Greek Magic on the Aegean Sea – Gay City News

Author: , January 3rd, 2019

Greek Magic

On our last day in Greece, we found the sweetest spot. I was there with my spouse, Denise, floating in the crescent bay of historic Monemvasia. The sky was pure blue, and the warm water so clear we could see the rounded stones lining the sea floor.

We returned to the beach, where we’d left our things at a café table perched a few feet from the calm, rolling waves. We sipped Greek wine and ate olives and herbed tzatziki, and asked ourselves the question that bookends every magical trip: Why can’t we stay here forever?

Enchantment in travel often comes from expectations exceeded. For me, Greece has been on my to-do list for as long as I can remember. Enraptured by mythology and ancient tales, I had visions of this land and Aegean waters that I’d probably idealized. I envisioned dreamy light and air, and imagined delicacies involving phyllo dough and figs, served with house-made wines and ouzo. It all seemed so tantalizing that I made myself tamp down projections to let Greece reveal itself, without my eager idealizations.

Then we arrived, boarded a clipper ship, and discovered a mixture of sights and scenes that inspired and delighted us at every port.

By Kelsy Chauvin – Full Story at Gay City News

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Sailing In Gay Sardinia And Corsica – DJ Yabis

Author: , October 19th, 2018

Gay Sardinia - DJ Yabis

Sardinia and Corsica have some of the dreamiest beaches and coastlines In Europe. Yes the sand is really that white, and the sea the bluest blue. Imagine dropping anchor in Costa Smeralda, a jumble of fjord-like inlets and coasts of frost-white sand, and exploring the Sardinian coast at its most idyllic. Or imagine strolling in Corsican villages with their stony ramparts at their most captivating at dusk on a warm summer evening.

You get to experience all of this and more on a sailing trip to these beautiful islands. As most of you who follow the blog know I’m a beach person and there’s nothing that could make me any happier than being in the water. Imagine my excitement when I was finally able to go on a sailing trip for a week. Sailing is definitely an experience you have to try at least once in your travels in Europe.

The Yacht-Sharing Experience

We sailed with Miaplacidus sailing yacht through Intersailclub. IntersailClub is a yacht-sharing concept which makes sailing much more affordable. It’s like the Airbnb of yacht sailing because you can just rent a cabin and share the whole yacht with other people instead of paying for the whole yacht. They also call this concept as cabin charter in sailing lingo.

Renting a yacht that comes with a crew for 1 week can easily cost you from 5,000-20,000 euros for a week depending on how big the yacht is. With IntersailClub, you can book a cabin or a bed in a yacht from 700-1,000 euros for a week and they’ll take care of everything! You’re welcome.

By DJ Yabis – Full Story at DreamEuroTrip

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Starlight Sailing Charters – Gay US Virgin Islands Sailing Tours

Author: , January 26th, 2018

Starlight Sailing Charters

Starlight Sailing Charters provides friendly and fun private sailing vacations aboard the large, modern, and luxurious sailing yacht, Starlight. Starlight sails November through May in the wonderful Virgin Islands and Eastern Caribbean.

During Summer Months, Starlight sails from Sag Harbor, New York on exquisite Hamptons day charters and sailing vacations. A Starlight vacation is wonderful for a special occasion, or a fantastic way to relax and escape in paradise. Starlight accommodates up to six guests, but is also appropriate for smaller groups and solo travelers.

Captain Toby Stull is your host for charters exploring paradise in the Virgin Islands, St Maarten and St Barths, Antigua and Lower Caribbean. With a lifetime of sailing experience and a decade chartering in the Caribbean, Capt. Toby knows exactly where to bring guests and how to tailor your experience depending on your desired activities aboard.

Our vacations can be booked as “captain-only,” on which guests eat half their lunches and dinners at local Caribbean restaurants, or “all inclusive” where a chef joins to prepare all meals. Either way, Delicious onboard meals can be suited to all types of dietary restrictions. Also, the Captain’s adorable yet unobtrusive boat dog, “Bamboo,” joins on all charters.

See the Starlight Sailing Charters Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Sail With DJ Yabis to Sardinia and Corsica

Author: , May 17th, 2017

DJ Yabis

I’m so freaking excited to share this big news with you! I’m finally hosting my own #DreamEuroTrip this summer!

It’s going to be a luxurious sailing trip for a week. And it’s not just to any basic bitch islands either.

It’s a sailing trip to two of the most beautiful and dreamiest islands in Europe: Sardinia, Italy and Corsica, France.

I am SO SO SOOOOOOO EXCITED!

I have been living and traveling around Europe since 2009 and been blogging about it for a few years. If you’ve been following me for a while specially on Instagram you know that I am obsessed with Europe and that I love traveling with my family or friends to show them around my favorite places.

