Carnival of Cities for 2010 November 17

Frabjous Day!
Callooh Callay!

Today I once again have the honor of hosting the Carnival of Cities, a most exceptional traveling carnival which just so happens to be all about travel.

Yet this carnival is no ordinary carnival. Don’t worry. There aren’t any rides that could make you puke, and there certainly aren’t any scary clowns. And if you’ve been paying attention the past few weeks, you probably already know what a blog carnival is, but in the chance that you don’t, all you need to know is that you’re about to be exposed to some great travel writing from all around the globe.

A Trip around the World

As I said last time, the Carnival of Cities has been one of my favorite carnivals for a while now because it consistently includes some of the best travel-related articles on the web. This carnival is dedicated to highlighting any aspect of any specific city, and people often say that reading through it feels like a trip around the world.

Today’s carnival takes us all around the Americas and Western Europe, as well as giving us a small taste of what it’s like to go off-road in Uganda.

Are you ready for a trip around the world?


Kampala, Uganda – Mark Jordahl presents:
5 Things I Love About Kampala… but probably shouldn’t posted at Wild Thoughts from Uganda.


Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada – Beth Blair presents:
Family Activities in Winnipeg, Manitoba posted at The Vacation Gals.

Malden, MA, USA – Nine presents:
Malden, Massachusetts posted at Abyssinia, Henry.

Oriental, NC, USA – Darcy presents:
“ONC” posted at Of Winds and Water, saying,

“Oriental, NC is starting to feel like home even though we’ve only visited twice. The people and businesses are just that nice!”

Las Vegas, NV, USA – Mary Jo Manzanares presents:
Hotel Review: ARIA Hotel at City Center, Las Vegas posted at Traveling with MJ, saying,

“It’s big, it’s beautiful, and it’s green. To know the details read the review of the Aria in Las Vegas.”

Oklahoma City, OK, USA – Sheila A. Scarborough presents:
A dream in progress: American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma City posted at Perceptive Travel Blog, saying,

“Amazing new facility under construction in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma at the intersection of Interstates 35 and 40.”

Sarasota, FL, USA – Gerard Walen presents:
Best beer bars in Sarasota, Florida | Road Trips for Beer posted at Road Trips for Beer, saying,

“The craft beer scene is exploding in Sarasota, Florida, a city that many consider a magnet for wealthy retirees and beach lovers.”

Dearborn, MI, USA – Dominique King presents:
See the bus Rosa Parks rode into history at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan posted at Midwest Guest, saying,

“Rosa Parks moved to Detroit in 1957, so it only seems fitting that the Montgomery, Alabama, bus she rode into history followed her to Michigan.”

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada – Zhu presents:
Inside CBC Ottawa posted at Correr Es Mi Destino, saying,

“Of all the free activities scheduled in Ottawa, I chose to visit CBC Ottawa, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s local TV station. I worked on Sparks Street for a year, one block from the CBC Ottawa Broadcast Centre. I saw the flurry of journalists and TV crews every day, and I have always wanted to see what the headquarters looked like inside.”


Maastricht, Netherlands – Keith Kellett presents:
Exploring Maastricht « Travelrat’s Travels posted at Travelrat’s Travels.

Clermont-Ferrand, France – Patti Lecron presents:
The Vandal had The French Touch by P. B. Lecron posted at A French Education, saying,

“A rascally prank in a sister city, Clermont-Ferrand, France.”

Belfast, Northern Ireland – Kerry Dexter presents:
An Evening in Belfast posted at Perceptive Travel Blog, saying,

“A moving concert on The Falls Road with songwriter Cathie Ryan.”

Penzance, Cornwall, UK – Jack Norell presents:
Montol Midwinter Festival, Penzance, England posted at Eyeflare – Travel Articles and Tips, saying,

“The Montol Midwinter Festival is a riotous affair taking place in Penzance during the week before Christmas. With parades, bonfires, masks, and the Lord of Misrule, who could resist?! Great video to show the festivities as well.”


You too can be a part of the sheer splendubiousness that is the Carnival of Cities. And honestly, you’d be silly not to consider it. For any writer, blog carnivals are an intelligent way to get the word out about what you’re publishing on the web. I know this because blog carnivals have been incredibly helpful in spreading the word about this site.

To request an article to be considered for inclusion next time, please submit your blog post (just one, please one that provides real value and is not spam) to the next edition of the Carnival of Cities using the Carnival of Cities submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found in the Carnival of Cities carnival index.

And if you’d like to host the carnival itself, as I have done here, please contact the carnival’s maintainer at the following email address: Sheila “at” sheilascarborough “dot” com. (But please be patient. I’m sure she gets plenty of email.)

I hope you enjoyed today’s carnival!

And until next time, beware of the Jubjub bird!
(Seriously, those things are lethal…)

7 bits on Carnival of Cities for 2010 November 17

  1. Yeah, that’s one reason I love the Carnival of Cities, and Blog Carnivals in general. They can really bring a writing community together, and that’s very powerful.

  2. Carnival of Cities sounds like a fabulous idea. All the joys of travel without leaving the comfort of your armchair!

    Just one well written travel post or an image that rocks the viewer back on their heels can make a city or area become a “must see”.

    And isn’t that what all travel lovers want – to share their favorite places with others.

  3. This sounds like a great idea. I couldn’t think of a better way to inform people about the world and the really fantastic travel spots. I am going to try very hard to participate with the few place that I have been in the world. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Thank you for including my submission!

    The more I read the articles, the more I want to travel 🙂

  5. This is a great idea for a blog! I like the fact that people can find information about different countries and their culture, all in the same place. I hope you guys do one for the Caribbean soon!

  6. @Zhu

    You’re very welcome! I’ve seen you pop up again and again in blog carnivals, and for good reason.

    Keep it up 🙂

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