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Traveler’s Show & Tell: Palm Trees, Ghosts & a Micro Nation for Book Lovers

Florida palm tree (photo by Tui Snider)
Florida palm tree (photo by Tui Snider)

Welcome to the September 8, 2012 edition of Traveler’s Show and Tell.

This Traveler’s Show and Tell blog carnival features travel bloggers from all corners of the globe. Read on to find out:


  • … how to pack like Chuck Norris.
  • … is St. Augustine, Florida truly full of ghosts?
  • … what to expect at a Tarantella show in southern Italy.
  • … where to visit a “micro nation” dedicated to books.
  • … and much, much more!


Palm Tree iPhone Photos

I hope you enjoy this collection of palm tree photos in the Traveler’s Show and Tell blog carnival. They were snapped by iPhone during my recent jaunt to Florida. There is so much variety in those Florida palms, and they are so expressive – which seems an odd thing to say about a tree – but they have such a strong visual presence; they steal the scene in every backdrop!

Florida palm tree (photo by Tui Snider)
Florida palm tree (photo by Tui Snider)

Morgan Dragonwillow presents St. Augustine Ghost Adventures posted atA Writers Universe, saying,

“Christie and I love to travel especially to the beach. St. Augustine Florida is a favorite destination for getting away, whether relaxing on the beach (that is our favorite pastime) or if we want to fill our days and nights with fun (and ghost) adventures.”

Byteful Travel presents How to Pack Your Bags like Chuck Norris (Super-Efficient Rolling Method) posted atByteful Travel, saying,

“Let’s face it, packing is a skill. And today, I’m going to show you how to upgrade it. Have you ever stared at your backpack and wondered, “Is this really the best way to pack my stuff?” I certainly have, but what you should be asking is: “Am I packing like Chuck Norris would pack? And if not, why not?” Simply put, in terms of spatial efficiency, the rolling technique I’m about to show you blows away all other packing techniques. And when done correctly, it even prevents wrinkles. :)”

Jim Liston presents Grantham, UK. Pictures and info about the Angel and Royal posted at, saying,

“Grantham is about 3 miles from Harlaxton Manor, which took me about an hour to walk, and 120 North of London by train. The birthplace of Margaret Thatcher and where Isaac Newton went to school, there is a lot of history there.”

Henry presents Four Beautiful Sights in Casco Viejo, Panama City posted atFinding Freedom, saying,

“This article provides a walking tour of Panama City’s old town, Casco Viejo. Once a slum, Casco Viejo is undergoing aggressive urban renewal. Today, the neighborhood is a beautiful mix of 17th century churches, brightly colored colonial era apartment buildings, modern restaurants and tourists. The neighborhood also provides ample opportunity for wonderful photographs.”

Florida palm tree (photo by Tui Snider)
Florida palm tree (photo by Tui Snider)

Angella Grey presents A Guide To Tarantella in Southern Italy posted at Faraway Vacation Blog, saying,

“If you attend a tarantella show in southern Italy, you can expect to be singing along to classic Italian folk songs such as Torna a Sorrento

David Leonhardt presents An Excuse to Travel posted at, saying,

“David’s guest post offers some tips on converting your next trip into pure pearls – even if you’re not a writer and it’s just for your own enjoyment.”

Linda Aksomitis presents Quebec by Dog Sled posted at, saying,

“Quebec is one of my favorite places to visit and this blog post takes you on one of my winter adventures there dog sledding. Hang on and enjoy the ride!”

Florida palm tree (photo by Tui Snider)
Florida palm tree (photo by Tui Snider)

David K presents Top 5 Museums in Washington D.C. posted at Executive Apartments, saying,

“Washington D.C. is most famous for housing the President of the United States of America and being a power center on the world political stage. However this city also plays home to some rather incredible museums and galleries. Here is a list, in no particular order, of the top 5 museums and galleries in Washington D.C.”

Holiday Baker Man presents Tofino Red Neck posted at Shit I’ve Seen & Heard on Vacation, saying,

“I love small town drugstores. They always havesomething great – like these Red Neck wine glasses. “

Zhu presents The Olympics Fever and Hyde Park posted at Correr Es Mi Destino, saying,

“As a cap­i­tal and a world-class city, I’m guess­ing that Lon­don is always a pop­u­lar tourist des­ti­na­tion in the sum­mer (when the weather is nice… ahem, nicer-ish?). This time, the crowd was a bit dif­fer­ent: at times, in the Tube or in the street, we passed entire teams of sup­port­ers, clad in their country’s colours.”

