Blog Carnival: Carnival of Cities, February 24th

Merry-Go-Round, Chengdu, China

Location: Chengdu, China, 11/08 (but this post is All World, baby!)
Randomly Appropriate Music: Better Things by Passion Pit (when I searched my brain for the phrase “carnival in your ears,” this was the first song that came to mind. It’s a scientific process here at travel culture + music)

This week the traveling blog carnival, Carnival of Cities, comes to town! For those not in the know, think of a blog carnival like a magazine that moves from blog to blog, aggregating a bunch of posts about a certain topic.

The Carnival of Cities is a bi-weekly carnival dedicated to posts about cities. That’s it: write about a any aspect of any city. As I’m currently holed up in the dead of an Omaha winter, I like to think of this carnival as a very lazy trip around the world.

Click to view the February 10th Carnival of Cities (whose host may or may not have thought Jordy is a girl’s name) or my most recent post, Sleepwalking in Ulaanbaatar, about my stay in a ger camp on the impoverished outskirts of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

Happy blogging!


February 24th edition of Carnival of Cities:

North America

Madeleine Begun Kane presents Limerick Ode To Ted Alexandro posted at MAD KANE’S HUMOR BLOG.

anto.patterson presents The Cathay: My One-Stop Shop! posted at HelloMissPatterson.

Words2Words presents Experiment: Reveal History posted at A Local Perspective: Philadelphia and Beyond, saying, “A look into a few lesser known historical features of Philadelphia. A challenge to take a trip, eyes wide open, and see the hidden sites of a city.”

Katy Unitek presents Sol: A light in the darkness of Haiti posted at Boots On The Roof.

Katy Unitek presents How to Get Solar Training in California posted at Green Jobs Ready.

Jennifer Miner presents Hiking with Kids in Joshua Tree National Park posted at The Vacation Gals – Family travel, girlfriend getaways, romantic getaways, destinations, things to do, travel tips.

Dave G presents Brainerd Minnesota posted at Brainerd Real Estate Team.

Dave G presents Cook Minnesota posted at Lake Vermilion Realty.

Mike Ross presents 12 Bizarre and Fascinating Facts about Mardi Gras posted at Star Costumes Blog, saying, “It is a famous legendary celebration all throughout the world. Aside from the gaudy costumes, marching bands, and decorative floats to huge crowds, there are fascinating facts about its creation and its continuous popularity. Its really good to know some of them to understand its existence.”

June Tree presents Disneyland & Universal Studios, Here We Come! posted at The Digerati Life, saying, “Let me tell you how our L.A. vacation worked out!”

Byteful Travel presents Why the Art Institute of Chicago kept the Seurat posted at Byteful Blog, saying, “Even if you’re not an Art History major (and try not to pass out when I admit that I’m not), you’re sure to appreciate the amazing Art Institute of Chicago. From Georges Seurat to Edward Hopper, the AIC is a tour-de-force of modern and post-modern art. It features many of the iconic images you’ve probably seen before, but seeing them in person delivers a more personal, and more real, emotional impact (many, many photos included).”

Jon presents Nine Presidents Visit Madame Tussauds in DC posted at The PlanetEye Traveler – Washington DC, saying, “Madame Tussauds in Washington, DC is opening a new US Presidents wing, which when completed later this year, will feature all 42 American Presidnets depicted in wax fugures.”

Jim & Martha presents Hiking Diamond Head State Park in Oahu, Hawaii posted at Wanderlust Journey, saying, “Hiking up Diamond Head State Park outside Honolulu, HI.”

Nancy Brown presents Best Things to See and Do in Wickenburg, Arizona posted at What a Trip, saying, “Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown visits Wickenburg, Arizona and shares her Insider Tips, including a visit to the Kay El Bar Guest Ranch. Gitty up, cowboy!”

Anne Simone presents 100 Best Places to Appreciate Art Online posted at Online

Zhu presents Château Laurier | Correr Es Mi Destino posted at Correr Es Mi Destino, saying, “Château Laurier is quite famous in Ottawa — more than an hotel, it is a landmark and an heritage building. Located between the Parliament, the Rideau Canal, the National Gallery of Canada, the Byward Market, the National War Memorial, the U.S. Embassy, and the Rideau Centre, it is in the heart of the city.”


Lena presents 3 Facts: Glasgow | The Colors Magazine posted at The Colors Magazine.

Sam presents New !! 24 Wonderful Sights to See in Dublin Ireland, With Pictures posted at Travel Welcome, saying, “Dublin and Ireland are known for ancient ruins and castles, remarkable landscapes, Georgian architecture, St. Patrick and neighborhood pubs. The rainfall creates brilliant gardens, fields in shades of emerald green, and rainbows. This is the musical home of the Irish Tenors, Celtic Woman and Riverdance. In Ireland you’ll find the love for language that nourished great writers and lasting literature, James Joyce for one. You’ll hear legendary stories of druids and leprechauns, and be haunted by the wild romantic coast seascapes. Here are 24 wonderful sights to see in Dublin Ireland. An interactive Google map of of sights to see in Dublin, is at the bottom of this page.”

Travelrat presents Carcassonne posted at Travelrat’s Travels, saying, “A picture and video … not my best, but it was raining & getting dark.”

Jack Norell presents Barcelona in Gaudi’s footsteps posted at Eyeflare – Travel Articles and Tips, saying, “Gaudi is a wonderful artist and architect. In this post, we follow the trail of his work in Barcelona, including the amazing Sagrada Familia.”

reesan presents Champagne posted at loneleeplanet, saying, “Exploring the Champagne region. The fascinating historic province northeast of France.”

Dee Andrews presents Las Fallas in Valencia posted at Travel and Travails, saying, “Astounding cultural experience in Valencia, Spain.”

r0dman presents Lost in Stockholm posted at on the way to somewhere, saying, “I’d never seen snow like this before! Houses were covered (literally) with snow – on the roof and banked up against the walls.”

Andy Hayes presents Helsinki: Daughter of the Baltic posted at Sharing Travel Experiences, saying, “It’s a charming capital city often overlooked for Europe’s more favourable southern climes. But with great food, awesome outdoors, and friendly locals, what’s not to like?”

Jon presents Georgia O’Keeffe Abstracts at The Phillips in Washington DC posted at The PlanetEye Traveler – Washington DC, saying, “A new exhibit in Wwashington, DC showcases over 100 peices of art created by the iconic American abstract painter, Georgia O’Keeffe.”

Jack Norell presents Taking Long Island Rail Road from JFK airport to New York City posted at Eyeflare – Travel Articles and Tips, saying, “There are a few ways to get from JFK airport to Manhattan, one of the easier (and cheaper) is to pick up the Long Island Rail Road from Jamaica Station and go to Penn Station in Manhattan.”

Robin Locker presents Five Wine Bars in Florence posted at My Melange .


That’s it! I’ll be writing more about Mongolia soon, so stay tuned (enter your email address in the space above right to receive email updates with new posts). Submit your blog article to the next edition of Carnival of Cities using the carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on the blog carnival index page.

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