Carnival of Cities for 21 May 2014

Two rides at once Six Flags Fiesta Texas San Antonio (photo by Sheila Scarborough)

Two rides at once Six Flags Fiesta Texas San Antonio (photo by Sheila Scarborough)

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.

We’ve shifted to publishing monthly, normally on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, and the next edition will be hosted on my personal blog Sheila’s Guide.

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. You do need to register on the carnival administration website (it’s easy and free) to submit to this or any blog carnival.

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

Off we go!

Cities in Europe

Falkirk, Scotland   Karen Bryan photographs the giant The Kelpies at the Helix, Falkirk posted at Europe A La Carte Blog, saying, “The Kelpies sculptures in Falkirk, Scotland, depicting the mythical Scottish water horse, are the world’s biggest equine sculptures.”

Amsterdam, the Netherlands   Adam Groffman has advice about Where to Stay in Amsterdam’s Jordaan Neighborhood posted at Eating Amsterdam, saying, “Amsterdam’s prettiest neighborhood (it’s where you’ll find some of the city’s most scenic canals) is also a great place to stay. These boutique hotels will make your weekend in Amsterdam that much more memorable!”

Budapest, Hungary   Adelina Wong asks So You Want to Visit the Thermal Baths in Budapest? posted at Pack Me To, saying, “Everyone tells you to visit a thermal bath when you’re in Budapest, but the overall experience can be incredibly confusing and disorienting. Here are some tips to make your visit effortless so you don’t have wander around lost and confused.”

Rome, Italy   MummyT suggests 10 Things You Should Do in Rome (With Kids or Without) posted at EscapeArtistes.

Prague, Czech Republic   Jennifer Miner shows you how to see The Best of Prague In Just Two Days posted at The Vacation Gals, saying, “The best of Prague can be seen and experienced in just two days, with the proper itinerary or a knowledgeable guided tour company.”

London, England   Adam presents 3 Great Ways to Enjoy London posted at My Gay Travel Guide, saying, “I share my top 3 tips on how to make the most out of a short trip to London – including where to eat, shop and stay.”

Siena, Italy   Cacinda Maloney takes us Deep into the Secret Lair of Siena’s Contrade System posted at, saying, “Siena seems, at first glance, like a typical Italian city, but with a deeper look, you can see there is nothing typical about it. I got lucky and was privy to one of the most unusual neighborhood groups (The Noble Contrada del Bruco) I have ever seen. Come along with me as I explore the contrade system in Siena, that has been going on since the Middle Ages.”

Cities in Asia

Sendai, Japan   Cassie Kifer has fun Drinking Tea With a Ninja and a Samurai posted at Ever In Transit, saying, “An article about the unique way Sendai, Japan welcomes tourists to their city.”

Cities in the Americas

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA   Travis explores Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA posted at Flashpacker HQ.

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA   Julienne de Leon goes clubbing at the Cosmopolitan’s Rose. Rabbit. Lie… posted at a Social Life..

Montevideo, Uruguay   Justin covers Argentina and Uruguay Trip Part 1 – Montevideo posted at Root of Good, saying, “An overview of our trip to Montevideo, the capital city of Uruguay. A good highlight of all the sites, bites, and sounds of Montevideo from the parilla grilled meats to watching a live performance of Macbeth at the Teatro Solis!”

Key Biscayne, Florida, USA   Meredith Lambert checks out the Lighthouse at Bill Baggs Florida State Park posted at Merevin, saying, “A beautiful escape; the busy city of Miami is only 15 minutes away.”

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil   Laurence Norah details the Highlights of a Visit to Rio de Janeiro posted at Finding the universe.

Morro Bay, California, USA   Nancy Brown reveals all in Morro Bay: Things to Do posted at Nancy D Brown, saying, “Are you headed to California’s central coast? Travel writer Nancy D. Brown shares her insider tips to discovering Morro Bay.”

Lake Placid, New York, USA   Kim Rielly goes across generations in Family Fun: 3 generations and 4 days posted at Lake Placid, NY – Adirondacks blogs, saying, “An interview with a family who chose Lake Placid, Adirondacks USA as the perfect destination to celebrate a 50th wedding anniversary!”

Toledo, Ohio, USA   Dominique King says that Penguin Beach and Flamingo Key exhibits debut at Toledo Zoo on May 23 posted at Midwest Guest, saying, “Penguins and flamingos take center stage as the Toledo Zoo in northern Ohio opens two new exhibits this weekend…and I don a hard hat to check out the ongoing renovation of the zoo’s historic Aquarium building.”

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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