This year I want to offer the opportunity to YOU to travel with me!

I get emails and comments every now and then of you guys saying “Take me with you please!” or “Can I join you on your trip next time?” so now here is your chance to join me on a fabulous trip in Europe.

By D.J. Yabis – Full Story at Dream Euro Trip

GaySail: Gay Tour Operator in Amsterdam

Author: , December 21st, 2016

GaySailPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly tour operatorsy:

At GaySail we organize about 50 gay sailing cruises a year, all over the world, for single gay men, -couples, -friends and private gay groups. We sail in Greece, Croatia, Ibiza, Virgin Islands, St. Martin & St. Barth, Bahamas, Brazil and Thailand.

With our team of 22 fully licensed gay skippers and gay cooks/co-skippers we can offer you a wonderful one- or two week gay sailing vacation. We offer regular GaySail sailing cruises but also a lot GayNudeSail sailing cruises and GaySail Exclusive luxury sailing cruises, both monohull- and catamaran yachts. Cruises with gay skipper only, or skipper and cook for breakfast and lunch. Something for everyone!

No sailing experience needed. If you like, you can take the wheel and learn to sail and navigate, if you just want to relax, soak up in the sun on the front deck, watch out for the dolphins, it’s your holiday!

We usually sail about 6 hours a day. Most of the time we anchor for lunch and swim. At night we dock in little in local harbor and have dinner in the local restaurants of we stay overnight in a bay under the stars and have dinner on board.

See the GaySail Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Carlos Melia: Private Sailing Along the Seine

Author: , July 26th, 2015

Carlos Melia - Seine River Cruise

One of the experiences that I curated and hosted for my recent VIP Group to Paris for the Roland Garros French Open event, was a private sunset sailing along the Seine River, which included an outdoor cocktail, followed by a 3-Courses Gourmet dinner by Lenotre.

We were picked up at our hotels Le Bristol, and driven for 10 minutes to their Terminal/Lounge to board our private boat, the ACTE III. Not much more to say, so I will let you enjoy the photos and judge by them.

All I can add, is that our sailing was supposed to end by 10PM, and guests were enjoying their time so much, that we decided to extend for another 2 hours to see the Eiffel Tower sparkle right from the heart of the Seine River. This was not my first time doing a Private Sailing in Paris along the Seine River.

I have done it a few times before, but on a smaller scale and more private. See my post on Private Champagne Sunset RIVA Sailing along the Seine River. BTW Post today July 14th 2015 in honor of Bastille Day. HAPPY Bastille Day.

By Carlos Melia – Full Story at the Carlos Melia Blog | Paris Gay Travel Resources

Sailing the Greek Islands

Author: , August 5th, 2011
by Willem, GaySail
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Visit the Purple Roofs Greece page

Gay Greece

The ancient sailing area of Greece is the oldest destination of Gay Sail. Like a Greek God you can enjoy this calm water, sunny weather and all that Greece has to offer. Greece offers sun, culture, spectacular landscapes and delicious food and hospitality in the taverns.

From the Marina in Athens, you can take a ship to explore some of the most beautiful, legendary Greek Islands.

Sounion is the perfect place to see an ancient, beautiful temple, and for a refreshing dive in the waters of the Adriatic.

The island of Kea has a few bays where you can anchor, and on top of this island sits the picturesque town of Kea.

On the west side of Kithnos, there’s a bay with an interesting sand bar for swimming and great pictures. You can take a hike up to top of the island were the white chora (town) lies. And on the east side there is an ancient Greek/Roman mineral spring which is interesting to visit.

Gay GreeceSiros is an island that in the 18th and 19th century was the commercial and cultural centre in the Aegean trade route. Today Siros port is still the capital of the Cyclades. Explore the village, and spend the night in a secluded bay at the south side of the island.

Naxos / Paros have both a lot to offer. Naxos being the biggest island in the Cyclades is also the most fertile. The landscape includes meadows running down to vast white beaches, cliffs that sink suddenly into the sea, rocky mountains nestled side-by-side with valleys filled with meandering streams and springs. The town has the typical whitewashed houses on a hill. At the Southside of the island are a few smaller islands with numerous of secluded bays.

Gay Greece

Paros a popular tourist island with sandy beaches, clear blue water, traditional houses, stunning landscape and excellent dive sites

The famed island of Mykonos has many bays with beaches and a lively (gay) village. You can drop anchor in one of the bays for a swim to the beach and then sail into the harbour of Mykonos town.

Gay Greece

Opposite Mykonos is the island of Delos the centre of the world 200BC the extensive ruins are worth to visit.

