Jerusalem Museums – Globetrotter Girls

Author: , October 31st, 2019

Jerusalem Museums

Visiting Israel is always a wonderful idea. You’ll want to see as many historic sites as you can while you are there, and specifically in the holy city of Jerusalem. Jerusalem packs a huge punch in the tourist department – from ancient architecture to modern structures. But the Jerusalem museums are don’t-miss outings. Here are my favorites.

YAD VASHEM

For a somber, but meaningful day, step into the world’s foremost Holocaust museum. This museum is free of charge, but leave your phone and bag in a locker because you will not be permitted to bring it in. Also, as the photographs and subject matter can be quite graphic, this museum is only intended for people over the age of 10.

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Find the Sitges Gay Beach! – The Globetrotter Guys

Author: , October 31st, 2019

Find the Sitges Gay Beach! - The Globetrotter Guys

Sitges is one of our favourite small Spanish towns. It’s also one of the most gay friendly towns we have been to with some great gay beaches.

The thing we like most about the gay beaches in Sitges is that they are easy to access. We have found that in many destinations, the gay beaches are quite hidden and it can take a lot of effort to find them. However in Sitges, the main gay beach is right in your face in front of the town centre.

Sitges Gay Beaches

There are actually 3 gay beaches in Sitges, La Playa De La Bossa Rodona near the centre, Playa De Las Balmins 10 minutes to walk to from the centre and Playa Del Muerto a little further out.

Sitges Gay Beach #1 – La Playa De La Bossa Rodona

The main and most popular Sitges gay beach is La Playa De La Bossa Rodona.

This is very easy to find and is minutes to walk to from the town centre. You can find La Playa De La Bossa Rodona in front of the Picnic Restaurant opposite Hotel Calipolis.

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Bologna – Dolly Travels

Author: , October 25th, 2019

Bologna

Good morning, well, buongiorno from Firenze, as it is really early afternoon.

Yes!! Now I am truly back in my second home. However, Susan and I had a delightful 2 days in Bologna. Since we arrived there on Sunday, so many points of interest were closed. We did not want to visit museums, anyway. Bologna is a lovely place to walk.

Most of the streets in Bologna are covered with the arched colonnades (or loggia or arcades: take your pick of the descriptive words). Although we had sunny days, the roofs kept the sun off, but they are also very nice when it rains.

There are many ancient Roman ruins in Bologna. Frank Garcia would be disappointed in me. I did not delve into the history of Romans in Bologna, but those Romans went far afield. I promise, I will look more into this when I am back home again. Sorry, Frank.

Bologna is a food-lover’s city. There are very good restaurants everywhere. Of course, nearby are the fantastic prosciutto farms, the Parmigiana factories and the home of balsamico. Those food are prominent on the menus. Apparently, tortellini are also a prime product of Bologna, as we saw tortellini or tortelli (larger filled pasta) on every menu. All were delicious. It was difficult to choose. I wanted to take a cooking class, but the one I found, the instructor showed how to make the tortellini, but I wanted a hands-on class. I shall have to experiment back home.

Of course, when I came to Mortadella, I had to stop. Look at all the proscuitti and cheeses hanging from the ceiling. On another shelf were bottles and bottles of balsamico, anywhere from recent to over 25 years in age. And the local pastries looked so yummy. People were getting sandwiches that looked so good, too, I finally had to drag myself out of the store. Actually, I think it was Susan who dragged me out, or I might still be there.

Imagine our surprise at walking across a canal. It looked so much like Venice. Just another lovely sight on our walks.

Now we are in Florence, for a couple days. We are staying up near Santa Maria Novella for these 2 days, as it is only a few minutes walk from the train station. It is a nice little neighborhood with cafes, restaurants, hairdressers, grocery stores and pharmacies all within a few blocks.

But you know, I had to go back to our neighborhood, the place I really call home. Susan and I walked down to the Duomo area last night. We walked past Santa Maria Novella church. It is so pretty, with the flowers around the grassy areas.

We walked to the OK Bar. Well, now it is l”OK Osteria. We sat outside and had Aperol Spritzes. I was so pleased to be greeted by the bartender, Massimo and the waiter, Fabrio. They are both long-time friends from my frequent visits to the OK Bar over the past many years.

We walked some more last night, finding our dinner at another favorite restaurant, Il Porscopino (the Porcupine) near San Lorenzo church.

