IN SEARCH OF GAY CROATIA, PART 2 BRAČ

The coastal resort town of Bol on the Croatian island of Brač is the perfect place to spend a few quiet, relaxing days. We arrived by catamaran from Split, the journey taking about an hour. Don't take the ferry as it lands you on the wrong side of Brač and it is a 70 kilometre bus or taxi ride across to Bol, which is definitely the place to be. We timed our stay in Bol for mid September, when temperatures were around 24 degrees. The water was starting to get a little cooler but the bonus was there were fewer people, no queueing for restaurants, no fighting for sun beds and plenty of accommodation available at a reasonable cost.

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IN SEARCH OF GAY CROATIA, PART 1 SPLIT

Last time we ventured to Split, situated on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, was on a cruise aboard the Celebrity Constellation with Pied Piper Travel. This time we are revisiting for a couple of days before taking the catamaran to Brač. We stayed in the old town which we highly recommend. It’s not to be missed, featuring ancient stone buildings, narrow alleys, squares filled with restaurants and bars and, at the heart of this stunning old town, is Diocletian's Palace, built in the 4th century AD.

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BABY BEAR BAR, SYDNEY

If you go down to Oxford Street this weekend you’re sure for a big surprise. There’s a new addition to the bar scene in Sydney with the recently opened Baby Bear Bar in the basement of the Burdekin Hotel at 2 Oxford St Darlinghurst. The entrance to this cute little underground bar is at the back of the hotel, via Liverpool Street. Baby Bear Bar is small in size but big on welcome for bears and their friends.

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GOLD COAST CELEBRATES ‘YES’ AT RISE BAR

On Wednesday the 15th November the LGBTIQ community held its breath until it was finally revealed that Australians had voted an overwhelming ‘YES’ for Marriage Equality. The eagerly awaited announcement came early in the day and after tears of relief and excitement, hugs with supporters and loved ones, the celebrations began across the country and, on the Gold Coast, it was no different.

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ELEGANCE AND EXCESS IN GAY VIENNA

It is easy to be a good tourist in Vienna. Buy a 48 hour City Big Bus ticket and explore Vienna with its extravagant and historic buildings and magnificent monuments. The ticket also gave us a walking tour, a night tour and, for a few extra euros, we purchased the Vienna City Card. This gave us discounts on entrance fees, restaurants and entertainment. It is impossible to see all the wonders Vienna has to offer in five days but here are some of the highlights we discovered during our stay.

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FOUR DAYS IN GAY PRAGUE

Prague, capital of the Czech Republic, is a charming, vibrant city nestled on the Vltava River with buildings, like the original castle, dating back as far as the 9th century. Around the 14th century Emperor Charles IV made Prague the centre of the Roman Empire and fulfilled the vision of this place being, ‘a vast city, whose glory will touch the stars’. Although occupying a relatively small area, Prague requires a lot of walking. However, as we were told by a local, “you will soon find your favourite trams”.

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