Imaginative Food Choices in the Heart of Havana!

We took away a lot from our first trip to Cuba earlier this year, so much so that we are happily returning next year bigger and better than ever for our Drag Stars at Sea 2017: Cuba Adventure! Cuba has a lot to offer any traveler, with excitement in several cities and great people to meet along the way. Something in particular from Cuba stands out though: its amazing food. The Cuban people have a special pride about the meals they prepare, and it shines through in their best restaurants! We are going to explore a place in Havana, Cuba today that is known for having delicious food as well as being incredibly fun and trendy!

 

 

304 O’Reilly‘s creators did not use any creativity on this place’s name, its address, instead choosing to pour their efforts into making amazing food! The restaurant is open from noon to midnight and serves a variety of great food and drinks. One of the signature dishes is the fish of the day done up with a mixture of herbs served with fresh vegetables and plated beautifully, as can be seen below. The dishes offer a lovely spread of flavors across the board that are all well received. They also serve tacos that have been a smash hit, they are the talk of the town! Even better than just great food is the fact that the portions are notably generous and the price is absolutely outstanding, with meals ranging from eight to thirteen dollars on average! People leave here with their stomachs full and their mouths satisfied with all of the flavors to be tried!

 

The food is great, but this place is just as famous for the large variety and quality of drinks that they offer! The cocktails they offer are MASSIVE, and people rave about how delicious they are! It is highly recommended that you place a reservation before coming because while it is a great place to eat space is limited and with great drinks and food it’s not hard to imagine why this is one of the most bustling places in all of Havana. It is noted that the energy here is off the charts as well, with a staff that is visibly young, energetic, and always happy to serve with a smile, it will be very hard to find a more welcoming staff on the whole island! Even the owner will get in on the fun at times by sitting down with his guests and giving them an authentic Cuban cigar while regaling them with stories about art and food. It is truly a can’t miss experience!

Havana has a lot of hidden treasures to offer, and I am dedicated to finding them and sharing them with you all as we get prepared for the trip next year! It’s going to be a great time and an amazing opportunity to savor some local delights while you are there! Drag Stars at Sea 2017: Cuba Adventure is going to be a spectacular adventure, and right now we are taking bookings for past travelers as well as reservations for new ones! Get your place in line NOW by visiting here!

 

Where The Locals Eat Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner In Rome.

 

Rome is not Milan. Moving from one part of the city to another can take hours (no exaggeration, just try). So here are some tips for a top notch breakfast, lunch and dinner, a gastronomic day in Italy’s capital without wasting time waiting for buses.

Breakfast: Bar Le Sorelle

If you go to MACRO (Museum of Contemporary Art), you have an excuse to drop by Via Alexandria for a coffee and a pastry in a café much favoured by locals. Amazing cappuccino and pastries stuffed with fresh, tasty homemade egg custard. The classic Roman maritozzi are highly recommended, as are the “lobster tail” and honey pastries, and the strawberry mimosa cake. Open from 5 am to 8 pm.

Lunch: Restaurant Roscioli

Originally a grocery store (the Roscioli family also has a bakery nearby) it is still a gourmet delicatessen (with prices in line with the quality of the goods offered), but since 2002 it has also had a restaurant, loved by those who live and work in Rome (or are in town to do politics). Surrounded by shelves of wine and perhaps an undersecretary or two, you can enjoy the finest Roman cuisine and possibly take advantage of the raw materials of the house (meats and cheeses), such as the buffalo mozzarella burgers, for a tasting menu or an unusual starter.

Dinner: La Taverna dei Fori Imperiali

In Rome there are trattorie that are institutions, managed by the same family for 50 years or more, timeless treasures in every district (Testaccio, Trastevere – they each have their own). More recent, but already famous (half of Hollywood features in the gallery of photos), the Taverna dei Fori Imperiali continues to be one of those that makes your Roman friends say: “When you come to Rome, I must take you there.” The tonnarelli cacio e pepe, spaghetti amatriciana, and the artichokes are not to be missed. Leave room for dessert: the bakery is run by the daughter of the owner (and chef) and the cakes are homemade. Another plus: it is a quarter of an hour stroll from Termini Station, for a tasty “Arrivederci Roma.

