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By @ 03/14/16 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Paris, Travel
Eiffel Tower, Paris in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Eiffel Tower, Paris

We discovered a side of Paris we’d never seen before. A new Paris. A Paris forced to survive unspeakable terror and rebuild itself, reinvent itself, and reestablish itself as the greatest city in the world. And now it’s ready to show you why it’s the city the entire world has imitated for centuries.

So, enough of the Champs-Elysees and the Louvre. We’ve heard it all before. Lets talk about the Paris of now: the cute hipster boys of SoPi, the scene at Huabu, the vintage hotels of Oberkampf, and the members-only basement clubs. Our latest guide reimagines Paris like you’ve never known it, set to launch you into the city’s hottest neighborhoods, newest restaurants and chicest new bars. (And yes, we can help you find your way through your beloved, traditional Paris, too. We’ve got you covered.)

Download the March issue and we’ll introduce you to the people, places and things you need to know to plan the perfect trip through the world’s greatest city.

Also in this issue: Myanmar, Sicily, Greece, Hawaii, a gay family on a Carnival cruise and much more.

ManAboutWorld has information on many more destinations around the world! Download our very cool digital gay travel magazine for destinations around the globe. Find the ManAboutWorldApp on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. We support iPads, Android tablets, iPhones and Android phones. There are a few free publications 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!

Photo: Juanedc.com via Flickr Creative Commons



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By @ 02/24/16 in Buenos Aires, Correspondent, Gay travel, John Walker, ManAboutWorld, Travel
Floralis Genérica in Buenos Aires and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Floralis Genérica

Six enormous 23-metre high stainless steel petals made from brilliant, mirror-finish, stainless steel form a massive flower sculpture created in 2002 by Argentine architect Eduardo Catalano. The flower sculpture (Floralis Genérica) sits above a reflection pool and amazingly opens and closes its petals according to the time of day.

This update was brought to us by ManAboutWorld correspondents John Walker and Gavin Patterson. Here’s more info about Floralis Genérica.

ManAboutWorld has plenty more info on Venice and many more destinations around the world! Download our very cool digital gay travel magazine for destinations around the globe. Find the ManAboutWorldApp on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. We support iPads, Android tablets, iPhones and Android phones. There are a few free publications 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!



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By @ 02/17/16 in Art, Event, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Monaco, New York, Travel
Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, by Alice Blangero in Monaco takes New York and in ManAboutWorld gay traevl magazine

Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, by Alice Blangero

With a population of plus or minus 38,000 souls Monaco takes New York, population 8.4 million and the Big Apple swoons. Monaco, an independent microstate on France’s Mediterranean coastline, showcases its rich heritage from now through February 21. If you’re curious about this beautiful Principality and you’re in New York, this is a perfect opportunity to experience Monaco’s culture, which is surprisingly broad and deep for such a small destination.

The main act is Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo performing Cinderella at New York City Center, accompanied by an exhibit of behind-the-scenes photographs at the New York Headquarters of the auction house, Christie’s, and a culinary week highlighting the Principality’s cuisine with Monaco’s visiting chef Paolo Sari at Circo and Le Cirque restaurants. Other details released by the Consulate General of Monaco follow.

Cinderella at New York City Center
Led by talented director-choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo performs its mesmerizing modern rendition of Prokoviev’s Cinderella at New York City Center:

Thursday, February 18 – 8:00 pm
Friday, February 19 – 8:00 pm
Saturday, February 20 – 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm
Individual tickets are now on sale at the theater box office at 131 West 55th Street, by phone at City Tix on (212) 581 1212 or online at www.nycitycenter.org.

On Thursday, February 18, Cartier and the Consulate General of Monaco co-host an opening night VIP experience featuring tickets to

Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, by Alice Blangero in Monaco takes New York and in ManAboutWorld gay traevl magazine

Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, by Alice Blangero

Cinderella followed by an exclusive cocktail reception under the patronage of Monaco’s Ambassador to the United States. Guests can mingle with members of Les Ballets’ company and feast on organic treats prepared by Monaco’s Chef Paolo Sari. The Opening Night Experience package is $300 per person and may be purchased online at www.monaco-nyc.com. Space is extremely limited. Proceeds to benefit Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo.

Flavors of Monaco
Between Monday, February 15 and Saturday, February 20, Circo and sister-restaurant Le Cirque will partner with Monte-Carlo SBM to host Chef Paolo Sari, Executive Chef of the Monte-Carlo Beach whose restaurant, Elsa, is the world’s only 100% organic Michelin-starred restaurant.

Chef Sari will apply his innovative and avant-garde farm-to-table style to create the week’s prix-fixe 100% organic menus – lunch and dinner at Circo; 6-course degustation dinner only at Le Cirque.

  • Circo, 120 West 55th Street, (212) 286 3636, reservations@circonyc.com, www.circonyc.com
  • Le Cirque, 151 East 58th Street, (212) 644 0202, reservations@lecirque.com, www.lecirque.com

Photos: Inside Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo (C) A. Blangero

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By @ 02/08/16 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Sergio Scardia, Thailand, Travel
Sergio in the Land of Smiles, Thailand and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Sergio in the Land of Smiles

This reporton Thailand — the Land of Smiles — was written by Sergio Scardia, the Scruffy Italian Traveler an ManAboutWorld’s latest global correspondent.

