlife – WeHoVille

Author: , November 17th, 2017

WeHo Gay Nightlife

West Hollywood’s best dive bar? WeHo’s best sushi restaurant? Our city’s best barbershop, pet boarding place, Pilates studio? These are among the many categories we included on WEHOville’s Best Of ballot in August. The online voting turnout was great (and monitored by us geeks to make sure we weren’t being trolled — i.e. Putin didn’t vote, only you did).

We published the results in West Hollywood Magazine, our quarterly print publication, which was out last week and which you can find in news racks, restaurants and shops around the city.

Best of WeHo Night Life
Best Dive Bar

No. 1
Mother Lode
8944 Santa Monica Boulevard
West Hollywood
www.facebook.com/MotherLodeWestHollywood
(310) 659-9700

The word “mother lode” means something of great value. In West Hollywood, where good ole fashioned dive bars are scarce, Mother Lode is that.

Tucked between the very precious P.U.M.P., owned by reality TV celeb Lisa Vanderpump, and the forever-under-construction space where the restaurant Bottega Louie is opening (some day), is this bar that offers cheap drinks, a chance to play pool and some outdoor areas for smoking. The interior is, uh, rough. And dark. And very charming for those of us into that sort of venue.

And if you’re looking for an early drink, or a late one, Mother Lode is the place, with operating hours from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Full Story at Wehoville

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Video: New York City Gay Nightlife – Gay Star News

Author: , May 17th, 2017

New York City Gay Nightlife

New York City. The city that never sleeps. This is one of the most energetic cities in the world and offers a nightlife like no other. In NYC you can have fun around the clock. Come along with Charlie Williams (currently in Miss Saigon) as he takes you into the New York City Gay Nightlife and see why it’s great to be LGBTI in NYC.

Watch the video below:

By David Calderon – Full Story at Gay Star News

Gay Denver Hot Spots

Author: , May 13th, 2017

Gay Denver

As the largest city in a 600-mile radius, LGBTI men and women from all over the West have flocked to gay Denver.

Take a trip with Eli as he finds out why people love being LGBTI in gay Denver, Colorado and showcases some of the top gay hotspots.

The 30-something local, who works as a creative director in pharmaceuticals, knows the Mile High City’s gay scene inside out, and will also be introducing readers to some of his hot friends. To find out more about the scene, visit the LGBTI portal on the Visit Denver website.

By David Calderon – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Berlin’s Queer Underground

Author: , September 11th, 2016

Berlin's Queer Underground

Last week, you were able to watch as cute locals explored that gay scene of London. The week before, it was Tel Aviv.

This week, we’re crashing Berlin, the biggest city in Germany, with this super informative video tour from in-the-know Berliners.

It explores iconic nightspots popular with those who call the city home, including Sharon Stonewall Bar, GMF and HAFEN.

Full Story at Gay Star News

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London Gay Nightlife

Author: , September 9th, 2016

London Gay Nightlife - Marty Hoeft

We’ve gained unique insights into Madrid and Tel Aviv in recent weeks. Now, we’re heading to the mighty London with this YouTube video from gay social media app Moovz.

Watch as cute local Marty Hoeft (don’t be fooled by the accent!) meets the people behind iconic LGBTI club nights and venues such as Popcorn, Fire and Ku Bar.

Drag queen, scene queen and DJ extraordinaire Jodie Harsh is just one of the Londoners to be featured in the video.

Full Story at Gay Star News

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​Viking River Cruises – Grand European Tour with Gay Travel Info

Author: , May 13th, 2016

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Viking River Cruises

Grand European Tour with Gay Travel Info

By Steven Skelley and Thomas Routzong

The Viking River Cruises Grand European Tour is simply one of the best cruises that we have ever experienced. It’s that easy to describe.

Where else can you enjoy a 15-day cruise with 12 guided tours visiting 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, while enjoying 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 14 dinners, complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks during onboard dinner and lunch service, concerts ranging from Austrian classics to baroque organ music, lectures on Germany, Holland and the European Union and free Wi-Fi?

Our Viking River Cruises Grand European Tour was the perfect mix of relaxation, education and exploration.
BudapestBUDAPEST, HUNGARY

Budapest is the capital of Hungary. It has been called one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. We arrived after sunset but it’s beauty was still clearly evident.

