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Gay Life in Modern Turkey

Introduction As a Muslim country, Turkey reveals a very different attitude than most other Islamic countries toward lesbigay life. Progressive and highly western, Turkey allows gays to have a measure of freedom of expression and as well access to fulfilling careers and romantic intimacy. But many Turks resent and fear any recognition of “Gay Life… Read more »

How I Told Russia I Was Gay

By Artem Kolesov Posted from CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/04/opinions/gay-russian-violinist-opinion-kolesov/ •    At age 5, Artem Kolesov, the son of two Russian pastors living outside Moscow, realized he was gay •    But it took another 18 years before he had the courage to come out to his family, friends and, ultimately, the world. CNN: “Artem Kolesov is a 23-year-old… Read more »

  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.… Read more »

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… Read more »

  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.… Read more »

  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      

  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… Read more »

  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.    

  Hungary, Bratislava Photo Gallery

Random Bratislava photos from a visit in April 2016  

  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… Read more »

  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… Read more »

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… Read more »

  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… Read more »

  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… Read more »

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.

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… Read more »

  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… Read more »

  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,… Read more »

  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. … Read more »