Summer in the South of France: Nice and ToulouseBy Mark Thompson | Jul 14Ever since F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald landed in the south of France during the Twenties, the Cote d’Azur has been a haven for the beautiful and the gifted who are drawn to the azure waters of the Mediterranean and the pink villages of France.
Discovering Paris Through Woody Allen’s "Midnight in Paris"By ELAINE GANLEY | Jul 3Spend a day, and a de rigueur night, here and you can walk hand-in-hand with Woody Allen through the City of Light he portrays in "Midnight in Paris," his sweet and zany valentine to the French capital.
The Gastronomic Allure of Zurich, SwitzerlandBy Mark Thompson | Jul 5The wealthiest city in Europe, Zurich has been designated the city with the best quality of life in the world - for seven years in a row. A world leader in climate control, Zurich is also a city where a plurality of citizens profess no faith or religion.
Blissful Culture Overdose in Basel, SwitzerlandBy Mark Thompson | Jun 8The airport is in France - but your ticket says Switzerland - and the official language is German. Carmen Sandiego, where are we now? Located on the river Rhine, where the borders of Switzerland, France, and Germany meet, Basel is a nexus of culture.
Capturing Switzerland’s Charms in PhotosBy Mark Thompson | May 28Switzerland is a country roughly the size of the state of Maryland, with a population less than New York City - and yet, what an inordinate amount of influence this one country has had on European and global culture.
The Beauty of Bern: Springtime in SwitzerlandBy Mark Thompson | May 28Consistently ranked among the world’s top ten cities for quality of life, Bern, the capital of Switzerland, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 for its medieval Old Town, built in 1191 - and in springtime, few places are as beautiful...
Montpellier, France: City of Students in LoveBy Mark Thompson | Jul 21Nearly one in four residents of Montpellier, France is a student, which makes for an eternally youthful city - even one that was founded in 985 AD. If Paris is for lovers, Montpellier is for students in love - and especially in summer.
Exploring the Gay Senses in Bologna, Italy in OctoberJul 28Il Chiostro has been organizing a one-week workshop in Italy for gay men every year since 2000. Each year they select a new destination, settle in, and slowly absorb the culture, art, cuisine, wine, and traditions.
Pink and Blue Summer in the South of FranceBy Mark Thompson | Jul 14With at least fifteen gay bars, three gay beaches, two major LGBT festivals, and as many rainbow flags as wave in le Marais in Paris, Nice has become the de facto gay resort of France.
American Life in the South of France: ’Taking Root in Provence’By Curtis M. Wong | Jul 19For many of us, jotting down a list of dream travel destinations is an annual (if not monthly) pastime. Presumably, "Taking Root In Provence" author Anne-Marie Simons did the same thing while working for 30 years in the Washington D.C. area.
We’ll Always Have ParisBy Mark Thompson | Aug 2Even with a weakened dollar, it’s still possible to vacation in Paris. Picnic on the banks of the Seine. Wander the Tuileries. Stroll through the Marais. A thousand quotidian pleasures will remind you why you’ll always love Paris best.
Call the Chauffeur: Paris Designers Ban WalkingBy JENNY BARCHFIELD | Jul 9Walking, Paris’ elite cadre of haute couture designers seems to have determined, is out - at least for the handful of women wealthy enough to fork out the price of a car for a single dress.
Highlights of a Parisian SummerBy Pascal Fonquernie | Jul 19When summer heats up, Parisians head to the seaside and countryside to enjoy their holidays. But the capital city is the place to be! There is so much to do and see in Paris during the summer months. Here are just a few highlights of our favorite events.
Biking to Versailles - to Beat the CrowdsBy DAVID K. RANDALL | Jul 18I was riding along trails laid out for French monarchs, a bottle of wine and a day’s lunch on my back. But where Louis XIV rode a horse, I had a humble beach cruiser.
In Search of Lost History: Return to Montpellier, FranceBy Mark Thompson | Jul 21Nearly thirty years ago, Montpellier, France had been our home. In those days, Montpellier was a sleepy town - and now, it’s the fastest growing city in France. So we returned to Montpellier to discover whether we or the city had changed more.
Manchester: Every Reason to Be Proud and GayBy Mark Thompson | Jul 25One of the biggest Pride celebrations - and longest: ten days and nights! - turns 21 this year. That’s right, Manchester Pride, winner of "Best UK Pride" and a nominee for "World’s Best Pride" shows the world why I [HEART}...
Maxim’s: Mirror of Parisian LifeBy Mark Thompson | Sep 21In the greatest of the world’s cities, there exist certain restaurants that become larger than life, serving as theaters for that city and its more flamboyant players. In Paris, that theater has been Maxim’s.
Holiday Shopping in Paris’s Le MaraisBy Pascal Fonquernie | Nov 30For the Parisian tourist industry, 2011 has been one of the best years ever! The number of visitors has reached its highest levels in the past 5 years. Paris is still the most visited city in the world and Le Marais is becoming the most desired area.
Mythical, Magical Voyage to AntiquitiesBy Matthew Wexler | Jan 25History, geography, and current events have never been my strong suits. But even I, who would rather be immersed in a plate of
loukamoades(Greek doughnuts) than stumbling among the rubble of an archeological ruin, found myself inspired.
Jules et Jim Hotel: The Most Chic Hotel in Gay ParisDec 23After five years of research and construction kept under wraps, the new 23-room "straight-friendly" Jules et Jim hotel opened December 19, 2011 in the heart of Paris, a five minute walk from the Georges Pompidou Center.
Top Ten Things to Do During April in ParisMar 4When armchair travelers dream of a visit to The City of Light, the Cole Porter classic song’s "April in Paris" lyrics remind listeners it can be the perfect time to get ahead of the summer crowds and explore fabled sights.
Open Door Clinic @ St. Andrews Golf & Country Club :: April 12, 2014In West Chicago at St. Andrews Golf & Country Club, Open Door Clinic held a fundraising dinner with guest speaker Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis. The HIV/AIDS focused clinic has been in operation since 1977 and has two locations in Elgin and Auro...
Sunday Fun Day :: April 6, 2014It was "Sunday Fun Day" this past weekend, as the weather started changing, local performer Miss Foozie invited friends to don wigs, and attendees sang along to show tunes.
Berlin Nightclub :: March 22, 2014Berlin Nightclub hosted "RuPaul’s Drag Race" contestants Detox and DiDa Ritz along with local drag performers for a great night of fun.