On our way from Sydney to Athens we had a ten hour layover at Singapore's Changi International Airport. We could have headed straight for the shops, bars or restaurants in this ultra modern airport but this time we thought we would try the luxury of a six hour stay in the Aerotel Transit Hotel. It is located in Terminal 1 close to Gate D1 on the first floor.
Bath is one of England’s most beautiful and favourite cities and England’s only UNESCO World Heritage City. However, to clear up any doubts, this place might be beautiful but is certainly not a gay destination. Bristol 20 km up the road is the place to go for a lively gay scene. Several years ago Bath had a few gay venues but unfortunately most have now closed. The only gay place in Bath for a few drinks with like minded friends is Mandalyns not far from the Jane Austen Centre. The place is quite a popular LGBTI venue with good music, pleasant bar staff and is a welcome gay haven for both locals and visitors.
Our second day started with the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace. The guards start marching towards the Palace at 11:00am but be there by 10:30am to secure a good viewing spot. Then we were off to the Royal Mews just around the corner from the Palace. The Mews houses mainly the Queen’s carriages and a few horses are also stabled there. The four ton Gold Carriage used only for coronations is a masterpiece. A late lunch of scrumptious fish and chips at Balls Brothers Wine Bar just down from the Mews was a perfect choice.
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.
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.
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.