Carnival of Cities for 30 December 2009 – From New York to Nairobi

Carnival of Cities - A blog carnival about cities and townsHappy new year! I am delighted to be hosting the Carnival of Cities this week. What a great round-up of interesting posts about cities around the world. To all the participating bloggers, thank you and don’t forget to promote this post!

Please note, the Carnival of Cities is a blog carnival for posts about any single city (or good-size town). I have excluded posts that are about general travel and I have also limited blogs to one post per carnival. The Carnival of Cities is hosted by different blogs but its permanent home is with its founder Sheila Scarborough at Family Travel Guide.


France. Try Nimes for an off-beat destination, writes Andy Hayes on Sharing Travel Experiences. It is the warmest city in France and signs of the ancient Romans are everywhere.

Scotland, UK. Glasgow, Scotland’s biggest city, gets a little love from Siobhan Hanlin at Facets of the Fabulous. (It’s one of my favourite cities too!).

Germany. Martin Andrews on GlobeCheap has tips for visiting Neuschwanstein, the original Disney-style fairytale castle, near Fussen in the German state of Bavaria. (Closest airport is Munich).

South America

Bolivia. Tarija in southern Bolivia is a little-known city with friendly locals and good food and wine. Audrey from Uncornered Market has the details.

North America

Mexico. Cancun, Mexico isn’t just about sipping margaritas on the beach – it’s also a great place to go horse riding, writes Nancy D. Brown on Writing Horseback.

Ontario, Canada. Steve and Sarah on Travel the Long Way Round on the hidden treasures of Toronto, Canada.

New York, USA. Jonathan Paisner from CityListen reveals his top-10 must-do attractions and activities for New York City. Do you agree with his choices?

New York, USA. Madeleine Begun Kane from Mad Kane’s Humor Blog shares her theatre, comedy, restaurant and bar highlights from the Big Apple.

Arizona, USA. The Superstition Mountain Museum in Apache Junction, Arizona recreates 19th century local life. A great outing for families, says Jack Norrell from Eyeflare.

California, USA. Jennifer Miner from The Vacation Girls says the San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California (near Santa Barbara) made a lovely spot for her husband’s big birthday weekend.

California, USA. A new dating and matchmaking service is targeting executives in Silicon Valley, writes June Tree on The Digerati Life.

California, USA. Here on Roaming Tales I share pictures of a labyrinth in San Francisco.

Texas, USA. Sheila Scarborough at Family Travel Guide tempts us to stray from our New Year’s resolutions with slab-size brownies from Fredericksburg, Texas.

Texas, USA. Scott “Social Media” Allen rails against pointless laws in Austin, Texas.

Florida, USA. Sam at Travel Welcome has a detailed guide to Miami in Florida.

Illinois, USA. Lighthouses aren’t always off of some remote coast far from the big city. Dominique King at Midwest Guest invites us to check out this lighthouse just off of Navy Pier in busy Chicago Harbour.

Hawaii, USA. Evelyn at Homespun Honululu writes about Toys 4 Tots, a holiday event in Honululu with bikers.

DC, USA. If you want to buy local produce in Washington DC, Jon Rochetti at The PlanetEye Traveler has some wine picks from Virginia and Maryland.

Kentucky, USA. Katie Hostetter from Frugal Femina paid a visit to the Christmas light display at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. It’s over for the season now but Katie has some nice photos on her blog.

Middle East

Israel/Palestine. Nick Ottens at Atlantic Sentinel address the thorny issue of Jerusalem and whether it’s possible for it to be capital of two states.


Kenya. Nairobi is the jumping off point for an overland African safari adventure in Kenya – going overland is a budget option that doesn’t mean skimping on the magical experiences, writes David on The Smarter Wallet.


Thailand. Kishor at Bangkok Service takes a closer look at Vimanmek Palace in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand.

Korea. What’s it like in Busan, South Korea? Claudine at Korea Diva has a video to show you.


New South Wales, Australia. Over on UpTake I give you the low-down on visiting the Sydney Opera House.

NB. This was meant to go live on 30 December 2009. Sorry for the delay.

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  1. Wow! What a collection! And from all over the world to boot! It’s awesome that this carnival is still alive and well and has extended beyond anything I would have imagined! Great combo of posts!
    .-= Evelyn´s last blog ..The Great Aloha Run! February 15, 2010! =-.

  2. Thanks for including our piece on Tarija, Bolivia in this carnival. I enjoyed learning more about cities in my own country (United States). But, I especially appreciated the piece on how to put together a safari on a budget in Kenya as we’ll be trying to do the same in the next year.

    Happy New Year!
    .-= Audrey´s last blog ..Wandering the Zeroes: Reflections on a Decade of Travel =-.

  3. Thanks very much for hosting, Caitlin. Blog carnivals stay fresh when they get to travel, kinda like people. :)
    .-= Sheila Scarborough´s last blog ..Looking back at Dr Pepper, the Little House and London Calling =-.

  4. Interesting collection of links. I’m thrilled to be a part of the list. I love the piece about Nimes.

  5. Who would have thought that Maryland had wineyards? You learn something new every day. Thanks for including my piece on Superstition Mountain Museum!
    .-= Jack – eyeflare travel´s last blog ..Jordaan district, Amsterdam =-.

  6. Like the sound of Nimes – with Roman Ruins like these who’d bother with Rome itself?
    .-= Heather Cowper´s last blog ..Reflection on my blogging year and goals for 2010 =-.

  7. What a great collection! I’m always fascinated by your take on my old stomping grounds. ;)
    .-= soultravelers3´s last blog ..Travel Photo 2009 Review! =-.

  8. Great list. Always inspiring to see where others have been and get some ideas on fresh places to go.

  9. Almost forgot… I love participating in this Carnival and keep kicking myself everytime I see that I missed sending something in! MUST get better about that and put it on the calendar :)
    .-= My Mélange´s last blog ..5 Quiet Spots in Paris =-.