Author Archives: Ken Porpora

By @ 08/07/14 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Thailand, Travel

bangkok1967If you can believe it, this is Bangkok. No flashing lights. No endless skyline. No chaos and congested traffic. This photo of Bangkok was taken in 1967, just shy of 50 years ago. In the background, you see The Democracy Monument, built in 1939 at a major traffic circle in Bangkok. There’s quite a bit more traffic these days, to say the least. (And we love the three-wheel samlor that no longer exist on the streets!)

The photo is makes us nostalgic for Bangkok, where our editor-in-chief Ed Salvato recently visited, and where we’ve always had a special relationship. It is a city that’s become one of the largest and most populated in the world. Its meteoric rise to the top of desired travel destinations is one of many reasons why we dedicated our summer issue to the great Southeast Asian country.

In our issue, we cover Bangkok along with Phuket, Koh Samui, Koh Phi Phi, Chiang Mai, and Chiang Rai. Click here to subscribe for our latest issue, on digital newsstands now!

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By @ 08/07/14 in Ed Salvato, Gay pride, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Montreal, Travel

montrealprideWe love Montreal (and our Editor-in-Chief Ed Salvato just returned!). It’s the most European of all North American cities, the gay centerpiece of Canada, and a personal favorite of ours. In a few days, on August 11, gay pride kicks off featuring more than 80 events and parties. The events concludes on the 18th with one of the world’s best pride parades.

Visitors can expect sightings of the two international Grand Marshals, LGBT human rights activist Peter Tatchell, and Boban Stojanović, LGBT activist from Serbia and organizer of Belgrade Pride. Four hot “out” Olympic athletes from Sochi will also make guest appearances.
Montreal is a city of hidden treasures and secrets, and you can read all of our extensive coverage in our April 2013 issue by subscribing here!



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By @ 08/06/14 in Edinburgh, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

SONY DSCThe larger-than-life,one-of-a-kind, international theater festival of Edinburgh begins tomorrow, and gays (and a few straight people…) will descend upon the city for one of the world’s truly special festivals. For three weeks, the best of the best from the theater world will put of free shows around the medieval city, celebrating art and culture – groups from New York, London, Paris, Sydney, and Los Angeles, travel to put on both historic and unpublished shows. It is a remarkable event. The shows run through August 31.

We recently covered Edinburgh in all its glory in our June 2014 issue and you can read all of our insider tips by subscribing here!

 

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By @ 08/05/14 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

billgnetworkOur publisher Billy Kolber just touched down in Buenos Aires and will be a guest speaker at the GNetwork360 conference. The conference is a three-day business-to-business event that sees more than 1400 leaders from the gay community come together to share news and ideas. The event runs from August 6-8.

 

 

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By @ 08/04/14 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, San Francisco, Travel

blackbird-bar_originalJust before Market crosses with Church at the entrance of the Castro district, you’ll find a small, dark lounge with old newspaper on the walls, pool tables, and a bar crowded with cute gay boys (and some straight ones, too!) This is Blackbird, the best bar in San Francisco, straight-owned but the gay patronage is strong. It’s not technically a gay bar but it’s where you’ll find the city’s cutest gay boys, cute bartenders, and a great cocktail list. If you’re dining out at Frances or Starbelly and you have 30 minutes to kill, stroll down Market and waste your time here.

We covered San Francisco in great detail in Nov. 2012. Click here to subscribe to read all of our insider tips about the great City by the Bay.

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By @ 08/02/14 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Thailand, Travel

Just in time for the sweltering August heat comes our super hot summertime guide! This special issue focuses on Thailand and is loaded with insider information about the urban insanity of Bangkok, the gorgeous beeches of Phuket and Krabi, the islands of Koh Phi Phi and Koh Samui, as well as the northern areas around Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. We also tackle six decadent hotels and resorts to make your idyllic Thailand honeymoon dreams come true.

And as always, the issue looks ahead to get you thinking about fall, which is right around the corner. Check out some of our favorite autumn events — from bucolic wine country retreats to bizarre Irish matchmaking.

Not a subscriber? You can change that in a few easy clicks here to get all our newest issue and all of our back issue full of insider tips from the world’s gay travel experts.