So many people had recommended Thailand as a great place to visit, with so many enthusiastic reviews and comments about this beautiful country and its inhabitants. I had very high expectations… and all of them were fulfilled. I just came back from a three-monts trip around Southeast Asia, and Thailand was both the first and last stop of my trip. It’s definitely a recommendable destination whatever your idea of perfect holidays is. Why you should choose Thailand then?

Here just five reasons to love the Land of Smiles:

  1. Are you a foodie? Tired of the boring Western food, in desperate need of a break from pizza, burgers, buns…
    Sergio in the Land of Smiles, Thailand and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

    Mangia

    don’t hesitate! Thai street food, with its gorgeous fresh recipes full of vegetables and natural flavours, its fresh fruit juices, amazing rice based currys… will conquer your belly, and make you feel home!

  2. Are you a party fan? Looking for big nights out, plenty of booze, music and crazy beach parties, or buzzing bars in the best areas of the cities, no place in the world is better than Thailand! Gay bars in Bangkok and Phuket, for example, are full of locals and visitors every night of the week, and at weekends even packed! So they are a great choice for some good fun!
  3. Are you looking for a relaxing environment, sandy tropical beaches for a honeymoon-like holidays… you will find plenty of them in Thailand! Krabi, Koh Lipe, Koh Tao are my favourite ones so far… but many more breathtaking amazing places are just waiting for you to discover them!
  4. Are you looking for some “me time”, in need of relax and meditation, to free your mind from stressful Western lives? Or for a cultural holidays, because your dream is wandering for hours around ancient temples, feeling lost in time… well, don’t think twice! You will find plenty of opportunities in Thailand!
  5. Are you interested in hiking, rafting, swimming in beautiful lakes, rivers, spending hours under natural waterfalls, looking for the most beautiful snake, butterfly, monkey, or rat to capture in your pics, as well as meeting local people in their own villages, or looking for a bit of adventure? You must definitely try Thailand!

See? In the so called Land of Smiles, you can virtually find anything you are looking for! Are you still in doubt? Plenty more pics of beautiful Thailand on my Instagram account, instagram.com/gios981. Should we organize a trip together? Just get in touch.

Sergio in the Land of Smiles, Thailand and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Sergio at the beach



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By @ 02/04/16 in Ed Salvato, Gay travel, Japan, ManAboutWorld, Travel
The Wonder 500, about Japan, in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

The Wonder 500, about Japan, in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Japan has a problem other destinations would love to have. They have a rich abundance of incredibly cool things spread throughout the country that are unique to Japan. From wild, hand-picked (and crazy expensive) green teas to delicately woven charms meant to insert in envelopes — but only for correspondence with a cheerful message — to sweet/spicy wasabi treats and much  more.

The Wonder 500 gathered 500 products from 47 prefectures and eight categories (travel, kitchenwares, housewares, stationery, interior, fashion, food and beverages) to display in an intimate venue that is open to the public (a 4 West 43rd St just west of 5th Ave). This is an opportunity to discover some of what makes Japan so special. Have some tea; try a treat; purchase a few very early Christmas presents; and escape from New  York to the Land of the Rising Sun for a delicious hour or so.

The Wonder 500™ exhibition runs from January 28th until February 9th at the Exhibition Hall at 4 West 43rd Street (4-16 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036, USA) from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. daily, with admission free to the public. For more information, visit www.TheWonder500.com.

Photos: Above is ManAboutWorld editor in chief with Ritsuko Nakamura in a traditional kimono at the Wonder 500 in New York and below is a selection of items you will find there.

The Wonder 500, about Japan, in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

The Wonder 500



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By @ 01/19/16 in Bangkok, Boston, Buenos Aires, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Toronto, Travel, Venice

City Seen gay travel update in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineManAboutWorld magazine’s City Seen keeps you up to date on gay travel options in major global cities. ManAboutWorld’s peripatetic correspondents stay on top of cool things to do in a few dozen of our favorite metropolises. Here’s this month’s gay travel update.

Natural Gourmet Institute, NYC, in Towleroad and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine CIty Seen gay travel update section

Natural Gourmet Institute

NEW YORK, NY
You’ll find the Natural Gourmet Institute,a hidden gem, on the second floor of a non-descript Chelsea office building, where every Friday night they set the communal tables and light the candles for a three-course vegetarian (often vegan and/or gluten-free) BYOB dinner. Prepared by the student chefs and chef instructors of NGI’s Chef Training Program, it’s a unique local experience — and very affordable at $45.Billy Kolber

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS
The Godfrey Hotel Boston is scheduled to open early January 2016 in Boston’s much improved Downtown Crossing district, which was the primary retail area of Boston a century ago then went into a decline towards the end of the 20th century. With its central location between Boston Common and the financial district, Downtown Crossing is re-emerging with trendy new residential and commercial buildings. The hotel, situated in a gorgeously renovated building, will offer luxurious accommodations in the center of the city as well as complimentary high-speed WiFi and other perks. — Kenny Porpora

