Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Cargo Men's Spa & Club Marseille

Sometimes there is nothing better than to get away from the hectic outside world for a while and with that one of the options a gay man has is to go to a sauna.

Now be aware, not all saunas are created equal.  Some charge a lot to enter but seem to scrimp on the basics…the state of the towels usually being the first sign.  Other bathhouses are of superb quality and make you feel as though you are in a soothing, sexual oasis.

Quality would be the case with Cargo Men's Spa & Club in Marseille.

My first encounter with Cargo Spa was during a media tour given by LGP Marseille, when a group of us were leaving the community center one afternoon and heading towards the port, after taking a few steps, without even seeing any signage I instinctively knew we must’ve been outside a bathhouse.

Call it a former bathhouse manager’s intuition but I could tell by the outside of the space it had that discreet, privacy factor mixed with a unique ventilation system one just knows is needed for such an establishment.  I confirmed it with the individual in charge of the media tour and next thing I knew we were all going inside Cargo Spa.

Since we had a schedule to adhere too, we couldn’t stay long but the manager met with us immediately and we got to have a quick peek inside.  This just set up my curiosity level even more.
Having a few days in Marseille, and always up for some sort of adventure, I visited Cargo Spa on my own time.
Even if action isn’t what it’s always about for you in a bathhouse, Cargo Spa gives you the feeling of both worlds.  You can gauge a mood as soon as you enter, for me; first of all there was no attitude from either the staff or the clientele.
Once you are settled in, you could feel any stress you might have had drifting away.  And although this is one of the largest saunas in the region, with a space over four levels, it doesn’t feel barren no matter how many customers are in the establishment.  It is modern, clean and overall well-maintained.

There is a bar and lounge area for drinks on one level, next to another level that has a small pool.  If you choose, there always seems to be another section to venture around and cruise.  In no time you will come across the hot tub, steam room and on the upper level the small cabin rooms for more intimate encounters.
From the few visits I’ve had to Cargo Spa, the clientele seems to consist of a good mix of locals, a number of tourists with everyone from jocks to businessmen.  And take it from someone still learning French; language does not seem to be an issue.

Photos courtesy of Cargo Spa. Merci!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

In&Out 2014 Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Cannes may have the world famous film festival but did you know that there is also the 6th In&Out Gay and Lesbian Film Festival happening from April 24th to May 3rd in both Nice and Cannes?

This annual event continues to grow year after year with a number of films, readings, performances and exhibitions that can be found throughout both cities.

The theme this year is ‘Je t’aime, mon non plus’ which for the festival can be referred to as a cheeky statement alluding to the fact that no matter how far we think society has come in accepting the LGBT community, in many countries it is still not safe to assume one can fully be themselves and feel completely accepted in their surroundings in order to freely live their lives.

Huge strives have been made but there still is a long way to go.

Teaser In&Out 2014 Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Over the ten days of the festival there is an impressive array of films from around the world to choose from, and all catering to your current mood or interests.  Films based on everything from camp humor and queer classics to activism and exploring new sexual territories.

This selection of films will be part of open discussions and in general help one another learn that much more about unique LGBT experiences.
There will also be special guest directors, producers and actors in attendance from not only Europe but also North America.  Another great way to network is to attend the special soirĂ©es held nightly at the local gay and gay-friendly establishments in support of this year’s film festival!

For more details, check the In&Out 2014 Gay and Lesbian Film Festival website.