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Gay Travel Tips For Europe

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The Gay European Tourism Association (GETA)

has launched an information campaign to educate LGBTI travelers touring Europe.

GETA’s new website explains the ‘difference in legal and social attitudes to homosexuality across Western, Central and Eastern Europe,’ so LGBTI travelers are aware of how homosexuality is treated throughout European countries.

Using countries like Poland, Croatia, the Czech Republic and Russia as case studies of how society and laws might treat LGBTI people differently, GETA advises: ‘It is for individual LGBT travelers to decide what countries they wish to visit but as a rule, the further east you travel in Europe, the more careful you need to be about public displays of your sexuality.’

‘Most countries in Europe welcome LGBT tourists,’ said GETA’s Executive Director Carlos Kytka, ‘but there are a few simple tips to make sure your trip is safe.’

  • Check the legal position of the countries you are planning to visit using ILGA’s Rainbow Europe guide.
  • Remember that legal recognition and social acceptance may not be at the same level, particularly as you move east.
  • Be particularly careful in the former Soviet Union states where actions that could be construed as being overtly homosexual (like holding hands, kissing in public, and insisting on double beds in a hotel) may bring you to the attention of the authorities and anti-gay vigilantes.
  • Be careful when using social media hook-up sites which may be used for entrapment.
  • Cities tend to be more gay friendly than the countryside so adapt your behaviour accordingly.

The GETA website also includes a European map from the International Gay and Lesbian Tourism Association (IGLTA) ranking countries by their respect of human rights.

– See more at: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/5-travel-tips-lgbtis-touring-europe230914#sthash.taLuQOds.dpuf

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Gay Ski Val D’isere, France

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Val d’Isère

is a commune of the Tarentaise Valley, in the Savoie department (Rhône-Alpes region) in southeastern France. It lies 5 km (3 mi) from the border with Italy.

The western and central areas of Val d’Isère are most recognizable by their “chalet” architecture, while in the eastern part of the town high-rise architecture dominates the landscape. Along with nearby Tignes the area forms part of the “l’Espace Killy“, the self-titled “Most Beautiful Ski Area in the World”.[citation needed]

The Pissaillas Glacier offers summer skiing, as well as the usual winter fare. Snow cannon are placed on certain slopes to accommodate heavy skiing. The ski slopes themselves are equipped with a high-volume gondola, able to transport standing skiers, the funicular Funival from La Daille via a tunnel to the top of Bellevarde, traditional chair lifts—some with windshields and many detachable, button/disc-pulls and tow-ropes. There are both groomed slopes and backcountry (off-piste) skiing. The slopes’ difficulty levels are particularly high. However, as in Tignes there are wide, easily navigable pistes for those of the beginner-intermediate level as well. Its extensive off-piste facilities include guides for safety reasons; reviews are generally favourable.

Tignes possesses more of the same, with a funicular shuttling skiers up through one of the mountains to the Grande Motte glacier. A free shuttle bus runs between the villages in the valley, providing free transport throughout the towns of Val d’Isère and La Daille.

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Christmas Holiday in Europe

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I know it’s still summer in the US –  But  December is not far away!

I guess since I was born in December, I have this thing for Christmas and shiny objects! And many of the best decorations and celebrations come from Europe. Poland, Germany and Italy are hubs for glass blowing and ornament making.
Some of Europe’s Christmas markets have been around since the Middle Ages, so it’s no surprise that Cologne Germany, which has five markets, is a seasonal popular hot spot.

Cathedral Market, Angels Market, Harbour Market, Old Market Christmas and the Market of Fairy Tales! Every year, the city centre of Cologne is touched by the magic of the festivities in the weeks leading up to Christmas. When the Christmas markets in Cologne open their gates on the last Monday before Advent, millions of visitors from around the world delight at the goods on sale at the quaintly designed huts (or “Buden”).

Some say you haven’t experienced Christmas lights until you’ve seen nearly four miles of them artfully hung in patterns dictated by Tiffany’s head designer in Copenhagen’s (Denmark) famed historic amusement park, Tivoli Gardens — and that’s not counting the 1,800+ strands dramatically draped on the lakeside willows. They say there are EVEN MORE LIGHTS added this year!

Copenhagen celebrates Jul (as in “yuletide”) in high style, with its famed Christmas market the centerpiece. Over 50 stalls are stocked with fine handmade crafts, including traditional figurines of clog-clad elves in pointy red caps, while vendors are selling iced doughnuts slathered with black currant jam and hefty cups of gløgg, a steaming hot mulled red wine laden with raisins, almonds, cinnamon sticks, and cloves—all of which are steeped in aquavit or schnapps.

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Vienna is another magical place for the holiday season. At the traditional Vienna Magic of Advent, the Rathausplatz becomes a shining fairytale land. The 150 or so stands offer Christmas gifts, Christmas tree decorations, delicious sweet treats and wonderful warming drinks.

 

You see a sea of lights in the trees around City Hall park.
Not far away is the Christmas village on Maria-Theresien-Platz. Over 60 stands offering traditional handicrafts and original gift ideas are set up here during Advent. The romantic Christmas village in the Old AKH is also a popular meeting point during the season.

Not too many European cities have such a rich gay history as the Austrian capital. You can get up-to-the-minute information on the Facebook page “Gayfriendly Vienna”.

