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Gay Goings-on at the National Portrait Gallery

      ONE OF THE MOST AMAZING PLACES in the world to learn about the gay past is the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) in London. Almost every gallery contains someone famous and/or fascinating who (in our terms) fell somewhere on the GLBT spectrum. This was especially clear a couple of years ago, when the […]

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Much More Than a “Penis Tour” of Ancient Greece

ABOUT HALFWAY THROUGH Andrew Lear’s wonderful, recently completed tour of “Gay Greece,” the guys on the trip started calling it the “Penis Tour” due to the large number of nude male statues that had passed before our eyes. As luck would have it, an article by Prof. Lear had just been published in which Andrew […]

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Paris is a Great Gay City

  Paris is of course one of the world’s greatest cities– above all, one of its great cultural cities with literature, art, architecture, fashion, cuisine and so on and so forth– but I think Americans easily forget how great a gay city it is as well.  They don’t call it ‘Gay Paris’ for nothing! Among […]

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The Gay Side

  When Oscar Wilde Tours designs gay history tours, we always try to show people the gay side of famous places.  We do for instance “gay secrets” tours of Westminster Abbey, the Louvre, and the Vatican.  But we also try to take people to some places that are important in gay history and that they might […]

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Hola!

  I’ve just returned from a short city break in Spain (this time in the city of Valencia on the Mediterranean coast). Every year I find myself visiting and re-visiting Spain, which is why I recently wrote how the country is my #1 favorite destination in Europe. Year-round, it’s a great place to stay with […]

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Gay History All Over the World

  This week brought Oscar Wilde Tours a big honor: we won the Travvy silver award for best LGBT tour operator. Pretty amazing, when you think that we are just starting our second season! I think and hope it means that people in the travel industry find our concept exciting—gay travel focusing on gay history […]

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Paris Is Still Paradise

  I was in Paris just before the recent terrorist attacks, checking things out for Oscar Wilde Tours’ upcoming “Gay London/ Gay Paris” tour (August 20-28, 2016) and doing lots of the things that make Paris such a fantastic city—and also the target of attack by lunatics. Among the many current diversions, there is a […]

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Oscar Wilde Tours Makes History!

  Oscar Wilde Tours has just completed its first full tour in Italy, a ten-day trip that explored an axis of gay cities and sights from Florence to Sorrento, with much time spent in Rome along the way. In our tours we try to include well-known places that have a gay side most people don’t […]

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Antinous, the Gay God

OSCAR WILDE TOURS is in the middle of our gay history and art tour of Italy, and one thing we’re exploring is the extraordinary relationship between Hadrian, Emperor of Rome (AD 117–138) and his kept boy Antinous. Like the ancient Greeks, the Romans considered adolescent boys a natural object of attraction for an adult man, […]

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Up in the Air  

  “We cannot stop looking at this new Delta ad,” declared the headline of a clever piece by Andrew Richdale, senior editor of Afar.com. We surely don’t need to convince readers of this magazine that these guys are probably not co-workers on a business trip. Richdale sees two strangers meeting on a flight at “cruising […]

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