KEFALONIA, A GREEK ODYSSEY, BUT NOT IN AUGUST

It’s mid August and we’re on the car ferry from Zakynthos to Kefolonia, one of the largest and most famous islands of Greece. We arrived at Pesada Port and unfortunately it was a nightmare catching a taxi to Argostoli, the capital of Kefolonia. Crowds of people and only three taxis made our arrival less than ideal. One young Italian woman showed her displeasure by screaming, kicking her bag and yelling out, “F@&$ Grecia!”. Sadly, this is what to expect when you travel to the Greek islands in August. Luckily our hotel sent a taxi to collect us after our cry for help.

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ZAKYNTHOS, VERY RUGGED, VERY ENTICING

Zakynthos, a small, Greek, Ionian island, is just a forty minute flight from Athens. On arrival we caught a 20€ taxi ride to the coastal town of Tsilivi. In our opinion this is the best place to stay on the island. It is much quieter than Zakynthos Town and doesn't have the brassy, wicked edge of Laganas, home to the local nightclub strip, frequented by many a young lad and lass on holiday from the UK and other parts of Europe.

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GO GAY GO GAZI, ATHENS

The Gazi (the name of the trendiest area of town) is the centre of gay nightlife in Athens. We visited this European ‘hot spot’ several times during our stay in the city of the Greek Gods. Formerly the old Athens gasworks area, the Gazi is well known for nightlife with dozens of bars, straight and gay (who knows which is which in this city). You will also find restaurants and cafés of every price range in abundance.

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GAY HONOLULU, TWENTY- FIVE YEARS LATER

It has taken us twenty five years to return to Honolulu, the tropical Hawaiian capital located on the island of Oahu. There have been some big changes, but it is surprisingly familiar and the welcoming ‘Aloha’ charm never changes. Here are some of our impressions for the second time round.

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HAWAII’S BIG ISLAND

Black volcanic lava covered the landscape as we flew into Kona, the largest and newest of the Hawaiian islands. Kona is so young in geological terms that very little of the lava has weathered and the landscape is stark, black, barren and unforgiving. Whether its beaches, water sports, marvelling at the volcano or dining watching a magical Kona sunset the Big Island of Hawaii is packed with things to do. Ironically, this severe, rugged wilderness protects some of the most precious, enigmatic jewels of the Hawaiian islands and keeps us yearning to return and discover more.

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A FEW GAY DAYS IN MAUI, HAWAII

Flying into Maui from the Big Island on a ten seater, single engine Mokulele Airlines plane was a little bumpy and scary at times. However, the views were magnificent and blissfully distracting as we flew low and closely hugged the coast, leaving behind the Big Island with its turquoise waters and rugged black volcanic landscapes. As we neared the island of Maui the lush, emerald green, mountainous terrain appeared rimmed with small tourist towns clinging to its radiant coastline.

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