Portugal – Estremoz

Estremoz is a modest town in central Portugal with a population of about 15,000. The area has seen human habitation since pre-historic times. Over the centuries various conquering armies and of  Romans, Visigoths , Moors and Muslims have occupied  the land at various time. All are gone now and a modern republic of Portugal has

Portugal, Mertola

The town of Mértola has around 2800 inhabitants. It is located on a hill by the Guadiana River and its strategic location made it an historic important fluvial commercial port from ancient antiquity through the period of Islamic domination (711-1238). Among the vestiges of its past, Mértola’s main church was the only medieval mosque to

Gay Life in Modern Portugal

A few days in Lisbon is enough to whet one’s appetite for more of this vibrant, stylish, culinary-dense, historic and trendy city. It’s also in the forefront of Gay Life in Europe.   By Richard Ammon GlobalGayz.com March 2015 (most photos by GlobalGayz.com)   Lisbon is alive with countless cafes serving up a thousand menus

Portugal – Sagres Town

Sagres is a town in the southwest coastal corner of Portugal. The population in 2011 was 1,909. The town overlooks some of the Algarve’s most beautiful scenery. There is an ‘end-of-the-world’ feel with its sea-carved cliffs and empty desolate fortress high above the ocean. It is historically associated to Portugal’s impressive nautical past, but today

Gay Life in Ukraine 2012-14

Introduction There are many fronts in the universal struggle for gay rights and LGBT equality. Some of these fronts are violent, some are passive, some are out and proud and colorful while others are underground. All of them involve courage, stealth, strategic planning, public relations, political lobbying and greater or lesser amounts of money. In

Gay Ukraine After the Revolution: Life is Dangerous

Activist Globa Bogdan, who had his hopes for Kiev Pride dashed this year, says the culture of machismo threatens LGBT Ukrainians.   By Thom Senzee July 09 2014 The Advocate (http://www.advocate.com/world/2014/07/09/kiev-activist-life-dangerous-lgbt-ukrainians) (Photo right: activist Globa Bogdan at Baltimore Pride 2013 ) For Bogdan Globa, founder and executive director of Tochka Opory|Fulcrum, an LGBT rights advocacy

Russian Gay Activist Speaks Out 2013

Gay City News October 2, 2013. By Doug Ireland Nikolai Baev, 38, (photo right)  is a veteran Russian gay activist born and raised in Moscow. He founded the first gay group in the city of Novosibirsk when he was a university student there, and is one of the original organizers of the efforts to stage

Belgium, Brussels City Walkabout

Brussels is the capital and largest city of Belgium and the capital of the European Union (EU). The city has a population of 1.2 million and a metropolitan area with a population of over 1.8 million. Over the millennium it has a tumultuous history of invasion, revolts and conquests. In World War I Brussels was

Belgium, Antwerp City Walkabout

Antwerp is a city and municipality in Belgium with a population of about 510,600. The Antwerp metropolitan area is currently the second largest in Belgium. The city is located on the river Scheldt, which is linked to the North Sea by the Westerschelde estuary. The Port of Antwerp is one of the biggest ports in

Belgium, Brugge City

Bruges (Dutch: Brugge) is the capital and largest city of the province of West Flanders in the Flemish Region of Belgium in the northwest of the country. The city’s total population is 117,073 of which around 20,000 live in the city centre. The metropolitan area has a total of 255,844 inhabitants. Because of it numerous

Belgium, Ypres City

The Ypres municipality comprises the city of Ypres and ten small villages, home to some 34,900 inhabitants. During World War I, Ypres was the centre of intense and sustained battles between German and Allied forces. Ypres is an ancient town, known to have been raided by the Romans in the first century BC. During the Middle

Gay Greece–Crete

A Gay Traveller on Crete, Greece: Traveler and writer Tim Mitchel sent this first hand report from Greece’s largest Mediterranean island. By Tim Mitchell Special report to GlobalGayz.com June 2013 Say ‘Greece’ to most gay men and they will immediately say ‘Mykonos’, even if they haven’t been there. But of course Mykonos is not Greece

Is Barcelona the Best Gay City?

A couple of weeks in the Mediterranean twin cities of Barcelona and Sitges is enough to see this destination as one of the prime LGBT places to visit or live. This journalist was easily convinced of the sites and insights for a good life here.   By Richard Ammon GlobalGayz.com April 2013   Of course

Gay Life in Andorra, Europe

Intro: An updated story about this remote and beautiful country of Andorra high in the Pyrenees Mountains between Spain and France. Yes, there are LGBT people here, as everywhere, but their numbers are few and there is no gay organization.   by Richard Ammon GlobalGayz.com Updated May 2022   It’s hardly a secret that homosexual

Albania, Saranda City

Saranda is the capital of the District of Sarandë, Albania, and is one of the most important tourist attractions of the Albanian Riviera. It is situated on an open sea gulf of the Ionian Sea in the Mediterranean 2 nautical miles from the Greek island of Corfu. The city of Saranda has a population of

Macedonia, Lake Ohrid

Ohrid Lake is located on the western border of Macedonia with Albania. It is a beautiful and serene area with ancient ruins, scenic church settings, charming old town cafes and modern hotels. The lake is the deepest lake of the Balkans, with a maximum depth of 288 m (940 ft) and a mean depth of 155 m

Macedonia, Skopje

Skopje is the capital and largest city in the country of Macedonia (not to be confused the with Greek province of Macedonia). It is one of the successor states of the former Yugoslavia, from which it declared independence in 1991. The territory of Skopje has been inhabited since at least 4000 BC. The city developed

Serbia, Belgrade 2

Belgrade is a beautiful and gritty city with a wide variety of architecture, parks, sculpture, with diverse religions and countless eateries. This gallery shows the mausoleum of Marshal Josef Tito who ruled Yugoslavia for forty years and kept the diverse ethnic and religious tribes together as a single Slavic country.  Also here are images of