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Piraeus and Athens Photo Gallery 2016

| January 13th, 2017 | Comments Off on Piraeus and Athens Photo Gallery 2016

Piraeus is the port city adjacent to Athens from which hundreds of cruise and commercial and cargo ships arrive and depart weekly. It was the location for many of the Olympic Games 2004. A new subway was built for the Games and is now used by thousands of passengers a day between Athens and Piraeus. The ancient Parthenon  atop the Acropolis hill is one of the most famous buildings in the world. It was dedicated to the goddess Athena, whom the people of Athens considered their patron. Construction began in 447 BC when the Athenian Empire was at the peak of its power. The building is always undergoing restoration.  

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A New Gay Greece: After the January 2015 Election Has Life Changed For LGBT Citizens?

| January 5th, 2017 | Comments Off on A New Gay Greece: After the January 2015 Election Has Life Changed For LGBT Citizens?

Since the Syriza Party electoral victory in January 2015 the country has gone through political, social and finial upheavals not seen in recent history. Strikes, protests, public demonstrations and financial brinksmanship have unsettled the usually staid culture in that ancient country where democracy was first invented. What does all this portend for the LGBT community in Greece? By Richard Ammon Globalgayz.com Fall 2016 Photo galleries: Mykonos: http://www.globalgayz.com/mykonos-and-delos-islands-2016/4461/ Athens: http://www.globalgayz.com/athens-photo-gallery-2016/4557/   Greek LGBT Citizens Experience Hope and Courage in the After Effects of the Dramatic Election of 2015 A 2015 story about LGBT Greece was published in Slate.com written by Liam Hoare titled ‘What Syriza’s Victory Means for LGBT Right in Greece’. Syriza is a left-wing political party in Greece, founded in 2004 as a coalition of left-wing and radical left parties. It is currently the largest party in the Hellenic Parliament, with party chairman Alexis Tsipras serving as Prime Minister

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Mykonos and Delos Islands 2016

| December 29th, 2016 | Comments Off on Mykonos and Delos Islands 2016

  These two small islands 120 miles (190 kms) off the coast of mainland Greece are famous for being famous. Mykonos has about 11,000 year-round residents, most of whom live in and around the main town of Chora.  The tiny neighboring island of Delos has no permanent inhabitants; it is an outdoor museum of antiquities. The sunny climate and the beautiful beach scenes make tourism the major industry in Mykonos; the nightlife is also a big draw for a worldwide audience. It is a gay-and-straight-friendly destination with many businesses catering for all styles  of patrons. On Mykonos are ancient settlement remnants dating back to 11th century BCE. Over the past 25 centuries Mykonos has been invaded and fought over by nearly a dozen conquering forces, from Romans and Byzantines to Ottomans and Venetians. The modern peace belies the blood agony of the island’s history. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mykonos)  

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Piraeus and The New Athens Museum

| December 14th, 2016 | Comments Off on Piraeus and The New Athens Museum

Ancient Athens draws more visitors than modern Athens. The antiquities have a magical draw for people; here the distant past civilization is tangible and visible. It was opened in 2009, five years (late) after the 2004 Athens Olympics. Read about the drama behind the construction: http://www.parthenon.newmentor.net/museum.htm      

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Italy, Trieste – Maximilian’s Castle

| July 21st, 2016 | Comments Off on Italy, Trieste – Maximilian’s Castle
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Slovakia, Bratislava Photo Gallery (2016)

| July 21st, 2016 | Comments Off on Slovakia, Bratislava Photo Gallery (2016)

Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is set along the Danube River by the border with Austria and Hungary. It’s surrounded by vineyards and the Little Carpathian mountains, crisscrossed with forested hiking and cycling trails. The pedestrian-only, 18th-century old town is known for its lively bars and cafes. Perched atop a hill, the reconstructed Bratislava Castle overlooks old town and the Danube.    

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Slovenia, Ljubljana Photo Gallery 2 (2016)

| July 21st, 2016 | Comments Off on Slovenia, Ljubljana Photo Gallery 2 (2016)
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Slovenia, Ljubljana City Photo Gallery 1 (2016)

| July 21st, 2016 | Comments Off on Slovenia, Ljubljana City Photo Gallery 1 (2016)
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Budapest Photo Gallery 1 (2016)

| July 21st, 2016 | Comments Off on Budapest Photo Gallery 1 (2016)
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Budapest Photo Gallery 2 (2016)

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Greece, Mount Athos Photo Gallery

| July 21st, 2016 | Comments Off on Greece, Mount Athos Photo Gallery

  This World Heritage Site is home to 20 Eastern Orthodox monasteries and forms a self-governed monastic state within the sovereignty of the Hellenic Republic. Spiritually, Mount Athos comes under the direct jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.    