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
If you’re in BA, check out the fabulous new Kirchner Cultural Centerwhich has already been welcoming approximately 10,000 patrons a day who walk around an ornate, turn-of-the-last-century building that has been converted into what promoters claim is the fourth-largest cultural center in the world. Best of all, everything in it is free, from video installations to comedy acts to symphony concerts and contemporary musical acts. — Pablo DeLuca

BANGKOK, THAILAND
The Accor-managed Pullman Bangkok Hotel G provides a nice option for gay travelers thanks in part to its location at Silom 188, just a few blocks away from all the action. The hotel was recently remodeled and includes an excellent breakfast. The gym could use an update, but it is sufficient. The hotel may remind you of Delano in Miami: very white, clean and modern. If you want an amazing facial treatment, make a left out of the hotel and bring that tired mug into Dahra Beauty and Spa at Silom 154 for some pampering. — City Seen correspondent, Michael Siebert 

TORONTO, CANADA
Rapper Drake and Restaurateur Sursur Lee opened Fring’s Restaurant, a posh, celeb-laden Asian fusion hot-spot, in September, drawing heaps of headlines and a glitzy grand opening. The clubby downtown hangout is inside the old Crush Wine Bar and is expected to be the new see-and-be-seen dinner spot, with celebrity DJs, a full bar, and menu by the renowned Lee. — Robert Sharp

VENICE, ITALY
In the past several years, the very gay-friendly Caffe Centrale has benefited from significant upgrades. The eccentric and modern space feels more elegant and sexy. The service is friendlier and the food, which was wonderful to begin with, is even more scrumptious. Be sure to try the beef tenderloin in Amarone wine sauce or maybe the Catalana of crustaceans (salad of grilled shellfish), but definitely order their mojito in the pot, for dessert. It’s Venice, so you can even have a gondola drop you off, or pick you up, from their canal-side dock. Now how romantic is that? — Arthur Wooten

Venice in Towleroad and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine CIty Seen gay travel update section

Venice

 For even more gay travel inspiration and trip-planning information and suggestions for destinations, tours and events download ManAboutWorld’s latest issue. Start planning your next trip now!

This was originally published in ManAboutWorld’s December issue and re-posted in Towleroad on December 18. Photos: Top: Hans Randecker via Flickr Creative Commons; Middle: Courtesy Natural Gourmet Institute; bottom: Courtesy City Seen correspondent Arthur Wooten

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By @ 12/07/15 in Beijing, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Photo du jour, S. Arestis & S. Chaneac, Travel
Beijing hutong via the NomadicBoys and ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Beijing hutong

The “Hutong” of Beijing — narrow lanes forming a traditional residential area — is fast disappearing. Our friends Sebastien and Stefan of the NomadicBoys visited Beijing during their trek around Asia and brought back this photo of a very lively hutong which you can also see on their Facebook page.

Read more about their exploration of this hutong and others here.

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By @ 11/09/15 in David Alport, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Parting Shots, Sardinia, Travel

Sardinia' stunning beaches and more in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

This past summer, passionate traveler and founder of the award-winning seminal gay travel newsletter OUT&ABOUT, David Alport traveled to Sardinia with his partner and a couple of gay friends. Luckily they brought the gay (since there’s not much of a scene there) but they did discover Sardinia’s stunning beaches, delicious cuisine and warm hospitality.

  1. Why did you choose to go to Sardinia?

Sardinia rose to the top of my list because my good friend Simone grew up there and offered to host six of us at his family’s home. I was also excited to see a less touristy part of Italy, where we had a better chance of soaking up a real slice of Italian life. Oh, and finally there was the call of Sardinia’s famous turquoise blue sea and spectacular beaches … it was hard to argue with that.

  1. Who did you travel with?

I always say that the single most important factor in a travel experience is who you go with. For this trip, I went with my partner Jake and two other couples, both of whom I adore. Needless to say, we had a blast. Because Sardinia is a pretty low-key place, I suggest traveling there with friends rather than solo.

  1. What surprised you most about Sardinia?

Sardinia is a very simple island. While boasting many of Italy’s assets — great food, physical beauty, amazing shoreline — its charms are more subtle than the rest of Italy’s. Visiting Sardinia is about slowing down and relaxing. Tourist life is entirely focused on the beach, and if you don’t truly enjoy beach-going, Sardinia is not for you. I was a bit surprised by how provincial the island felt, which was actually a wonderful discovery. The one exception to this is on the Costa Smeralda (Emerald Coast) on the northeast corner of the island, where the richest of the world’s rich bring their yachts and fabulosity. A couple days is all you need here, but if you want to experience the lifestyles of the rich, do put it on your list.Sardinian Beach Scene in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

  1. What is Sardinia’s the gay community like?

There are gay people everywhere, of course, but Sardinia is not about the gay scene. Costa Smeralda is by far the most international spot, but it doesn’t have much of a gay vibe. Down in Cagliari, the island’s capital and biggest city, there is a vibrant street scene at night, and some bars where gays are more likely to gather. But there are not really any gay bars here. The Sardinians, like most Italians, are a bit more closed about their gayness.