Christmas in Europe is a time for elaborate pastries, for lyrical midnight masses in Gothic churches, and for the upholding of quirky local traditions—in many countries, Christmas just isn’t complete without mischievous pixies (Copenhagen), kindly witches (Rome), treacherous demons (Salzburg), or an 8,000-pound fruitcake (Dresden)!

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Big Gay Party in Paris! The GAY Marvellous Island Festival

 

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The biggest Outdoor and Indoor Festival of Paris is back!!! for a second edition full of surprises!

Like last year the full saturday will be dedicate to the Gay community! United for an unique and impressive « all day and night » event, some of the most important promoters of the gay scene will rock the Marvelous Island Festival and go crazy on stage with performance, Incredible 3D light effects, mapping giant structures, a fairy tale deco, a fantastic sound system in all the rooms/scenes and of course a BIG CRAZY LINE-UP to satisfy your thirst of dancing… from 5 p.m to 6 a.m … and all this in a Marvelous real Island in Paris !

Le plus grand festival outdoor et indoor de Paris est de retour pour une seconde édition pleine de surprises!!!

Unis pour un impressionnant et inégalable événement, les plus gros promoteurs de la scène gay parisienne investissent le Marvellous Island Festival de 17h à 6h du matin! Des performances folles, un incroyable light show 3D, structures de mapping géantes, une déco hors du commun, un sound system à couper le souffle dans toutes les salles et, bien sûr, un LINE-UP EXPLOSIF pour étancher votre soif de clubbing … Le tout sur une véritable île à Paris !

 

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During the last year, WE Party has got a great expansion and recognition around the world. WE Party has done parties in most of the European and American cities, taking up residence in the main cities. Besides, WE Party has been in the most important clubs such as MANSION in Miami, PACHA in New York, USHUAÏA and SPACE in Ibiza, CORONET in London, MIX and THE MACHINE DU MOULIN ROUGE in Paris, RAZZMATAZZ in Barcelona, MUCCASSASSINA in Rome, MAGAZZINI in Milan and LA RIVIERA in Madrid among many others.

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Slovenia is drawing UK LGBT Honeymooners

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Slovenia is among the most wanted wedding and honeymoon destinations for British gays and lesbians – that’s the message from Attitude magazine ahead of same sex marriage being legalized in England and Wales.

Slovenia lies in the heart of Europe, where the Alps meet the Mediterranean and the Pannonian Plain meets the Karst. This small green country measures 20,273 km2 in area, and is home to sincere, hospitable people of great diligence.

As the rainbow flag is raised over Whitehall this weekend to mark the country’s first same-sex marriage ceremonies, English and Welsh gay couples are set to tie the knot from Saturday.  And with the arrival of gay marriage, attention now turns to the best locations for newlywed gay couples.

In the latest edition of the leading gay lifestyle magazine Attitude Slovenia was included among its 25 of the best and most exciting most romantic honeymoon destinations, while capital Ljubljana was named as one of the world’s most beautiful capitals.

Slovenian luxury inbound operator – Imperial Luxury Travel Solutions has seized the moment with a tourist package targeting gay and lesbian couples calledPinkWeek.eu, which was successfully launched recently in London and Berlin (ITB 2014).
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The first ever Slovenian tourist package for gays and lesbians and their friends will take place from 4th and 11th May 2014 at various Slovenian tourist spots. PinkWeek.eu guests will have an opportunity to explore Slovenia through several prepared packages and even choose their ideal wedding location. As a part of the programme, Imperial Luxury Travel Solutions will organise on 10th of MayEurosong 2014 themed gala dinner at Ljubljana Castle for guests, visiting LGBT media and PinkWeek.eu partners.

 

– See more at: http://www.travpr.com/pr-28622-slovenia-a-perfect-destination.html#sthash.x0BaaRIw.dpuf

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Ukrainians Seek Freedom – Please Share

 

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Ongoing protests known as the Euromaidan have been taking place in Ukraine, with protestors demanding an end to the Ukrainian dictatorship and closer integration with the European Union. This month, clashes between protestors and the government have steeply intensified, and yesterday at least 26 people were killed. The goverment is beating people, calling them “extremists”. All they want is freedom!

The Ukraine also wants to adopt Russia’s rules against gay people.

We want to be free from the politicians who work only for themselves, who are ready to shoot, to beat, to injure people, just for saving their money, just for saving their houses, just to saving their power.

I want these people who are here, who have dignity, who are brave, I want them to lead a normal life. We are civilized people, but our government are barbarians. That’s not a soviet union. We want our courts not to be corrupted. We want to be free.

 

Interspersed with still images and video footage of the violent clashes between protestors and police in Kiev, a young thin white woman, speaking in accented English, speaks directly to the camera.       PLEASE SHARE THIS VIDEO!

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The Savoys Beaufort Bar London

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The best thing about travel for me, is seeing new and beautiful buildings and design.

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If you’re seeking hardcore glamour, you’ll find Deco joy at The Savoy Hotel.

Since it’s major renovation you now have a choice of two shiny bars: American Bar and the Beaufort Bar.(pictured)

A £220 million project in 2012  made sure every corner of the hotel  was restored and refurbished.

Beaufort bar incorporates the hotel’s former cabaret stage (graced by the likes of George Gershwin and Carol Gibbons) as the centrepiece to a theatrical, art deco space, with sumptuous black velvet furnishings and £40,000 of gold leaf on the walls.

