Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Carnival of Cities Blog Carnival

Welcome to the August 26, 2009 edition of the Carnival of Cities.  This is a blog carnival that is organised by Sheila Scarborough of Sheila's Guide To The Good Stuff and BootsnAll Family Travel Logue fame and is hosted on a different blog every two weeks.

This post will be a wonderful opportunity to tour the world via one blog post and I encourage you to click on the links below and see the carnival of photos, stories and experiences.  The focus of the carnival is on any aspect of a single city or a fair sized town.  If you are a blogger and you have written a relevant post, why don’t you submit it for possible inclusion in our next carnival?

The next edition (on September 9) will be hosted on the Wandering Educators blog; click here to submit an entry for consideration. If you’d like to take a turn as host, please email Sheila “at” sheilascarborough “dot” com.

Are you all ready?  Starting with Europe and Asia and then on to Australasia and the Americas, it is time to travel!

Cities in Europe

Ljubljana, Slovenia Shannon ODonnell tells a wonderful, colourful story with Street Theatre and Summer Festivals in Ljublijana posted at a little adrift: a rtw travelogue, saying, "The summer atmosphere was quite alive in Slovenia with their annual Street Theatre Festival and summer ballet in the park."

Bristol, England With a flair of colour and adventure, Heatheronhertravels presents I’ve been to the Night Glow at the Bristol Balloon Fiesta - Video posted at Heather on her travels, saying, "Every year my home town of Bristol hosts a balloon festival, and as I'd never been in 20 years here, I though it was about time for me to experience the Night Glow."

Riviera Corniches, France Mick Hart presents Driving Through The Riviera Corniches In France posted at Globe Cheap Travel, saying, "There are literally 1000’s of places worth seeing on this planet in a life time, and just as many things to experience. Since our days in this world are numbered, it’s a good idea to start traveling!!"

Oxford, Oxfordshire, England Rachel Cotterill takes a walk through her Oxford in Beyond The Dreaming Spires posted at Rachel's Ramblings.

Paris, France Andi takes us to the romance capital of the world in  Le Procope Paris - dining in rich history posted at Misadventures with Andi.

London, England William Wallace gives you the best of London with What Is The Best Free View In London Well Let Me Tell You! posted at London Is Cool.

Scheveningen, The Hague, The Netherlands Happy Hotelier presents Postcards from Scheveningen – A Plea to revive the Scheveningen High Back Beach Chair posted at Happy Hotelier, saying, "I really miss those high back beach chairs. Any suggestions of a modern equivalent?"

London, England Travelbug gives presents a fantastic list of Free things to do in London posted at Travelbug's blog.

Cochem, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany Jim treats us to a lovely evening in Wandering in Cochem posted at Wanderlust Journey.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands Lena surprises us with 3 Facts: Amsterdam posted at The Colors Magazine., saying “You either fall in love with the city immediately or… a bit later”.

Paris, France Neal Ebbett takes you around Paris in a whirlwind tour in Paris - July 09 posted at Neal and Rochelles Overseas Adventures.


Cities in Asia

Mitaka, Tokyo, Japan Sheila Scarborough delights with A magical visit to Hayao Miyazaki’s Ghibli Museum in Japan posted at Family Travel Guide, saying, "If you like the new movie Ponyo, learn more about its creator Hayao Miyazaki at his Ghibli Museum, near Tokyo."

Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India presents sunset on a beautiful beach in Beach near the Shore Temple: Part 1 Tamil Nadu posted at

Minato Mirai, Yokohama, Japan Tony Alexander dazzles us with Back In Minato Mirai, Yokohama, Japan posted at The Soul of Japan, saying, "After returning to this city after a short vacation I am reminded of the little things I do like most about this city".


Cities in Australasia

Sydney, Australia Mike Bergin presents Urban Cockatoos, Sydney over at 10,000 Birds, saying, "Charlie Moores puts together a beautiful presentation of urban Sulphur-crested Cockatoos in Sydney, Australia."


Cities in the Americas

Los Angeles, California, USA Jack Norell presents August 2009 means free gigs in Los Angeles posted at Eyeflare - Travel Articles and Tips, saying, "During this August, L.A. celebrates the warm weather with loads of free concerts all over the city."

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Glowing Face Man takes you to Vegas with My Vegas Trip: The Stratosphere Tower Hotel posted at Glowing Face Man: Awaken the Badass Within.

Washington, D.C., USA presents Tysons Corner – Washington DC’s Upscale Center for Shopping posted at The DC Traveler – Washington DC travel & tourism information, saying, "While Washington, DC may be known for Smithsonian museums, monuments to presidents and memorials, it also has some first-class shopping at Tysons Corner."

Austin, Texas, USA Collin really stimulates the traveller in me with Summer Fun Activities - Austin,Tx posted at Travel Ideas and Tips, saying, "Submitting post about my charming city Austin, Texas."

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA Becky Harris presents The State Fair and Racing Cockroaches posted at One Short Day, saying, "About one aspect of Indianapolis, IN.....the state fair!"

Seattle, Washington, USA Jessie Voigts describes culinary delights in Eating your way through Seattle - with a child in tow! posted at Wandering Educators, saying, "Best places to eat in Seattle - All kid-friendly"

Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico One Family presents Cancun Trip Report posted at One Family's Blog, saying, "A trip report to Cancun with a frugal perspective."

New York, New York, USA NYC, If You Are discusses The Best Part About Getting Evicted posted at NYC, If You Are, saying, "My experience, searching for an apartment on Craig's List after getting evicted. Written by a NYC local."

