Friday, December 31, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
We don't eat out often enough, but when we do, our favourite pub and restaurant where the guys are hotter and the food good and resonably priced is Billy the Bums. We even have a loyalty card going there.
We joined guests Phillip (left) and Renier (right) for a drink and dinner at Billys, forgetting that Tuesday was ladies night, so there were a whole load of hot chicks there... Mondays are best when it's Burger and Beer special... mmm
|Friend and waiter at Harveys, Graham, with Llewellyn (centre) and myself (Dave)|
|Fine dining and elegant decor at Harveys|
We don't often have our main course there as it's fine dining and top of the range, but last night we popped in after dinner at Billy The Bums, for a nightcap at Harveys.
A glass of sherry and a delicious Chocolate Mousse cake to share.. just the trick before home.
Monday, December 27, 2010
Enjoying the Christmas spirit at the full Guesthouse and later at The Lounge gay club in Durban are Llewellyn (top left), myself (Dave), Peter and Francois from Johannesburg and in the second photo we join Warren the Manager of The Lounge.
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
It's been a party every night for locals and Guests at the Guesthouse in the run-up to Christmas. A lot of this has to do with party animal and hooligan Marc who has been working on a ship in the Gulf of Mexico - 5 weeks on duty and 5 home - which means a horny and thirsty "seaman" - in the middle seen here with Llewellyn (left) and Garret.
In the top photo Duane, Celeste and Pieter ( a dentist... where was he when we needed him - see story below) from Britz are finding out what Durbanites do for fun. Enjoy guys!!
What a day Friday turned out to be. I had chipped my tooth and was booked in at the dentist. Guest Marc co-incidentally had the same problem so I hauled him off to the dentist with me going a bit earlier to see if he could be squeezed in.
My dentist died that morning, much to our shock and berwilderment. Marc is a paramedic though and serving as a ship's doctor on an oil exploration ship in the Gulf of Mexico is used to improvising and fixing any emergency. So out he came with some dentist-filler and stopped up the chipped wall of my tooth as well as his own. Although a working day, that was the end of all prospect of work and Marc, his friend Dimitri and I mixed all known cocktails and spent the rest of the day downing them. Thanks Marc!!
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Durban's first Pink Parade took place this morning down Florida Rd. The event formed part of the Pink Mynah Festival which took place in Pietermaritzburg and Durban this week.
Durban View Guesthouse was represented in the Parade and next year we want to go even better with our own float and involving the guests in floatbuilding the night before.
Kevin Ellis was the star of the parade with a glitzy and feathered pink (of course) glam outfit and a thumping band swept us down the street. The gathering was small but this was a great start to what hopefully will be a growing annual event.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Having fun in Durban are guests from Cape Town Byron and Travis (left in photos) joined by locals Shaun and Stuart (middle). Guesthouse owners Llewellyn and myself Dave are on the right.
We revved up the pub music a bit with an excellent selection the Cape boys brought with them and enjoyed some fun and laughter around the pub and pool. Great meeting you guys!
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
Sunday, December 05, 2010
Our brothers in Pietermaritzburg have been working hard to extend their Pink Mynah Festival to Durban and this year sees the crowning of the Mr and Ms Gay KZN at the Bat Centre on the 18th.
The Festival takes place over the period 11th - 18th December and includes workshops, drama performances, movie screenings culminating in the parade down Florida Road and pageant in Durban.
Here is the full programme:
PINK MYNAH FESTIVAL PROGRAM
Saturday, 11 December- kick-start festival
Soccer Day PMB 11am
Pink Party @ Kismet Hotel, PMB @ 8pm
Pink Mynah festivities at the Lounge Stamford Hill Rd &Angelos West Street, Durban
Monday, 13 December
10h00 Hate crime workshop – Darkchildz office, DBN
19h00 Book Fair –The Butchery PMB(Exclusive Books)
Tuesday, 14 December
10h00 Heterosexism workshop – Imbali PMB
18h00 Drama performance by Thespian drama group & Injongo Performing Arts & Entertainment – BAT Centre, DBN
Wednesday, 15 December
10h00 Homosexuality and the Bible (Q&A session) – Deo Gloria Family Church48 Gordon Road, Morningside (off Florida Road)
19h00 Film show screening – Nino’s Restaurant Golden Horse Casino, PMB &BAT Centre, DBN
Thursday, 16 December
10h00 Drama performance by Thespian drama group &Injongo Performing Arts & Entertainment –Winston Churchill Theatre PMB
Friday, 17 December
Preparation for parade and pageant
Saturday, 18 December
10h00 – 14h00 Street parade starts at Mitchell Park in Florida Rd to Bean Bag
19h00 – Mr & Ms Gay KZN pageant – Sipho Gumede Hall, BAT Centre, DBN
PROGRAMME TIMES & VENUE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
STAY GAY IN DURBAN
There is still space at the inn if you would like to stay over in Durban.. remember the 16th is a public holiday here so most people will be making a long weekend of it.