Romantic couples might like to opt for the Gilded Cage – two glasses literally served in a bird cage, and containing vodka, mandarin liqueur, yellow Chartreuse, fresh passion fruit and mango with pomegranate foam (£25 per couple) – while groups will be tempted by the four-person champagne punches with names like the Garden Party, Rhapsody in Blue and the Cat’s Meow, served in absinthe fountains and costing £40.
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Have a Pink Christmas in Stockholm

Stockholm
has an excellent reputation among international LGBT travelers, and has
been ranked in the past few years as one of the world’s gay-friendliest
destinations.
In conjunction with Pink Christmas Week
in Stockholm, Stockholm Visitors Board and Visit Sweden will be focusing
on a social media contest to attract more international LGBT travelers
to Stockholm.

“Pink
Christmas is an annual highlight in Stockholm, with a number of
Christmas events. We hope to use the campaign ‘A Pink Christmas’ to
highlight the fact that Stockholm has tons to offer gay and lesbian
travelers during the Christmas season, too,” says Christina
Guggenberger, project manager of the Stockholm Gay & Lesbian Network
in Stockholm Visitors Board.

The Pink Christmas campaign can be found at facebook.com/gaylesbianstockholm
and is based on a contest in which the prize is a trip to Stockholm.
With themes such as Charge, Refresh and Recharge, the city hopes to
feature how Stockholm’s offering can fulfill dreams of travel. The
contest will take place over the three-week period from October 29–November 19, 2013.

URL: www.visitstockholm.com/pinkchristmas

Pink Christmas Week will be from December 9–15
in Stockholm, and is organized by Stockholm Gay Life. Over the course
of the week, there will be Christmas markets, concerts and pink
offerings at gay bars and clubs, as well as lectures and the Rainbow
Fund’s prize presentation. One of the highlights will be the crowning of
Lucia, followed by a “Pink Lucia” procession through parts of the city
ending up with a big party.

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The Love Lock bridge in Paris, Pont de l’Archeveche, is Collapsing

  

 PARISIANS can’t remember when it all began. At first, the appearance of
the locks was nearly imperceptible. Soon, though, they felt like a
statement. On some of the city’s most iconic bridges, thousands of
visitors left small padlocks, neatly attached to the metal railings.

Once discreet, doing their deed at night, visitors soon acted in broad
daylight, in pairs, photographing each other in front of their locks,
and videotaping the throwing of the keys into the Seine. The Paris town
hall expressed concern: what about the architectural integrity of the
Parisian landscape? One night about two years ago, someone cut through
the wires and removed all the locks on one of the bridges. But in just a
few months, locks of all sizes and colors reappeared, more conspicuous than ever.        

The public displays of affection have unchained loathing among
coldhearted locals. Some gripe that the locks are no better than
graffiti, defacing the city’s landmarks. Rust and pollution are
concerns, too. Think of the keys littered on the bottom of the Seine
“with cars and cadavers,” says
Sylvain Louradour,
a baby sitter who lives near the Pont des Arts.

True, the locks are causing major damage to Paris’ bridges that
are literally cripping under the weight of all our love. The thousands
of padlocks that coat the bridge have authorities saying that there is
risk of a “fatal accident.” According to Forbes:
“The situation in Paris has become more critical, though, and according
to local newspapers, the Paris Council worries that so many padlocks
have been snapped on the Pont des Arts that the railings risk crumbling
under the weight and crashing into the river. The scenario some of them
fear is not only of people tumbling into the river along with the
railings but of the heavy metal enclosures landing on passengers on the
many tourist boats that ply the river under the bridge.”

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Gay Games 2014 in Cleveland – and 2018 in Paris

the 2014 Gay Games will be presented by the Cleveland Foundation…one of the
biggest sports and cultural festivals in the world comes to the United
States 9-16 August 2014.

Cleveland+Akron, Ohio, expects to welcome more than 10,000
participants from more than 65 countries. The 2014 Gay Games is about
fun, games and culture too. The founding principles of Participation,
Inclusion and Personal Best mean the Games are open to everybody
regardless of sexual orientation, gender, transgender status, religion,
nationality, political convictions, age, physical condition or athletic
ability. Register, volunteer, donate or simply sign up for the e-newsletter.

Then in 2018 –  PARIS  won the bid for the Gay Games 10. Organizers report:

The international delegates and board of
directors of the Federation of Gay Games voted at the end of a three-day
meeting featuring site inspection reports, question-and-answer
sessions, committee reviews and, a highlight of the event, the oral
presentation by each bidding organization. This meeting was held in
Cleveland, host with Akron, of the 2014 Gay Games, presented by the
Cleveland Foundation next year from 9-16 August.

David Killian, co-chair of the FGG Site Selection Committee, noted some
factors that may have influenced voters in their choice: “The vote is
the result of dozens of individual choices, but some points stood out
for many voters. Paris proposed a wide range of sports in quality
venues, many of which offer good visibility for the event. French LGBT
sport organizations already have a great deal of experience hosting
international multisport tournaments, and their LGBT community presents
outstanding cultural events.

They are already well advanced in
planning, for example, with the designation of a dedicated sports
manager. They arrived with demonstrable political support, including
Minister for Sport Valerie Fourneyron and five-time Olympic fencing
medalist Laura Flessel, who were part of the presentation team. And of
course Paris is a great destination to visit or revisit.”

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Why Should You Use a Travel Agent?

 When the internet exploded, many travelers went out on their own, searching, looking for deals and bargains, booking things themselves – I never understood that. Why would I want to spend HOURS doing all the work – when a travel professional probably knows most of the answers!

