Carnival of Cities for 7 April 2010

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Welcome to the April 7, 2010 edition of the Carnival of Cities, where we travel around the world in one blog post.

Thanks very much to EyeFlare, Travel and Travails, and Jordy Clements for hosting the past few editions, and I’ll be hosting the next edition on April 21 on my BootsnAll Family Travel blog (the blog carnival’s “host blog.”)

If you’d like to host this bi-weekly carnival on your blog, please email me at Sheila “at” sheilascarborough “dot” com. Thanks!

Off we go….

Cities in Asia and the Pacific

Apia, Samoa Anne-Sophie Redisch presents Sweet Samoa – island-hopping in the Pacific posted at Sophie’s World.

Utsunomiya, Japan Anna Ikeda presents Kayabuki in Utsunomiya – Where Waiters Are Monkeys posted at Budget Trouble, saying, “A local restaurant in Utsunomiya, Japan where two masked monkeys work as waiters (waitresses?)”

Cities in the Americas

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Everett Potter (via Marilyn Terrell) presents Port of Call: Five Great Excursions in Rio posted at Intelligent Travel Blog, saying, “If your ship stops at Rio, here are 5 out-of-the-ordinary things you can do there.”

Paso Robles, California, USA Sheri Wallace presents Paso Robles — Spring Break’s Hidden Gem for Families posted at Road Trips For Families, saying, “Paso Robles, California, is a great family destination that many people know nothing about. It’s budget friendly and road trip friendly.”

Chicago, Illinois, USA Dominique King presents Chicago’s Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows posted at Midwest Guest, saying, “We weren’t expecting to find a colorful chapter of Chicago’s architectural history among the carnival rides and cotton candy concessions on the city’s Navy Pier, but when we found the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows tucked away in a building along the pier, we knew we’d found a real gem for curious travelers.”

El Morro, Puerto Rico bonn aure presents El Morro: A Sentry’s Graffiti posted at time travelling.

St. Paul, Minnesota, USA minnemom presents Dead Sea Scrolls at the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul posted at Travels with Children, saying, “Is the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition at the Science Museum of Minnesota good for families with children?”


Omaha, Nebraska, USA Morgan Schwartz presents Spring Is Here! Bring on the Rock! posted at The Dark Stuff, saying, “thanks”

Vancouver, BC, Canada Julie Ovenell-Carter presents New Fairmont Pacific Rim serves up the best: Metro Vancouver tap water posted at, saying, “It’s an industry first: Vancouver’s Fairmont Pacific Rim is supporting that city’s efforts to promote its excellent tap water and reduce plastic bottle waste by offering guests the choice of reusable water bottles.”

Sacramento, California, USA Madeleine Begun Kane presents Gosh-Darn Pols! posted at Mad Kane’s Political Madness.

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA Megan Anne presents How to “Laissez les bon Temps Roulez” in New Orleans Like a Local: My Favorite Resources posted at Moments with Megan, saying, “As a native New Orleanian, it’s my civic duty to help tourists enjoy my city and encourage their friends to do the same. It breaks my heart to see visitors fall victim to tourist traps. This is a list of my most trusted New Orleans resources, favorite places, and best advice I could give a tourist. This list will help visitors, new residents, and even other locals to get the most out of New Orleans.”

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Adam presents Imbibe: Philadelphia’s great beer bars. posted at A Local Perspective: Philadelphia and Beyond, saying, “In the spirit of the recently passed St. Patrick’s Day, A Local Perspective takes us on a journey through a few of Philadelphia’s best beer bars. Let the firkin festivals begin!”

Cuenca, Ecuador Timothy Scott presents Cuenca, Ecuador- The Next South American Real Estate Boomtown? posted at Luxury Latin America Blog, saying, “One of South America’s most attractive cities has plenty of real estate bargains for those who want to live abroad.”

Orlando, Florida, USA Watch Me Eat presents Tangierine Cafe at Epcot posted at Watch Me Eat, saying, “Food and fireworks at Epcot’s Morocco Pavilion.”

San Francisco, California, USA Caitlin Fitzsimmons presents Photo Friday: Gandhi in San Francisco posted at Roaming Tales, saying, “I had fun with the moon and Gandhi down by the bay in San Francisco.”

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA Prithi Ramakishnan presents Cafe Du Monde – French Quarter, NOLA posted at A Vegetarian Traveller, saying, “Coffee and Beignets in New Orleans.”

Miami, Florida, USA Jim & Martha present Our Miami Spring Break 2010 – Bienvenido a Miami! posted at Wanderlust Journey.

Cuauthemoc, Mexico steven germain presents Things you can learn traveling… posted at Rough Fractals.

Tucson, Arizona, USA Donna Hull presents Finding Adventure in Your Backyard posted at My Itchy Travel Feet, saying, “You’d never guess that the hike to Seven Falls is in the middle of Tucson suburbia.”

Denver, Colorado, USA Byteful Travel presents Denver Doesn’t Know What Century It’s In! posted at Byteful Blog, saying, “It really doesn’t. But why? To explain why, I’ll have to share a bit of my experience there and show you some of what I saw….”

Washington, DC, USA Jon presents 10 Springtime Things to Do in Washington DC posted at The PlanetEye Traveler – Washington DC, saying, “Here’s a few fun things to do in Washingotn, DC this spring.”

Montréal, QC, Canada Zhu presents St Catherine Street posted at Correr Es Mi Destino, saying, “Rue St-Catherine is the primary commercial artery of downtown Montréal. The endless street that stretches over the city crosses the central business district from West to East. It is home to many flagship stores, such as Apple, Roots, Chapters, Future Shop etc. It also features some of Montreal’s prominent department stores, including Hudson’s Bay Company and Complexe Les Ailes.”

Keystone, Colorado, USA Jamie Pearson presents Sidetracked! Good Times Dog Sledding Tour posted at Travel Savvy Mom.

Cities in the Middle East

Fez, Morocco Victoria Wallop presents Fez posted at It’s a small world after all, saying, “Fez is a fascinating city that’s hardly changed for about 800 years.”

Luxor, Egypt Andy Hayes presents Things to See in Luxor posted at Sharing Travel Experiences, saying, “Egypt never looked so good – more reasons why you should book now!”

Marrakesh, Morocco Anil Polat presents The Top 4 Scams Of Marrakesh And How To Avoid Them posted at foXnoMad.

Cities in Europe

Ljubljana, Slovenia 20stravel presents Ljubljana- The Cutest European Capital You Can’t Pronounce posted at Twenty-Something Travel.

Rome, Italy Jess presents Our Roman Holiday posted at on the way to somewhere.

Pont du Gard, France Kristie Lawler presents Phenomenal Pont Du Gard in Provence posted at Nom Nom Nom, saying, “The Pont du Gard is an inspiring and jaw-dropping historical attraction in Southern France. Everyone should see this remarkable piece of Roman history.”

Milan, Italy Simona Rich presents Pictures From My Recent Trip To Italy posted at Simona Rich Blog, saying, “This was the first time I’ve been to Milan. I really liked it because it has beautiful shops and historic houses….”

Barcelona, Spain Travelrat presents Güell Park and Gaudi posted at Travelrat’s Travels.

Florence, Italy Jason presents 1 Day in Florence posted at on the way to somewhere.

That concludes this edition, and thanks very much for visiting the Perceptive Travel Blog (if you’d like a free subscription to our posts by either email or RSS reader, just look for the signup boxes in our upper right sidebar.)

Please submit your (one, non-spammy) blog post  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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