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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…

Off on a Romantic Adventure

Ahoy matey! It’s me, Tui, at the helm and I’m off doing what we travel bloggers love best: TRAVELING! Don’t worry, though. I have not completely abandoned ship. You are in good hands with guest posts from the delightful Laree’ Griffith and the dynamic Cherrye Moore in the coming weeks, so stay tuned. Also, the Saturday Show & Tell blog carnival (a round up of interesting travel-related blog posts) shall continue. The talented Paula Puffer hosts the the May 28th, 2011 edition, so that ought to be good! Where have I run off to? My brand new hubby (so new…

Saturday Show & Tell – 12th Edition

Welcome to this week’s Saturday Show & Tell! Our first post is a photo essay by Nicole Elena Robertson entitled, Decoration in Istanbul posted at her blog, Nicole Elena Robertson. A tourist’s look at pattern and ornament in Sultanahmet, Istanbul Nicole didn’t provide too much information about herself, and (full disclosure!) I am putting this blog carnival together in a rush since we leave on our honeymoon tomorrow. I think she is an artist. Nicole, if you are reading this, feel free to toot your horn in the comments section. Nicole’s photos of those beautiful designs reminded me, somehow, of…

Saturday Show & Tell – 9th Edition

Welcome to this week’s Saturday Show & Tell blog carnival. Can you believe it’s the 9th edition already? Our first contribution comes from Paula Puffer. When her friend’s dog needed to wear one of those awkward cone collars, Paula discovered that A Little Bit of Boredom and Some Magic Markers = Awesome! which is posted over at her blog, Don’t Be a Pickle Bump. As Paula explains, the post is about: A little silliness for when a dog has to wear a cone for various and sundry reasons I like how distinguished the pooch looks in his fancifully decorated collar.…

Saturday Show & Tell – 8th Edition

Welcome to Saturday Show & Tell – 8th Edition. This week’s round-up features 10 bloggers and touches upon the following topics: flowers, travel, social commentary, and even a bit of fiction. April showers bring May flowers, but why wait? Today, Mandy Chatsworth brings us A Floriculture Tour Around the Continents posted at : Inspired by my co-blogger’s post on the Fairmount Park Azalea Garden in our home city of Philadelphia I decided to put together what I’m calling a Florticultural Tour of the Continents. The post highlights iconic flowers across the globe that are known to strike our emotions and…

Saturday Show & Tell – 7th Edition

Welcome to Saturday Show & Tell – the 7th edition. I have set this to post automatically because today, April 9th, I will be at Scarborough Renaissance Festival in Waxahachie, Texas getting married to the fellow I often mention in my blog posts. So if it takes me a few days to respond to comments, I hope you understand! First up in this week’s blog carnival is Jennifer Miner, who brings us a playful post called, Los Angeles Pillow Fight Day Photos. I had never heard of a public pillow fight before, but apparently: Los Angeles Pillow Fight Day is…

Saturday Show & Tell – 6th Edition

Now that the Blog Carnival site has recovered, I received a bunch of interesting submissions for Saturday Show & Tell. The first one, as you can see at the top of this post, is a photo from Paula Puffer. As she explains: “It was taken a couple weeks ago at Armand Bayou Nature Center here in Texas. I love the contrast of the colors and the newness of the leaves on the tree. Spring has definitely sprung!” To see more of her photography, writing and other projects, check out Paula Puffer and her blog, Don’t Be a Pickle Bump. While…

My Close Encounter with Roswell New Mexico

OK, so it was actually more of a roadtrip through Roswell than a roadtrip to Roswell, New Mexico, but I am glad we stopped by because I made two startling discoveries: The singer John Denver hails from Roswell, New Mexico. (Gasp! Perhaps his ultralight aircraft was reverse engineered?) New Mexican style Mexican food is quite different than the Tex Mex we get here in the Dallas – Fort Worth Metroplex. I didn’t see any UFOS in the sky, but I spotted shop windows and signs all over town featuring aliens galore: TO SEE MORE PHOTOS and READ THE REST, CLICK…

Saturday Show & Tell – International Women’s Day

Welcome to Saturday Show & Tell This week’s blog carnival has International Womens Day for a theme, since March 8th, 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of that celebration. Today’s roundup features 9 different bloggers, and offers a variety of perspectives on the female experience, with topics ranging from guilt-ridden Spring cleaning to guilt-free masturbation. Cherrye Moore kicks off this edition with a post entitled Happy International Womens Day. Cherrye is an American expat living in Italy, and her post explains how this holiday is celebrated in Italy. Katie Greenaway also muses about International Womens Day, Italian style, in a post…

2 Ways To Brew Coffee While Traveling

Perhaps it’s because all 3 of us have roots in Washington State, the birthplace of Starbucks, but fellow bloggers, MJ and Jessica have both written about the difficulty of finding a tasty cup of coffee while traveling. MJ found a handheld espresso maker called the Handspresso that looks really good. At $100 it seems pricey, but a true coffee junkie would recoup that after a month or two. It would definitely make a great gift for espresso fans who travel a lot. (Heck, it would make a great gift for me.) All you need with the Handspresso are coffee pods…

Backyard Travel: Nguyen Loi Oriental Supermarket

When you are in Texas, it’s pretty hard to forget that you are in Texas. Everywhere you look there are businesses with “Lone Star” in their name, Texas flags proudly flying, and fancy pick-up trucks with bumper stickers proclaiming great things about the state. One of my favorite things about Texas, in fact, is its strong sense of identity. Texas is like a loud-mouthed, opinionated friend you don’t always agree with, but you love to hang out with, anyway. A couple days ago, however, it felt like I stepped out of Texas and into another country. My fiance and I…

Recycled Books in Denton, Texas – Gotta love the view!

A few weeks ago, my fiance and I hopped in the car for a spontaneous, let’s-just-get-out-of-the-house kind of trip. We had no particular agenda, but north seemed a good direction, which is how we wound up in Denton, Texas on a chilly Sunday afternoon. The first thing we discovered about Denton is that Sundays are the worst day of the week to visit. Nearly all the shops and museums were closed. Luckily, there was a fabulous used bookstore open, a place called Recycled Books. I love any bookstore, but funky, used bookstores are my favorites. The moment I stepped inside…