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Carnival of Cities

by Dee Andrews

Join me on an around the world tour with a Carnival of Cities. Top travel bloggers share their favorite places, attractions and stories from various cities around the world, from public art in San Francisco to viking ships in Norway.

Starting in California and working our way east:

San Francisco, California, USA: Guest blogger Kirsten Alana shares her favorite Public Art in San Francisco on Brooklyn Nomad. A talented photographer and traveler who’s fascinated by public art, you’ll find some amazing photos in Kirsten’s guest post and on her site.

Napa Valley, California, USA: Delicious Baby presents A Day in Napa Valley with Kids, saying “Napa is beautiful, and it seems like a shame to pass it up just because we have kids.” They discovered a lovely Bocce Ball Court behind the wine tasting room at Ceja Vineyards where their kids loved rolling the balls, changing the score counter, and running in the sun.

San Pedro, California, USA: Eyeflare presents Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. Don’t miss the special sea jelly lab where visitors have a chance to see baby sea jellies and researchers in action.

San Antonio, Texas, USA: Wandering Off shares Take a Walk with Me Through the King William District, a beautiful historic district in San Antonio.

Moore-Dugal Residence

Moore-Dugal Residence

Chicago, Illinois, USA: Scroll down past the ads to find Jeff’s city guide post What to Do in Chicago, The Friendly Giant on the Lake. Having lived in Chicago for many years, this is quick overview of the top attractions. My favorites are the Frank Lloyd Wright museum in suburban Oak Park and wandering through the many fascinating neighborhoods.

New York City, New York, USA: The Vacation Gals post Best NYC Things to Do with Kids saying, “The Museum of Natural History is incredibly fun for kids, especially the life-size blue whale suspended from the ceiling.”

more New York City, New York, USA: This time for adults! Mad Kane’s Humor Blog presents Limerick Ode To Valerie Harper & More Big Apple Fun, suggesting the eclectic Japanese department store, Takashimaya, the Central Park Zoo, and Valerie Harper on Broadway.

Washington D.C., USA: PlanetEye Traveler presents Top Ten Tips for DC’s Cherry Blossom Festival, saying average peak blooming date is April 4th and one of the best photo sites is south of the Washington Monument along Independence Avenue.

Kissimmee, Florida, USA: Watch Me Eat presents Osceola County Fair Food. I think food says so much about a city and culture. Fair food especially! Some interesting food pictures here to be sure!

Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA: One Family’s Blog presents A Trip Report to Kennedy Space Center. Great overview of the attractions at Kennedy Space Center, the launch site for all U.S. manned space flights since 1968.

Key West, Florida, USA: Cajan Mama presents Top Family Activities in the Keys posted at Traveling Mamas, saying, “It is one of those places that calls to the soul, begging you to return again and again until you finally move there for good.”

moving across the pond

Oxford, England, United Kingdom: Steve, of Sarah and Steve Travel the Long Way Round, shares Just Came Down from Oawxford, Dahling, saying “I loved wandering around the university. It gave me a feeling I don’t often experience – of yearning for a life unchosen. It would take years to even explore each college and many more to be invited into its traditions and secrets.”

York, England, United Kingdom: Yorkshire – God’s Own County presents Top York Churches. If you are looking for beautiful architecture, a cultural getaway or a romantic holiday then visit York. It looks wonderful.

The Big Elephant

The Big Elephant

Nantes, France: Correr Es Mi Destino presents Artsy Nantes. Zhu is a French-Canadian citizen writing in this post about her hometown of Nantes, France and the art scene there. My favorite is the L’Elephant Grande, the big elephant.

Oslo, Norway: Anne-Sophie Redisch writes 10 Reasons to Take Your Family to Oslo This Winter, posted on Nile Guide. My 11-year-old is begging to go to Norway. After reading this, I just might have to book a trip for us to see the Viking ships and 47-million-year-old Ida. Dress warm!

Munich, Germany: Kristie from Culture Shock shares Goodbye Norway, Hello Germany. Apparently even the dogs in Germany drink beer; don’t miss the picture.

on to Asia

Delhi, India: Victoria from It’s A Small World After All shares Flight with us, her memories of finding magic in India. Beautiful storytelling!

circling back to South America

Panama City, Panama: Panama-aah shares Dead Policemen are Speed Bumps in Panama, an interesting post and video from an American expat living and driving in Panama.

For more Carnivals of Cities, read the last edition at The next edition will be hosted by Eyeflare on March 24. Submit your blog article to the next edition using the carnival submission form.

Thanks for traveling with us. Where will you travel next?

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Sheila Scarborough March 10, 2010 at 8:40 am

Thanks for hosting, Dee!!
.-= Sheila Scarborough´s last blog ..Taking a nerd break =-.

Kirsten Alana March 10, 2010 at 9:54 am

Thank you for including me in this Carnival Dee! A truly terrific group to be a part of. Many amazing posts to quench the thirst of adventure and travel!
.-= Kirsten Alana´s last blog ..Happenings =-.

Steve Chasey March 10, 2010 at 10:19 am

This a great collection of posts from around the world! Thanks for including us. I hope to learn about a few places that Sarah and I can visit on our round the world trip next year!

Andrew March 10, 2010 at 11:08 am

Wow what a great collection of posts. Thanks so much for including my site in the round-up. Kirtsten’s guest post was excellent and her photography is amazing.
.-= Andrew´s last blog ..Guest Nomad: Visiting Vancouver During the Olympics =-.

Mad Kane March 10, 2010 at 11:09 am

Great job. Thanks so much for including me!

Victoria March 10, 2010 at 12:40 pm

What a great selection of posts, this is going to keep me busy! Thanks for the lovely comment on mine. I’m glad you enjoyed it.
.-= Victoria´s last blog ..26 Crabs =-.

Sarah V. March 10, 2010 at 1:27 pm

Thanks so much for including my post. I’m excited to read the others in this collection!

Shannon March 10, 2010 at 1:45 pm

Great List Dee with lots of stories to read. Thanks!
.-= Shannon´s last blog ..Travel Book Review: Every Day in Tuscany by Frances Mayes =-.

sue rodman March 10, 2010 at 2:22 pm

There are lots of great cities in Georgia (USA). I’ve written about Atlanta, Augusta, Jekyll Island, St. Simons Is. Here’s my Best Finds in 2009 and my list for 2010 Not everything on each list is in Atlanta, but they are all in Georgia.

Sophie March 10, 2010 at 2:53 pm

Yey, my very first Carnival of Cities. How cool!

PS My almost-9-year-old will be happy to show your 11-year-old around up here,… esp. if it’s a girl, she says 🙂

Dee March 15, 2010 at 11:13 am

@ Sophie,

We were playing the “Where in the World Would You Go” game at dinner last night, and Norway in the winter is still at the top of my 11-year-old daughter’s list. I’ll look you up if we ever make it!

Dee March 15, 2010 at 11:16 am

@ Sue, Thanks for the Georgia suggestions!

Tania McCartney March 15, 2010 at 4:30 pm

I LOVE this idea, Dee! Really looking forward to following along. Will post on my blog. T:)
.-= Tania McCartney´s last blog ..Compliments =-.

Unknown Mami March 19, 2010 at 11:47 pm

I love traveling vicariously! I’d love traveling in the flesh more, but at the moment vicarious is all I can afford.

Nisrine@Dinners & Dreams March 21, 2010 at 6:33 pm

I’ve been to five of these locations. I would definitely want to go to Norway one day.
.-= Nisrine@Dinners & Dreams´s last blog ..Classic Apple Tart =-.

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