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October 9, 2013

Gay Star Travel searches the globe’s theme parks for roller coaster rides that will leave you gasping for breath and screaming for more

There’s a saying that life is a roller coaster: you can either scream the whole way, or throw your hands up and enjoy the ride.

Whether you're the theme park enthusiast who's first in line for the rides, or the friend who watches from the sidelines, we've got some photos and videos to give you a taste of the heart-stopping excitement up-close and personal.

Gay Star Travel goes from US to Japan to discover the world's most haunted attractions, fastest roller coasters and other record-breaking theme parks.

August 30, 2013

We check into the coolest boutique hotel in one of France’s most dynamic cities – Mama Shelter in Marseille

There’s nothing more exciting than arriving in a city by train. Particularly when that city is Marseille.

We had arrived from Paris by TGV – the superfast train makes the journey between the capital and France’s second city in just three hours, zipping through beautiful countryside without a stop. Before we knew it, we were out of the station doors to see this incredible port town sprawling in front of us.

For me it was love at first sight.

May 17, 2013

GSN looks beyond the obvious and finds a fascinating city that offers the best of Belgium in the heart of Europe

‘Your mission is chocolate’ said my friend Anthony as I was preparing to leave the apartment.

‘Any particular type of chocolate I asked?’ busily making sure that I had my passport and credit card ready to go.

‘No no - I’ll be happy with anything.’

‘Right... chocolate.’ I made a mental note as I headed out the door. Passport. Credit Card. Chocolate.

Belgium is rightly famous for its chocolate. And its beer. And its waffles. But this trip wasn’t going to be about food – I was heading to Brussels with a much more serious purpose.

May 16, 2013

GSN checks in on preparations for the 2013 LGBT pride celebrations in Brussels

The politics of Belgium are fascinating and ever-changing, but one constant appears to be a commitment to supporting the country’s LGBT community.

On Saturday (18 May), Brussels will be taken over by its annual LGBT Pride celebrations.

I was in Brussels on a flying visit but managed to catch up for dinner with Alan De Bruyne and Frederick Boutry who are employed by the city to coordinate and promote the Pride festivities and LGBT tourism.

February 11, 2013

GSN starts off on the wrong foot with Lille but is eventually won over by French charm

My first impressions of Lille were fairly horrific.

I stepped off the Eurostar and the wind was icy - blasts of freezing wintry misery making it difficult and unpleasant to walk.

June 21, 2012

Pimp your fine dining experience at one of the Belgian capital's less conventional eateries

The cheeky statue of a small urchin pissing in Brussels’ historic centre is supposed to embody the city’s ‘irreverent’ nature.

It’s long been the custom for visiting VIPs to donate a costume, dressing the incontinent boy in outfits ranging from military to Mickey Mouse.

But the tradition of pimping the old into something fresh and exciting isn’t restricted to the city’s famous monuments.

May 19, 2012

Europe's political capital is proving there's more to Belgian food than waffles, chocolate, beer and sprouts

Paris is overrated. Sure, the French capital is internationally renowned as the fine dining center of the universe.

But the pendulous whiff of snobbery in the air which causes waiters to instantly turn their noses up at the very word ‘ketchup’, means even the piece de resistance of gourmet cooking can put a foodie off his meal.

Enter Brussels. A city better known as the capital of dull, grey European bureaucracy, Tin Tin and artery clogging guilty pleasures such as waffles, chocolate and beer.

December 29, 2011

TLA Video had created group of films the former Penn State football coach and accused child molester might watch

Disgraced former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky's alleged crimes against young boys have horrified his community and portrayed him as a serial child molester.

But that didn't stop video retailer TLA Releasing, which specializes in LGBT titles, from seemingly trying to cash in on the scandal by coming up with a 'What would Jerry Sandusky watch?' campaign on its website.