Versailles, France: A Queen’s Theme Park

13 04 2017

Jason Paul visited Versailles for ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineThe Palace of Versailles is an hour away and yet very far from the streets of Paris. Once the massive gilded gates come into view it’s like Oh, that’s why there was a revolution. 

We walked and walked and walked. The “Palace” of Versailleis really several huge buildings and many gardens across many acres, so it just goes on and on. From one opulent room to another intricate hedge. But my favorite example of decadence and whimsy of the ridiculously rich was the Queen’s Hamlet.

Bored from all the other palaces and gardens she could go to, Marie-Antoinette decided she wanted something quainter, rustic even. So, like you do pre-revolution, she had a village built in Norman style around a big lake. Before there was Real Housewives to join or being able to buy an island, I guess you just built your own theme park.

And I loved it. There’s a windmill and farm and fields full of animals. It does give the sense of stumbling into a lovely village from far from all the grandeur. Which of course was completely manufactured for that effect. But if you make it to Versailles and want a break from all the gold and marble (and your feet haven’t fallen off yet), walk on over and try out the Hamlet. It is a lovely little getaway from the getaway.

Story and photo by ManAboutWorld correspondents Jason Paul.

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Get Naked (and Gay!) in the South of France

4 09 2015
Phil in the South of France reporting for ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Phil in the South of France

Picture and words by ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent Phil Rake reporting from the South of France.

Thinking about your next holiday? If you are fond nature or naturism, then you’ve just found a great escape… Just beyond the medieval village of Montclus (in the south of France) lies the Lotus Tree, a fab gay, clothing-optional guesthouse. Nestled on a hillside with breathtaking views of the Cèze Valley, the grounds are secluded, veiled by the surrounding woodland, grasses and wild flowers. So there is total privacy and you are free to spend your entire day in the nude, sunbathing by the pool or lazing around the beautiful gardens. The Lotus Tree is also one of the most welcoming places you will ever visit. From your arrival you will be made to feel right at home, especially when you are greeted by Jake, the resident Labrador.

Whether you are after a romantic getaway, a new adventure or just a plLotus Tree, France in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineace to unwind and escape, then The Lotus Tree is just right for you!

For the more active travellers, there are miles and miles of countryside to explore as well the nearby villages of Barjac and Goudargues (both a short drive away). You can also go skinny-dipping in the River Cèze, which is within walking distance from the guesthouse. There is a gay section on the riverbank which is popular with locals and visitors – but it gets very busy in the afternoons so it’s best to arrive a little early in order to secure the best spot.

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Photos of the Day: The French Riviera

19 08 2015

Good-looking lifeguard on the beach in the French Riviera in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

The  splendour of the French Riviera is truly something to behold, especially in summer: verdant hillsides dotted with colorful mansions, shining bays punctuated with super yachts, and sun-dappled beaches lined with lounge-chairs, umbrellas and tanned bodies.

Whenever you go, the French Riviera is always worth a visit, with much to see and do, even in the colder months. However, if you are seeking the sun, then summer is definitely the best time to go but be prepared for the crowds. When temps rises, so do the number of visitor. But don’t let its popularity discourage you, the French Riviera (or Côte d’Azur) is a pleasure-seeker’s paradise, and the masses and mixes of people only adds to the allure.  You’ll also find a warm, gay-friendly welcome in the French Riviera, including in the vibrant seaside city of Nice.

Think of it as more candy for the eye. The tanned and toned life guards or ‘les sauveteurs en mer‘ who patrol the shores are a particular highlight. (See the photo above.)

From the glitz of St-Tropez, Cannes and Nice to the charms of smaller coastal towns like Villefranche or Theoule, when it comes to seaside resorts, you are spoiled for choice in the French Riviera. But don’t worry, all the beaches are gorgeous, whichever you choose. Just make sure to keep drinking water as it can get pretty hot; and we’re not only talking about the weather!

The gorgeous French Riviera in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Story and photos by ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent Phil Rake reporting from the French Riviera.

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Happy Bastille Day 2015! Travel to Gay Paris

14 07 2015
Bastille Day in Gay Paris in ManABboutWorld magazine

Bastille Day in Gay Paris

July 14 is Bastille Day 2015, a time of parades and parties in Gay Paris and elsewhere in France in many Francophone countries.  This tricolor contrail represents the national colors of France and comes courtesy of ManAboutWorld correspondent Sebastian White.

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