• The Party is Over!

    Civitavecchia, Italy…everything must come to an end and my cruise is over! 10 days on board this Celebrity Cruise line went fast…

    Dancing, partying, and hanging out with 2800 men all set on having a memorable vacation as we sailed through the Mediterranean! What a blast we had! Maybe a bit too much of a good thing as I managed to loose my voice for 2 whole days…

    It’s incredible how all these people from all over the world can come together and put everything aside with one goal: HAVING FUN!

    The lack of gay marriage equality, the prevalence of bullying, the debate in political views, race or cultural discrimination, ageism, and snobbery doesn’t exist on this vessel…it’s like a safe haven for all of us in this large community to come together and have a great time free of what whatever we may face back home!

    Thanks to Atlantis Events for producing these one of a kind trips for us! Thanks to my co-passengers for being so sexy and completely fun!


  • Nothing like Old Friends!

    Mykonos, Greece…the difference a few weeks makes! I am back in Mykonos, this time as a cruise passenger…it’s the end of the summer season and they are ending it with a big bang here! It’s the infamous XLsior party, so the tiny island is crawling with gay men from allover Europe. Add together these hordes of European revelers with almost 3,000 party craving men from a cruise ship and that equals chaos! Elia beach was wall to wall testosterone; the sand was barely visible…what happened to my lovely chill daily hangout that I made my routine just a few weeks ago?

    The parade of muscles is total overkill! But the vibe is definitely energetic and contagious.

    I am traveling with my friend, Jeff…I have known Jeff since our sophomore year of high school in suburban Chicago. We have remained friends and sporadic travel buddies for decades! It’s amazing that after knowing one another for 30 years, being a thousand miles apart, and living totally different lives we still can’t diminish our adolescent fun we recreate when we get together! I feel blessed to have several good friends who are joining me for different segments of this long travel journey…this 10 day cruise will be with Jeff and we will amuse each other with our teenage silliness and desire to just have a great time!

    After a day at the beach, it was time for the sunset tea dance at Hotel Elysium…the setting was perfect perched over all of Chora with Mykonos’ spectacular sunset as the backdrop for an evening of amazing dancing. We danced on chairs, tables, ledges, you name it! Gorgeous people, great music, beautiful setting, and good friends…as the commercial says: “priceless!”

    I enjoy traveling whether it be with friends, family, or alone…but it’s magic to have people in your life with whom you “click” and can meet anywhere in the world to have the time of your lives!






  • Out to Sea!

    Civitavecchia, Italy…an hour long train ride from central Rome, this port town is the gateway to the Celebrity Equinox and my next cruise!

    The train ride wasn’t ideal, air conditioning failed in first class and deodorant was lacking on the part of several local passengers! But the mood was lively with hordes of gay travelers crowding the train in order to get to port. The train turned into a big party, albeit a sweaty one!

    My friend Jeff is joining me on this all gay Atlantis charter…Jeff and I have been friends since our sophomore year of high school! Decades later, we still find time to travel together and channel our inner adolescents…I am ready to party, dance, and let loose on this 10 night Mediterranean cruise after the seriousness of my Eastern European travels!

    Dame Edna is tonight’s entertainment and Atlantis promises us major surprises as the cruise progresses!

    Arrividerci, Roma for now…Greece and Turkey here we come!



  • Party Boat!

    Prague, Czech Republic…last night was fun! I heard about a once a month party that was supposedly great and it happened to be last night…pays to talk to locals!

    This time the party was aboard a barge/river boat on the Vltava River that winds thru Prague; it promised a DJ and fun under the stars…I thought this would be a cool way to see Prague from a different vantage point and get a feel for how the Czech party!

    I loved the view, but didn’t realize it was going to get so chilly…I have spent over a month over-dressed and now I was suddenly under-dressed! The boat traveled up the river and we passed some other boats, waving and shouting at one another. Once the crowd had sufficiently drank enough beer, they were ready to party! I was happy just watching the sun give way to a still full moon and traverse from viewing castles to seeing nothingness! But the music was starting to blare and party was getting going…

    The DJ promised a 70’s lineup accompanied by a live saxophone player…well, the DJ looked like he was probably born after 1990, so that explained why he really played early 80’s hits; it was before he was born so he didn’t know the difference! It was great fun! The boat got it’s groove on for over 4 hours!

