All posts by: PASSPORT Editors

Marseille, A City Built On Diversity

by Stuart Haggas I first visited Marseille a decade ago, stopping for one night en route to somewhere else. Cyril Denoix, general manager of super-hip hotel Mama Shelter Marseille, acknowledges that this was fairly common. It seems that this Mediterranean […]

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Exploring the Swiss Alps

In the recent film Clouds of Sils Maria, Juliet Binoche plays an anxiety ridden, aging actress tackling a part in a play she resents having agreed to appear in. To escape the pressures of her situation and to rehearse, she finds […]

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Paris With the Kids

Paris, one of the most visited cities in the world, is a fantasy wonderland for anyone, including gay and lesbian couples with children. There is no greater joy for a parent than see- ing the expression on their child’s face […]

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Germany’s Second City: Hamburg

Hamburg is a city without sights. Or should I write, “sights,” for there’s a lot to see in Germany’s bustling second-biggest city. There just aren’t a lot of landmarks for the tourist. Which makes it simultaneously challenging and rewarding: while […]

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Wilde Dublin

Courage rises with danger, and heroism with resolve. Does not our breath come freer, each heart beat quicker in these rare and grand moments of human life, when all doubt, and wavering, and weakness are cast to the winds, and […]

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Brighton, England

Artsy, liberal, laid-back Brighton is London’s coolest cousin; and it won me over in just one weekend. More than a seaside resort, its famed Brighton Pier (www.brightonpier.co.uk) offers an amusement park at one end, and cafés, shops, crowds, and fish and chips […]

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Andalucía Road Trip

by Stuart Haggas Spain’s second-largest comunidad autónoma, Andalucía, is comparable in size to European countries such as Austria, Hungary, Portugal, and American states like Minnesota, Utah, and Kansas. This southernmost region of mainland Spain includes the country’s two most visited […]

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Culinary Road Trip in Switzerland

by Matthew Wexler At only 216 miles wide and 137 miles from north to south, Switzerland is a relatively small footprint to cover, but, because of its neighbors, it offers a portal to a diverse range of culinary influences. My […]

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Portugal Road Trip

by Stuart Haggas Knowing very little of Portugal beyond its grand capital city, I decided it was time to turn the tides and explore it for myself. Although my voyage of discovery would follow the dramatic coastline south of Lisbon, […]

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Madrid’s Boutique Hotel Boom

People are starting to take notice of Madrid’s hotel scene as it becomes more integral to the city’s allure as a modern center of European cool. Up until a few years ago, the city’s accommodations consisted of “top hotels” for […]

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