  1. Favorite moment was…

Every day held the same favorite moment: Arriving on a new beach that was even more spectacular than the one before it. Sardinia will simply floor you with the beauty of its coastline.

  1. Best time to go to Sardinia

Summer is when you want to be in Sardinia. May, early June and September are the perfect months because it is a bit cooler, but I personally love a hot day, which it is throughout the peak summer months of July and August.

  1. Gay factor

As noted, it’s very low. But you will not feel uncomfortable.

Al fresco dining in Sardinia, in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

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By @ 10/19/15 in Daily Dose, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Kenny Porpora, ManAboutWorld, Myanmar, Travel
Myanmar temple as seen in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine by Kenny Porpora

Myanmar temple

Our associate editor Kenny Porpora is traveling around Myanmar this week conducting research on a series of articles on  the country that we will publish early in 2016. For now, you can enjoy his updates on our Facebook page. Here are a few photos that he took.

DDTI* is your Daily Dose Of Travel Inspiration.

Children in Myanmar as seen in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine by Kenny Porpora

Children in Myanmar

Myanmar from a balloon as seen in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine by Kenny Porpora

Myanmar from a balloon

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By @ 10/16/15 in Budapest, Daily Dose, Gay travel, Phil Rake, Photo du jour, Travel
A hunky street performer showing off his dance skills and strength  in Budapest, ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

A hunky street performer showing off his dance skills and strength

This report on Dreamy Budapest is brought to us by ManAboutWorld correspondent, Phil Rake.

The beauty of Budapest is like no other. A place so picturesque, it’s as if it were conjured in a poet’s dream. This beauty — the product of a rich and diverse history — pervades every aspect of the city, from the art and culture to the people and, of course, the amazing architecture. Influenced by a variety of styles (including Roman, Ottoman, Gothic, Baroque, Romantic, Art Nouveau), Budapest is home to some of the world’s most exquisite buildings, bridges, parks and sculptures. The past is very much alive in the architecture and the city is brimming with elegance and splendour. If you’re a traveller who loves to explore, then this Budapest is definitely for you. 

Budapest is also renowned for its spas and thermal springs, the waters of which are said to have healing properties. Some of the spas, like

Budapest skyline, ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Budapest skyline

the Széchenyi Bath are truly stunning and offer visitors the chance to experience a tradition that dates back to Roman times. 

 But it’s not just about beautiful buildings and bathhouses. There is also music and opera, shopping, great cuisine, and a wealth of trendy bars, clubs and galleries. Budapest even has a small but thriving gay scene and the allure of the city has helped it to become one of the most fashionable European destinations for gay and lesbian travellers.

 A tip for our ManAboutWorld travellers: If you really want to experience the beauty of Budapest, then take a trip up to Fisherman’s Bastion at sunset. There is a moment just before dusk, when the sun begins to slip away behind the Buda Hills, setting the sky ablaze in hues of amber, pearl and pink. In the distance, the Hungarian Parliament Building glistens like a jewel whilst its radiant reflection dances on the mighty Danube. This is a spectacle that everyone should see at least once in their lifetime.

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By @ 10/10/15 in Gay ski, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Michael Siebert, New Zealand, Travel
ManAboutWorld's Michael Siebert (left). and his friend Joao at gay ski week Queenstown

ManAboutWorld’s Michael Siebert (left).

The largest gay ski event in the southern half of the world sees hundreds of people flock to Queenstown, NZ during the last part of August and early September, every year, for a full week of skiing, drinking, dancing and adventure. The next official DNA Gay Ski Week will happen August 27 to September 3, 2016.  Start making your plans now. Here’s a report by ManAboutWorld correspondent Michael Siebert who is pictured here (on the left in the photo above) with his handsome friend, Joao. They enjoyed Gay Ski Week with hundreds of gay ski and boarding aficionados but also spent a little time exploring Queenstown and surroundings.

Queenstown is an adventure town. Consider skydiving and all the other options available to a fun-seeker.  Days trips to Milford Sound or Doubtful Sound are available; however, I would consider an overnight boat tour so that you are able to see the sound at sunset and sunrise. Exploring the lake area is a lovely option as well.  Another option:  One could rent a car in Christchuch and drive through the lake regions for some spectacular views, but the drive is approximately 6-7 hours from Christchurch to Queenstown.

Ski season in Queenstown is from mid-June to early-October.  If you plan for early October you just must might have the slopes to yourself and it is a perfect time to stay at Pounamu since it is just outside their busy season.

This year, our gracious host, Pounamu Apartments was a an excellent place to call home for a week of skiing and relaxation. The views and comfort, along with the excellent hospitality, you will feel like a local in no time.  Pounamu is short 10-minute walk to the city center; however, you will have the comfort of your own kitchen, fireplace, fantastic views, service and the staff are available to help customize your trip to your liking.  If walking is not your thing, rent a car for your trips to the mountain and surrounding areas; however, walk to the center of town, the traffic will drive you mad and parking can be difficult. Pounamu offers covered car parking and free WiFi. You can also relax in the outside spa after a day on the mountains.

