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Burgundy/Rhone Valley Wine Region

This Burgundy and Rhone Valley Region Wine Guide was written for the Destination Guides section of, according to their rather rigid formatting guidelines. The article is reproduced below. Stretching a lengthy north-south route from Dijon to Avignon, The Burgundy/Rhone wine regions are home to some of the worlds most popular and famous reds and […]

France Favorites: the links

General Resources: French Government Tourist Office/ Maison de la France Everything about France! Gay France Guide Official French Tourist Office site Air France Logis de France Usually excellent, reasonably priced hotel-restaurants Bienvenue au Chateau Association of historic, romantic and beautiful hotels Peugeot Open Europe Your choice of brand new Peugeot models for long-term rental SNSF […]

In Love with the Loire

Fall in love with magnificently restored renaissance châteaux; with a beautiful countryside of rivers, farms vineyards and forests; with postcard-perfect towns; with comfortable inns and luxurious manor houses, and great food and wine. For a gay couple, there may be few more romantic places to spend a week than the beautiful and historic Loire Valley. It’s […]

Paris, Beaune, Chablis – Spring 2002

One of my many wine and food journeys through the French countryside, this time the Burgundy region, accompanied (as often) by Michael Logan. This trip produced the Bourgogne slideshow photographs and the short food and wine article for Out & About. What follows is a rather detailed account of the trip… 25 May 2002 Aboard […]

It’s Nice to be Wanted

France has a long history of tolerance for alternative sexuality. It’s been a refuge for homosexuals from Oscar Wilde to James Baldwin to Gertrude Stein, and a live and let live attitude regarding love and sex seems to prevail. Recently though, France has been moving beyond tolerance to a genuinely enthusiastic embrace of gay residents […]

A Paris Travelogue by Michael Logan

A week of meals (mostly) and lazy sightseeing in the City of Lights with my friend Randy. 18 June My traditional first meal in Paris: Brasserie Balzar, with the now-traditional steak tartare and frites. I remember it very unclearly, as I was tired and jet-lagged and not even a good meal in Paris could really […]

The Convalescent’s Guide to Paris

I had promised to accompany my friend Randy on his first trip to Europe in late spring 2003, which I arranged for us to spend mostly in Paris, where we would meet up with several friends. I spent the winter in Los Angeles, tending to the rather grueling task of closing and packing my West […]

THE RED and THE WHITE: A food and wine tour of Burgundy

One of France’s most famous wine regions, Burgundy features a picture-postcard landscape of vineyards, forests, fields, canals, medieval towns, and Romanesque monasteries; charming country inns; and of course, delicious food and wine. Easily accessible from Paris—and considerably less expensive than the French capital—Burgundy is ideal for a relaxing holiday or a romantic getaway. The Red: […]

Cafe des Federations

While it may be France’s second-largest city, any Frenchmen will tell that Lyon is its country’s gastronomic capital. No where else (in the world maybe) can you find such an appreciation for eating in such a grand, hearty, deliberate style as in Lyon. Vegetarians won’t find much to woo them on a traditional Lyonnaise menu. […]

Loire Valley Travelogue

A detailed account of my first delightful journey through France’s Loire Valley, accompanied by Michael Logan and Rufus… Part One: From Reims to Berry Although it is an area we had been interested in exploring for some time, the Loire trip happened almost by accident. Michael Logan was planning one of his periodic visits to […]

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