It is good to be back in Florence, my favorite city in all of Italy. Tomorrow, we will go to Cinque Terre for 3 nights, then return to Florence for 10 days.

I have enjoyed every place that we have visited. Susan got to see the historical sights in Padova, but I was content with seeing the city. On this trip, since I have seen the museums before, and I appreciate their greatness, I am more interested in seeing the towns and cities as a local would see them. I love the parks, the little shops, the tiny restaurants with only a few tables, but are packed every night with locals.

In case you have not know this before:

I LOVE ITALY!!!

Stayed tuned for posts from Cinque Terre.
Ciao for now,
Dolly

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Gay Varanasi, India – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , October 25th, 2019

Gay Varanasi, India - The Nomadic Boys

Varanasi: a city where you see every facet of life before your very eyes! From intense worshipping by pilgrims along the River Ganges to open-casket funerals along the ghats, it’s full of life going on everywhere you look!

For us, gay Varanasi was the most fascinating and interesting place in India. It’s so real here! As you walk along the many “ghats” running along the riverbed, you’ll see people doing their laundry in the Ganges, bathing in it, shitting in it, cremating their dead in it, taking pilgrim boat rides in it and so much more. At night the ghats are lit up by many different types of light ceremonies taking place creating a very unique and quite intense atmosphere. In this article, we’ve put together our experience of what it was like travelling in Varanasi as a gay couple.

Where is Varanasi?

Varanasi is located in Northeast India in the state of Uttar Pradesh. As far as Indian cities go, it’s on the smaller end with a population of 1.2 million.

Varanasi is considered one of the holiest places in India for Hindus and is also one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world – since around 11th or 12th century BC.

The other important thing to note about Varanasi is the Ganges River, which runs through the city. What seems like a dirty and polluted river to us (no seriously it is, read this to get an idea!), the Ganges is considered extremely sacred to Hindus. It personifies the goddess “Ganga”, so ritual bathing in the sacred river is regarded as an important part of Hindu pilgrimage. This is also why funerals are so popular here – the ashes of the cremated bodies can be spread across into the holy river, giving them a noble passageway into the afterlife.

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Greetings From Italia – Dolly Travels

Author: , October 20th, 2019

Greetings From Italia - Dolly Travels

The first two days we were in Italy, we spent in Venice. Venice is lovely, as always. We were very tired when we finally got to our hotel on Wednesday. We had to spend some time just finding the hotel. Nothing is easy to find in that city, as the streets wind around small canals. We crossed many bridges, and just when we found the street, it came to a dead end. It did take up again on the other side of a small canal. You would think I would be used to getting lost in Venice, as I have done that so many times.

When we finally found the hotel, we put our things in our room and set out to find a good place to have some dinner. We found a small, out of the way ristorante. We enjoyed some pasta with clams, then we went right back to the hotel, as we were very tired.

Imagine our surprise the next morning to be awakened by singing gondoliers. We looked out our window, but we saw only a small piazza. Once we were dressed and went out exploring, we discovered that our hotel (our room) backed up to a gondolier stop.

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Visiting Vegas’s Valley of Fire (With Kids) – 2TravelDads

Author: , October 20th, 2019

Visiting Vegas's Valley of Fire (With Kids) - 2TravelDads

Before we visited the Valley of Fire with kids it just looked like an Instagram heaven. That’s all that we knew about it, all from photos that people had taken and posted to Instagram. And then we visited and hiked and had up close wildlife encounters and fell in love. Valley of Fire State Park is the best Las Vegas day trip you didn’t know you need to do.

We’re going to help you plan and have the best visit possible, seeing some of the most amazing geology Nevada has to offer. And you can do it all on a trip to Las Vegas or as part of a southwest road trip. Watch our video guide to Valley of Fire State Park below!

LOCALE OF VALLEY OF FIRE STATE PARK

Located less than an hour Northeast of Las Vegas, Valley of Fire State Park is an easy drive to take you into another world off the Vegas strip. In the Moapa Valley (park area), you will find all kinds of unique sites. You might not find pyramids or waterfalls flowing off the tops of hotels, but there our windswept hoodoos, carved out caves and passages, and petroglyphs that predate any sort of pirate display in Las Vegas.

The geology and formations of Valley of Fire State Park are very different from what you might find in Utah, and if you are on a trip to Las Vegas and want to do a day trip into some of the most incredible nature around, this is an easier option than driving the two and a half hours up to Zion. Don’t get me wrong, we absolutely love Zion National Park but for business travelers or people without enough time to go that far north, Valley of Fire State Park will wow you and fill the need to connect with the earth.

