Category Archives: Lisbon

By @ 04/09/18 in Event, Gay travel, Jean-Pierre Soutric, Lisbon, Travel

Lisbon in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineWhen I was little, the Eurovision Song Contest was THE show of the year, seen on TV by all Europeans across the old continent but not across the Berlin Wall as for all men my age that was the official limit of our world i.e., the Free World. (This year’s Eurovision Song Contest¬†takes place May 8-12 in Lisbon; photo above by Pedro Sim√Ķes)

Story by Paris-based ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent Jean-Pierre Soutric (below)

Jean-Pierre Soutric, ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent representing FranceThat said, for¬†all us¬†‚Äúboys and their moms,”¬† that show was not to be missed. It was a night of elegance and great music. All songs (that was the rule then) had to be interpreted in the artists’ home country’s respective languages. (Today artists choose whatever language suits them.)

I absolutely adored listening to the Italians, Germans, Dutch, Brits of course, the Spanish, not to forget the most exotic songs in Finnish, etc. My mom would share her admiration for the beautiful gowns worn on the occasion, severely condemning any ‚Äúlaisser-aller‚ÄĚ if anyone had not dressed-up.

A brief (personal) gay history of Eurovision Song Contest

One day the Wall came down and more countries would be invited. All of a sudden, we would start to get acquainted to Hungarian, Russian and Hebrew, too. The show grew as did Europe as a political entity. All men my age are unconditional Europhiles. The show was the materialization of our dreams. Not only would it encourage young artists to express and showcase their culture, it would also become the stage for further tolerance. Abba won in 1974. In 1998 transgender Dana International won the coveted award for Israel. In 2014, the bearded Conchita Wurst in his couture gown won it for Austria.

Conchita Wurst as seen in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

The other lady in Gold

The show takes place in the winning country of the previous year and this year it’s in beautiful Lisbon. The White City by the Tagus River is one of the most pleasant capitals of Europe thanks to its wonderful climate and charming people. Historic and set on several hills like Rome, it has changed a lot lately but for the best as old districts have all been carefully restored. Foodies will love to visit and so will night owls.

My top hotel recommendations
  • Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon¬†set amidst the elegant Edward VII‚Äôs gardens
  • Bairro Alto in the heart of the chic and animated Chiado (the hotel is currently under renovation)
  • Memmo Alfama high above the old city for the most spectacular views over the river and city
  • Carmo Lisboa¬†also in Chiado and close to the ruins of historic Carmel
Bites and more
  • Mercado da Ribeira, the old covered market now a place to experience all kind of foods in a very casual atmosphere. Opens for coffee and pasteis de nata¬†quite late
  • Sea-Me, a must-go if your idea of sea-food is stuck in boring souvenirs (be sure to book ahead)
  • A Cervicheria in Principe Reias, cool and very popular restaurant (ask for a seat at the bar); be patient and enjoy a glass of Portuguese white wine outside (you will love the way Portuguese dress in fine weather)
Gay life

Gay bars, restaurants etc are all close to A Cevicheria¬†√† Principe¬†Real¬†and Bairro Alto. No need to cab or drive. I personally like Finalmente as the club has been around as much as I have(!); check-out Posh Lisbon; and¬†TR3S Lisboa, “where the bears are”¬†I will do for you in May when I visit on the occasion of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. Come back here and/or check our Facebook page during Eurovision Song Contest 2018 (May 8-12).

Airline Tips
  • U.S. travelers can take TAP, Portugal’s national airline, to any of their 65+ destinations throughout Europe and Africa and get up to five days in Lisbon to enjoy the festival on the way for no additional airfare. Check their website for more details.
  • Also, download TAP Portugal Stopover app for hotel discounts, complimentary wine at restaurants, and free experiences like walking tours, gallery and museum admission, and other discounts.

 

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By @ 09/03/15 in Ashton Giese, Gay travel, Gayography LGBT news, Lisbon, ManAboutWorld, New Orleans, Travel
Southern Decadence, New Orleans in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine & Gayography

Southern Decadence

GAYography gay travel news update  is brought to you by ManAboutWorld correspondent Ashton Giese who publishes this indispensable digital gay travel news update weekly.

Difficult news from New Orleans where one of its most popular gay bars burned down, just days before one of the most festive times of the year for the LGBT community: Southern Decadence. Stay tuned for more as the GAYographer travels there this weekend.

Where will you spend your Labor Day weekend? Two Bad Tourists provide the best brief guide to Lisbon – and if you’re traveling Europe Globetrotter Girls hands over the best tips and trick for budget travelers. This and all the critical LGBT news abroad in this week’s GAYography brief!

This weeks’ Brief: eepurl.com/bxOrEf

A vital resource for LGBT travelers, focusing on news, vacation insights, advocacy and current events in major cities around the globe, the GAYography brief is published every Thursday.

Photo: Egoiste via Flickr

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By @ 07/15/15 in Daily Dose, Gay travel, Lisbon, ManAboutWorld, Travel

Gay-friendly Lisbon in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineToday’s DDTI (*Daily Dose of Travel Inspiration) comes to us from gay-friendly Lisbon via our newest correspondent Little Phil, a prolific Instagrammer who’s traveling around Europe this summer.

Need some travel inspiration? Then look no further than¬†Lisbon,¬†Europe’s second-oldest capital. The city of Lisbon¬†benefits¬†from a subtropical climate, which means¬†short winters and long hot summers. If the amazing weather isn’t enough to entice you, then the stunning beaches, like the scenic Cascais (above), surely will.¬†But there is more to this magical city than just the beaches and balmy weather. Originally built over seven hills, the city boasts some of the most breathtaking views in Europe and there are numerous¬†hilltop terraces or “miradouros” where visitors can take in the picturesque cityscape from on high. A beautiful mix of the old (sights like¬†Castelo de S√£o Jorge) and the new (the majestic¬†Vasco da Gama Bridge), Lisbon is ideal for those who love to explore.

You can check out our unique digital-born gay travel magazine for savvy gay travelers by downloading the ManAboutWorldApp on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. We support iPads, Android tablets, iPhones and Android phones. There are a few free guides in all of the apps, and you can click here to register for a FREE three-month subscription. Go on, what are you waiting for! More about Lisbon here. Gay-friendly Lisbon in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

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By @ 08/08/13 in Barcelona, Ed Salvato, Gay cruise, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Lisbon, ManAboutWorld, Travel
Picture yourself here.

Picture yourself here.

Sail aboard the luxurious MSY Wind Surf, a gorgeous five-masted sailing yacht chartered by Source Events for an all-gay cruise. It sets sail September 15, 2013 from Lisbon, one of the most charming and under-rated gems of Europe and completes it’s 8-night sailing in Spain’s gay-friendliest city, Barcelona on Monday, September 23. More info. about the cruise here.

But why this cruise and why now? Well, for one ManAboutWorld’s very own editor in chief, Ed Salvato will be on board. Though he’d like to think that should be your sole necessary and sufficient reason, there are many other enticements to get you on board:

  • Intimacy: As much as we love big gay cruises, this one will have only 300 passengers (and 190 crew).
  • Itinerary: Besides Lisbon and Barcelona, discover Ibiza, Mallorca, Malaga and more.
  • Experience:¬†A unique journey combining sailing, a full moon party, fun activities, great entertainment and parties, delicious cuisine, a healthy dose of fitness, guest speakers, excursions and more.
  • Special offer: Mention Ed’s name when booking and get a healthy “Friend of Ed” deal! Visit the website, call (888-SOURCE8) or email.

 

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