The night view from the top deck of the ship is simply stunning. The palaces, government building and bridges are all lit at night. Have your camera ready because the reflections in the river make for fantastic vacation photos.

On the morning of our second day, we chose to enjoy the “Hungary’s Graceful and Inspiring Capital” tour.

Budapest is a mix of classical and modern architecture separated down the middle by the Danube river but connected by the Chain Bridge since 1849.

Our tour began in modern Pest where we viewed the beautiful Andrassy Avenue, the Hungarian Opera House, and the Heroe’s Square monuments.

We crossed the Chain Bridge to the historic Buda side of the city. where we strolled the Castle District. At this hilltop castle complex, we explored the turrets of Fishermen’s Bastion, medieval Matthias Church and the spectacular views from Buda Hill.

After our morning tour, we still had plenty of time to explore on our own. We walked from Pest to Buda across the Chain Bridge over the Danube and back again. We walked down to the imposing Parliament Building and also spent time contemplating “The Shoes On The Danube” memorial to the Holocaust victims that were executed here on the banks of the river.

If we had just had a little more time, we would have loved to have visited the famous thermal baths that were once enjoyed by ancient Romans.

For gay traveler information, visit http://www.budapest.com/city_guide/gay_budapest.en.html

ViennaVIENNA, AUSTRIA

Vienna is the capital of Austria. Musical icons including Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Joseph Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert and Johannes Brahms worked in Vienna. It has been called the “City of Dreams” because it was the home of the world’s first psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud.

Ornate is the key word for Vienna architecture. The historic structures, monuments, churches, palaces, homes and government buildings are works of art to be studied and enjoyed.

Retail stores from the most chic to the obligatory souvenir shops near the Vienna State Opera all fit the theme of historic and fashionable.

The Giant Ferris Wheel, erected to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Emperor Franz Josef I in 1897, offers a wonderful view of the city and an excellent photo opportunity.

We chose to explore Vienna by the “Essential Overview of the City of Waltzes” tour. We drove into the city by bus and then walked to various highlights including:

* The Ringtrasse grand boulevard lined with elegant palaces, private homes and public buildings * The Hofburg Palace winter residence of the powerful Hapsburg dynasty * The Spanish Riding School with world famous Lipzzaner horses * The gothic St. Stephen’s Cathedral * The Vienna State Opera Hall with Mozart inspired frescoes

There is a two level, paved walking path along the river. Be sure to watch for the black rabbits, brown rabbits and swans. Neither the rabbits nor the swans appear afraid of humans and almost seem to pose to have their pictures taken.

Just a short walk from the Danube docking site is The Grow Shop: a marijuana store. It is a great place to take a silly photo to show family and friends back home.

For gay traveler information, visit https://www.wien.info/en/vienna-for/gay-lesbian

Wachau ValleyWACHAU VALLEY

We spent the morning cruising the Wachau Valley that is filled with beautiful hillside vineyards and castle ruins including Duerrstein castle where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned by Leopold V.

With abbeys, monasteries, churches, castles and the terraced vineyards with their stone wall supports all along the river, it is a photographer’s dream come true.

Find a comfortable spot on the top deck, sip a refreshing beverage and enjoy the beauty passing slowly by on both sides of the ship.

Floating down the river through the Wachau Valley is like slowly strolling through a museum containing some of the most beautiful scenic paintings in the world. Enjoy!
MelkMELK, AUSTRIA

Once the ship docked, we toured the 900 year old Benedictine abbey at Melk.

Melk Abbey has 365 windows (one for each day of the year), imperial rooms, ceiling frescoes and a library that is filled with floor to ceiling shelves holding priceless hand-copied ancient books.

The abbey also contains a strange artifact: a human jawbone in a golden stand. It is meant to honor an innocent man that was unjustly executed.

There are also extravagantly dressed mummified human bodies in the church itself.

Melk Abbey is a strange and wonderful mixture of imposing fortress, extravagant palace and sacred religious site.

SalzburgSALZBURG, AUSTRIA / PASSAU, GERMANY

Located in the beautiful Austrian Alps, Salzburg is one of Austria’s most picturesque Alpine cities.

Salzburg was once a world power dealing in salt. The word Salzburg means “salt fortress.” Later it became the birthplace of the musical genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. It received international recognition again as the setting for the film “The Sound of Music.”

