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Traveler’s Show & Tell: Chihuly Nights, Swimming with Manta Rays & Homeless by Choice

Dallas Arboretum Chihuly glass exhibit (photo by Paula Puffer)
Dallas Arboretum Chihuly glass exhibit (photo by Paula Puffer)


Welcome to the June 25th, 2012 edition of Traveler’s Show and Tell.

This edition of the Traveler’s Show and Tell blog carnival is a big one, featuring travel-related posts and photo essays from a whopping 23 travel bloggers. This month’s blog carnival is so jam-packed with travel posts that you may feel a little jet-lagged by the time you read them all!

PLEASE NOTE: All the photos in this issue were taken by the talented Paula Puffer, so I’ve put her photo essay first. The pictures on her blog are higher quality that what you see here, plus there are more of them, so be sure to check out her site.

This Week’s Travelers

Paula Puffer presents Chihuly Nights posted at Don’t Be a Pickle Bump, saying,

“I have three goals when I travel. The first is to make interesting pictures. The second is to find interesting places/things to explore. And the final goal is to eat some great local food along the way. The Great Midwest Summer Tour 2012 (GMST2012) kickoff stop of Chihuly Nights at the Dallas Arboretum let me meet all those goals.”

Tui Sniderpresents Historic Texas Graveyards: Athens City Cemetery posted right here at Mental Mosaic: Even Home is a Travel Destination, saying,

“Athens City Cemetery is not only beautifully wooded, with several well-crafted headstones and historical markers, but the lighting on the day that I visited was exquisite as you can see in this photo essay.”

Byteful Travel presents Carpooling over Utah’s Alien Desert Landscape & The Birth of Zorro-Batman posted at Byteful Travel, saying,

“Without some form of proof, you might not believe this part of my story, because my carpooling trip from Las Vegas to Denver went beautifully. Unbelievably well, in fact. Before dawn, I was picked up from the north side of Vegas for a journey that ended up spanning over 1,200 km (750 mi). And I even arrived in Denver in time to be invited to a hilarious Halloween party. The surprising part? The entire ride didn’t cost me a dime.”

Dani Blanchette presents Living with the Largest Viper in the World posted at Going Nomadic, saying,

“This is a Bushmaster; the largest Pit Viper in the world, and I am living in its habitat!”

Vera Lang presents Minty Water: Recipe for Happiness posted at Fine Craft Guild, saying,

“Roman mint, a local weed around Rome, Italy (hard to find elsewhere), is THE mint for Roman artichokes. However, almost any kind of mint is good to make Minty Water, which is just as healing, and make normal water taste special. A healthy coffee, tea or softdrink alternative.”

Gael Blanchemain presents Free and homeless: the experiment – part 1 posted at Growing the roots of happiness, saying,

“A month ago I decided to stop having a day job and begin the life I really wanted. I gave back my apartment and hit the road. This is the first post of my experiment living a free, homeless life focused on exploring spirituality and growing the roots of happiness.”

Dallas Arboretum Chihuly glass exhibit (photo by Paula Puffer)
Dallas Arboretum Chihuly glass exhibit (photo by Paula Puffer)

Sarah Bennett presents I Hate Steps – Part, The First posted at A Leap Into The Unknown, saying,

“I have just returned from the most fantastic holiday. Here is a blog post about my adventures in Xi’an, China.”

CBCreations presents Diving in Similans Thailand posted at Measure of All Things, saying,

“Sometimes world-renowned travel destinations don’t live up to expectations, but 8 minutes (seemed like a lifetime) with a manta ray made it all seem worthwhile!”

Neelakantha presents Is Traveling Necessary? posted at Business News This Week, saying,

“When you travel to different places, you get exposed to varied cultures, people, their life style, & can experience them in person where you have a chance to learn their positive aspects in and towards life”

Ron Buffy presents [Lifestyle] Travel Tips #1 posted at The Wild Swans, saying,

“This post shares general travel tips you might find helpful when you have to leave the country.”

Laurence Norah presents In photos: Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter posted at Finding the universe, saying,

“Here is a photo tour of Barcelona’s quite incredible gothic quarter”

DavidS presents St. Valentinus Kirche And St. Michael TotenKapelle In Kiedrich, Germany – Pictures posted at All Things Pondered!, saying,

“These are pictures of the two churches in Keidrich, Germany – Hessen Wine making country. Including are pictures of the Wood Carved Madonna made by artist Peter Schiro in the year 1520.”

Theresa Torres presents 6 Must Visit Historical Sites posted at, saying,

“If you’re fascinated by history and would also like an enjoyable time at the beach, Malta may be just be the perfect place for you to spend your vacation. This nation is full of beautiful historic places and natural attractions that’s definitely worth exploring.”

Andrea MacEachern presents Go Cabot Trail! Number One Again! posted at Another Day of Grace, saying,

“The Cabot Trail was voted one of the most scenic drives in North America. So I think it’s safe to assume that this small little island on Canada’s east coast is a great place to visit. I may be biased in my claims but I have numerous travel publications and seasoned travelers backing these claims!”

