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It’s Different in Naples, Italy: The Neapolitan Playing Card Deck

Differences Between the Neapolitan and American Card Deck Did you know that in Naples, Italy people play cards with a completely different deck than we do in the USA? Unlike the American 52 card deck, southern Italians use a 40 card deck. Also, Neapolitan cards are not numbered, so you need to count how many of that particular suit are on the card. The two of swords, for instance, has two swords drawn on it, but no numbers. This type of card goes up to seven. After that, for the eight, nine and ten, there are face cards. The entire…

Traveler’s Show & Tell: From Favelas to Faceburger

Welcome to the January 21, 2012 edition of Traveler’s Show and Tell. This week’s Traveler’s Show and Tell blog carnival features thirteen travelers. Read on to find out: … why folks in New Orleans drink coffee with chicory root added to it. … how to make the most of a trip to Jamaica. …why the Amalfi coast is worth visiting – again and again. … what life is really like in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. … and much, much more! This Week’s Travel Photo This burger joint’s blatant ripoff of the Facebook logo gave me a double take…

Transatlantic Cruise Sunsets and How I was Inspired by a Vacuum Cleaner Salesman

One of the first things people ask when I tell them I’m a writer is, “Where do you get your ideas?” I find this kinda funny, because to me, ideas are like spores; they are everywhere, but seem invisible until they suddenly pop up into your mind like tiny mushrooms. For instance, I recently wrote “Is Transatlantic Cruising Right for You?” for The Traveler’s Way. Where did I get that idea? From a conversation I had with a vacuum cleaner salesman.

What is the Traveler’s Show and Tell blog carnival?

The Traveler’s Show & Tell blog carnival is a roundup of interesting travel-themed articles and photo essays from all over the web that I host right here on Mental Mosaic: Even Home is a Travel Deestination every other Saturday. It’s a fun way to enjoy armchair traveling, while finding interesting blogs to follow. Plus, if you’re a blogger, participating in my carnival helps drive new readers to your blog, while giving your site a healthy inbound link. To view past issues, simply click on the “Traveler’s Show & Tell” link at the top of this page.

Traveler’s Show & Tell: Volcanoes, Jazz and Romance on the Road

Welcome to the December 10, 2011 edition of Traveler’s Show & Tell This week’s Traveler’s Show & Tell blog carnival features seven bloggers whose posts take us all over the world: Andarin shows us one of San Francisco’s best kept secrets in a photo essay. Michael Turtle takes us to a biblical amusement park in South America. Bastiann Reinink shares a romantic travel tale in which he becomes, “the perfect boyfriend for a day.” Chad Claeyssen relives the Mount Saint Helens explosion in the Pacific Northwest. Johnny Snelgrove riffs on the state of jazz in Africa. Abram shares photos and…

Traveler’s Show & Tell: Artsy Graffitti & Open Air Markets

Welcome to the December 10, 2011 edition of Traveler’s Show & Tell This week’s Traveler’s Show & Tell blog carnival is chock full of interesting travelogues and lots of pretty pictures from bloggers all over the world. Read on for: …tips for traveling with children during the holidays . …how Argentina elevates graffitti to an art form. …photos of interesting street signs from around the world. …the best cities to visit for a Christmas holiday in the UK. …and more! Christine presents Open Market in Granada, Nicaragua posted at Me, My Kid and Life, saying, “Having been to open markets…

Byteful Travel Blog Carnival #9 – 2011 Nov 30

I knew my blog carnival was in good hands last month when Andarin, from Byteful Travel, hosted the Traveler’s Show & Tell for me. This month, I’m returning the favor and hosting the Byteful Travel Blog Carnival for him. Read on to find out: where to find tropical beaches in Germany, how to cope when an “amazing adventure” turns tragic and more!

Traveler’s Show & Tell – Plus, an Unexpected trip to Florida

My week: an unexpected trip A death on my husband’s side of the family caused me to spend this past week in Florida. I never met the woman who passed away, and yet, by the time the funeral and other ceremonies were over, she no longer felt like a stranger to me. Spending time with her mourning relatives, who were eager to share their memories, transmitted so much of her essence, that I felt as if we had met. (It was such a strong sensation that I actually had to remind myself that we had not.) It was beautiful to…

Traveler’s Show & Tell – 16th Edition

Familiar yet Foreign Hi all! I’m back from my 5 week honeymoon. I’ve been away so long that my house feels both familiar and foreign. Do you know that feeling? Blog Carnival Name Change As you can see, I have changed the name of this blog carnival from Saturday Show & Tell to Traveler’s Show & Tell. From now on, this blog carnival will focus on all aspects of travel, as the name suggests. Where is MY submission? Prior to my vacation, submissions to this blog carnival would kinda trickle in. I rarely got more than 5 or 6 in…