Skiing in Queenstown does require a short bus ride (if you do not have your own car) to any mountain (three to choose from) and the bus stop is just outside the front steps of Pounamu.

Can’t wait till next August? ManAboutWorld will cover gay ski events in the Northern Hemisphere in our next issue. Stay tuned.

ManAboutWorld's Michael Siebert (right). and his friend Joao at gay ski week Queenstown

Michael and his friend at the Pounamu Apartments

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By @ 10/07/15 in Alaska, Dillon Davis, Gay travel, Parting Shots, Travel

The stunning vistas of Alaska, in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineDillon Davis is ManAboutWorld’s associate photo editor. He recently visited Alaska and brought back this photo report. This piece was originally published in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine.

  1. Why did you choose to go to Alaska?

I have always wanted to see Alaska so when my friend, Greg (in the photo above) was planning a trip for his 30th birthday I jumped at the opportunity to tag along.

  1. Who did you travel with?

My best friend since childhood. Throughout his 20’s he had challenged himself to visit all fifty states before his 30th birthday. With forty nine states in tow, Alaska would be his finish line.

  1. What surprised you most about Alaska?

Between the sun never fully setting and the cinematic sprawl of the landscape, Alaska took on a sort of otherworldliness that I couldn’t possibly have anticipated.Gorgeous landscapes in Alaska, in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

  1. Favorite moment was…

When hiking in Denali national park on the Mt. Healy Overlook Trail we came across a moose wandering nearby. Before it noticed us and ran off, we stood still and quiet, awestruck by its towering grandeur.

  1. Best time to go to Alaska

I think the best time might be late August when the weather is still on the warmer side, the tourism season hasn’t come to a close, and the Northern lights make an occasional appearance.

  1. Gay factor

From hiking, canoeing, and camping to whitewater rafting or just enjoying a fresh caught salmon, Alaska has many opportunities for male bonding and rugged adventure.

Whitewater rafting in Alaska, in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

DOWNLOAD MANABOUTWORLD: Please check out Parting Shots and a lot more great content in our unique digital gay travel magazine for savvy gay travelers by downloading the ManAboutWorldApp on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. We support iPads, iPhones and Android devices. There are a few FREE publications 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!

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By @ 10/05/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel
Gay destintation update includes the new Whitney Museum in New York

The Whitney, New York

Every issue of ManAboutWorld is packed full of essential and inspiring travel information including City Seen, a round-up of new (or new to us) hotels, restaurants, attractions and events brought to us from global gay destinations by our correspondents.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago
The first of a new Hyatt lifestyle brand that aims to be at the center of where you want to be, the 257-room hotel set in a historic building stakes its claim in Chicago’s premier business district. It couldn’t be more perfectly placed if we picked it ourselves. Oh, that’s right, we did. From museums and architecture boat tours to the Magnificent Mile and every kind of restaurant you can imagine — the Windy City is yours for the taking. The renovated 1920s-era Art Deco skyscraper (with some stunning views) offers bright, modern rooms with free WiFi, flat-screen TVs and iPod docks, mini-fridges and coffeemakers. Upgrade for a city view room with separate sitting area. Hotel amenities include a decent fitness center, the Cochon Volant (flying pig) French restaurant, with a casual yet crisp air, a bakery and a rooftop bar with fab views.

— Rich Martino

DALLAS, TEXAS Cafe Momentum
For a unique dining experience that will also make you feel good about yourself, head over to Café Momentum, a non-profit restaurant designed to provide troubled youth with valuable skills that will prepare them to enter the workforce and teach them responsibility, hopefully setting them on the right path for the future.  Under the guidance of Chef Eric Shelton, the “interns” here work as servers, dishwashers, cooks, and even do the laundry for the clothes worn here by the workers.  Not only is this place a great opportunity to see some terrific service to the community in action, but the food is good too!

Michael Verdirame

MIAMI, FLORIDA 1 Hotel South Beach 
Opened amid a flurry of new hotel brand launches around the world, 1 Hotel South Beach has been living up to its hype and has been garnering a lot of favorable press and attention among hotel critics and guests alike. This months-old oceanfront resort boasts spacious, light-drenched rooms (700 square feet on average) and an eco-consciousness baked into its DNA: the very comfortable mattresses are hemp-blend, there is a fleet of electric Teslas at your disposal (distance parameters apply), there are no bottled waters or disposable shampoo bottles and the entry key is made of wood! Also in tune with the major hotel trend of experiential travel, you’ll find a range of experiences on offer from kayaking in a nearby mangrove (which we did … it was amazing!) to stargazing and more. Tom Colicchio’s Beachcraft restaurant is delicious and well worth visiting even if you don’t stay at the hotel. Hotel development plans call for an 18,000-square-foot fitness center and a spa.