    At one point, we got to a place in the river where there was a dam and we had to enter a sort of “panama canal” to raise and lower the boat to the correct water level…

    Arriving back to a lit up Prague at midnight was magical! The sights took on a whole new look at night…I really recommend viewing the sights both during the day and night…what an amazing evening I had!

    It’s great doing things unplanned…go with the flow and get your party on wherever you go!







  • An Affair to Remember!

    Mykonos, Greece…it was a matter of time before the romance of the Greek islands got me! Yup, I met someone and having a lustful fling! I guess this is part of the journey…but when did I get so romantic?Is it the salt air? “Opah”! Cheers to Greece and the swarthy man that is making my time here even that much more memorable!

    It’s hard not to feel sexy here! But walking around holding hands, PDAs allover town, letting him spend the night, and breakfast on the patio with that incomparable view are not frequent activities for me. Wow, it’s a fun change!

    To top it off, I broke down and shared his motor bike…off we went with me in back letting him drive us to the beach for a day of frolicking in the water…It looks like a scene from a Fellini movie with me being scooted around on his bike…I am feeling so carefree I even forego a helmut in order to look cute! I know, no judgements necessary…

    On this trip’s road to self discovery, many lessons have already taken hold…but right now I am learning that it’s fun sometimes to let it all go, indulge in fantasy, release your inhibitions, and trust someone else to lead you a different way. Even if its only for a moment, I want to soak it all in and see a different side of my Gemini self emerge!


  • Greek Oasis!

    Elia Beach, Mykonos, Greece…yesterday I decided to try Elia Beach, Mykonos’ longest and most acclaimed stretch of sand. It’s less of a party beach and more a chill and swim spot…

    Another bus day, Elia is simpler to get to with a direct bus, no water taxi needed! The ride was uneventful but pulling up at my destination turned out to be the main event…the long sandy beach, plush loungers set under grass umbrellas, and astonishingly clear water told me today was going to be another good day! I can really get used to this!

    The left side of the beach is straight and the right is gay…neither exclusively but predominantly. I spent hours doing NOTHING! Of course, more gawking at beautiful people, swimming for hours, and just sleeping in the shade of my woven grass umbrella…there is a beautiful restaurant as well, but why leave my spot, I’ll be decadent and order “in”! The service was so friendly and the plate of fresh summer watermelon hit the spot! I am not sure how I am ever going to leave this…






  • Club Crawl!

    Mykonos, Greece…last night is a bit of a blur! The party starts late so you gotta get on that bandwagon…
    I went out a bit after midnight and things were slowly waking up. I started at Babylon, then next door to Jackie O. The crowd was good and the music was even better! Kudos to an amazing mix that had the crammed bar dancing all night….

    A few excellent Mojitos and then Ouzo shots did me in and I pray I didn’t make too much of an ass of myself! I really loved the vibe of Jackie O, but Mykonos is priced like NYC with drinks at 12 euros…so be forewarned it gets expensive quickly! This row of clubs/bars are located right past the old port along the sea wall…when you go outside to get some air, unsuspecting partiers
    like myself get sprayed with the crashing breakwater against the sea wall! Nothing less cute than a drenched fashionista!

    Around 3 am, the hot new club, Glam, started pulsing with a really crazy good-looking crowd! I am drunk and in heaven…laser lights, go go dancers, hot Europeans, blaring music; life is good! It reminded me a bit of the old days in NYC when everybody partied together: gay, straight, whatever…

    I did not have the endurance that this crowd does and gave up around 4:30 am…I wanted to get to the beach Sunday and not sleep all day!

    1 pm with a headache, I am beach bound…more on that later!



  • Hit by rough seas!

    Well not the water…but sometimes plans need to change! I never anticipated any part of this trip being part of any diplomatic or political issues…but it has become part of an international controversy.
    Morocco has decided to not allow us to enter their country. This is an Islamic country and they decided at the last minute they did not want to welcome a ship of gay men in!
    Well as I have said before, this is a journey to understand local customs and cultures…this culture has decided not to tolerate GAY men…yes this still exists in 2012!
    This doesn’t dampen anything, but rather reminds me how lucky I amto live in a part of the world where I am free to travel the globe and live as a fashionably gay man!
    Now enough of politics…Malaga, Spain here I come.