In addition to our regular travel articles, we’re starting a regular travel round-up, for those stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. Enjoy!

Weirdest Local Tours Around the World (Shermans Travel)
“Yes, the downtown square is nice, but where did this city’s hookers hang out 50 years ago?”
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The Men and Women of Austria’s Pink Lake (Gay Star News)
Imagine a few hundred LGBTIs taking over a peaceful and picturesque Austrian mountain town for a long weekend of swimming, sunbathing and partying.
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Pink Lake

Siem Reap: Tips for Visiting the Ruins at Angkor (Shermans Travel)
As a travel destination, Cambodia is perhaps best known for its most popular temple, Angkor Wat. Located a few miles from the city of Siem Reap, tourists from all over the world come here to walk through what’s left of the once-thriving Khmer Empire.
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Channel Islands Celebrates Its First-Ever Pride (Gay Star News)
The Channel Islands have held its first Pride march in Jersey today.
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The Neon Lights of Kabukicho in Shinjuku (Keep Calm and Wander)
Kabukicho in Shinjuku District (Tokyo) is Japan’s biggest red light and entertainment district.
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Mexico City’s Modern & Street Art (Shermans Travel)
Although Mexico City is known for its history and centuries-old cultural treasures, there’s also a vibrant, thriving modern art movement taking shape in the metropolis. From street artists to young creatives who draw inspiration from today’s social issues, take a walk with us through the streets of Mexico City’s contemporary art scene.full story

Shelley Seale/Frida Kahlo Museum

5 Things Not To Miss In Chicago (Towleroad)
Chicago is our most American city. It’s the cosmopolitan heart of the Midwest, the home of Barack Obama, the Chicago Cubs, deep-dish pizza, Al Capone, the (former) Sears Tower, and Oprah. It’s where the iconic Chicago Theater marquee is lit every evening.
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New Orleans Hosts Southern Decadence (Washington Blade)
More than 100,000 people turned out for Southern Decadence that takes place every Labor Day weekend in New Orleans.
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Southern Decadence

Photos – Southern Decadence (Advocate)
The first Southern Decadence festival held after marriage equality came to Louisiana (shove it, Bobby Jindal!) was even more jubilant than earlier incarnations. Though the South’s biggest gay party is not really synonymous with commitment and fidelity, at least one same-sex couple wed during the weekend-long bacchanal. Of course, there were still events like the “Hot Ass” contest for those single and ready to mingle. Check out the sultry scene at the 44th Decadence with the following photos, courtesy of Egoiste at Flickr.
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Southern Decadence

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