We chose the optional “Salzburg Highlights” tour. We enjoyed a walking tour of the old town which was designed and built by imported Italian artisans.

We visited Mozart’s home where throngs of people stand to have their photo taken.

We explored Mirabell Gardens where the opening scenes from the “The Sound of Music” were filmed and the cemetery where the family hid from the Nazis during their escape.

We could have spent hours in the gardens and streets photographing the statues, fountains and artistic landscaping.

For gay traveler information, visit http://www.salzburg.info/en/service/salzburg_for/gays_and_friends

Regensburg

Regensburg

REGENSBURG, GERMANY

Regensburg is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The medieval city was somehow untouched by bombing in World War II. It is considered one of Germany’s best preserved cities with Roman city walls erected by Marcus Aurelias.

We chose to enjoy the “Regensburg Walking Tour.” From the ancient Roman city walls to the 12th century Old Stone Bridge to the Old Sausage Kitchen (the oldest restaurant in Germany), we walked the cobblestone streets of this Medieval city.

Our hearts were touched when we viewed the memorial to the Jewish synagogue that had been destroyed and by the Stumbling Blocks memorials in the cobblestone streets remembering those killed by Nazis.

For gay traveler information, visit http://www.gay-regensburg.de/index_ci.php

NuremburgNUREMBURG, GERMANY

Nuremburg is Bavaria’s second largest city. It is filled with beautiful half-timber homes and Gothic churches. Unfortunately, it was chosen by Adolph Hitler as the site for some of his most aggressive propaganda.

We chose to see the city on the “Nuremburg City Tour.” We viewed Nuremburg’s medieval city walls which stretch almost three miles and still have 80 original watchtowers. We passed the Imperial Palace fortress. We visited Market Square with it’s craft and vegetable stalls and enjoyed lunch at a local bratwurst restaurant.

For lovers of history, be sure to visit Zeppelin Field (the Nazi parade grounds), Hitler’s Congress Hall Colosseum (modeled on the one in Rome) and the Palace of Justice where the Nazis finally faced justice in the Nuremberg Trials.

For gay traveler information, visit http://nuremberg123.com/where-to/nuremberg-gay-guide/

Bamberg

BAMBERG, GERMANY

Medieval Bamberg is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was founded in 902 A.D.

We toured the city on the “Bamberg Walking Tour.” For almost 5 hours, our guide walked us through the streets, along the canal and up to the hilltop cathedral which was home to Emperor Henrich II and Pope Clement II. The cathedral museum claims to have splinters from the actual cross of Jesus as well as the mounted skulls of Heinrich and his wife Kunigunde!

Beside the Bamberg Cathedral, the Neue Residenz resembles a palace. It was the home of prince-electors and prince-bishops who held both religious and secular authority. The panoramic view from the Rosengarten (Rose Garden) is fantastic.

For gay traveler information, visit http://en.bamberg.info/uferlos/

Wurzburg 2

WURZBURG, GERMANY

We decided that we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to follow Bavaria’s Romantic Road to one of Germany’s last remaining medieval walled towns. Rothenburg ob der Tauber means Red Fortress above the Tauber.

Rothenburg is everything you hope a medieval city would be. It is a medieval town that still functions in modern society. Make sure that you have lots of space on your camera memory card because this place is filled with amazing photo opportunities.

We walked the city’s defensive walls from top to bottom. We climbed the dark winding stairways of the towers. We photographed beautiful gardens and stunning panoramic views of the river and valley below. We enjoyed every moment of our Rothenburg visit.

After our Rothenburg adventure, we spent a few hours exploring the Bishop’s Residenz Palace and Garden in Wurzburg. The large and ornately decorated palace features a 2000 square foot frescoe titled “Four Continents” by Venetian artist Giovanni Tiepolo. Some of the scenes are quite humorous as the artist had never seen some of the desired animals in person so he used his imagination to fill in the blanks. Some of the paintings are remarkably three dimensional and the gardens are incredible.

For gay traveler information, visit http://www.gayscout.com/en/city138/Wuerzburg

WurtheimWERTHEIM, GERMANY

The view as the ship approaches Wertheim is simply phenomenal. The colorful and historic buildings along the river reflect in the waters as the 1000 year old castle watches over from the imposing hillside.