 

 

This article was originally published on the Huffington Post. 

Going a nautical mile for fun in Southampton!

With approximately five weeks before the start of our Drag Stars at Sea: Europe Allstars there is a lot to be done and planned before our cruisers begin their amazing journey. Each of our destinations within Europe has an overabundance of great activities and sights to take in before people are whisked off to the next leg of their adventure. This article is here to condense some of the information so that you, the ever busy traveler, don’t have to search all over for ingenious ideas on how to spend your time! Today we stop in Southampton, England, where ships tell the tale! 

The SS Shieldhall is a preserved steamship that operates from the city and is a major tourist attraction! She was built in October 1954 and weighs in at 1,972 tons! Before she was preserved for tourist purposes the boat was used a sludge boat, going regularly from Shieldhall in Glasgow, Scotland down the River Clyde to dump treated sewage sludge at sea. These types of ships regularly welcomed aboard day trippers and parties or passengers who wanted to tour the ships during these trips down river. To accommodate for this the Shieldhall was given open-crank engines which allow passengers to see all of the inner workings, which according to a lot of the people who visit the ship say is really fun. Those who take the day trip these days are allowed to explore all parts of the ship and people remark all the time just how friendly and welcoming all of the crew on board are. From seeing the engines in action up close to going to the bridge and talking to the captain of the ship, there’s a lot of fun to be had on the SS Shieldhall!

 

 

Titanic Engineer Officers Memorial is, as the name suggests, a memorial to the 35 engineer officers who steadfastly stood at their posts as the Titanic was critically struck by an Iceberg in 1912. The monument was unveiled on a sunny day in April of 1914 where over 100,000 people gathered in remembrance of the brave souls who gave their lives to buy the fleeing passengers precious moments to safely get to their lifeboats. The statue consists of bronze and granite and features Nuke, the Greek Winged Goddess of Victory. Many people visit this memorial yearly, and those that do remark how stunning the display is in person. It serves as a haunting reminder of the tragedy that struck so close to the heart of Southampton a century ago, many of those engineers living only a few miles at most away from the monument, and reminds all who visit of the sacrifice that was made.

Southampton is a fun place to explore with a lot of emphasis on the sea and the ocean, as the above locations indicate. We too are interested in the sea! It is why we are proud to present Southampton and so many other places as part of our Drag Stars at Sea: Europe Allstars! Be sure to check out all of the great information on this exciting trip by going here.

 

 

Going to great heights to experience Antigua!

We will be traveling to various places around the Caribbean as part of our Drag Stars at Sea: Pirates of the Caribbean and we here know that people like a certain amount of adventure whenever they travel abroad. To that end we are going to look at some of the exciting prospects at our destinations and show you a few ideas for you to have a great time on this or any other trip to the Caribbean. Today we’re going to Antiguawhere the great view is only the half of it!

Shirley Heights, as the name suggests, is a very high point on the island of Antigua. It used to be a military complex which served as a lookout over English Harbor and a small military installation. As the island’s Signal Station, it employed a series of flags during the day or a series of guns at night when they needed to get a message to St. John’s. Aside from the mild historical context the amazing view is what this place is really about. People are in complete agreement that watching the sun set at this particular vantage point is one of the most beautiful in the entire Caribbean, if not the world. Many of the views in postcards and magazines of Antigua, or in photos like the above, come from this location. The breathtaking view of the island is one that absolutely cannot be missed!

The Donkey Sanctuary on the island is a great deal of fun made from something with a more sinister past. Back in the days of slavery the donkeys were used to haul sugar all over the island, and as you can imagine the animals were treated very poorly and were overworked to the extreme. When slavery was abolished and there was no longer mass quantities of sugar to be transported the donkeys were abandoned to their fate. Luckily, a group of very kind people decided that the animals should be given a home and thus this lovely place come into being! Everyone who visits the sanctuary raves about how fun it is, and how remarkably gentle the creatures are. They are quite friendly and most of all the donkeys love all of the attention you can give them. The Sanctuary offers tours of the facility where a knowledgeable guide will give you some great information on the donkeys you are observing! Perhaps not what would expect on a beautiful island, but a must see replace regardless!