  They know what deals are happening – they know how you can save money –  there  are over 100  REASONS to use a travel agent –

here are just a few…..

 Convenient One-Stop Shopping
Travel agents can
handle every aspect of your trip from airline tickets to lodging,
ground transportation, activities, tours and more.

 Consumer Advocate
If you should have a problem during your trip, travel agents can act on your behalf to see that proper restitution’s are made.

Expert Guidance
Travel
agents are experts in helping travelers get where they need to go and
in helping to create possibilities most people never would have dreamed
were possible.

 Save Time
Avoid the headaches and let the travel agents call around and do all the time consuming work of planning a complex itinerary. 

 Choice
Travel
agents offer you an array of options and price quotes from a variety of
travel suppliers, giving you the upper hand when making your final
travel decisions. 

Less Stress
Planning a trip
can be stressful. There are so many options and details to worry about.
Travel agents do the work, resulting in less stress for you. 

 Updated Information
Travel
agents are constantly communicating with the travel community, thus
giving you the most up to date info on airlines, hotels, car rental
agencies, travel visas, and other travel services to consider as you
plan your trip. 

Customer Service
Travel
agents offer that “personal touch” to your travel planning experience-
Offering help and advice that a website cannot provide.

 Travel Expertise
Many travel agents are
considered experts in the area you are traveling to and have probably
already been to your chosen destination.

 Best Value for Your Money Spent
Travel
agents can help you to make your dollars go farther while you are
away.  They have access to finding all sorts of deals ranging from
flights to hotels to dinner recommendations. 

 
 Location, Location, Location!!!!
Travel
Specialists can help you to find a place to stay pretty much anywhere
you desire.  If it’s a hotel with a view of the ocean in Hawaii or a
jungle hut in the Nilgiri foothills, a travel agent can help you make it
happen. 

 Knowledge of All the Ins and Outs
Travel specialists can help bring you up to speed on the local laws and regulations of wherever your travels take you. 

 Avoid International Flight Confusion
Travel specialists can help organize those confusing international flights that internet search engines don’t cover.

  Personalized Trips
A travel agent can prepare you a personalized trip based on where you want to go and what you want to do.  

 Where to Go to Avoid Kids
Want
to go somewhere without children running all over the place? A travel
agent can help you to find excellent retreats that are open to adults
only. 

Local Traditions 
Travel
specialists can update you on all local traditions and customs of
places you are visiting, so you make a good impression. For example, in
Japan many people expect their visitors to take their shoes off before
entering their homes. 

 Complicated Itineraries Made Simple
Travel
experts can take care of all the details for those complicated around
the world itineraries and all the extra headaches that go with them,
such as hotel and transportation along the way. 


 Special Deals Worked Out in Advance – Travel
agents may have a relationship with certain tour operators and could be
able to get you a special price that might not otherwise be available. 

 Difference in Days to Save Money
Instead
of playing around with dates on the internet for hours, your travel
agent can advise you on any changes to your travel dates that might save
you hundreds of dollars.

 Staying In-the-Know of Daily Promotions
Travel agents get emails and faxes of daily money saving promotions. 


 They Are Considered Travel Experts and Specialists – Wouldn’t you rather have a travel expert plan your trip rather than a pre-programmed website? 

 It just Makes Sense to Use a Travel Agent. 
 They’re Out There… Use Them
Why do the work if someone else like a travel specialist can.  

 Travel Agents Must Be Doing Something Right.  They Sure Have a lot of Business 

Travel
agents still sell 51 percent of all airline tickets, 87 percent of all
cruises, 81 percent of all tours and packages, 45 percent of all car
rentals and about 47 percent of all hotels. 

 It Makes Traveling Easy
Once you find a good travel agent, your dream vacation is just a phone call away. 

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Gay Travel in Vienna

Vienna is the undisputed capital of
gay and lesbian life in Austria. Of Vienna’s 1.7 million inhabitants, an
estimated 170,000 of them are gay or lesbian. Both in the past and in the
present, gays and lesbians have managed to play a prominent role in public life
and in the media.

Gay Generals and Imperial Love

The legendary warrior
Prince Eugene of Savoy (1663-1736) is probably the most prominent homosexual in
Austrian history. But it wasn’t just on the battlefield that he was surrounded
exclusively by men; in private, he was said to prefer intimate relations with
members of his own sex.  Eugene built his
career and expanded his power base during the reigns of three emperors, and his
strong influence on Vienna remains visible to this day. His summer palace,
Schloss Belvedere, is an impressive baroque edifice which houses paintings from
the Middle Ages to the present day, including a multitude of works by numerous
Austrian artists of the modern period (Klimt, Schiele, Kokoschka).

The last emperor
served by Prince Eugene, Charles VI (the father of Maria Theresa), is said to
have had an intimate relationship with Count Michael Johann Althan III, one of
the few members of the introverted and eccentric monarch’s inner circle. When
Althan died in 1722, the grieving emperor recalled that they had “loved each
other intimately 19 years long, in true friendship.” Under Charles’ reign,
Vienna flourished, the Church of St. Charles Borromeo (Karlskirche) was built,
Schönbrunn Palace and the Hofburg were enlarged, and numerous grandiose baroque
structures were designed by the most prominent architects of the day, Fischer
von Erlach (the elder and the younger) and Lukas von Hildebrandt.