We walked the narrow streets of Franconian style homes along the Main and Tauber rivers and viewed the 800 year old Pointed Tower which leans amusingly to one side.

The walk up to Wertheim Castle is challenging. The cobblestone street is steep, uneven and sometimes slick.

There is a turnstile at the top charging one Euro to enter the actual castle but you can still roam the outer walls and get a beautiful panoramic view of the city and the two rivers below.

KOBLENZ, GERMANY

Our morning began with a scenic and tranquil cruise through one of Germany’s most scenic regions called The Romantic Rhine. We cruised past endless vineyards ascending the hillsides and castles, castles and even more castles!

We sailed around the massive Lorelei Rock and heard the local myth of a beautiful woman named Lorelei who lured sailors to crash against the rocks.

We docked in Koblenz beside the massive statue of Kaiser Wilhelm I on his horse. Cable cars taking tourists across the river glided over our heads.

We strolled the paved walkways in both directions along the waterfront enjoying the gardens and statues.

For gay traveler information, visit http://gayguide.net/Europe/Germany/Koblenz/

Cologne 1

COLOGNE, GERMANY

Cologne is a 2000 year old city that is an interesting mixture of the cherished ancient and the progressively modern. It is where the perfume “cologne” originated that soon became greatly desired by all of Europe’s royal families.

We chose to try the “Bruhl UNESCO Palaces” tour of the Augustusburg castle. Unfortunately, you can’t win them all. The castle and grounds just could not match the previous palaces we had visited. It was less than impressive and we could not wait for our tour to end.

On the bright side, once we returned to Cologne, we enjoyed walking the waterfront promenade where locals relax, talk and exercise. A leisurely walk along the river brought us past churches, love locks on the bridge, parks with ice cream shops and restaurants, statues and a theater that resembles a circus tent. Our riverfront walk was the highlight of our Cologne visit.

For gay traveler information, visit http://www.cologne-tourism.com/city-experience/gays-lesbians.html

KinderdijkKINDERDIJK, NETHERLANDS

Kinderdijk is the kind of place that photographers dream about!

Just steps from where the ship docked, there were 19 remarkably preserved windmills. Many of them are 200 to 300 years old!

Viking offers a free tour that shares why the windmills were built, how they work and a chance to step inside a working windmill.

We chose to explore on our own rather than joining the free tour.

The blue skies and ancient windmills reflected into the dark water of the canals in a picture-perfect scene again and again.

Kinderdijk, the largest concentration of windmills in the Netherlands, offers an iconic view of the Dutch landscape.

AmsterdamAMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS

Our amazing Viking River Cruise came to an end in Amsterdam. Our only view of the city was from the ship’s deck just before we boarded a bus for the Amsterdam airport for our flight home.

We hope to return and explore Amsterdam one day as well.

For gay traveler information, visit http://www.amsterdam.info/gay/

SHIP & CREW INFO

Our ship had 95 outside staterooms, a sun deck with 360-degree views and shaded sitting areas, an organic herb garden, a putting green, a walking track, a lounge and bar with floor-to-ceiling glass doors, a restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows, optional al fresco dining, and 40″ flat-panel Sony TV’s.

We spoke with Captain Peter Sevcik and Hotel Manager Katja Geyersbach about the Viking River Cruise ships.

“We use Swiss Radar and GPS. We have an automatic transponder system that shows the location of our ship and every other ship on the river. The ship has eight propellers and four propulsion systems. Our engines are all electric. For low bridges, we can lower the wheelhouse but we must wait our turn in the locks,” Katja told us.

“Katja Geyersbach is the best Hotel Manager in the company,” added Captain Sevcik.

We found the crew and staff to be just as friendly and complimentary as their captain. Everyone excelled in serving their guests onboard. Program Manager Violeta Crisan was a dynamo of organization, problem solving, customer service and upbeat energy. We couldn’t have asked for better service.

VIKING CONTACT INFO

Visit the Viking Cruises website at http://www.vikingcruises.com

You can reach them by phone at 1-800-706-1483.

Visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/VikingRiverCruises

The Viking River Cruises Grand European Tour is simply one of the best cruises that we have ever experienced. It was the perfect mix of relaxation, education and exploration. We are ready to go again!

Steven Skelley and Thomas RoutzongArticle and photos by Steven Skelley and Thomas Routzong. Copyright 2016 Sunny Harbor Publishing.

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