OCT
20
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Val d'Aran: Picture Perfect

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Summer of 2020 will be remembered for the travel plans that didn't happen and the limitations imposed on free movements, which made many destinations simply out of reach. However it will also be remembered as the summer in which many of us, me included, had a chance to travel more locally, perhaps to places we wouldn't have otherwise travelled to. ...
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OCT
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Jean Cocteau: under the sun of the 'Côte d'Azur'

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For many years and still today, France's Côte d'Azur has been a playground and inspiration for many artists, who came here lured not just by its mild climate and beautiful landscapes, but also for a tolerant and free environment. Modigliani, Matisse, Picasso, Chagall, Renoir all lived here for a reason as well as philosophers and writers, often esc...
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OCT
13
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San Francisco – In the footsteps of the ‘Tales’

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We have the privilege of living in a more accepting world these days. Even though this progress is uneven and incomplete, even in westernised countries we must not lose track of our history and culture – of what led us to the point where we are now. And we need to remind us of that past, in order to properly fight against those who are looking at r...
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OCT
05
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A beach day in Barcelona

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Most large mediterranean cities are not particularly famous for their beaches. Often they have large and busy harbours that partly close the natural flow of these cities towards the sea. With the harbours often come the factories, the passengers and goods wharves, the storage facilities, so in the end in many cases the sea remains perhaps visible, ...
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OCT
01
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Heroes: Bowie's Berlin

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It is often said that there is more than one side to a single history. What one person may describe in a particular way, could be defined quite differently by another. And it isn't a case of one of the two versions negating or contradicting each other, but rather two perfectly valid cases.  As every city, Berlin has its own history, made by th...
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SEP
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La Criolla, Barcelona's 'Eldorado'

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In the late 1920s and early 1930s Berlin became for a relatively brief period of time a beacon for LGBT culture. That history, narrated in many books by Christopher Isherwood and translated into a Hollywood movie (Cabaret, 1972) and TV series (Babylon Berlin, 2018), is well known and represents a short window of relative tolerance quickly closed by...
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Venice, without the crowds

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Venice can be an overwhelming destination, especially for those who choose to visit during the high season. Crowds of tourists can make the narrow alleys quite claustrophobic and the heat during the summer months can make visitors quite uncomfortable. In the recent years many have criticised the huge flow of tourists who just stay few hours in the ...
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A summer in Sitges

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Another  summer is drawing to a close. The nights get longer and the skies more troublesome. Most importantly in Sitges, where I live, we go back to village life, with the streets reverting to their usual aspect. There are still a few tourists around, but they seem to be of the quiet kind, those who come for a bit of peace and late sun, rather...
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MAR
02
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How to make the most of… Florence

How to make the most of… Florence
I have a picture of my grandparents posing for a photo in Florence's Piazzale Michelangelo, in the late 1930s, when they visited during their honeymoon. The breath-taking panorama of the Tuscan city is pretty much the same today as it was then. There you see in the background the trademarks of Florence: Duomo's enormous cupola, Giotto's bell tower ...
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FEB
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A strange tale of gay weddings in Renaissance Rome

A strange tale of gay weddings in Renaissance Rome
There is a lot of discussion about same-sex marriages in churches. Some protestant congregations have started opening their doors to LGBT people intending to marry, though there appears to be a very long way to go before we see two guys or two ladies tie the knot in a Catholic church. And yet, not many know that gay marriages in Catholic churches d...
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05
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Discovering Turin

Discovering Turin
Turin, the capital of the Piedmont region in the northwestern corner of Italy, has enjoyed a brief moment basking in the international spotlight when it hosted the winter Olympics in 2006. But as often happens with these large events, the glory dims almost as quickly as the ritual flame is extinguished and the circus moves on. As the weeds grow on ...
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JAN
16
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Tenerife, Re-visited...

Tenerife, Re-visited...
It's often a bit cliché to say that a certain island is a ' continent in miniature ', but in the case of Tenerife, which I re-visited recently with my husband, it would actually be more correct to say that it's a ' universe in miniature ' . And whilst it may not be as popular as Gran Canaria as a gay destination – someone said to me that Tenerife i...
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DEC
21
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Bratislava: A Different Perspective

Bratislava: A Different Perspective
At only a handful of kilometres from Vienna, just down the Old Blue Danube, the city of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia may not be such an obvious choice for a visit. Almost obscured by its three closest neighbouring cities – Vienna, Prague and Budapest, Bratislava is an interesting choice for those who want to have a go at discovering one of t...
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DEC
12
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Six Viennese Gay Stories

Six Viennese Gay Stories
Vienna is a city with an incredibly rich history. Wandering around its street, admiring its lavish palaces and buildings, breathing in its Imperial grandeur is simply extraordinary. And whilst Vienna today is a forward-thinking, open and tolerant city, even in the past it has been home to a few prominent gay historical characters. Below a...
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OCT
22
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There's No Place Like Home...

There's No Place Like Home...
​ I am going to state the obvious: gays love interior design. There has always been a close connection between queer guys and the desire to beautify and refine homes. Maybe because we, gays love surrounding ourselves with nice things and enjoying life to the max. Maybe because we have an innate sense of beauty. Or, most likely, all of the above. Wh...
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OCT
08
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What's new in... Benidorm

What's new in... Benidorm
From a fishing village to a sprawling city with a skyline that rivals Hong Kong, perhaps one of the most enduring examples of how the package holiday business has changed not just Spain, but the whole of the Med. Benidorm has a particular reputation. Its fame is for being rather cheap and trashy; one of the main destinations for a certain...
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Bletchley: A Journey into Alan Turing's World

Bletchley: A Journey into Alan Turing's World
​It took me a very long time to finally visit Bletchley Park, home of the WWII code-breakers, so brilliantly brought back to life in the 2014 film 'The Imitation Game'. Though the film was criticised for being a somewhat inaccurate portrayal of the reality, it was highly commended for bringing the work and the plight of gay mathematician Alan Turin...
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The Gay Weekender: Vienna

The Gay Weekender: Vienna
Vienna is one of Europe's most majestic cities, crafted to be the monumental capital of a wealthy and powerful empire that once stretched throughout the middle of the continent and then quickly disappeared after the First World War. Wandering through its grand boulevards and rich buildings you can still feel the echoes of this grand past and rather...
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AUG
28

Tangier. LGBT Playground of the Artists

Tangier. LGBT Playground of the Artists
Over the last couple of years a series of news headlines brought to the attention of the general public the increasing difficulties encountered by the LGBT community in Morocco. In 2014 Ray Cole, a British man was arrested in Marrakech together with his young Moroccan lover on suspicion of 'homosexual acts'. Cole later received a four months senten...
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AUG
23
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Amsterdam Pride

Amsterdam Pride
What makes a Gay Pride really memorable? There are literally thousands of events in Europe alone, in itself a great sign of visibility and increased tolerance. All of them are different and worthy of attendance. All are also extremely important for the local LGBT communities. And yet, if one had to make a list what would be the most outstanding eve...
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