The 19th Century

Somewhat more than
100 years later, in the second half of the 19th century, it was once again time
for frenetic building activity. During this period, Vienna grew to exceed a
million inhabitants and Emperor Franz Joseph ordered the construction of the
Ringstrasse, Vienna’s most glorious boulevard. The tragic end met by the
architects of the world-famous Vienna State Opera had to do both with the
Ringstrasse, the building itself and with their homosexuality. The gay
architect couple Eduard van der Nüll (1812-1868) and August Sicard von
Sicardsburg (1813-1868) began construction of the opera house before the street
level of the Ringstrasse had been officially established – with the fateful
consequence that the street ended up being one meter higher than they had
expected. The result, visible to this day, was that the State Opera turned out
a bit too low-slung, with the front ramps a little too short. Following open
public criticism of the architects’ error in judgment – to which Emperor
Francis Joseph supposedly added his voice – van der Nüll, who was depression-prone
to begin with, took his life on April 3, 1868. Barely ten weeks later,
Sicardsburg – his heart surely broken – followed him in death.

Today’s Scene

The center of the
gay and lesbian scene is the Rosa-Lila-Villa on Linke Wienzeile. Known locally
simply as “Villa”, it first opened its doors in 1982 and was run by a dedicated
a handful of Viennese gays and lesbians. Today, numerous gay, lesbian, and gay
and lesbian organizations are headquartered here. Services include information
and advice. In the foyer of the building tourists and locals alike can browse
flyers, magazines and announcements of gay and lesbian life in the city. Café
Willendorf on the ground floor of this gay and lesbian institution is a
pleasant place to while away the hours in a great atmosphere, enjoy one of the
many vegetarian dishes on the menu or sit at the central bar.

The lion’s share of
gay and lesbian hangouts is situated near the Rosa-Lila-Villa, along Linke
Wienzeile and Rechte Wienzeile. Friends meet at the time-honored Café Savoy for
a “Melange” coffee or a “G’Spritzter” particularly at the weekend or after a
trip to the nearby Naschmarkt; young gays up for cocktails go to the Mango Bar.
Felixx is an upmarket alternative on the gay café and bar circuit. At Village
Bar gays get together with friends of all ages to savor the easy going
atmosphere. During the daytime, Café Berg with its adjoining gay and lesbian
bookshop Löwenherz is a popular place to meet. The doors of the
well-established Eagle Bar Vienna and the modern, exceptionally appointed Sling
are open until deep in the night for the late night crowd.

Alongside Café
Willendorf at the Rosa-Lila-Villa, there are several restaurants nearby
offering fine food to their gay and lesbian guests. For years now, Motto has stood out from the
masses as a perennially popular haunt where a particularly wealthy and
attractive clientele can meet up. The chic interior is only outshone by the exceptionally
good-looking staff, who count an as then unknown Helmut Lang among their alumni.
Jude Law is a recent A-list patron. Operator Bernd Schlacher’s burgeoning
restaurant and catering empire now includes such luminaries as Kunsthallencafé,
Halle im MuseumsQuartier and thespectacular Motto am Fluss inside the Wien-City
boat terminal on the Danube Canal. All of the restaurants and bars have one
thing in common: every single one is an out-and-out hit with gay men.

Gugg, another star of
the new crop, is the club restaurant of the highly politically active Hosi Wien.
Alongside group meetings and get-togethers it also runs a café where visitors
can meet qualified contacts in a relaxed setting during advertised opening
hours. The first district’s Santo Spirito is one of a kind, and undeniably one
of Vienna’s most distinctive establishments. Its gay and heterosexual clientele
are treated to unforgettable evenings of good food and exquisite wines, all set
to a background of classical music.

Hard On, the Leather
& Motorbike Community Vienna (LMC, est. 1985) created a new bar after
leaving [lo:sch] in 2009. It quickly established itself as a popular haunt on
the Vienna gay fetish scene and is the location for Wien in Schwarz (Vienna in
black) – an international event which has already become a permanent fixture on
the scene – as well as the newer sister event Vienna Fetish Spring. The leather
and fetish bar known for many years as [lo:sch] has been run by the Association
of Motorbike & Leatherwear Friends Austria (MLF) as Club-Losch since 2009.
Club-Losch has its very own club catering to all preferences and hosting
frequent events.

Anyone who prefers to
meet the like-minded out of doors during the summer months can – by day – head
for the nude area in the “Toter Grund” section of the Danube Island, a
recreational area very popular among the Viennese, and – in the evening –
venture a walk through Rathauspark. And it’s not just during the cold winter
months that the Kaiserbründl mens’ sauna (a listed oriental bathhouse) and the
Sportsauna, which is popular with younger people, keep the steam turned up for
hot and sweaty action. Anyone who likes letting their hair down should check
out the monthly parties at the Sargfabrik. Since 1997 the bathhouse there has
been a popular venue for gay men. It is geared towards men looking for a place
to relax, and who find the classic gay sauna too sex-oriented. The ideal
location for gay men who like to go to the sauna, for a sauna.

Party, Party

Why Not, a popular inner
city disco which has occupied the same location for more than 30 years is a
true pioneer of Vienna’s gay dance club scene – and is still full to bursting
on a regular basis. Known locally simply as “Not”, these popular Friday and
Saturday night parties belt out all the classic gay anthems in a set list rich
with hit tunes from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and present day.

