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

Germany – Berlin (2)

Berlin is the capital city and one of sixteen states of Germany. With a population of 3.4 million within its city limits, Berlin is the country’s largest city. After World War II, the city was divided; East Berlin became the capital of East Germany while West Berlin became a Western enclave, surrounded by the Berlin

Ireland – Dublin and southeast

Dublin is both the largest city and capital of Ireland. Founded as a Viking settlement, the city has been Ireland’s primary city for most of the island’s history since medieval times. Today, it is an economic, administrative and cultural centre for the island of Ireland and has one of the fastest growing populations of any

Italy – Rome: Vatican Museum (1)

The Vatican Museum is an overwhelming experience of the greatest painting ever created by human hands. It is dense with mythology, religious history, Roman history, exquisite uses of color and form crowned by the intricately frescoed ante-chambers leading into the Sistine Chapel. In the Chapel itself (final 7 photos below) there is inescapable awe and

Poland – Warsaw City (2)

Warsaw’s population as of 2007 was estimated at 1,706,624, with a metropolitan area of approximately 3,350,000. It is the capital of Poland. Warsaw’s mixture of architectural styles reflects the turbulent history of the city and country. During World War II, Warsaw was razed to the ground by bombing raids and Nazi destruction. After liberation mass

Poland – Wroclaw City & Antonin Region

In the Antonin area (south central) is the famous Radziwill Hunting Palace (photos 1-17) of the famous 19th century Polish aristocratic Radziwill family but now well known as the place where Frederick Chopin visited (1827 and 1829) and performed. In this beautiful yet rustic 4-story wood ‘palace’ today are held concerts in the composer’s honor.

Slovenia – Ljubljana City 2009 (2)

Ljubljana has many sculptural and artisitic details in it architecture, fountains, walls and bridges, ranging from classic bronze dragons to alternative artists. Ljubljana is the capital of Slovenia with about 370,000 and has diverse architectural styles as can be seen in this gallery. Slovenia’s most renown architect was Jose Plecnik (1872-1957) whose work is seen

Turkey – Istanbul: City (1)

Istanbul (historically Byzantium and later Constantinople) is the world’s 3rd largest city and Turkey’s cultural and financial center. It extends both on the European (Thrace) and on the Asian (Anatolia) side of the Bosphorus, and is therebythe only metropolis in the world which is situated on two continents. In its long history, Istanbul served as

France – Paris (1)

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,

Germany – Gay Berlin

Berlin is the capital city and one of sixteen states of Germany. With a population of 3.4 million within its city limits, Berlin is the country’s largest city. After World War II, the city was divided; East Berlin became the capital of East Germany while West Berlin became a Western enclave, surrounded by the Berlin

Poland – Warsaw Gay Venues

A drive around this beautiful friendly country reveals fertile farms, soaring cathedrals and castles, a tormented past and a boisterous and fairly prosperous present. Scattered pockets of gay culture and life, in the big cities, are energetic but still muted and surrounded by much homophobia. Recent political leaders have opposed gay festivals and parades but

Poland – Zakopane

Zakopane is a town in southern Poland with some 30,000 inhabitants. The town, a place of Góral culture and informally known as "the winter capital of Poland," lies at the foot of the Tatra Mountains, the only alpine mountain range in the Carpathian Mountains. It is an appealing tourist town with its forests and streams

Slovenia – Predjama Castle

An hour’s drive southwest of Ljubjana is the impressive 16th century Castle of Predjama. The castle was probably built in the 12th century. It is located in the middle of a 123 meter high overhanging limestone cliff at the entrance of a cave. Beneath the castle the Lovka stream runs into another cave. Read the

Turkey – Istanbul: City (2)

Istanbul (historically Byzantium and later Constantinople) is the world’s 3rd largest city and Turkey’s cultural and financial center. It extends both on the European (Thrace) and on the Asian (Anatolia) side of the Bosphorus, and is thereby the only metropolis in the world which is situated on two continents. In its long history, Istanbul served

France – Paris (2)

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,