Posts tagged "Europe"
A Very Mancunian Life

A Very Mancunian Life

First off, for the uninitiated, a couple of definitions: Mancunian: A person from Manchester. Mancunian Life: Fierce, fun, vibrant, independent, sometimes raucous, always original, forever unbuttoned and decidedly passionate about music. Now, with that settled, if you follow this blog, you already know that I just returned from my second thrill ride of a visit to Manchester...
Globetrotting: Paris to the Loire Valley

Globetrotting: Paris to the Loire Valley

Paris and its many charms can all too often prove so engaging that many find it difficult to pry themselves away, which is a shame given that beyond the borders of the City of Lights, la belle France reveals herself to be diverse and complex. In Paris, I set up home base at the sleek,...
Berlin: Europe's Capital of Cool

Berlin: Europe’s Capital of Cool

Berlin: Europe’s Capital of Cool  Duane Wells 11/3/2011  As European capitals go, Berlin is not of the variety that plays by the rules. Yes, there is a certain grandiosity to the famed Brandenburg Gate which once divided East from West. And yes, there are the impressive, if de rigueur, monuments and buildings that have survived Berlin’s war-torn...
For The Love Of Spain: Me, Madonna And A Town Called Ronda

For The Love Of Spain: Me, Madonna And A Town Called Ronda

Hola! Okay so before I begin to wax poetic about my love affair with Spain, here’s a little truth. Yes, I have broken a limb and been hospitalized in Madrid for nine days (and yes the limp is finally gone thank you very much). And yes, it is also true that I was once evacuated...
For The Love Of Spain: A Boy Behaving ‘Badly’ in Barcelona

For The Love Of Spain: A Boy Behaving ‘Badly’ in Barcelona

I said I would have not one drink on my first night in Barcelona. Fail. I said I would not go clubbing after dinner on my first night in Barcelona. Fail. I said I would get a good night’s sleep on my first night in Barcelona. Fail again. All of the sanctimonious pledges I made...
For The Love of Spain: VIP Marbella-Rock Stars, Royalty and Michelle Obama

For The Love of Spain: VIP Marbella-Rock Stars, Royalty and Michelle Obama

Nothing says ‘Living Wells’ better than three simple letters in the modern English alphabet – V.I.P! Likewise very few destinations in Spain do ‘V.I.P.’ like Marbella, the crown jewel of Costa del Sol. Hence the reason that Marbella and I get on like a house on fire. Seriously! For those who are not aware of...
For The Love Of Spain: Malaga

For The Love Of Spain: Malaga

“I Need Spain” tour is Malaga in sultry Costa del Sol (which literally means “Coast of the Sun”). I’ve got lots to tell you about Costa del Sol so be sure to follow me on Twitter for some great tips and some of my favorite hot spots in the region but for now, pour yourself...
For The Love Of Spain: Formentera

For The Love Of Spain: Formentera

Okay so before I begin to wax poetic about my love affair with Spain, here’s a little truth. Yes, I have broken a limb and been hospitalized in Madrid for nine days (and yes the limp is finally gone thank you very much). And yes, it is also true that I was once evacuated from...
London 2.0: Undiscovered Gay London

London 2.0: Undiscovered Gay London

London 2.0: Undiscovered Gay London  Duane Wells 7/8/2010 London may be a grand old dame of a destination, but don’t be fooled into thinking it has lost one ounce of its spunk or legendary cool with the passage of time. After years of being thought of as one of the world‘s leading gay-friendly destinations, London remains...
Surf and Sin: Spain’s Sultry Costa del Sol

Surf and Sin: Spain’s Sultry Costa del Sol

  Surf and Sin: Spain’s Sultry Costa del Sol Duane Wells 6/3/2011  Sun, sex, glamour, history and a bevy of beautiful people—what’s not to love about Costa del Sol? As an established meeting place of the mega rich and the substantially pretty for decades, the legend of Spain’s sultry Costa del Sol precedes itself. However, in terms...
A Resort of Your Own

A Resort of Your Own

Envisage lolling around with a group of close friends in a pavilion surrounded by koi ponds at Mick Jagger’s six-bedroom villa on the Caribbean isle of Mustique or having an impromptu fashion show underneath a cathedral skylight in the over-the-top closet of a seven-bedroom, nine-and-a-half bath, 10,000-square-foot manse in Palm Springs formerly owned by screen...
The Style of Stockholm

The Style of Stockholm

The Style of Stockholm  Duane Wells 8/17/2011  I’ve got a little issue. It seems that I have contracted a fashionable new strain of Stockholm Syndrome. I use the term ‘fashionable’ to describe my particular version of the psychological affliction, because rather than a group of sympathetic bank robbers, I am instead being held captive by the...