Ed Salvato 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK Whitney Museum of American Art
My god, where do we start? The Whitney is a triumph of art and architecture and it represents an emphatic exclamation point on the development of a part of town that was once best known for its slaughterhouses. The Meatpacking district’s cobblestone streets are now dotted by chic boutiques, tony bistros, camera-toting tourists and the starting point of the fabulous High Line elevated park. The industrial-looking Whitney sits at the very beginning of the High Line and offers views from every level of the museum both inside and outside. The art is, of course, simply stunning. The current exhibit, America Is Hard to See, includes a who’s who of modern American art works from the early 1900s through the present, opening with one of Marsden Hartley’s iconic images of gay love and war. Start on the 8th floor and make your way down to the 5th floor via the stairs to enjoy the unexpected views from each level. Check this link out for free tours.

Billy Kolber 

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA Cockscomb Restaurant
Open since December 2014 and set in a former shoe factory in San Francisco’s SoMa neighborhood, the suggestively named restaurant is the brainchild of Top Chef winner and James Beard Award-winning chef Chris Cosentino along with partner Oliver Wharton (who’s known for his nightlife-related projects in Las Vegas). Bring your carnivore friends. You’ll find meat-centric fare with a Spanish accent and lots of pork dishes like crispy pig’s ear and wood oven-roasted pig’s head and more daring offerings like sweetbreads and bone marrow and offal. We love the exposed concrete walls and high ceilings and the local artwork though it can be a bit loud when it’s crowded, which is like every night. But that’s ok. Start with a Negroni aperitif and work your way through some of the fabulous Spanish wines on offer and you will become one with the joyful din. After, head over to one of the many gay bars clustered in the SoMa area including Powerhouse on the weekends (if you’re feeling naughty).

Kenny Porpora

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By @ 09/30/15 in Baltimore, Gay dads, Gay family travel, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Paul Heney, Travel
Gay families in Baltimore, in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Gay families in Baltimore

ManAboutWorld correspondent Paul J. Heney, his partner and their two growing boys brought back this report from Baltimore after a recent visit. No kids? No worries! You don’t need progeny to enjoy this article or learn practical and important trip-planning information about Baltimore, like the use of Old Bay. You don’t know what that is? Read on!

Where

Baltimore has always seemed to me to be a bit misplaced — it has that “big city with a small town feel” that so many Midwestern cities tout. But this metropolitan area of 2.7 million people is strategically placed on the East Coast, about 45 minutes north of our nation’s capital. It’s easily accessible from New York, Philadelphia, and Boston. And its modern airport has always gotten our family through efficiently. It’s not much more than an hours flight from places like Chicago or Atlanta, so it’s a nice option for a long family weekend.

Why go to Baltimore

Baltimore’s famed Inner Harbor is the center of its attractions, and the density of things to do in such a small area makes it Gay family fun in Baltimore, in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazinean ideal vacation spot for families of all shapes and sizes. The collection of museums, variety of restaurants, and waterfront activities can quickly fill up a weekend, making you wish you’d planned a few more days in this aptly named “Charm City.”

Weather is generally pleasant from spring through fall, although humidity can occasionally be overbearing in the middle of summer, so be forewarned. Baltimore has a great variety of festivals (including gay celebrations) throughout the year, so you may wish to check out the calendar at VisitBaltimore.com before planning your visit.

Gay factor

While neighboring Washington, D.C. may get more media attention for its gay life, Baltimore holds its own with its queer vibe. The “gayborhood,” if you will, is the lovely Mount Vernon neighborhood, just north of the city center, and its environs are quite LGBT popular and friendly. There are numerous theaters, art museums and gay establishments dotting this area. And who can forget that Baltimore is the beloved home of iconic director John Walters? Fellow Hollywood writers Barry Levinson and David Simon also grew up in the city. Annual LGBT-oriented events in the city include:

Planning resources

According to Tom Noonan, President and CEO of Visit Baltimore, his organization has an LGBT Tourism Advisory Committee that includes many of the city’s family-focused attractions, including the National Aquarium, Maryland Zoo in Baltimore and the American Visionary Art Museum. Noonan noted that there is a Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide http://issuu.com/baltimoregaylife/docs/baltimorelgbtguide2014?e=1223151/7404635 that is produced by GayLife, the local gay monthly. The Visitors Guide offers a wealth of knowledge, with sections on accommodations, restaurants, nightlife, shopping, congregations, neighborhoods, and even a wedding guide.

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By @ 09/29/15 in Gay travel, Madrid, ManAboutWorld, Travel
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Madrid

Madrid is both vibrant and international, a melting pot like New York and London, and worthy of the comparison. But what does it mean to be a Madrileño? It’s not Andalusia, the country’s southernmost region and the birthplace of flamenco; it’s not San Sebastian, the gastronomical mecca to the north. Yet, you’ll find their influences in the city’s nightlife, style and food. Think of Madrid as a sort of world stage where the best of the country has come to play, cook, perform, and do whatever it takes to stand out. From the bullfighting in Pamplona to the lyrical language of the Catalans in Barcelona, you’ll find it all in the streets of Madrid. Despite a stubbornly high unemployment rate of 24% Spain’s economy is among the fastest growing economies in Europe. Tourism is thriving and American travelers benefit from an exchange rate that is much more favorable for U.S. dollar holders than it has been in a long time ($1.10 per euro as of press time).

