Italy – Rome: St. Peter’s Dome

Ascending to the crown of St.Peter’s dome is fairly easy via steps(an elevator goes up to the base of the dome). The size, proportion and beauty of the engineering are stunning and nearly incredible when one thinks the place was built with no power equipment. From the top the views of St. Peter’s Square display

Poland – Ciechanow/Torun

Ciechanow is a town in north-central Poland with 47,900 inhabitants (2002). Before World War II, it was home to a large Jewish community. During the war many Polish Jews and resistance fighters were executed by the Germans in the castle. Torun is a city in northern Poland, on the Vistula River, with population over 207,190

Gay Life in Romania

Introduction Modern Romania is a mix of new liberal ideas against a dense tradition of conservative rural customs. For the LGBT community, the conflict is significant as Romania moves into a new century, a new economy and new influences from the European Union with its forward-thinking pro-gay policies. The difficult culture clash is led by

Spain – Malaga

Malaga is an ancient port city now home to half a million people. Its Mediterranean coast lends to a casual exuberance among natives and visitors. The classic old town centers around the enormous 16th-17th century cathedral and the 11th century Alcazaba that’s next to the 8th century Castillo de Gibralfaro. More modern history is found

Turkey – Istanbul: City (3)

Turkey – Istanbul 9/11/01 We arrived in Istanbul on September 10, 2001 in the evening. The next day we went for a boat ride up the Bosporus toward the Black Sea returning to our apartment about 5PM. On the ground floor was a local grocery store with a small black and white TV showing some

Gay Belarus 2006

Intro: Belarus still staggers under post Soviet repressive government policies. Although homosexuality has been decriminalized it remains a shadow lifestyle and there is little breathing room or freedom for LGBT people. Below are stories and reports that offer an overview and introduction to gay Belarus.

Croatia Naturalism

Croatia, in the opinion of many, Europe’s most beautiful garden has been an attractive naturist destination for five decades. Naturism from its first beginnings in 1936 on the island of Rab, naturally with the permission of the town authorities, was begun by respectable guests Edward VIII and his beloved Wallis Simpson. From the construction of

France – Paris (3)

Arc de Triomphe and Pere Lachaise Cemetery Paris is the capital of France and the country’s largest city. It is situated on the River Seine, in northern France. It has has an estimated population of about 2,200,000. An important settlement for more than two millennia, Paris is today one of the world’s leading business and

Hungary – Liszt Museum

Franz Liszt (1811–1886) was an Austrian-Hungarian composer and virtuoso pianist of the 19th century. He was a renowned performer throughout Europe, noted for his compositions and great skill with the piano. Liszt helped found the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest. Throughout his later years Liszt took on many private students and his influence

Italy – Rome: Walk (1)

This walk wanders around the foot of the Capitoline Hill from the Arch of Janus and Piazza Bocca della Verita to Piazza Campitelli, Piazza Margana along via Dei Funari and its church. After which is the Trevi Fountain. Details can be found in the guidebook RomeWalks by Anya Shetterly. Read the stories about gay Italy

Ireland – Belfast

Belfast is the seat of government in Northern Ireland. It is the largest urban area in Northern Ireland and the province of Ulster and the second-largest city in Ireland after Dublin. The city suffered disruption, conflict, and destruction during ‘The Troubles’, but since has undergone a period of calmness and growth. The Troubles was a

Poland – Gdansk

Gdansk – is the city at the center of the fourth-largest metropolitan area in Poland. It is Poland’s principal seaport as well as the capital of the Pomeranian Voivodeship. Historically an important seaport and shipbuilding center, Gdansk was a member of the historic Hanseatic League. The city was the birthplace of the Solidarity movement which,

Slovenia – Ptuj City

A train trip from the capital city of Ljubljana through the scenic countryside to the picturesque and charming provincial capitol of Ptuj. Most of the way the tracks follow the valley of the Sava River. Ptuj is a city and one of 11 urban municipalities in Slovenia. It is situated in Lower Styria (northeastern Slovenia),

Spain – Costa del Sol

The Costa del Sol in southern Spain is Europe’s winter holiday destination. Countless thousands of condos, tourists and houses crowd the beaches and inland areas. From Torremolinos to Marbella is nicknamed the ‘Gold Coast’. Read the story about gay Spain  

Croatia – Zagreb: City (1)

Zagreb is the capital and the largest city of Croatia. The city is the cultural, scientific, economic and governmental center of the Republic. The city’s population in 2006 was about 784,900. In 1991, it became the capital of the country following secession from Yugoslavia. During the 1991-1995 Croatian War of Independence, it was a scene

France – Paris: Gay Marais District

Paris is the capital of France and the country’s largest city. It is situated on the River Seine, in northern France. It has has an estimated population of about 2,200,000. An important settlement for more than two millennia, Paris is today one of the world’s leading business and cultural centres, and its influence in politics,

Italy – Rome: Walk (2)

This walk takes in the neighborhood of the Campo dei Fiori starting on the Ponte Sisto moving past Piazza Trinita dei Pellegrino and Piazza Campo dei Fiori a along via di Monserrato and back through via Giula to Piazza Farnese, passing the impressive Palazzo Ricci with exterior frescos sketched by Caravaggio in the sixteenth century

Poland – Kalisz: City (1)

Kalisz is a city in central Poland with about 120,000 inhabitants. The city is an important regional industrial and commercial centre, with many notable factories, the Calisia piano factory among them. The city is also a centre for traditional folk art. Kalisz is now considered to be the oldest town of Poland, because it was