 

Hell’s Gate is a rock formation that holds a little bit of mythos behind it. You may have noticed the rock looks very similar to the continent of Africa. Local legend says that when people were being brought over by Africa they would have to pass this rock to reach the island proper, and that over time the formation shifted to match the land where these people came from. Regardless of legends though, the people who visit the rock formation really get a kick out of it and it is a lovely place to take some photographs. All of the pristine water surrounding the formation doesn’t hurt a bit either! You can even go snorkeling nearby, which is a treat due to all of the fish that swim in the waters.

Antigua is a very attractive island with a lot of fun activities to explore! It never ceases to amaze me just how beautiful so many of the islands of the Caribbean are, it is TRULY humbling to be able to view it. We are happy to be visiting here as part of our Drag Stars at Sea: Pirates of the Caribbean! For all of the information about this trip, please go here!

The Rock of Gibraltar!

Gibraltar is a very small country, a little over two square miles, located at the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula at the beginning of the Mediterranean Sea. It has many attractions despite its small size, but none are more famous nor loom as large, both literally and figuratively, than the Rock of Gibraltar.

The Rock of Gibraltar is a monolithic limestone promontory, which basically means it is a big slanting piece of land. It is one of the Pillars of Hercules, denoted as such because it was one of the promontories that flank the entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar. It stands 1,398 feet tall and is a part of the Betic Cordillera mountain range. When one stands atop the Rock you can see the African coastline if you look towards the south, while the heart of the Mediterranean ocean awaits your visage if you stare eastward.

Inside of the Rock there is a labyrinth of tunnels known as the Great Siege Tunnels. The construction of the tunnels began as a way to withstand the Great Siege during the Revolutionary War. France and Spain wished to retake the Rock from Britain and so the man in charge offered a handsome reward for anyone who could find a way to move goes from the northern face of the rock. The idea was a great success and helped quite a bit in the efforts to fend off the overwhelming force. Such was the success that the tunnels were expanded during World War II to further help the war effort.

Sticking underground anyone who visits here should check out St. Michael’s cave! It has been visited for thousands of years as a point of interest because it was believed to be bottomless. Because of this rumor started to spread that the cave was possibly connected to the continent of Africa by a subterranean passage of some length, which also was used to explain where the apes came from. During World War II the cave was prepared as an emergency hospital but was never needed. These days it is known as the Cathedral Cave and makes a wonderfully unique auditorium for all sorts of events.

No trip to the Rock would be complete without discussing the Apes’ Den, which is home to the world famous Barbary Macaques. It is a popular legend among the people of Gibraltar that if the apes – often mistaken for monkeys – leave this place that it will no longer be British. They are descended from North African populations of the same kind. They may be adorable but let me be the first to warn you they are more than a little feisty and they are indeed wild animals, so while you can admire them don’t do so too closely or you might be in for some trouble!

We are proud of the fact that we are going to be stopping in Gibraltar as part of our Drag Stars at Sea: Europe Allstars! For all of the details about that trip, you can go here. 

River Cruise Sale Excitement!

Whether you have been on a River Cruise before or are new to the adventure awaits you, we have some awesome sights for you to see this fall for can’t miss prices!

Explore the capital city of Romania, Bucharest! Visit the Arch of Triumph, a world famous landmark seen in many blockbuster movies!

See all the sights of Budapest, Hungary. For twelve very good suggestions, go here.

Visit Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria, home to the world’s oldest Zoo!

Take in Munich, Germany’s serene Englischer Garten (English Garden) a park that eclipses New York’s Central Park in size!

Venture into the beautiful city of Venice and gaze upon St. Mark’s Basilica,a renowned architectural landmark.

These are just a few of the sights we have to offer you with our Secret Buy 1 Get 1 10 Day River Cruise sale! Get aboard the ship fast, before it sets off down river without you!

 

 

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RuPaul’s Drag Race Cruise INVADES Europe!

