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 Russia 2010-13

Introduction Gay Russia is a vast subject with a short modern history. Life is not easy for LGBT Russians and most prefer to remain in quiet safe closets. But three LGBT organizations are challenging the old traditions and attitudes. It is not easy or always safe but the challenge is great and their determination is

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 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 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 Updated March 2013   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

Serbia, Belgrade 1

Belgrade is the bustling capital and largest city of Serbia. It is located at the confluence of the polluted Sava and the clean Danube rivers. The city has a population of over 1.1 million, making it one of the largest cities in Eastern Europe. It is one of the oldest prehistoric settlements of Europe, in

Sarajevo Museums

Sarajevo City has numerous fine museums; some are traditional and others are unique and unusual. The most traditional is the National Museum built in 1913 with its Roman and Illyrian sculptures surrounded by Doric columns, as well as the priceless Sarajevo Haggadah Jewish Codex book. Adjacent to the National Museum is the daunting Sarajevo War

Bosnia-Herzegovina, Mostar City

Mostar is a city and municipality in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the largest and one of the most important cities in the Herzegovina region. The city is situated on the Neretva river and is the fifth-largest city in the country. The Old Bridge, built by the Ottomans in the 16th century, is one of the city’s

Bosnia-Herzegovina, Sarajevo City 1

Sarajevo is a ‘tough’ city, that is, it is clearly in recovery mode from the devastation by the Serbian armies in the ’92-’95 Yugolslav War. It is also in recovery from a forty year communist controlled lifestyle in which life was sparse with little hope of personal prosperity. There are plenty of remnants and reminders

Croatia, Zadar

Zadar is an ancient city, built in the center of the Croatian Adriatic, full of historical and cultural monuments. It is three thousand years old, a city with a tumultuous and dynamic history. It has been destroyed, looted, devastated by succeeding civilizations, however, each time emerging stronger, richer and more beautiful. Zadar appeared for the

Croatia, City of Split

Split, on the Adriatic shoreline of Croatia, is centered around the ancient Roman Palace of the 3-4th century Emperor Diocletian fronting on the bay and city port. The population is about 178,000 and a metropolitan area numbering up to 350,000. It is the largest Dalmatian city and the second-largest city of Croatia. Modern life continues

Montenegro, Podgorica City

Podgorica is the capital and largest city of Montenegro. The city’s position at the confluence of the Ribnica and Morača rivers on the fertile Zeta Plain and the Bjelopavlići Valley has been conducive to settlement since Roman times. The city is close to winter ski slopes as well as resorts on the Adriatic Sea. The

Croatia, Dubrovnik City

Dubrovnik is a major Croatian seaport city on the Adriatic Sea coast of Croatia and one of the most attractive tourist destinations on the sea. Its total permanent population is about 43,000, with several thousand visitors arriving every day. In 1979, the city was appointed to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. It is

Montenegro, Kotor City

Kotor is a coastal city in Montenegro, secluded in the southern end of the Gulf of Kotor. The Bay is one of the most indented parts of the Adriatic Sea and is sometimes called the southern-most fjord in Europe. The city has a population of about 14,510. This picturesque old Mediterranean city is surrounded by

Gay Life in Montenegro 2012

GlobalGayz interview with Zdravko Cimbaljevic, (former) director of LGBT Forum PROGRESS in central Podgorica; with an additional description of Juventas  and Montenegro Gay Portal   Lay of the Land and Culture Montenegro is often overlooked as a tourist destination. Indeed it is often overlooked in general or looked down upon politically, economically and ignored for industrial

Albania, Butrint Ancient City Ruin

Butrint was an ancient Greek and later Roman city. Today it is an archeological site 14 kilometres south of the Albanian town of Saranda near the Greek border. It was known in antiquity as Bouthroton in Ancient Greek and Buthrotum in Roman Latin. Located on a small hill it overlooks the Vivari Channel. It was