FIVE NEIGHBORHOODS TO KNOW

If Barcelona is Spain’s daytime city, where you spend sunny days touring Gaudí architecture and splashing around on perfect beaches, then Madrid is its older, cooler brother who only goes out at night. It’s a nighttime city, but that doesn’t mean you need to stay holed up in bars. Like other metropolises of its size and magnitude, Madrid is rich with interesting neighborhoods. It’s estimated that more than half a million LGBT people live in Madrid, with many of them domiciled in or frequent visitors to these top neighborhoods.

  • The first neighborhood savvy gay travelers need to know is Chueca, Madrid’s quintessential gayborhood. Centrally located Chueca is where you’ll find the highest concentration of gay bars, clubs, restaurants, cafes, saunas, shops and, well, gay people. If a vibrant neighborhood with immense gay nightlife options is what you want, this is your top choice.
  • Malasaña is the gay hipster neighborhood just west of Chueca and bordered by the popular shopping street,
    Madrid muscle bears in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

    Madrid muscle bears

    Fuencarral. While Chueca might be seen as a neighborhood of gay stereotypes, Malasaña is more diverse with LGBT people of all types giving it a more open feel. It’s become very popular in the past decade and is filled with unique shops, restaurants and bars. Malasaña is where you’ll find a tattoo shop next to a gin bar across the street from a building decked out in graffiti-like street art where they’re serving up sushi. Given its proximity and central location, you’re still in walking distance to all the gay venues next door in Chueca but with a more intimate and unique style.

  • Located on the southern edge of central Madrid, La Latina is another neighborhood to know, and an up-and-coming place that’s now one of the true hipster neighborhoods in Madrid. La Latina boys are quick to tell you that Malasaña has become too mainstream. It’s where you’ll find the best tapas, diverse nightlife, a bigger immigrant community and the Rastro — the largest weekly Sunday market in Spain. La Latina is just a 20-minute walk from Chueca and most other main areas.
  • Sol is the most centrally located neighborhood in the city. It’s where the tourists are most prevalent, and gay-focused establishments are fewer. You’ll see concerts and demonstrations in Puerta del Sol and Callao plazas. 
  • On the eastern side of central Madrid is Retiro, close to the gorgeous Retiro Park, a greenspace of magnificent sculptures and monuments. If you’re looking for a quieter, more outdoor-fitness-focused atmosphere, Retiro would be a good choice: it’s packed with outdoor walking and jogging paths, and an outdoor fitness area where hot shirtless guys (and some women) work out.

¡VAMOS A MADRID

Get the ManAboutWorld take on where to stay, eat, play & meet in these five neighborhoods and other cool parts of the red-hot city of Madridby downloading the ManAboutWorld App on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. We support iPads, iPhones and Android devices. There are a few FREE publications in all of the apps, and you can click here to register for a FREE three-month subscription.

Photos: Top: PromoMadrid; Bottom: Calvin Smith; both via Flickr

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By @ 09/28/15 in Gay travel, Jeff Guaracino, ManAboutWorld, Travel, Travel Tips Tuesday
Travel problem; Jeff Guaracino shares his tips in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Menacing pirate ship or sleek black Turkish yacht?!

 Travel problems: There comes a time when even the best-planned travel can go wrong. And it is usually not your fault. When travel chaos happens, remember to focus, resolve and resume. ManAboutWorld correspondent Jeff Guaracino shares his secret.

Travel problems exist. Last month’s column said to expect the unexpected, like missed connections, lost luggage, stolen items, hotel mix-ups and tourist traps. It happens. The difference between a dream trip and a lost dream trip depends on how you react to the travel adversity. It is not what happens, but rather what you do next. If you have a travel problem:

  • Focus. Above all, take action but don’t panic. Be very specific on what you need to do now to resume your trip as planned. Don’t get distracted. Resolution or viable alternatives will be your mantras.
  • Lost or stolen credit card? Cancel it now. You are not liable for charges made after you cancel your card. If you don’t know your credit card number (who does?), don’t worry! The credit-card issuer can find it for you by asking you questions, including your Social Security number. Don’t know the number to call? Google it. You just need to know the bank’s name that issued your credit card, like TD Bank or Citibank. Credit cards offer more protection than debit cards. Your credit card can also offer lots of perks in travel drama like lost-luggage protection, overnight-card replacement or referrals to reputable businesses.
  • Missed airline connection? Get on the next available flight. If you are waiting in line to talk to an airline customer-service representative, call the airline on your cell phone. The main goal is to get to anyone who quickly can rebook your flight ASAP. Airline seats are hard to find since flights are flying full. If you wait in a long line of pesky travelers ahead of you all trying to get to the same place, you will lose time to snag that last seat.
  • Hotel doesn’t have your reservation? Take a printed receipt of your confirmation from the hotel or take a picture of it on your phone. Like airlines, hotels can “oversell” and may want to “walk” you to another hotel. “Walk” is an industry term for when the hotelier intentionally oversells its hotel with the expectation that some people will not show up and the hotel can keep the rate. Insist on being “walked” one night only and to a hotel that is equal or better than the one you book. Immediately post your experience on Trip Advisor. Right now! Hotels are afraid of negative reviews. Be specific and not emotional in your review.
  • Airline lost your bags? Airlines are going to lose your luggage. It is the most personal thing that you travel with. And who isn’t mad when you don’t have fresh underwear? Don’t pack items that you will need immediately, including medication, passports, credit cards or valuables. If you are traveling on a “code share” airline ticket — meaning you bought your airline ticket from one airline but you’re flying on another carrier — chances of mishap skyrocket. But remember, unless you are carrying the Hope Diamond, you are likely going to be able to replace everything in your bag — eventually.



