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 previous host was the Perceptive Travel blog and the next edition will again be hosted here on Sheila’s Guide on Wednesday, February 9.

If you’d like to host a future Carnival edition on your blog (February 23 and March 9 are open) please contact me at Sheila “at” sheilascarborough “dot” com. Thanks!

Off we go….

Cities in Europe

Orta San Giulio, Italy Donna Hull presents Baby Boomer Tips for Visiting Orta San Giulio, Italy posted at My Itchy Travel Feet, saying, “Outdoor cafes facing a lake that hosts a medieval island, walks through a park-like setting where chapels depict the life of St. Francis of Assisi through painted frescoes – you’ll find an un-touristy Italian paradise in Orta San Giulio.”

Istanbul, Turkey Nicole Elena Robertson presents Istanbul posted at Nicole Elena Robertson, saying, “Istanbul is a beautiful city, rich in history, and often overlooked by Western travelers. While researching my upcoming trip, I’ve gathered some stunning photos of Istanbul.”

Oslo, Norway Anne-Sophie Redisch presents Oslo – 10 Great Free Cultural Attractions posted at Sophie’s World, saying, “Oslo’s premier attraction is nature, and there are many, many ways to enjoy the great outdoors, free of charge. But it’s cold out these days. And not absolutely everyone loves skiing in sub-zero temperatures. So here are 10 favourite cultural attractions, less strenuous and completely free of charge.”

Leeds, Yorkshire, England Keith Kellett presents Winter at Roundhay Park posted at Travelrat’s Travels.

Amsterdam, the Netherlands r0dman presents Backpacking in Amsterdam posted at on the way to somewhere, saying, “We would just walk for a bit, then sit down and watch the thousands of people ride past on bicycles, families playing on the grass, dogs playing until they fight each other and then playing again, and all of the other things that happen when you take the time to sit and watch. It was relaxing, but it was interesting too.”

Rome, Italy Tim Freeman presents Weekend in Rome posted at Madrileño Americano, saying, “This blog post outlines my trip to Rome, Italy.”

Paris, France Robin Locker presents Go Organic in Paris posted at My Melange.

Cities in the Americas

Miami, Florida, USA Anna presents Meet my favourite city in the world posted at Anna’s Life and Mistakes, saying, “Miami…the unregrettable addiction”

Nashville, Tennessee, USA Nicole presents Finding my bliss at Blissdom in Nashville posted at Arrows Sent Forth, saying, “My memories of the atrium at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville and why I’m excited to visit again during the Blissdom conference.”

Seattle, Washington, USA Byteful Travel presents Why Pike’s Market is a MUST SEE place in Seattle posted at Byteful Travel, saying, “When I first arrived in Seattle, I knew I would enjoy exploring it. Seattle had a feeling of vast possibility and diversity. And I was very lucky since I had an awesome Couchsurfing host to introduce me to the city. He introduced me to Pike’s Place Market in downtown Seattle. (In fact, it was his idea.) Pike’s Market is one of the most famous places in Seattle, if not *the* most famous; and it’s right on the waterfront. The market is one of the oldest continually operated public farmers’ markets in the United States. Basically, they had EVERYTHING.”

Huntington Beach, California, USA Sharlene Earnshaw presents Surf City Here We Come- 8 Fun Things for Families to do in Huntington Beach posted at the talking trekaroo.

Smuggler’s Notch, Vermont, USA Miss Magpie presents Funtown, Vermont – Smugglers’ Notch posted at FindandGoSeek’s BLOG, saying, “Miss Magpie and her flock visits Smugglers’ Notch in January, 2011, to put their wintertime activities to the test.”

Awendaw, South Carolina, USA Jennifer Heisler presents Bull Island Ferry, Awendaw, SC posted at VisitSouth.com.

Destin, Florida, USA Mike @ jammer(six) presents Things To Do in Destin, Florida posted at jammer(six).

Detroit, Michigan, USA Dominique King presents Visiting Detroit’s William Livingstone Memorial Lighthouse on Belle Isle posted at Midwest Guest, saying, “Detroit’s Art Deco-style William Livingstone Memorial Lighthouse is the only light tower in the United States made entirely of marble, as well as likely the only lighthouse designed by famed architect Albert Kahn.”

Honolulu, Hawaii, USA My guest post about Two Mai Tais, 25 Years Apart on Pam Mandel’s Holoholo Wale blog, which is about wandering the Hawaiian Islands.

Cities in the Middle East

Doha, Qatar Merry presents ..A Dash through Doha, Qatar! posted at MERRY MAKES, saying, “This post outlines the major features of the capital city of Qatar, as experienced over 48hrs. My visit and subsequent blog post happened to coincide with the city’s win for the bid to host the 2022 Olympics  FIFA World Cup. There it was in the headlines and I wanted to share my impressions of Doha City.”

That concludes this Carnival edition, and thank you for visiting.

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