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Old Town Cologne – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , October 18th, 2019

Old Town Cologne - Keep Calm and Wander

The historic Old Town of Cologne is, I think, the best place to drink and eat in the city. Especially in the summer- when the searing temperature is on, and everyone is thirsty.

Based on historical records, 72% of the city was destroyed by World war II. However, much of the structures of the Old Town Cologne was rebuilt, but still true to its original form.

Before my friend showed me the Old Town center, we walked along the Rhine River. We passed by the Deutches Sports and Olympia Museum. Then, we dropped by the Cologne Chocolate Factory Museum (Schcoladen) where we had Lindt.

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Best Spain Gay Pride Events – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , October 18th, 2019

Best Spain Gay Pride Events - The Nomadic Boys

Shirtless men dancing on floats. Drag queens lip-syncing for their lives. Friends running through the streets with faces smeared in glitter and dressed in rainbow colours!

Pride is as much a party as it is a protest. Often used to highlight issues where LGBTQ citizens are not granted the same rights as their straight peers, such as blood donation, the existence of conversion therapy, or loose discrimination laws, the Pride march is a fantastic way to get society to listen up, and address the issues at hand.

Spain is home to some of the best Pride events in the world. With progressive laws, tolerant citizens, sexy guys everywhere and gorgeous weather, each Pride in Spain is truly, a glorious celebration and we love them all!

Here are our 5 favourite Spain gay Pride events that you need to check out.

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1. Madrid Pride

You cannot be a self-respecting gay in this world and not have attended Madrid Pride at least once in your life. The first time we experienced Madrid Pride, we were blown away by the sheer scale of it. Everyone in the whole city gets involved. It’s so inspiring to be a part of.

Madrid is not only the largest Pride in Spain but one of the biggest Pride events in the world. The week leading up to it sees exciting parties (both indoor and out), music performances, artistic showcases, LGBTQ walking tours and tons of drag-gy brunches!

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The Roman-German Museum in Cologne – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , October 16th, 2019

the Roman-German Museum - Keep Calm and Wander

There is no doubt that the Roman-German Museum in Cologne proves that the wonderful city was once under Roman rule. The modern museum itself stands on the land where the original marvelous mosaic of Dionysius was found. Thus, the Römisch-Germanisches Museum is, in itself, an archaeological site.

Dionysius’s mosaic is, perhaps, the museum’s most-prized artifact – and therefore, a must-see attraction.

Inside the museum, your eyes will be feasting on hundreds of small and large ancient objects. From tiny trinkets to kitchenwares; to pieces of jewelry and toys and tombstones – all gloriously displayed over three floors!

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Hiking the Inca Trail – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , October 16th, 2019

Hiking the Inca Trail - The Nomadic Boys

We made it! A magical memory from our Nomadic Boys journey we will share forever. This was what was going through our minds, whilst sat atop Wayna Picchu mountain, peering down at the Inca world wonder beneath us.

After an intense 4 days trek along the acclaimed Inca Trail through the Sacred Valley in the Peruvian Andes, we finally reached the climax point.

Machu Picchu is the highlight of most people’s itineraries to not only Peru, but also to the entire continent. It receives over 1.2 million visitors annually, most of who come by train as part of a day trip from Cusco. To really get a feel of what the Sacred Valley and the Inca culture is all about, the Inca Trail is a must. This is, after all, the famous route of pilgrimage the Incas used to take to reach Machu Picchu.

This is our personal experience trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, including tips on which gay friendly tour company to choose and dates for upcoming group tours to Machu Picchu.

What is the Inca Trail?

As well as being one of the most famous treks in the world, this 44km (27 miles) trail was initially part of a highly advanced network of around 40,000 trails built by the Incas to connect the distant corners of their kingdom.

This particular trail is the most popular because it had religious and ceremonial importance to the Incas. It was part of their route of pilgrimage to Machu Picchu and included rituals to honour the mountains.

The famous Inca site is 2,430 metres (7,970 feet) above sea level. The name Machu Picchu means old mountain in the Quechua language and was initially built in around 1450 at the climax of the Inca Empire. It was then abandoned in 1572 when the Spanish invaded, until 1911 when it was discovered by the American explorer Hiram Bingham.

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