Carnival swing ride (courtesy Lauren Murphy Flickr CC)

Carnival swing ride (courtesy Lauren Murphy at Flickr Creative Commons)

Welcome to the Carnival of Cities blog carnival, where we tour the world in a single post, via submissions from a variety of different blogs, all about any aspect of one, single city or fair-sized town.

The Blog Carnival administration site now requires you to set up a free login account before submitting a post. This is rather a pain, but I hope it helps cut down on the not-insignificant number of spam submissions which are only looking for link-building rather than also sharing good content and community-building.

We normally publish every other Wednesday, but after the previous Carnival edition in late November 2012 we took a break for awhile. It’s nice to be back!

If you would like to host a future Carnival edition on your blog, please contact me as the Carnival organizer:  Sheila “at” sheilascarborough “dot” com.

Here’s more info and background about the Carnival of Cities blog carnival, and now….

Off we go!

Cities in Australia & New Zealand

Auckland, New Zealand   eemusings presents Review: Cazador, Mt Eden posted at NZ Muse, saying, “My latest eat of the week for Auckland.”

Sydney, Australia   John Colway presents Young and Broke in Sydney: A Guide For Budget Travellers posted at The AdvenTourist, saying, “Tips and spots to check out for anyone wanting to enjoy the Harbor City on a budget.”

Dunedin, New Zealand   Mark presents Larnach Castle (Dunedin, New Zealand) posted at Travel Wonders of the World.

Cities in Europe

Edinburgh, Scotland   Diana Hall presents The trouble with the church posted at Diana, saying, “Art installation in central Edinburgh, Scotland.”

Vik, Iceland   Go Green Travel Green presents 24 Hours in Vik, Iceland posted at Go Green Travel Green, saying, “Vík í Mýrdal, more commonly known simply as Vik, is conveniently located on the Ring Road in Iceland. Vik is known for its stunning black basalt beaches and it’s a great place to stop on your way from the Westman Islands to Skaftafell National Park.”

London, England   Zhu presents The London Millennium Footbridge posted at Correr Es Mi Destino, saying, “If Tower Bridge is one of the most iconic sym­bols of Lon­don for, well, its tow­ers, I think Mil­len­nium Bridge offers one of the best scenic walks across the River Thames between two landmarks.”

Amsterdam, the Netherlands   Hilary presents The Amsterdam Metro Kinda Sucks posted at Less Than A Shoestring.

Lille, France   destinationeu presents Weekend Guide to Lille posted at Rear View Mirror, saying, “A weekend guide to visiting Lille in northern France.”

London, England   Jack Norell presents Natural History Museum, London posted at Eyeflare – Travel Articles and Tips, saying, “I love the NHM. It’s free, massive, and can keep you occupied for days. Special exhibits can be a bit costly at £15 or so, but like the current Wildlife Photographer of the Year, they’re invariably good. The cafe on site is OK as well, and during December, the museum has one of the best ice rinks in London.”

Bath, England   Samantha Wong presents 难忘的历险巴斯之旅  Memorable and adventure trip – Bath posted at Little step on the Earth.

Berlin, Germany   Hilary presents Berlin: Weird But Memorable Restaurant Options posted at the EuroCheapo Blog.

Cities in the Americas

Buffalo, New York, USA   Liz E presents Kid (and Winter) Prompted Science Experiments posted at Homeschooling in Buffalo.

Kansas City, Missouri, USA   Stefanie presents Review of Legoland, Kansas City posted at Making of a Mom, saying, “Legoland was a highly anticipated birthday trip, but once we got there, the real adventure began!”

Santa Monica, California, USA   Leslee Haralson presents Santa Monica Pier posted at Ready for Adventures, saying, “On a day off from school, my kids and I headed to Santa Monica pier for a day of play at one of Los Angeles’ top tourist spots. We explored the pier and rented bikes for a ride along the 18 mile long beach path.”

Miami, Florida, USA   Eileen Ludwig presents Love our National Parks – Visit posted at Freelance Tourist: Travel Tips, saying, “Miami Area”

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA   Byteful Travel presents A Stunning Hiking Tour into Red Rock Canyon, NV posted at Byteful Travel, saying, “Today, I’m going to take you on an adventure through the trails of the gorgeous Red Rock Canyon, just outside of Las Vegas. Our explorations filled most of that day, so I’m only going to share the highlights with you here, including some of the most beautiful rock formations I have ever seen; a mysterious, abandoned house; a red, alien tree; and some *very* tiny caves. [an abundance of photos included]”

Cities in Asia

Hyderabad, India   Heather Cowper presents Shopping and sightseeing in Hyderabad – staying at Mercure Abids Hotel – video posted at Heather on her travels, saying, “Heather visited Hyderabad in India, a city that does not receive many Western tourists, but Heather found a surprising amount to enjoy including shopping and some interesting monuments and palaces.”

Tokyo, Japan   Laura presents Top 10 Places To Visit in Tokyo: Japan Highlights posted at Travelocafe Travel Blog.

Ayutthaya, Thailand   lozula presents What to see in Ayutthaya posted at Finding the universe, saying, “A tour of the Thai city of Ayutthaya – once the capital of Thailand and the largest city in the world! (Until the Burmese burnt it down that is). Photos, tips and advice for a visit.”

Mumbai, India   Sulagna Dasgupta presents Our Romantic Holiday in Lake Tapola, Panchgani & Wai near Mumbai, India – Love in India posted at Love in India, saying, “If you’re visiting one of Asia’s biggest business hubs Mumbai, don’t miss a quick escapade to the gorgeous Sahyadri mountain ranges. Here’s a photographic acount of our weekend getaway to the exquisite hill station of Panchgani, Lake Tapola and River Wai.”

That concludes this edition, and thanks very much for visiting and supporting the Carnival.

Please submit your (ONE, non-spammy, recent) blog post – once you’ve registered – 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.

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