Carnival of Cities logo Welcome to the Perceptive Travel blog’s first hosting of the Carnival of Cities.

This is a blog carnival; one blog hosts, and other bloggers send in one of their posts that pertains to the carnival topic. They’re a good way to find interesting blogs, and all participants gain more blog traffic and links.

I’m looking for hosts for March 5th edition: email me at sheila “at” sheilascarborough “dot” com. Thanks!

The Carnival of Cities is about any aspect of a single city (or mid-sized town.) If you’re interested in learning more, the main Blog Carnival site has over 3000 carnivals — that’ll keep you busy!

*** The Americas ***

Bow, Washington, USA Mary Jo Manzanares wants us all to Say Cheese! at an organic dairy and cheesemaker in Skagit County. She writes at The Seattle Traveler and loves “being able to support local, sustainable businesses.”

New York, New York, USA GrrlScientist (next week’s Carnival of Cities host!) details A Brief History of the Subway Tile Art at 81st & CPW (AMNH Station) at her blog Living the Scientific Life, saying, “A brief history of the tile mosaic artworks that I’ve been presenting to you from NYC’s AMNH (81st/Central Park West) subway platforms. Includes many pictures, and all the animals are identified, too….” This is the first time that anyone, to her knowledge, has done this.

Honolulu, Hawaii, USA j blu presents 7 Family Activities to do in Honolulu posted at Local Kine Hawaii, saying, “If you’re planning a trip to [the island of] Oahu with your family, here’s a quick list of family activities that Hawaii’s capital city has to offer.”

Seattle, Washington, USA Kathie Goldsmith presents The now “famous” article from Seattle Times about costs of housing in Seattle and more…. posted at Team Reba Real Estate, saying, “Interesting article about why real estate in Seattle is so high.”

San Juan, Puerto Rico BW says that You See the Strangest Things While Driving in Puerto Rico at the Visit The Coqui blog. You get to see “how to transport a horse when you don’t have a horsebox!!!” Hint: you’ll need a pickup truck.

Charlottesville, Virginia, USA For the morbid in all of us, Jason presents 1905: Samuel McCue, mayor of Charlottesville, Virginia posted at the unique Executed Today blog, saying, “The noteworthy hanging of a former Charlottesville mayor.” Who says that government work is a safe job?!

Washington, DC, USA Jon Rochetti says to Hit the Slopes in the Wahington, DC Area posted at The DC Traveler, saying, “Here’s a round-up of the many places to ski, snowboard and enjoy all the winter snow has to offer around the Washington, DC area.”

New York, New York, USA Birder John scores a Scott’s Oriole sighting in A Rare Bird by Subway posted at his A DC Birding Blog.

Marietta, Georgia, USA Claudine blogs about Marietta, Where it’s Better (especially the pretty town square) posted at theatlantatraveler.com.

Chicago, Illinois, USA Jamie says that you can get Tours of the Chicago Theatre; read more at the Go Chicago Travel Blog. She says, “This post provides a brief history of the Chicago Theater and information on tours of the glorious building.” If you go, a photo of the marquee with city buildings in the background is a great souvenir of the city.

Madison, Wisconsin, USA Byteful Project presents Do Henry Vilas Zoo Animals Mock Me? posted at Byteful Blog, saying, “Late last summer, I visited the Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison, Wisconsin. There I learned that polar bears can stick their tongue out, and piranhas aren’t as scary as I imagined. From the Giraffes to Macaws, I thoroughly enjoyed this zoo.”

San Jose, Costa Rica James Brausch gives us lots of good tips about Costa Rican Food at the Costa Rica HQ blog.

*** Asia and Australia ***

Mauritius, Indian Ocean Alfa King presents From Hill in the Sea (had some problems loading it, may be just temporary) posted at Alfa King Memories.

Cairns, Australia Alistair Wearmouth presents Trip of a Lifetime: Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef posted at Away.com Family Travel Blog, saying, “Family-travel blog posting about Cairns, Australia, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef”

*** Middle East ***

Manama, Bahrain As the host, I wanted to put in a Carnival contribution, so here is the Perceptive Travel blog on the tiny Gulf kingdom: Bahrain Rising.

Casablanca, Morocco Wendy presents City Icons—Casablanca Morocco posted at Escape From New York, saying, “Casablanca’s icon is state of the art and a relatively new addition to the city’s landscape.”

*** Europe ***

In Paris, France but thinking of Seattle, Washington librablog thinks about what reminds of home in you know you’re a Seattleite in Paris when… posted at A Seattleite in Paris.

Berwick upon Tweed, somewhere in Great Britain :) Karen Bryan presents Berwick upon Tweed in England, Scotland or Scengland? posted at Europe A La Carte Blog, saying, “It’s never straightforward being a border town.”

Berlin, Germany Christine presents The European Exchange Rate and travel in Berlin, Germany posted at Me, My Kid and Life: An American Single Mom Living in France.

Budapest, Hungary ivanisko presents A Report from Budapest posted at Bookstore Guide, saying, “Our site aims to map all the European independent bookstores selling books in English. This is a report from our recent visit to Hungary’s capital, Budapest.”

That concludes this edition, and thanks for visiting the Perceptive Travel blog. Please visit our host site, the web magazine Perceptive Travel, for unique travel stories by award-winning writers.

Your next Carnival of Cities host is GrrlScientist over at the Living the Scientific Life blog. Submit your one blog post about a single city/town to the next edition using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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