Fronted by Vienna’s
best known drag queen, Miss Candy, for over 20 years now, Heaven is an absolute
institution on the city’s club circuit. The Heaven brand’s packed agenda
includes weekly club nights, monthly mega events and of course the Rosenball at
Palais Auersberg which is held on the same night as the world-famous Opera Ball.
Although not really a ball if you go by the strictest definition of the word, the
Rosenball is a red letter day on the capital’s party scene, providing gay and
lesbian party people with a queer alternative to its more conservative
counterpart. Every now and again Miss Candy and her team take the Heaven parties
back on to the stage at one of the city’s numerous clubs.

G.Spot takes place
on the first Friday of the month, and is geared mainly to lesbians but is also
open to gays. The music program features alternating musical themes such as
Electronic, Tribal and Techno, providing welcome relief from the
run-of-the-mill gay and lesbian disco fare. At queer:beat gays, lesbians and
friends can dance away to indie rock, electronic and chart music. Four DJs on
two dance floors pump up the sound for the young, dance-addicted guest joined
by optical treats in the shape of visual artists. Up! at lutz – der club brings
North American big city music to the Austrian capital and is a great insider
tip. FMqueer is the brainchild of a group of music and culture loving gays and
lesbians who met at radio FM4 and now hold cool parties at irregular intervals
exactly to their own tastes.

Arena – a huge complex and familiar face on
Vienna’s club scene – plays host to The Circus every three months. Probably the
capital’s biggest gay night, it even attracts cross-border clubbers from neighboring
countries. The FSK organizers sporadically stage their event at Pratersauna,
one of Vienna’s most in-demand locations. This former sauna club in the Prater park
provides an interesting alternative to the capital’s city center locations,
particularly during the hot summer months. Both of these large-scale events
draw in the crowds with a mix of house and a smattering of pop and German
Schlager alternatives, all very easily accessible using the 24-hour weekend
underground service.

The OMG Society’s new location, Chaya Fuera,
brings with it an end to their invitation-only policy – a move which has been much
appreciation by gender-free, queer, gay, straight, and ‘whatever’ partygoers. Once
a month, DJs ensure party atmosphere into the early hours with premium club
house on the main and restroom floors, and in contrast to the newfound
openness, there’s also a men only area.

Amongst the movers
and shakers on the Vienna party scene, Pitbull – Bear & Butch Clubbing is
definitely one of the most exciting and promising nights. Once a month, “real
men” meet guys on the lookout for someone new at the Pi Club. The music is all
about heavy bass and the mood is heady. An absolute must, and not just for stout
bearded men in plaid shirts.

Another well-established
recent addition is the Meat Market party series. The organizers pick the city’s
coolest locations for their parties which are aimed at clubbers that like to
dance long and hard. The Badeschiff, a converted barge moored on the Danube
Canal, is Meat Market’s venue of choice although it has been known to call in at
Volksgarten too from time to time. Genre: techno and electro.

The Lesbian Scene

Vienna’s lesbian
scene is significantly smaller than its gay scene, but here too there are
well-established offerings. A popular fixture since 1977 is the Frauencafé.
Founded in the 1970s by a feminist collective and then lovingly and faithfully
managed by a sole woman, this small but exclusive women only (transgender
welcome) café is now headed by a group of committed lesbians possessing plenty
of experience in the gastro and cultural scene. The Frauenzentrum Bar, known to
regulars simply as the “FZ”, complements Vienna’s female and lesbian bar
culture with recurring fests and events. Women wanting to hit the dance-floor
go to the Saturday disco at FZ where there is plenty of space to dance
(sparsely furnished) and a good atmosphere and music for minimal admission.
Despite the modern interior, lipstick lesbians may feel a little out of place
here.

One of the oldest
clubs of the scene is Café Willendorf in the Rosa Lila Villa which has become
especially popular with lesbians in recent years. It offers excellent cuisine
and in summer a cozy bar in the inner courtyards is an idyllic haven for guests,
but make sure you reserve in advance to avoid disappointment. Women’s parties
take place at irregular intervals – organized together with the counseling
center for lesbians located in the same building. Female patrons feel right at
home at Marea Alta, a friendly women’s bar in nearby Gumpendorfer Strasse. The
clientele is young and trendy, and the location is a real insider tip.

A perfect destination for party lovers is Las Chicas
Frauen Clubbings. The night has attracted a devoted fan community and is now
resident at S-Club Vienna. Run by women for women and their male and female
friends, Labr!s is a trendy  bar-cum-club
in Vienna’s seventeenth district which hosts special events such as karaoke and
club nights.
Other haunts not purely lesbian, but
nevertheless frequented particularly well by women, are club events g.Spot, FMQueer
and Café Berg.

Culture

Retaking its
prominent position on the gay and lesbian program after a break of a few years
is the Festwochen Schamloser Kultur (Shameless Entertainment Festival). Georgette
Dee, the Geschwister Pfister and Margaret Chou are amongst the array of
well-known artists on the lineup. The queer film festival identities
takes place every two years and enjoys a particularly strong following.
Centrally located cinemas combine to host a varied program alongside a packed
series of fringe events for the enjoyment of film fans.