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Croatia, Zagreb Photo Gallery

| July 10th, 2016 | Comments Off on Croatia, Zagreb Photo Gallery
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Hungary, Bratislava Photo Gallery

| July 8th, 2016 | Comments Off on Hungary, Bratislava Photo Gallery

Random Bratislava photos from a visit in April 2016  

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Austria, Graz City Photo Gallery

| June 19th, 2016 | Comments Off on Austria, Graz City Photo Gallery

Austria, Graz City Photo Gallery Graz is the capital city of the southern Austrian province of Styria. At its heart is Hauptplatz, the medieval old town’s main square. Shops and restaurants line the narrow surrounding streets, which blend Renaissance and baroque architecture. A funicular leads up Schlossberg, the town hill, to the Uhrturm, a centuries-old clock tower. Across the River Mur, futuristic Kunsthaus Graz exhibits contemporary art.  

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Austria, Graz – Eggenberg Palace Photo Gallery

| June 18th, 2016 | Comments Off on Austria, Graz – Eggenberg Palace Photo Gallery

Graz Eggenberg Palace photo gallery Graz is the capital city of the southern Austrian province of Styria. At its heart is Hauptplatz, the medieval old town’s main square. Shops and restaurants line the narrow surrounding streets, which blend Renaissance and baroque architecture. Just outside the downtown is the former royal Eggenberg Palace which is today an impressive art gallery.      

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Gay Life in Austria–Graz City 2016

| June 10th, 2016 | Comments Off on Gay Life in Austria–Graz City 2016

  By Richard Ammon GlobalGayz.com May 2016 Also see: Austria Photo Galleries Austria News & Reports Archive   This trip I visited Vienna and Graz (the second largest city in Austria) where LGBT life thrives not in abundant quantity but in quiet quality. A week in Graz is a walk through a wonderland of picturesque history and modernity. The architecture of the city center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with the bubbly Mur River running down the center passed baroque and gothic buildings as well as masses of chatty cafes and tidy chocolate shops. Numerous trolleys glide along steel tracks past countless commercial shops and trendy restaurants.  (photo right, city hall) A castle uphill watches over the humming peaceful life below where we stayed in the spotless Hotel Mariahilf with fluffy duvets on the beds and a cornucopia breakfast spread of bread, jams, eggs, sausages, porridge and fruit. A

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Vienna, Austria Gallery 1

| June 1st, 2016 | Comments Off on Vienna, Austria Gallery 1

Vienna in Austria is one of the most historic, dramatic and beautiful cities in Europe. It was once the political capital of the civilized world under the Hapsburg Austrian-Hungarian Empire for 400 years.  It was also the supreme cultural capital of Europe with great composers, writers and artists. Beethoven,, Mozart, and Mahler head the long list of musical geniuses who lived there.      

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Vienna Austria Gallery 2

| May 31st, 2016 | Comments Off on Vienna Austria Gallery 2

Vienna in Austria is one of the most historic, dramatic and beautiful cities in Europe. It was once the political capital of the civilized world under the Hapsburg Austrian-Hungarian Empire for 400 years.  It was also the supreme cultural capital of Europe with great composers, writers and artists. Beethoven,, Mozart, and Mahler head the long list of musical geniuses who lived there.        

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Gay Slovenia

| May 28th, 2016 | Comments Off on Gay Slovenia

Intro: Slovenia, a former Yugoslavia republic, is a small pretty country of mountains, fertile pastures and picturesque villages. Old town Ljubljana looks storybook. History stretches back to Roman times. Having escaped the horrors of the 90’s Balkan wars for the most part, the citizens here have moved forward with modest prosperity. Homophobia exists of course but it has not been violent or virulently religious. Gay activists work busily and quietly to push for more complete partnership recognition and registration. Also see: Gay Slovenia News & Reports 2000 to present Gay Slovenia Photo Galleries   By Richard Ammon Updated May 2016   Progress and Peace If you read the Slovenia News & Reports page on this site, you will see a progressive country that has allowed civil partnerships since 2006. More recently, the Constitutional Court ruled that the country’s law on inheritance and succession discriminates same-sex couples and required that it

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Gay Hungary (Budapest)

| April 25th, 2016 | Comments Off on Gay Hungary (Budapest)

