Gay Stockholm: Your Guide to Stockholm Gay Pride
Royal Palaces, Nobel Prize ceremonies, thousands of islands, mesmerizing architecture, and the ABBA Museum. Stockholm is a gorgeous waterfront city that literally has it all. When we first visited Sweden’s capital last year, we were immediately taken by its undeniable charm. As the country’s largest city with a population creeping above 2 million, this Scandinavian metropolis is a must visit when touring Europe. Gamla Stan, the city’s Old Town, is a beautiful place to stroll around, grab a bite to eat, and admire the colorfully detailed buildings splashing up along the city’s never ending coastline.
Düsseldorf’s Carnival: Drag Queens, Costumes, and Parades!
When I think Germany, I rarely think Düsseldorf. But when I do think of Düsseldorf, I giggle. Because Düsseldorf sounds funny, like it should be the name of a Wizard from Harry Potter. Ok, I admit it. When I hear Düsseldorf I think of Dumbledore. Well, at least I used to. Now when I hear its name, I think of drag queens lip-syncing for their lives, enthusiastic and elaborate parade floats, costumes ranging from basic to over-the-top, and the all exhilaration that is the celebration of Carnival. (The name Düsseldorf, by the way, means village at Düssel which refers to the river.)
Gay Madrid: Your Guide to Madrid Gay Bars and Clubs
Spain is one of the best countries in Europe to experience nightlife and Madrid is undoubtedly the gay capital, with some of the best bars and night clubs in Europe. People often think that Barcelona is the gay capital of Spain but a comparison of the two cities’ population and gay pride festival demonstrates the difference. Barcelona’s gay pride week brings a crowd of just over 100,000 people while Madrid’s Gay Pride (called “Madrid Orgullo”) is the largest in Europe bringing 1.5 million people each year. Spain was also the 3rd country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage and you’ll likewise find Madrid to be incredibly gay-friendly. Public affection of same-sex couples is common throughout the entire city center, not just in the gay neighborhood.
Madrid Gay Pride 2013
The World Outgames: Your Next Gay Travel Destination
When we visited Antwerp, Belgium last month during the 2013 World Outgames (WOGA), we were impressed by how large and well prepared the event was. Having only heard about WOGA in passing and not knowing much about it before, we didn’t know what to expect but were glad to have had the opportunity to experience it. As we love to use special events as an excuse to travel to new destinations, we realized WOGA is the perfect unique event for gay travelers to discover new places while supporting a great cause. Check out the article we wrote for GayTravel.com about this very idea.
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Antwerp’s “To Russia With Love” Kiss In
Auston and I have never been huge gay rights activists though we have plenty of friends who take on that role and some who are even employed in that area of work. To them, and to all the countless others that we don’t know personally, we are of course eternally grateful for the work they do. We and the rest of the LGBT community directly benefit from their hard efforts. However, I’ve just never been innately passionate about it. It’s odd I suppose since it directly affects me, but it’s the same for many others. Just because you’re woman, or a minority, or an immigrant doesn’t mean you’re working day and night for your specific rights even though you clearly need and benefit from them. We all take on different passions, hobbies, works and activities. And we support one another when necessary.
Visiting Stockholm’s Gay Pride On a Budget
Sweden is listed as the second most expensive country of the European Union according to some statistics with regard to goods and services. Yet to our surprise, Auston and I managed to make it one of our most cost effective European trips while attending Stockholm’s costly Gay Pride week. How so? Aside from finding cheap flights which is almost too easy in Europe with budget airlines like Ryanair, we also volunteered and couchsurfed. Oh, and we also brought our own alcohol with us from Spain to avoid Sweden’s over-priced government ran liquor stores. Yes, we were that prepared.
The Gayest Weekend in Antwerp, Belgium
As we exited the central train station to step into the city of Antwerp for the first time, we felt immediately wrapped in the colorful embrace of a multitude of rainbow flags. We have been to a fair number of gay pride events over the past two years – four last year and five this year which we later learned was unimpressive compared to the ten plus pride events another American expat living in Germany had attended this year – but we have never seen a city so decked out in rainbows before. You really would have thought Rainbow Brite and her gayer-than-unicorns-sidekick-horse, Starlite, had been hired to decorate the city. This, of course, put smiles on our faces as we entered Antwerp having been invited by the Flanders tourism board.
TwoBadTourists Talk: Lisbon’s Gay Pride March
If you recall back in June, we had a campaign going on TwoBadTourists.com for our followers to vote on which Gay Pride event to send us. Between London, Paris, Barcelona, and Lisbon, Portugal’s capital city won! We chose these four cities because they were all celebrating their Pride weekends on the same days. Or so we thought… We were in for a bit of a surprise when we arrived in Lisbon only to find out that it was in fact, not Gay Pride weekend! Whoops! However, they were still having a Gay Pride March which is what we mistook for the actual Gay Pride weekend. What can we say? Our Portuguese is a little rusty!
So watch our latest TwoBadTourists Talk video as we start from the back of the march and head all the way to the front, stopping to check out some interesting entertainment! Don’t forget to Subscribe to TalkBadToursist Talk Here or at the end of the video!
Six Gay Pride Events To Attend in Europe for Summer 2013
Last summer we got a little caught up in Europe’s gay pride events attending Munich Pride, Madrid Pride and Amsterdam Pride. With so many great festivals celebrated in so many unique cultures, how could we not? This summer is looking to be no different as we begin planning some trips! Here’s some of the Gay Pride events we plan to attend as well as a comprehensive list of all the Gay pride events around Europe this summer 2013.