All these themed
offerings shouldn’t, however, obscure the fact Vienna offers an immense range
of cultural, culinary and shopping experiences that aren’t specifically gay and
lesbian in character. The major cultural institutions, including the State
Opera, Burgtheater, Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Fine Arts, with its
newly opened Kunstkammer) Albertina, Belvedere, and the MuseumsQuartier vie for
visitors’ attention, as do the avant-garde offerings of small exhibitions and
cellar stages. Shopping on Kärntner Strasse and Graben has a homo-factor nearly
as high as that of Mariahilfer Strasse, which lies in close proximity to the
scene – and it goes without saying that openly gay and lesbian guests can feel
quite welcome at the city’s “normal” restaurants, inns and wine taverns.

Vienna Travel

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Prague Pride 2013 – Keep on Growing!

Prague Pride returns for year 3! It all started with a vision – Prague Pride Civic Association is a voluntary, non-governmental, non-political, non-profit organizations.
Its aims are mainly promoting tolerant civil society, the fight against
homophobia and increase public awareness of gay, lesbian, bisexual and
transgender community in the country.

The association was founded in 2010 and its main activity is organizing a warm human rights Prague Pride festival in August.  August 12-18, 2013  this year.

In just 2 years Prague Pride has grown into the
biggest LGBT festival of the former communist countries of central and eastern
Europe
, with 40.000 visitors in 2012. It has
shown that Prague is the most liberal capital of the region, so it was no
surprise when Lonely Planet listed Prague among the top 10 of friendliest
cities to gays and that Prague Pride has recently been listed among Europe’s 10
best prides on gaycities.com.
Prague
Pride is proud to act as an exemplary beacon of openness and tolerance for its
neighbours in the region.

Passport Magazine wrote, “Indeed, the rainbow people are now more visible than they’ve ever been
in picturesque Prague. The city’s first two LGBT Pride events in 2011
and 2012 have done wonders to turn what was previously a rather
scattered and underground gay community into a vibrant and cohesive
whole. “Before Pride 2011, there were basically just numerous bars and clubs concentrating only on their own businesses,” explains Prokopík, founder of a local tour operator, Prague4Gay.
“Alongside them were a few ‘islands’ of projects and organizations
struggling for recognition and support from the community. The
organizers of Prague Pride managed to bring them together. During Pride
the individual ‘islands’ merged into one community, recognizing and
supporting each other for the first time.”


Prague is very affordable since they still are NOT on the euro. 

Read more at passport.


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Gay Travel Tip! 5 Affordable Countries to visit NOW

5 AFFORDABLE COUNTRIES YOU SHOULD VISIT NOW!  Albania (pictured),  Bolivia, Vietnam, Iceland and Myanmar. 

As Albania is becoming more and more popular with Brits, so is property
buying.  Already many Brits have spotted the opportunity that Albania
has as an emerging tourism destination and as such many of them own
properties on the Albanian coastline that stretches for over 450
kilometres.

Albania has a rich history, and over 2000 archaeological sites to be
visited.  Albania has three important UNESCO protected sites that are
visited by many.

  • Gjirokastra is one of them, known as the stone city, built on top of
    the mountains with fascinating scenery and the dominant castle that
    overlooks the city.
  • Berat, known as the city of 1000 windows.  Also built on the side of
    the mountains, the characteristic buildings are the dominant feature of
    the city.
  • Butrinti, is an ancient site where Caesar retired after the
    successful battles.  The sites oversee the beautiful island of Corfu.

And the list goes on and on.

Vietnam for $10 day!  Can you believe that? You can get your lodging, food, alcohol, and even transportation for about $10 a day. That is just crazy!  As of 2012, the government is officially debating the issue of allowing
gay marriage and this open discussion is rippling through Vietnamese
society in a fundamental and positive way. From famous poets,
celebrities, and party leaders, gays have, of course, always been an
integral thread in the fabric of Vietnam.

Another cheap spot – Boliva. Eat, drink and have lots of fun for just a few dollars a day. Meals for  $3, and  hotels about
$30/night. Bolivia is a typical “macho” Latin American country where there is deep
rooted prejudice and homosexuality is never discussed. There is a very
small gay scene developing in Santa Cruz and La Paz though with a
greater focus on cruising in the city squares than bars or night clubs. One thing to keep in mind with Bolivia is that there are
reciprocal visa fees for Americans.

ICELAND . The gay scene in Iceland is small, but active and open. Gay and lesbian bars and clubs exist mostly in Iceland’s capital Reykjavík, but the northern branch in Akureyri is growing each year.

Iceland as a gay friendly destination has received great reviews from
visitors — it has landed on various top ten lists and received the “5
Pink Stars” rating by Diva magazine.   There’s never been a better time to go. Take advantage of Icelandair’s
stopover package and take in the glaciers, geysers and so much more. The
Eyjafjallajokull volcano has ignited a spark welcoming tourists to
explore this natural and romantic destination.

Rainbow Reykjavik is a new LGBT festival held in Reykjavik, Iceland
on Jan 30th – Feb 2nd 2014. The 3rd annual festival is a mix of
fascinating culture, amazing nature, fantastic music, great food and a
lot of fun.

Pink Iceland, the only tour operator in Iceland dedicated to LGBT
clientele has put together a fabulous program with the best Reykjavik
and its surroundings has to offer. Pink Iceland’s partners are either
gay owned, gay operated or gay friendly and with a great cooperation of
this Icelandic velvet mafia we hope to make your stay unforgettable.

If you want to experience a part of Asia that simply isn’t seen by most
outsiders right now, head to Myanmar. Because of the small amount of
tourism that the area currently sees, it is a very cheap area to visit.  Myanmarseems frozen in time, but expect everything to change rapidly as the
country opens. You can still see Asian daily life here as it existed
more than a century ago. Almost everywhere you visit is going to be
safe. You must take shoes off at all sacred s, so consider easily
removable footwear (and a wet towel to clean feet).