An easy reach from Mykonos lies Ios, a typical Cyclades island. Vineyards and olive trees wind down the mountains to the crystal clear sea and its superb white sandy beaches, much frequented by nudist. Ios also features a pretty harbour with lots of chapels, narrow alleys, windmills, traditional white houses and a lively nightlife.

The sea approach to Santorini is spectacular! You sail into and over the huge volcano that erupted, leaving the town perched high on its famous white cliffs. The only way to reach the city is by donkey, walking up the 587 narrow steps to the top, or by cableway. Black sandy beaches, cliff side towns and bright white houses make Santorini an island of contrast and undoubtedly a must for travellers.

Wild beauty of the barren landscape and huge rocks alternate with sandy beaches on Folegandros. The village is very attractive and the monastery worth a visit.
Coves and bays interrupt the rocky coastline that surrounds the island of Serifos. The Chora is built on the top of a steep hill and has an amazing view over the bay, well worth a hike.

Gay Greece

The island of Hydra is an artist’s colony. Old merchant houses cover the hills overlooking the harbour and auto traffic is prohibited. Everything is transported from the ships to the houses by mule.

GaySail sails an eight and fifteen day trip for gay men, past the best bays, islands, harbours en the famous Greek sights worth seeing. Discover the destinations that can almost only be reached by ship. The idyllic fishing harbours and the enormous hospitality of the Greek, make this a divine destination.

Next trip: September 17 – October 1, Athens – Mykonos – Athens, price: 695 euro one week and 1250 euro two weeks.

Gay Caribbean: Sailing Paradise on Earth

Author: , January 5th, 2011

by Willem, GaySail.com

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Visit the Purple Roofs Caribbean Section

Gay Caribbean

Adventure trips in the Caribbean. The challenge of the ocean and discovering the Creole atmosphere is an attractive cocktail. The ocean is azure blue and the beaches pearl white with waving palm trees. A fantastic location for sailing and anchoring in picturesque bays.

You can swim, scuba dive by the coral reefs or climb a volcano. And have fresh lobster on the bbq at the beach.

Gay CaribbeanNext comes Martinique, the tropical island with a French touch.  St Anne is the most southern village on Martinique, where you’ll find a wonderful local market with fruits, vegetables, homemade jams and liqueurs – a nice way to get acquaintance with the local Creole people.

Gay CaribbeanOr check out St. Lucia, the next volcanic island with jungle like vegetation. St Lucia is an independent island, its proud population give the island a swinging Caribbean atmosphere. On a jungle tour you can see a wide variety of tropical fruits and flowers in the course of a single afternoon. St. Lucia also features the old robbers’ den Marigot bay, a beautiful cove with mangroves that’s a lovely tropical paradise.

Gay CaribbeanSt. Lucia also features the village of Soufrierre,  with the famous Pitons. Here you can take tour, guided by locals, up to the mountain to a bubbling sulphur geyser. Then you return, downhill, through the tropical forest with its lush vegetation and its numerous waterfalls. At the bottom of the mountain there is a warm water spring in which you can bathe.

The next independent island is St. Vincent, where you can climb the island’s majestic volcano.

Gay CaribbeanThe next island is Mustique, a private island and unique in the Grenadines. The world’s wealthiest people have their vacation mansions here. Cocktails in the world famous Cotton club and a ride on the island give you a rich feeling. It is in big contrast with the other islands in the Caribbean.

Another wonderful spot is in the Tobaga Cays – there’s a big horse shoe shape coral reef, an ideal natural anchorage for scuba diving, deep sea diving, and swimming. It’s also a great place for a BBQ on the beach.

Gay CaribbeanBeyond this, you’ll find the small island of Mayreau, with breathtaking few of the Tobago Cays. The blue colour gradations shows the horse shoe reef of the Cays. Enjoy some great food here, and afterwards go to a local party which always going on.

The island of Bequia, where the old whaling fishers were based, features a the turtle nursing home, as well as a a good dive shop were you can make a (beginners) dive.

In the Caribbean, you’ll often see pods of dolphins jumping out of the water as well as see whales. If you’re lucky, we you could even catch a nice tuna on the water. And there are many fantastic places for scuba diving and snorkling.

Gay SailGay Sail has an eight day and a fifteen day sailing trip with gay men in the Caribbean. With the Eastern trade winds in the sails we pass the tropical islands. We drop anchor near beautiful reefs and white beaches with palm trees.

Our next trips: January 24 – February 7. Fifteen day sailing trip in the Caribbean starting in Martinique sailing south dropping anchor at St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines. Price 1495 Euro pp; March 20 – March 27. Eight day sailing trip in the Caribbean staling around St Martin and calling at Anguilla and St Barths. Price 895 Eurp pp.