Monday, November 29, 2010
|Enjoying a drink at Billy the Bums are guest Patrice with Llewellyn and myself (Dave)|
|Beach rugby and hot boys in Durban|
|Surfing the wave at Durban's North Beach|
|The Guesthouse pool at night|
|The Guesthouse - photo from the pool area towards the guest Patio|
|Friend and Durban photographer Ryan snaps guest Patrice from Atlanta on Durban's beachfront Pier|
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Charl van den Berg, our current Mr Gay South Africa, and Mr Gay World 2010 right here at the Guesthouse last night (that's Charl on the left..lol).
The Mr Gay South Africa ™ finalists for the 2010 pageant were in Durban for their Mocambique cruise which sailed today and we hosted them for a pre-cruise Cocktail function at the Guesthouse. Charl is delightful and a beautiful person and certainly an excellent ambassador for South Africa and the gay world. See the further post below for more pics of our Guests and the stunning contestants in the pageant which holds its grand finale' later this month.
|Alan, Llewellyn and Kevin|
|Dustin with Alternative Travel's Leon Nel and Ernest|
|Finalists Errol and Karl|
|Francois and Jared|
|Gavin and Juanne|
|Guests Jaco from Namibia, Elad from Israel, Juanne from Joburg, guesthouse co-owner Llewellyn and Joe from Namibia|
|Jared with guesthouse co-owner Dave|
|Joe with Mr Gay South Africa organiser Coenie, Jaco, and Mr Gay World 2010 Charl van den Berg|
|Juanne with Finalist Prince from KwaZulu-Natal|
|The Guesthouse was full for the weekend and enjoying drinks at The Lounge on Saturday were Guesthouse co-owners Llewellyn and Dave with their Namibia guests Joe and Jaco|
|Hamming it up are guests Peter, also from Namibia with Elad from Israel and Juanne from Johannesburg|
Enjoying a weekend of fun at the Guesthouse we had an evening of drinks and pantomime on Saturday, followed by a pre-cruise Cocktail party on Sunday for the Mr Gay South Africa finalists and judges and the Rainbow Cruise passengers who left for a 5-night cruise to Mocambique today. Enjoy the cruiseguys and we look forward to your return for more fun with us on Friday.
Friday, November 12, 2010
|Rainbow Cruise operator|
|Ms Sinfonia sailing from Durban|
The action hots up right here at the Guesthouse on Saturday evening as we start our Pink Night welcoming guests at a Cocktail Party, followed by the adult pantomine Peter Pan at Musgrave Supper Theatre.
Durban's fabulous, famous and hilariously funny cast will present their annual show featuring Captain Hooker (Anthony Stonier), Rowan Bartlett (Peter Pan), Rikki Hastings (Wendy) and Thomie Holtzhausen (Mrs Darling). So get your weekend off to a great start and join us here at the guesthouse from 6pm this Saturday.. and see where the weekend takes you....
|Ernest Gravett, Mr Gay South Africa ™ finalist|
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
We love the international flavour of the Guesthouse. In the photo are Ton and Robbert (from Utrecht, Natherlands) and travelling for the first time in South Africa... following a tried and tested itinerary - land in Johannesburg, travel to the Kruger National Park, drive down through Swaziland to the east Coast visiting the Game Reserve Mkuze and St Lucia Wetland Park (Hippo and Cocodiles) and then to Durban. From Durban fly to Port Elizabeth and then drive along the Garden Route to Cape Town visiting the Tsitsikama Forest, Storms River, Knysna, possibly Oudshoorn and then Stellenbosch. Another route, and perhaps better would be to drive from the Kruger Park down through our Drakensberg Mountains to reach Durban rather than the coastal road and through Swaziland.
Joining us at the guesthouse also in the photo with Llewellyn (guesthouse co-owner, middle) are Ian and Nick from Melbourne, who have been working on contract in Johannesburg for the past nine months and are taking some time out to see our country.
Welcome guys and enjoy!! Great to have you with us.
It's always a bit intimidating to have other guesthouse owner's come stay with us, like for the annual Indaba Tourism Conference in May each year, but then it's also a good opportunity to network and get to know the other gay operators in South Africa. We will be sure to visit you guys soon. We love trips to Cape Town, especially since my son is now studying there, so it's a chance to visit him, drink wine in Stellenbosch and play.