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Gay Travel to Europe is more affordable than ever with airberlin

EUROPE! Great Deals with AirBerlin.

 TODAY,
airberlin, Germany’s second largest airline, will launch a fare sale
that is too good to resist. Fares offered start as low as $729*
including all taxes
and surcharges
for travel for example from New York to some of Europe’s
most fascinating destinations like Krakow or Warsaw, Poland. 

The sale
kicks off on May 22
nd and runs through June 4th.
In this period airberlin offers sale fares
not only from New York but also from its other US gateways such as
Chicago to Copenhagen from $799*, Miami to Zurich from $859* and Los
Angeles to Vienna from $849*. Other destinations featured in the sale
include Barcelona, Berlin, Dusseldorf, Milan and Rome.
From the airberlin gateways New York, Chicago and Miami the fares are
valid for travel from August 16
th, 2013 through December 13th, 2013 and from Los Angeles from August 16th through October 29th, 2013.

In
addition to airberlin’s great fares guests will also enjoy newly
refurbished economy and business class cabins featuring on-demand
entertainment systems, complimentary beverage service
throughout the entire flight and superior culinary selections.

To book visit airberlin.com, contact the call center at 1-866-266-5588 or your travel agent. 

*Fares
quoted are samples fares based on round trip travel and prices
vary depending on dates of travel and final destinations. Additional
service charges apply such as booking through the call center or online.
Fares are based on limited availability.

airberlin
is one of Europe’s leading airlines and flies to 150 destinations in 40
countries. The second largest airline in Germany carried
more than 33 million passengers in 2012. airberlin offers a global
route network through its strategic partnership with Etihad Airways,
which is a 29.21 per cent stakeholder, and membership in the
oneworld airline alliance. The airline with the award-winning
service operates codeshare flights worldwide with 14 airlines. The fleet
has an average age of five years and is among the most modern and
eco-efficient in Europe.

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Gay Hate Crimes on the Rise in Paris France

Gay Travel Warning – Paris may be the city of love – but not gay love. Even though France recently signed a bill for Marriage Equality – gay hate crimes and hate speech are on the rise. 

How does someone have that much hate – to inflict pain – or death – to another human being? Why can’t people just let people be?
Assaults on members of the gay community and incidents of
homophobic hate speech have risen sharply in France over the last year,
according to the annual report by a leading gay rights group, released
on Tuesday.

  Attacks on gay women and men and homophobic speech spiked last year
in the run-up to the French parliament’s approval of a bill
allowing same-sex couples to marry and adopt children, said a leading
gay rights watchdog on Tuesday.

In its annual report, SOS
Homophobie said it recorded 1,977 calls on its helpline in 2012, a 27
percent increase over the previous year.

The group’s head,
Elisabeth Ronzier, said the last few months of 2012 and the start of
this year were “intense,” with hate speech increasing
sharply, especially on the Internet.

She said incidents had doubled in October and November when compared to the previous year, and tripled in December. Read more. 

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Gay Weddings is Paris – The Most Romantic Place on Earth

Some say Paris is the most romantic city in the world! Now, GAYS and LESBIANS  can get married there too!

Netherlands said Yes! – 2001
Belgium said Yes! – 2003
Canada said Yes! – 2005
Spain said Yes! – 2005
South Africa said Yes! – 2006
Norway said Yes! – 2008
Sweden said Yes! – 2009
Portugal said Yes! – 2010
Iceland said Yes! – 2010
Argentina said Yes! – 2010
Brazil said Yes! – 2011
Denmark said Yes! – 2012
Uruguay said Yes! – 2013
New Zealand said Yes! – 2013

TODAY, TUESDAY, APRIL 23th, 2013,
FRANCE SAID OUI OUI!!!


ABC reports  – France legalized gay marriage on Tuesday after a wrenching national
debate that has exposed deep conservatism in the nation’s heartland and
triggered huge protests that tapped into deep discontent with the
Socialist government.

Legions of officers with water cannon braced outside the National
Assembly for violence that had not come by late evening. The protests
against the measure included thousands but were peaceful. Other
gatherings were simply celebrations.

But it was an issue that galvanized the country’s faltering right, which
had been decimated by infighting and their election loss to President
Francois Hollande.

The measure passed easily in the Socialist-majority Assembly, 331-225,
just minutes after the president of the legislative body expelled a
disruptive protester in pink, the color adopted by French opponents of
gay marriage.   read more.

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VIENNA Wants Some Gay Travel Dollars

VIENNA is joining the growing list of  European cities, trying to woo the gay travel dollar. 

City authorities in Vienna this month released
a review of the Austrian capital’s gay and lesbian tourism strategy,
deciding to focus on travelers interested in music, culture and history
— and with money to spend.

The
review followed a study among gay and lesbian travelers from outside of
Vienna that found their average household’s monthly net income was 385
euros ($500) higher than that of other tourists to Vienna.


Clemens Koeltringer, marketing
analyst from the Vienna Tourists Board, said this target group was
“high profile, luxury customers who go to the opera and enjoy very good
food”.

“Vienna is not a Mykonos, it
must not be,” Koeltringer told Reuters, referring to the Greek party
destination. “This is the main reason we are differentiating ourselves.”

Read more at Reuters

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