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By @ 08/01/14 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, South Africa, Travel

 

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In Cape Town, The Ellerman House is a classic Edwardian house refurbished to the highest aesthetic standards, sexy and elegant, and surrounded by nature and ocean. This hotel is all romance and sophistication with none of the pretense. A lovely staff will help you with everything, from serving you breakfast on your terrace overlooking Bantry Bay, to offering suggestions that allow you to enjoy the city. The hotel also has a wonderful private art gallery. This remains one of our favorite hotels of all time.

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By @ 07/31/14 in Israel, Jordan

 

petraAmidst all the violence and blame in the middle east right now, this essay by Peter Schwartz in response to Brian Eno captures our sadness at the intractability and inhumanity of the situation. Just last year, ManAboutWorld founder Billy Kolber traveled throughout Petra (above) while associate editor Kenny Porpora made his way through Israel (below.) We pray for peace and freedom.

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By @ 07/30/14 in Gay travel, Istanbul, Jason Slattery & Zack Gregus, ManAboutWorld, Travel, Zachary Gregus

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Our correspondents Jason Slattery & Zachary Gregus checked in with us from Istanbul with a fascinating report from one of the great cities of the world. It’s gayer than you think!

After having a full day to explore this fascinating city, we’ve come to the conclusion that it is truly a great place to visit. We started out our day by hiking up endless sets of stairs (including the famous “rainbow stairs”!) which eventually brought us to the well-known area of Taksim Square. Although this is the exact location of quite violent protests as recently as last year, there is none of that activity to be found now. We were quite surprised to find that this area of the city seems to be incredibly gay friendly.



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By @ 07/29/14 in Gay travel, London, ManAboutWorld, Travel

bottega-prelibatoOn a warm corner of Rivington Street in Shoreditch exists this quaint little Italian eatery called Prelibato Bottega. It’s a small brick interior of just a handful of tables, handmade pastas, and great wine; it is one of London’s best surprises and one we’ve unearthed after many years of traveling across the pond. We covered London in-depth in our July/August 2013 issue that you can read by subscribing here to get more of our insider tips.

 

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By @ 07/24/14 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, San Diego, Travel

balboaparkComic-Con officially begins in San Diego tomorrow and it got us thinking about ways to escape the hordes of Big Bang Theory fans for an afternoon before the real fun begins at night. We have an answer: the charms of Balboa Park are endless; acres and acres of museums, green verdant space, gardens and galleries, eateries, and cultural landmarks, to make it one of the world’s best massive parks. And it’s a favorite no matter what the season. In summer it’s perfect for a picnic (and even a wedding, though you’d be one of dozens on any given day) and at Christmas time it’s draped with lights and cheer.

We covered San Diego most recently in our June 2014 guide.

 

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By @ 07/22/14 in Buenos Aires, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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In Palermo SoHo, there’s a cobblestone stretch of Costa Rica street across from a verdant park, adjacent to boutique shops and down the block from a touristy square of nightlife. On the corner, you’ll see a small pink house called Bartola – the cutest damn brunch spot in all of BA. Inside is exposed brick, funky decor, cute gay waiters, freshly made fruit drinks, and delicious breakfast foods, pastries and coffee. This is the perfect way to kick off your morning before exploring BA’s most vibrant neighborhood.

We covered Buenos Aires and shared all of our secrets in our Dec. 2013 guide.

 

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By @ 07/22/14 in Berlin, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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Berghain is the best nightclub in Europe (and maybe the world,) a Berlin institution, known for parties that carry on well into the next day. Avoid the notoriously difficult door by going to Lab.oratory first, and getting a hand stamp that will allow you to skip the line. Popular Saturday night through Sunday and into Sunday night – the locals don’t show up until Sunday afternoon! It’s particularly popular for the fetish Snax Club party on the Saturday of Easter weekend. Be sure to dress the part, Berlin takes its dress codes very seriously.

We covered Berlin in our January 2013 guide! Don’t have a subscription? Click here and get access to all of our past (and present) insider coverage!

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By @ 07/21/14 in Gay travel, London, ManAboutWorld, Travel

40winksThis is 40 Winks, a non-conventional hotel (if you can even call it that…) in hip East London that has none of the homogeneity of amenities of a normal accommodation, and all of the wildcard style that makes it on of our favorite hidden gems. The hotel is just two rooms (and one large, shared bathroom) of rock & roll chic meets old-world Victorian pomp, and gives the feel of a personal home. There isn’t even a reception desk. It’s as if George Harrison or Jimmy Page have let you stay in their guesthouse for a few nights in the coolest part of town.  This is one of the coolest hotels in London, bar none.

