Christiania Village in Copenhagen

Christiania Village Christiania is an 81-acre city within Copenhagen (see Stories, News & Photos) founded in 1971 by ‘alternative’ people–hippies and others seeking a freer lifestyle and a place to live. They invaded and took over an unused military compound against much government resistance. It’s been a forty year off-and-on struggle to keep the authorities

A Homophobia-Free Zone in Copenhagen

By Richard AmmonGlobalGayz.comJanuary 22, 2011 A recent extended stay in Copenhagen allowed me to explore with some depth this pretty, efficient and tolerant city on the north coast of Europe. Denmark is a highly gay-tolerant country compared to most others in the world, with more than two dozen LGBT (gay) venues, organizations and festivals throughout

Gay and Straight at the Malmo, Sweden Train Station

By Richard AmmonGlobalGayz.comJanuary 11, 2011 (1/11/11) Imagine this: arriving at the Malmo, Sweden train station (30 minutes east from Copenhagen) for the first time and looking around at the kiosks, cafes, ticket offices, bustling commuters. Nothing unusual–until I wandered into the variety store (called Interpress, a la 7-Eleven) and beheld a blizzard of print–probably a

On Visiting Copenhagen in Winter

By Richard AmmonGlobalGayz.comJanuary 7, 2010 Snow fell three inches yesterday with fine white ground coat across the park in front of my apartment. On the other side of the park is a leafy evergreen cemetery which is really an extension of the park. It’s a fine time to take a walk across the mono-colored land

Random Images of Moscow

Moscow is the capital of Russia. The city is a major political, economic, cultural, religious, financial, educational, and transportation centre of Russia and the world. Moscow is the most populous city on the continent of Europe and the seventh largest city proper in the world. The population as of  January 2010 was 10,562,099. Since the

Moscow Subways and the Bombing of March 2010

Moscow has some of the most elegant Metro subway stations of any country, ranging from modernistic art deco interior designs to more ornate baroque-looking walls to huge stained-glass walls. This gallery displays a few of the many styles. During the morning rush hour of March 29, 2010 two suicide bombings were carried out, about 40

Three Famous Burial Grounds

The three famous cemeteries portrayed here contain the remains of Russia’s most notable artists, politicians, military leaders, elite class members and the Czars–including the reburial of the last Czar, Nicholas and his family who were assasinated in 1918 and finally reburied in St Petersburg in 1991. More inspiring are the sites of the great artists

Leo Tolstoy’s Estate Yasnaya Polyana

Yasnaya Polyana was the home of the writer Leo Tolstoy, where he was born, wrote War and Peace and Anna Karenina, and is buried. Tolstoy called Yasnaya Polyana his "inaccessible literary stronghold,". It is located 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) southwest of Tula, Russia and 200 kilometers (130 miles) from Moscow. In 1921 the estate formally became

Random Views of Cologne 2010

Cologne is Germany’s fourth-largest city (after Berlin, Hamburg and Munich), and is the largest city  within the Rhine-Ruhr Metropolitan Area, one of the major European metropolitan areas with more than ten million inhabitants. It is one of the oldest cities in Germany, having been founded by the Ubii in the year 38 BC. The name

Rhine River Castle Cruise 2010

One of Europe’s most picturesque trips is a boat ride down (north) on the Rhine River, from Rudesheim to Koblenz, part of the ‘Middle Rhine’ (from Mainz to Cologne). Between these two destinations there are about twenty-five castles and more charming villages. Tour boats share this part of the river with large cargo barges, cross-river

Gay Games in Cologne 2010

The Gay Games were started in 1982 by Tom Waddell, an Olympic athlete who wanted to have a similar event for the LGBT community worldwide. The eighth version, 2010, of the Games was held in the gay-friendly city of Cologne, Germany. There were about 9000 athletes who participated in 35 sports. In addition there were

Images of Gay-Friendly Cologne City 2010

Cologne is one of Europe’s gay capitals and was host to the 2010 Gay Games . For a busy and energiized week, July 31 to August 7, the city bubbled with 35 sports events, cultural events and colorful parties, as well as two enertainment/social/eating ‘villages’ in the central area. In addition to the many usual

Verdun Region Memorials of World War 1

Around and in historic Verdun there are numerous monuments, cemeteries, memorials and battle sites from the First World War that are preserved in remembrance of those whose lives were shattered by the horrors and bloodshed of that war. In this gallery are photos of the Douaumont Ossuary, the French National Cemetery in Verdun, the Douaumont

The ’14-’18 Museum in Romagne-sous-Montfaucon

Gallery introduction by David Laskin, New York Times, September 30, 2007 and Richard Ammon,, 2010 In the tiny village of Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, adjacent to the Meuse-Argonne Cemetery and the Montfaucon Monument, a dedicated Dutch couple, Bridget and Jean-Paul de Vries, have opened the intirguing 14-18 Museum to display their extraordinary collection of World War I