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By @ 09/24/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, S. Arestis & S. Chaneac, Travel
The NomadicBoys with their infamous teaspoons, ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

The NomadicBoys with their infamous teaspoons

This month’s Memento is “our indispensable teaspoon” by the handsome and peripatetic NomadicBoys, our roving correspondents and a gay couple sharing their tales of the road with the world. In the Memento section of the magazine we invite our correspondents and readers to share something they, ahem, acquired on the road that become an object they can’t leave for home without. Do you have a memento you’d like to share? Let us know!

by the NomadicBoys 

On board the Trans-Siberian railway, the fierce old lady Provodnitsas, train attendants look after each carriage snarling at your every move. The samovars, tea urns, dispensing hot water allow you to produce tea/soup/coffee from sachets. These obviously need a teaspoon to stir them, which Madame Provodnitsa loaned to us. We never gave it back. This simple treasure has not only become a memento of our Trans-Siberian adventure but also an indispensable tool during our travels. Along with our Swiss army knife, this simple teaspoon has unlocked the pleasures of our favorite fruit (papayas) on the beach in the Maldives or at the Kuang Si Falls in Laos. This little spoon has become so important to us that we’ve now “acquired” a second one! Too bad for Madame Provodnitsa. If only she would smile more. Follow the NomadicBoys, Stefan Arestis and Sébestien Chaneac, at nomadicboys.com

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By @ 09/23/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel
Swiss Guard at Vatican City, the Pope's U.S. visit, ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Swiss Guard at Vatican City

While Pope Francis set forth for his trip to Cuba and the United States, we were touring Vatican City, a city-state surrounded by Rome, Italy, and the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church. It’s home to the pope and a trove of iconic art and architecture.

A visit to Rome is not complete without a visit to the pope’s hometown, Vatican City and particular the Vatican Museums. We did a self-guided tour but you can also take a gay-oriented tour of the Vatican by our friends at the gay tour operator Quiiky. Here are a few photos from our trip.

Ok, now get back to your TV (or via a livestream like this at CNNGo) and watch the Pope’s arrival in Washington, D.C.

Door detail at the Vatican, the Pope's U.S. visit, ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Detail from a door at the Vatican

Entrance to the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican, the Pope's U.S. visit, ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Entrance to the Sistine Chapel. No pictures allowed inside.

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By @ 09/09/15 in Billy Kolber, Ed Salvato, Gay travel, London, ManAboutWorld, Travel
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Big Ben

Our editor Ed Salvato is on a European tour, currently in London for the week. He updated us with a few images from his trip, including these. Check back here, on our Instagram feed or on Facebook over the next two weeks to see photos from  his travels and those of our colleague Billy Kolber who’s also in Europe on this Uniworld river cruise sailing from Basel, Switzerland to Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

G-A-Y gay club in London, ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

G-A-Y

The London Eye in London, ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

The London Eye

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By @ 09/08/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New Orleans, Travel

Southern Decadence, New Orleans, ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineOk, so you just missed Southern Decadence, which unspooled in New Orleans over the Labor Day weekend.See what you missed here. But there are three more reasons to put NoLa on your travel to-do list before the end of the year.

Halloween LGBT Style
October 29-November 1, 2015
For over 30 years, Halloween in New Orleans has been a huge success and a major part of the city’s LGBT community. Once again this year, the French Quarter’s LGBT scene will be out in full regalia for an extended weekend. With four days of thrilling events, you can join the fun at any time.

Faux Real Festival
November 4-22, 2015
Formerly known as the New Orleans Fringe Festival, Faux/ Real Fest celebrates performing arts for three weeks of entertainment. This year’s theme is “Something New,” and tons of performers are gearing up to showcase their best talent.

Christmas New Orleans style
Visitors to New Orleans during the Holiday Season may want to sample an old Crescent City tradition that dates back to the early 19th century. It is called a Reveillon Dinner and there is the story behind it. In French, New Orleans’ original language, the word “reveillon” means “awakening.” The Creoles, some of the city’s earliest inhabitants, celebrated the start of Christmas in the early 1800s, with a big family meal when they returned home from midnight mass. Click here for more information.

Photo: Egoiste via Flickr

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