Tucson, Arizona, USA Kevin Grieves takes us back into the history of Tucson with On this day in history: Tucson, Arizona founded, 1775 posted at The Modern Historian.

Zarcero, Costa Rica Marina K. Villatoro presents an absolute treat with Edward Scissorhands Escaped and Was Found in Zarcero, Costa Rica - Photo Friday posted at The Travel Expert(a), saying, "Fun Town in Costa Rica!"

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA Jennifer presents The Insectarium – New Orleans, Louisiana posted at Two Kids and a Map, saying, "The Insectarium is the first new attraction to open up in New Orleans, Louisiana. Even if you don't love creepy crawlies, it is worth a visit!"

Québec City, Québec, Canada Corinne McDermott delights us with Ville de Québec avec un bébé (Québec City With Baby) posted at Have Baby Will Travel, saying, "As a first-time mom, I would never have believed that traveling with such a young baby would be so easy".

Aguascalientes, Mexico Tim Leffel presents Mexico's Museum of Death posted at Tim Leffel's Cheapest Destinations, saying, "A bizarre museum in the city of Aguascalientes, Mexico".

Lima, Peru Timothy Scott presents Lima on the Upswing posted at Luxury Latin America Blog, saying, "Maybe there's a reason or two to hang around Lima after all..."

Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA Wendy presents Santa Fe's Oldest posted at Escape From New York, saying, "Santa Fe, New Mexico the USA’s oldest state capital also boasts the oldest church, house and continuously occupied building."

New York, New York, USA Christina kicks off her New England trip with New England Trip- NYC posted at Travel Girl.

Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA Christopher Kendalls presents Virginia Beach Set to Buy Old Circuit City Property; Expect to See Expansion of Town Center posted at Associated Content, saying, "What will happen to Town Center, aka "downtown" Virginia Beach now that the city may purchase the old Circuit City property?"

Monterrey, Mexico Silicon Valley Blogger presents Why Study Abroad? Get Educated In A Foreign Country posted at The Digerati Life, saying, "I discuss studying abroad a place such as Monterrey, Mexico, for example!"

That concludes this edition. Thank you for visiting Emm in London and I hope you stop by again if this was your first visit.

Submit your (one, non-spammy) blog post about any aspect of any SINGLE city to the next edition of the Carnival of Cities using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.



  1. Are you kidding me girl...this is a wonderful idea...visit the world from one place and take your time doing it..Amazing how much smaller the internet has made the world.
    I remember the first post I read on your blog about having lunch nearby your work..I was taken by it then and I am still now, because it is like having been there...there the trip to SA and the Wedding...This is a great post.

  2. Wow, Emm, thanks so much! You did a marvelous job hosting this week, and look at all of the amazing entries....can't wait to read them.

  3. Hello Emm,

    Such a wonderful carnival. I am amazed at the collection of cities.

    Thank You for adding my post on Austin as well.

    I just "StumbledUpon" and "Digg" this Carnival.


  4. That is such a wonderful collection of posts.
    Thank you for including mine. You did a great job with this carnival.
    Am off to check the other posts now :)

  5. Thank you for hosting the carnival this week!! Just post a link to it and am having fun discovering other blogs :-)

  6. What a fantastic idea, to be able to "travel" the world this way. It is really good, as I am planning a trip to the States and some of the places are featured in this travel log.

  7. Hey! thanks for including me into this great carnival!

  8. wow great idea!! I actually was out traveling when you first posted about this (so for all reading this please check my blog soon for some travel stories about the Netherlands!)

  9. What a lot of work, and what a great collection of posts! Thanks for including me!

  10. What a great catalog of resources! Sorry I've been out of internet connectivity and couldn't participate. But I'm bookmarking this post!

  11. So many places to see, and so many articles to read. Wow, thanks for the resources.

  12. Nice blog, I love the links.

  13. Thanks for including me - lots of great articles! I love them all!

  14. What a cool Idea, great way to learn about different cities around the world especially if your heading over to one of them.

  15. Very nice. Will try submitting a post for the next carnival. Great idea.

  16. So many places I need to visit, looks like I need to start making a hell of a lot more money, so that I can take a year off and spend it travelling the world.

  17. Awesome installment. Thanks for including me and I've Stumbled the post as well. You've got a new subscriber as well :-)

  18. Hey guys, sorry for the late replies! Those of you who are regulars on this blog will know that I've been moving house and generally been hectic!

    @ Baron: Glad you liked it. I agree - the internet definitely makes the world smaller and more accessible!

    @ Sheila: I'm glad you enjoyed it! I just wanted it to be as good as the ones you usually do!

    @ Collin, Lena, Shannon, Marina, Corinne, Andi: It was a pleasure and it was good to "meet" you!

    @ Celeste: Oh fantastic! When are you off to the States (aka My New Favourite Country on Earth)?

    @ Jen: Well, hopefully you can take place in another one? I'd love to see your travelling posts on that list!

    @ Kathy: Your Colorado posts were so lovely - it would have been great to have included them! Oh well, next time?

    @ Dr Lauren: I really enjoyed doing this carnival - it was fabulous!

    @ Myne: Hi, thanks for stopping by and commenting! I'm glad you liked the links!

    @ Bob: Isn't it just lovely to surf through the posts? Perhaps you can take part one day, if you're visiting wonderful countries astro-gazing again?

    @ radha: Yes! Do take part if you can!

    @ William Wallace: Ha! I find travelling to be a lot of work too so I am often glad to come home, go back to work and "rest"!!

    @ Jack: Why thank you for the Stumble and for following me! I think I'll return the favour!


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