The Gay Pride Helsinki LGBTQ Festival Parade 2016 – Helsinki calling for their Gay Pride! And of course, we as gay travel bloggers from Amsterdam are supporting the Finnish rainbow demonstration for equality, respect and love. As one of the most powerful but grounded Gay Pride Parades in Finland, Europe and worldwide we attended so far, we were able to capture our favorite moments of love, diversity, and beauty with our camera during our one week trip to the Finnish capital Helsinki for the EuroGames 2016 and the colorful Helsinki Gay Pride Weekend. More than 30.000 colorful dressed and motivated (not only LGBTQ) people from all over the world were demonstrating with self-made posters, rainbow flags, dancing performances, and their own voice for more equality, peace and recognition in society worldwide. The same weekend of Madrid and Cologne Pride, this secret gem of Helsinki Gay Pride was a great surprise for us as a gay couple traveling the world. Why? On a very warm hearted and colorful way, the Gay Pride Helsinki LGBTQ Festival Parade 2016 was one of the most diverse and best gay parades we ever walked. Enjoy our most powerful and colorful pictures taking in Helsinki and see the Gay Pride Week of the Finnish capital through a couple of men’s eyes!
Road Trip Adventure Iceland Gay Couple Insider Tips – The first big challenge before our 21-days Road Trip to Iceland actually began, was the planning. Asking travel guides, books, blogs, and official websites was not really satisfactory concerning the length of our trip, choice of our rental car, the planning of our gay-friendly accommodations and assembling our camping equipment. Traveling Iceland in general but especially in late summer and early autumn makes good preparations necessary. Why? Since Iceland is called for a reason the country of fire and ice and for us, also the country of wind, especially between two seasons and the differences between West and East Iceland and South and North Iceland.
The Telus Spark Calgary Star Trek Academy Experience – There is always time for a Star Trek Day, at least for us Trekkies. And so we made sure to visit the Science Museum Telus Spark in Calgary for its Star Trek The Starfleet Academy Experience and day full of fun with Mister Spock, Captain Kirk, Captain Picard and Kathryn Janeway. Entering a perfectly themed world, we completed a phaser training, improved our Klingon knowledge with language lessons and tried to pass the Kobayashi Maru test. But there was more to see! The museum complex just 5 minutes by car north of Calgary Zoo opened in 2011 and is since then a place for interactive exhibits, multimedia presentations and educational demonstrations in Calgary, Alberta, and Canada. Right before our 2-week Road Trip through the Canadian Rocky Mountains of Alberta, we spend some adventurous days exploring Canada’s third-largest municipality and the surroundings sights. The exhibition around the Federation of Planets at Telus Spark is still open until May 4th. Enjoy our photos and story of our Star Trek experience and see the Canadian Science Museum Telus Spark through a couple of men’s eyes!
Fairmont Banff Springs Castle Hotel Gay-Friendly in Alberta Canada – Exploring the Canadian Rocky Mountains around Banff and Lake Louise, there is one thing you seriously have to put on your gay travel bucket list: a visit and stay at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, also known as “Castle in the Rockies” at Banff National Park. More than 125 years ago William Cornelius Van Horne, the general manager of the Canadian Pacific Railway, wanted to bring the people to the Rockies: “Since we can’t export the scenery, we’ll have to import the tourists”. The first, wooden construction of Banff Springs Hotel was completed in 1888. Today, the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel built in style of a Scottish Knight’s Castle is one of the most remarkable landmarks of Canada and the Rocky Mountains in Alberta. We stayed for five days on the fourth floor in a room with mountain view overlooking the Bow Valley at the convergence of the Bow and Spray River. This area today is also known as Canada’s first National Park. The view, the luxury of the Hotel, the history of exploration and adventure and the similarity to Hogwarts, Harry Potter’s school of magic, made our stay during our Road Trip through the Rocky Mountains all the way north from Calgary to Jasper for Jasper Pride Festival an unforgettable experience. Enjoy our review of our gay travels as a gay couple with photos, stories, and info for a stay at the famous “Castle in the Rockies” and see the magical Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains through a couple of men’s eyes.