Dallas Arboretum Chihuly glass exhibit (photo by Paula Puffer)
Dallas Arboretum Chihuly glass exhibit (photo by Paula Puffer)

Savvy Scot presents Roatan String of Pearls posted at Savvy Scot, saying,

“Savvy Scot writes about the experience of the phenomenom of string of pearls whilst diving in Roatan.”

Astrid Lee presents Cecilia Eusepi, New Saint in Nepi posted at World Healing, saying,

“Many Italian towns have fun and interesting summer festivals. But it is not often that in one’s own tiny town, the festivities are centered around its local Saint being beatified! Most extra-ordinary. Almost all saints are beatified in Rome. But Saint Cecilia Eusepi, who lived in this tiny town 40 km north of Rome, is an exception. She’ll be beatified in her home town on June 17, and will be an exceptional saint, in more than one way!”

Zhu presents Nantes’ Industrial Past posted at Correr Es Mi Destino, saying,

“One of my favourite dis­tricts in Nantes is the one close to the Loire River, by the quai de la Fosse. The for­mer dodgy neigh­bor­hood was home to the ship­yards and, at the time, pros­ti­tutes and broth­els were known to sat­isfy sailors’ needs quai de la Fosse (there are still a num­ber of strip bars along the quay today).”

Stacey Laird presents 7 Things to Know Before Renting a Car posted at CarInsurance, saying,

“Renting a car is a terrific convenience for any and all travelers who need four wheels to get around. Here are seven important things to know before renting a car.”

Kate presents Gourmet in Guizhou Qingyan Old Town posted at Lianfeng Yunhai Sunrise, saying, ”

A. Lee presents World’s Oldest Cave Painting in Spain posted at eArtFair, saying,

“Here’s a new reason to hop over to Spain: recent discoveries found that its caves were 15,000 years older than previously thought, making them the oldest in the world! Worth visiting El Castillo!”

Dallas Arboretum Chihuly glass exhibit (photo by Paula Puffer)
Dallas Arboretum Chihuly glass exhibit (photo by Paula Puffer)

Georgia Greene presents Villa Santa Cruz posted at destination wedding todos santos, saying,

“Perfectly located in the bohemian area of Todos Santos, this 20 acre, ocean-front property is breath-taking. The rugged beauty of the encompassing panorama includes with the ramming surf and looming palms to create an intimate area to come vacation.”

Angella Grey presents Buying Property in Turkey posted at Faraway Vacation Blog, saying,

“There are many benefits to buying a property in Turkey namely affordability and Turkey’s potential admission into the European Union. . Combined with friendly people, perfect sunny climate, and relaxed environment, it is easy to see why Turkey is a popular choice for foreign investors.”

Violeta Matei presents Saklikent Gorge, The Place Where Time Stops posted at Violeta Matei, saying,

“For a day of fun and refreshment during summertime, go to Saklikent Gorge in Turkey. Walking through cold, running water is an awesome experience.”

That’s it for this Traveler’s Show & Tell blog carnival.

As always, if you enjoyed it, let us know in the comments section. Also, please let the author know you liked their piece by leaving a comment at their blog. See you next time! :)

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  1. Retweeted :) Thanks again for including my article, Tui! I’m so thankful you continue to maintain this great carnival. You’ve kept with it, which is why it’s continued to grow. Great photos of Chihuly’s work, too. I’ve seen many of his works in person, and I love em!

    • mentalmosaic mentalmosaic

      Hi Andrew,

      I always enjoy the posts you add to the Traveler’s Show & Tell!

      Yes – Paula’s photos of the Chihuly exhibit at the Dallas Arboretum are excellent. I hope I get to check that show out.

      Thanks for dropping by! :)


  2. Hi Tui,

    I love your carnival. I discovered amazing things like the glass exhibit in the photos. Thank you for organizing the carnival and for including my article.

    • mentalmosaic mentalmosaic

      Hi Violeta,

      Thank you for joining this Traveler’s Show & Tell!

      I’m always inspired to go explore the world after each edition. Hope you join in again sometime!


  3. Thank you Tui Snider for posting my article on your carnival, you have featured all the good articles in this carnival.

    • mentalmosaic mentalmosaic

      Hi Neel,

      Thank you for joining in with the Traveler’s Show & Tell! I hope to see you here again. :)


  4. Hi Tui,

    Thanks so much for adding my post to the list! I love the variety of all the different bloggers and congratulations on it being the biggest ever! I hope to participate again soon, if that’s k?

    Sarah :)

    • mentalmosaic mentalmosaic

      Hi Sarah,

      Thanks for helping to create the wonderful variety that is the Traveler’s Show & Tell.

      And, yes, I’d love to see you here again. How about in the next issue?

      p.s. Thanks for your Twitter name. I’ll follow you and add you to the list when I promote the blog carnival there.

  5. mentalmosaic mentalmosaic

    Hi David,

    Thank you for being part of the Traveler’s Show & Tell blog carnival. :)

    Hope you join us again sometime.


  6. wow, great carnival with lots of cool pictures.

    Thank you for posting the Keidrich Germany pictures including the wood carved Madonna – made in 1520. It was a beautiful figure with a face and child on both sides.

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