Weekend Getaway: Richmond to the Rescue

It is easy to travel from Baltimore to Richmond, Virginia. Amtrak offers a round trip ticket for as little as $76 from Baltimore’s Penn Station to Main Street Station, one of Richmond’s most visible landmarks. The more than 100-year-old train station, which has survived a major fire and two floods, is a great place for an adventure. Main Street Station’s recessed lights line both the ceiling and floor to highlight its magnificent architecture, its reproduced 22-foot marbleized columns enhance its historic feel, and its replicated original wooden benches deliver a somewhat uncomfortable seat for its visitors. From there, is an […]

Fantastic Fort Wayne

Since Reno’s motto is “The Biggest Little City in the World,” Fort Wayne’s should be “The Most Inaccessible Accessible Arts City in the World.” Fort Wayne is a hidden treasure in a conservative state. It’s tucked in northeastern Indiana and its location makes it an inconvenient pass-through destination for travelers going to Chicago, Detroit, or Indianapolis: Fort Wayne is on the way to nowhere. Its airport is small and offers few direct flights. But if you can figure out how to get there, you’ll be surprised because the city has a flourishing arts community. It offers artists opportunities to show […]

Dream of Nice

Nice is a year-round sunny paradise that sits next to the Mediterranean Sea in the southeastern part of France.  It is France’s fifth largest city and it offers trendy restaurants, Art Deco architecture, beautiful beaches, and stunning sunsets.  It is home to France’s upper class.  Nice’s popular harbor is crammed with beautiful yachts, its cliffs are filled with expensive homes, and its coastline has several exclusive resorts that are walled off from public view.   But Nice is also for the common tourist, offering inexpensive things to do and see.  Nice also welcomes the LGBT community as many bars and clubs […]

South Korea

South Korea, on the Korean Peninsula, is one of Asia’s most technically advanced countries, yet it’s moving at a snail’s pace on LGBT issues. Many younger South Koreans describe the Korean Peninsula as “tiger-shaped” because the symbol represents its aggressive modern economy. Older generations of Koreans think of the peninsula as “rabbit-shaped,” a nod to its traditional, yet diminishing agricultural economy. South Korea is known for its hilly areas, dense forests, cherry trees, centuries-old Buddhist temples, coastal fishing villages, and subtropical islands. Seoul, South Korea’s capital, is a high-tech city where nearly 10 million people live. Although South Korea is […]

Belgium | Euro Central

Belgium is a bilingual country with divisions between Dutch-speaking Flanders to the north and French-speaking Wallonia in the south. Belgium’s capital and the de facto capital of the European Union is Brussels. In Brussels, all road signs and most advertisements are shown in both languages. With the recent surge of immigrants into Europe, many have settled in Brussels, turning the city into a multilingual city, with many Arabic speakers. As Brussels transforms into a bigger melting pot, many new residents may find new freedoms in their new progressive country and city if they fled areas (which they probably did) that […]

Stunning | Santorini Ode to a Grecian isle

Santorini, Greece, is one of the most magnificent places on earth. A billion pictures of the crescent-shaped island would not cover all of its beauty. It is in the southern Aegean Sea, a little more than 120 miles from Greece’s mainland. At one time, it was a single oval-shaped island until an enormous volcanic eruption in the 16th century BC created a caldera. Santorini’s pre-eruption shape and location is what some people believe Plato references when he describes Atlantis. Today, Santorini is a collective of pieces of land separated by the ocean. Santorini includes the populated main island of Santorini […]

Fun on FIRE ISLAND Storied gay summertime resort on coastal Long Island

Famous Fire Island is a place to visit in the summer for a mini “gaycation.” It’s located off the southern shore of Long Island. The island is 31 miles long and varies between 520 and 1,300 feet wide. The drive from Baltimore to the Sayville Ferry Service is about four-and-a-half hours and the ferry ride is about 15 minutes. The two car-free communities that receive a lot of attention from the LGBT community are Cherry Grove and Fire Island Pines. Transportation is only by foot on neatly constructed boardwalks. To haul things around, you either need luggage with wheels or […]

Washington, DC

Washington, DC, is a great place to visit. To get there from Baltimore, you can avoid the bumper-to-bumper traffic by taking a train from Baltimore Penn Station to Washington Union Station. A one-way ticket costs as little as $8. There is a subway under Union Station, and it takes you to several attractions. DC is very influential on both national and international stages. Famous protests are delivered in DC because many powerful policymakers and countries’ embassies are located there. DC also has a large LGBT community. Last year a Gallup poll found that DC has the highest self-identified LGBT population […]

Curacao | Cool Caribbean Island charm with a touch of Dutch

Curacao is a Dutch Caribbean island located in the southwest and is approximately 44 miles from the mainland of South America. It’s also part of the famous ABC islands – Aruba, Curacao, and Bonaire – which are the three westernmost islands of the Leeward Antilles in the Caribbean Sea. Its population is around 160,000 and is mixed with 40 to 50 different nationalities. The island is small: it only takes about an hour and a half to drive Curacao from one end to the other. Curacao is a hotspot tourist destination because it has much to enjoy. Its rich history […]

Austria | Waltz On By

Austria is a beautiful country that has a magnificent Alpine scenery, clear lakes, and breathtaking palaces. Its landscape is filled with luscious green trees, gorgeous small towns, and magnificent people. It is known for its special cuisine, mixing Italian, Hungarian, Bohemian, German, and Balkans flavors and cooking styles. Some of its famous dishes include Rindsuppe (beef soup) and Tafelspitz (beef boiled in broth served with apple, horseradish, and chives sauce). Vienna – Austria’s capital – is a musical and cultural melting pot that produced great intellectuals and artists, including Mozart, Beethoven, and Sigmund Freud. Austria offers a strong LGBT scene […]