DRAG STARS AT SEA: EUROPE ALLSTARS

ALandCHUCK.travel announces the FIRST Drag Stars at Sea – EUROPE ALLSTARS cruise! In November of 2014, fans of the popular LOGO TV Show “RuPaul’s Drag Race” will Pillage & Plunder Italy then board Royal Caribbean’s Splendour of the Seas to set sail through the Greek Isles and Mediterranean with the ALLSTARS of RuPaul’s Drag Race!

ALandCHUCK.travel will bring nearly 20 stars of RuPaul’s Drag Race on a vacation experience cruising throughout the Mediterranean to ports in Croatia, Turkey and the Greek Isles! Fans will have many opportunities to interact and engage the stars of the popular TV Show as they share in a vacation experience like no other!

Al Ferguson, President and Owner of ALandCHUCK.travel states “We are excited to bring our highly successful Drag Stars at Sea product to Europe! We have accomplished three Drag Stars at Sea cruises in the Caribbean and I am amazed by the number of fans that travel Worldwide to cruise with their favorite Drag Super Stars. We anticipate a high demand for this cruise departing from Europe and have implemented our FIRST online reservation system allowing guests to make their reservation directly on ALandCHUCK.travel.”

ALandCHUCK.travel will offer guests 3 Pre-Cruise options to explore Italy that all culminate in Venice for a spectacular Venetian Masquerade Bon Voyage Extravaganza! The Pre-Cruise packages consist of a 2 day Venice Pillage & Plunder Pre-Stay, 3 Day Venice Pre-Stay, or an 8 day “Taste of Italy” experience from Rome, to Florence and concluding with our masquerade event in Venice.

Some of the entertainers to perform on Drag Stars at Sea – EUROPE ALLSTARS are: ALASKA, ALYSSA EDWARDS, DETOX, JINKX MONSOON, JUJUBEE, LATRICE ROYALE, MANILA LUZON, PANDORA BOXX, ROXXXY ANDREWS, SHANGELA, SHANNEL, SHARON NEEDLES, WILLAM and more to come! We welcome back celebrity judge Michele Visage as our cruise Hostess!

The cruise departs on November 8th, 2014 from Venice, Italy sailing to Dubrovnik, Croatia; Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey; Santorini, Greece; and Katakolon, Greece. On board events will include awe-inspiring performances and Question and Answer panels with the Stars of RuPaul’s Drag Race, plus numerous parties and more! Cruise-Only rates start at just $699.

For more information or to make your reservation please visit ALandCHUCK.travel, Email us at info@AlandCHUCK.travel, visit our interactive Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/DragStarsatSeaALLSTARSEUROPE or contact us directly at 1-866-949-1429.

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Gay European River Cruising

If you’ve never tried a gay cruise, here are five reasons it might be for you!

    • There’s no better place to make new friends. Seriously, next to college and summer camp (both of which you’ve probably outgrown), gay vacations offer the best opportunity to share new experiences with new people. Ask any gay cruise veteran the best part about their vacation, and they inevitably say, “Making new friends.” As adults, we don’t have many environments that are conducive for making new best friends. Cruising is one of them.
    • It’s a vacation from planning a vacation. Not that there aren’t options (particularly on the big gay cruises, there are dozens of dining and entertainment opportunities every moment of the day), but the freedom comes in choosing to do what you feel like, when you feel like it, and having it all available without much planning or thinking, and almost all of it without an additional charge.
    • Value. Most guests spend a few hundred dollars beyond the upfront price for drinks, shore excursions, spa treatments and other extras. And some spend thousands. But you can easily go the whole trip without spending an extra dime. Our Oktoberfest cruise includes all Wine and Spirits on board the ship!
    • Variety. If you have Gay-DD, European cruising was made for you. You’ll get to sample lots of different places and cultures. What could be more fabulous than drinking wine in Bordeaux one day, hitting the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao another, and then dancing the night away in Ibiza, all without ever repacking your suitcase?
    • Community. And the freedom to be yourself within it. Whether your freak flag flies toward silly, sexy or serious, there are few experiences as liberating, empowering and supportive as an all-gay environment.

 

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Deposit $500 per person due upon booking. A second deposit of $500 per person is due by February 1, 2014. Final payment is due May 17, 2014.
 
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