We covered 40 Winks and all of London Town in our July/August 2013 issue. Click here to subscribe to get more of our insider tips and hidden favorites.

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By @ 07/21/14 in Gay travel, LA/West Hollywood, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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We’ve been dining around LA as of late and returned recently to one of the city’s best – AOC Wine Bar. Helmed by Suzanne Goin (who also runs the beloved Lucques on Melrose and Tavern out in Brentwood) this is the quintessential Los Angeles restaurant – ivy-laced mediterranean exterior, produce-rich California cuisine, cute bartenders. and an eclectic menu of tapas. We happened to be dining next to Christian Louboutin, just to add an extra splash of LA-ness to the experience.

We covered LA in-depth in our Dec. 2012 issue and will continue to post more of our insider tips from the City of Angeles.

 

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By @ 07/17/14 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Thailand, Travel

outthailandOUT Adventures is giving away the trip of lifetime over on their website and Facebook page!

Contestants can win a Grand Prize 10-Day luxury trip for two (including airfare!), or a 2nd place 7-day luxury hotel package. Enter now by clicking here and learning more about the contest. (All entries will receive a $100 travel voucher.) Winners will be announced August 16.

Keep an eye out for our in-depth, insider coverage of Thailand – including Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and the southern islands – in our next issues. Click here to subscribe!

 

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By @ 07/17/14 in Aaron Drake, CheckOut, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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By ManAboutWorld Correspondent Aaron Drake

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The slow pace of Wildcatter Ranch is a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. It’s a lovely spot for a romantic getaway or outdoor adventure destination or if you and your man like a little action (hey, we’re talking about archery or Skeet shooting!). While you can come to simply relax at the pool or spa, you’ll definitely want to partake in the activities here to get the full ranch experience.

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From $149 to $449 a night depending on room selection. Check the website for special getaway packages for two.



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By @ 07/16/14 in City Seen, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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You can’t know Andalusia without understanding its native dance flamenco.

The best place to learn about it is at this museum dedicated to this mesmerizing and sexy dance form, masterminded by and named for the renowned flamenco dancer, Cristina Hoyos who grew up nearby. Tucked into a side street of the popular, lively Alfalfa Street, home to much of Seville’s outdoor nightlife scene, the museum is housed in a gorgeous 18th-century casa de palacio (an opulent former private residence) which employs cutting-edge multimedia technology to tell the story of flamenco and its fascinating global influences (hand movements from India, hip swaying from the Caribbean, etc.) It depicts some of the great practitioners of this art form. Be absolutely sure to reserve tickets to a performance by some of the best artists in an intimate 80-seat venue.

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By @ 07/16/14 in Adam Groffman, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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Our correspondent Adam Groffman chimes in with some wise and worldly travel tips for gay boys everywhere. Check out Adam’s must-read blog here:

Traveling as a gay individual isn’t much different than traveling any other way. But sometimes there are special considerations to be made. In some countries you might receive funny looks when you’re a same-sex couple booking one bed in your hotel room. Those kinds of awkward situations can make or break a holiday. We all like to travel to relax when on a vacation. To make gay travel easier and more enjoyable, below are a few of my favorite travel tips for LGBT travelers.



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By @ 07/15/14 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

ManAboutWorld’s latest issue is ready for download. Subscribers: Open your iPad, tap on ManAboutWorld, go to Library, download, lean back, and enjoy. Non-subscribers may find us in the AppStore. Or click on our website to subscribe and get access to all our back issues. This month, we took a drive through the sunsplashed cities of Orange County – Anaheim, Newport Beach, Laguna, and more! – to pull back the “Orange Curtain” and find the gay that still exists.  We also talked to some of our most intrepid traveler’s about their Milestone travel adventures. Other must-read articles include:

  • Edinburgh’s International Festival coming up in August
  • San Diego and the raucous Comic-Con extravaganza at the end of July
  • Our triumphant return to P-Town to see what’s new for summer
  • A look at the countryside for honeymoon retreats
  • Rovos Rail and a luxury train ride through wine country

Wait, not a subscriber? (No, quit it ?! :). Become one now and get access to all our back issues for free.



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