Intro: Budapest is a ‘miracle’ city of world class cultural venues, orderly, efficient transportation, reliable peaceful (right-wing) governance, manicured parks, breezy free-thinking cafes, gourmet restaurants, palatial hotels, heroic monuments and palatial thermal baths. The miracle is that the freedom, independence, capitalism, and beauty of today have survived and grown far beyond the chaos and centuries of war, persecution, invasion, holocaust, fascism and communism to become a world-class metropolis. Included in that freedom  is a LGBT scene that is mostly alive and well. Also see: Gay Hungary News & Reports 1999 to present Hungary Photo Galleries By Richard Ammon November 2006 Updated April 2016   Gay Budapest: Háttér Society Along with the great art, great food and great cafes, and I also paid a visit  to the humble and anonymous offices of Háttér LGBT association which, like the struggle of David vs Goliath, is still powering along since 1995 advocating for

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Portugal – Lisbon 1

| February 12th, 2016 | Comments Off on Portugal – Lisbon 1

Portugal, Lisbon 1 Lisbon is a huge open-air walking museum of history, culture, modern buildings, great monuments, beautiful harbor and exquisite food. It’s busy even in the shoulder seasons for good reason: prices are affordable. Renting a car is the only way to go to see the grand vistas, roadside flowers, the mountain snow, high altitude stone houses, historic ports, endless cafes, ancient castles, great universities and the unique castles in the town of Sintra. Lisbon has a population of about 552,000 and is one of the major economic areas on the continent, with a growing financial sector and one of the largest container ports on Europe’s Atlantic coast.    

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Portugal – Lisbon 2

| February 12th, 2016 | Comments Off on Portugal – Lisbon 2

Lisbon is a huge open-air walking museum of history, culture, modern buildings, great monuments, beautiful harbor and exquisite food. It’s busy even in the shoulder seasons for good reason: prices are affordable. Renting a car is the only way to go to see the grand vistas, roadside flowers, the mountain snow, high altitude stone houses, historic ports, endless cafes, ancient castles, great universities and the unique castles in the town of Sintra. Lisbon has a population of about 552,000 and is one of the major economic areas on the continent, with a growing financial sector and one of the largest container ports on Europe’s Atlantic coast.   RSS:

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Portugal – Porto City

| February 4th, 2016 | Comments Off on Portugal – Porto City

Intro: Porto is an adventurous city of hills, rivers, bridges, old town pavements, many churches some with decorated with magnificent exterior blue and white tiles; it’s a city that makes port wine, of course. There is a medieval Ribeira (riverside) district with narrow cobbled streets that wind past old merchants’ houses and plenty of cafes.  The city is the second largest in Portugal and is home to a fine university founded in 1911 that focuses on science & medicine.  

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Gay in Putin’s Moscow: Why the City is Pinker Than You Think

| December 6th, 2015 | Comments Off on Gay in Putin’s Moscow: Why the City is Pinker Than You Think

    LGBT nights are easy to find and Grindr reaches into the heart of the Kremlin itself. But two years after the law banning ‘homosexual propaganda’, can being gay in the Russian capital really be much fun? By Chris Michael, Judith Soal and Maeve Shearlaw The Guardian 13 June 2015 http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2015/jun/13/gay-putin-moscow-life-nightlife-clubbing-law-lgbt     “Moscow is like a small European city in the mid-90s,” says Anton Krasovsky. “Everybody knows everybody. Everybody knows who’s gay, even if nobody’s out.”   Well, not nobody. In 2013, when the Duma was debating a new law outlawing “gay propaganda”, Krasovsky was a beloved Russian TV personality, working for a news channel he’d co-founded called Kontr TV. At the end of a wide-ranging discussion on the proposed legislation, Krasovsky said, on air: “I’m gay. And I’m just as much a human being as President Putin, or Prime Minister Medvedev, or the members of the Duma.”

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Bosnia Activists Hope EU Bid Will Help End Anti-LGBT Violence

| December 1st, 2015 | Comments Off on Bosnia Activists Hope EU Bid Will Help End Anti-LGBT Violence

“Most people keep their sexuality a secret. There is lots of discrimination here.” Gay campaigners are hoping that Bosnia’s bid to join the European Union, which has put its human rights record under greater scrutiny, will lead to change.   By Morgan Meaker Associated Press Thomson Reuters Foundation December 1, 2015 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bosnia-lgbt-community_565dca9ae4b08e945fec99b3?ir=Gay%2BVoices%253Fncid%253Dnewsltushpmg00000003   Sarajevo, Bosnia Ivan has not told his parents, or many friends, that he’s gay. “I want to tell them, of course,” he said. “Every person on this planet needs to share nice things from his private life; to say ‘I’m happy, I have a boyfriend’.” Now in his 20s, Ivan has known he was gay since he was a child but in Bosnia, where attacks on LGBTI [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and intersex] people are common despite mounting pressure for the government to tackle discrimination, he doesn’t feel he can be open about his sexuality. Gay campaigners

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