Florida palm tree (photo by Tui Snider)
Florida palm tree (photo by Tui Snider)

Sarah Tucker presents Nannies and Vacation Time posted at 4Nannies, saying, “One of the most effective weapons against burnout in a nanny’s arsenal is vacation time. Being able to slip away from the rigors of caring for your charges can be a blessing when you’re feeling overworked.”

Matthew Hyde presents Hay-on-Wye, Town of Books posted at Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth, saying,

“A post inspired by our recent honeymoon road trip to Hay-on-Wye, a town of books on the border of Wales and England. It’s a small town that never less has something to say about some important issues.”

Liz E presents Old Fashioned Travel for an Old Fashioned Education posted at Homeschooling in Buffalo, saying,

“This kind of travel is like homeschool, where being able to take your time and ignore the conventional ways gives your a more full experience.”

Florida palm tree (photo by Tui Snider)
Florida palm tree (photo by Tui Snider)


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

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. Thanks for including me in this carnival event! I loved the palm trees.

  2. Matthew Hyde Matthew Hyde

    Thanks for including me in the carnival, and I look forward to reading through the other entries. Theres always an interesting selection.

  3. Wow, is it just me or did this carnival get a lot longer? Great job assembling everything, as usual, Tui! I retweeted about it.

    The last picture reminds me of a pineapple for some reason.
    Or maybe I’m just hungry. :)

    • mentalmosaic mentalmosaic

      Heya Andrew!

      So glad you joined in. Yeah – this particular edition is super-sized, I tell ya! That’s one of the reasons I decided to add so many photos. It needeed something to break up all that text.

      I can totally see what you mean about that last photo looking like a pineapple. It kinda reminds me of a woven basket.

      I was happy to see you at #StoryDam chat. I can’t help but think that you and Morgan, @MDragonwillow, who wrote the St Augustine Ghost Adventure story will hit it off. :)

      Thanks again for joining in with the blog carnival. It’s always fun to bump into you online!


  4. Wow Tui, that is a lot of Traveling blogs! I cant wait to go through and read them all! Thanks for including me and I’ll chat with you later. *Hugs*

    P.S. I posted it on my writer FB page.

    • mentalmosaic mentalmosaic

      Yes, Morgan, there were a whole bunch of submissions this time!

      So glad you joined in. I love your post! I hope you get a lot of traffic and new readers from this blog carnival. You may even meet some new folks, too, as you blog hop.

      *hugs* :)

  5. Tom Tom

    Hi Tui, I like your sentiments about home as a travel distination! I enjoy getting away but I enjoy getting home as much! Your photos are great and I thought you might want to look at some other great shots about trees. The site below has a comprehensive book on South Florida trees and it features another book with amazing photographs of Giant Sequias. You can enjoy the imaginative photographs of the giant sequias on the site and even watch a relaxing video where the owner combined thoughtful shots to match Emerson quotes.
    Tree Identification by leaf and Florida Native Trees.


  6. Tom Tom

    I found this site with great photographs of Giant Sequia trees and two really worthwhile books with unique tree photography. You can enjoy imaginative photographs of the giant sequias on the site and even watch a relaxing video where the owner combined thoughtful shots to match Emerson quotes.
    tree identification by leaf


    • mentalmosaic mentalmosaic

      Hi Tom,

      I checked out your link. Frankly, I was worried it was spam, since that happens every now and then.

      Anyway, I really enjoyed the article on tree identification by leaf.

      Thanks for swinging by and saying hi! Hope to see you here again sometime.


  7. Hi Tui,

    Thanks for including me in this edition of your Blog Carnival! I appreciate it.

    While double checking my entry, I noticed the following:
    1) My article is called “Four Beautiful Sights in Casco Viejo, Panama City” not “Finding Freedom” which is what is shown in this Blog Carnival edition. Only the blog is called “Finding Freedom.”

    Could you please change this? Thanks very much!


    • mentalmosaic mentalmosaic

      Hi Henry,

      Thanks for double-checking your link. I’ve fixed your article’s title.

      Glad you joined in for this edition. Hope to see you at the Traveler’s Show & Tell blog carnival again soon!


  8. Thanks for including in your Traveler’s Show and Tell Blog Carnival!
    Jim Liston

    • mentalmosaic mentalmosaic

      Hi Jim,

      Thank you for joining the blog carnival. Always nice to see new faces here.


    • mentalmosaic mentalmosaic

      Thanks for joining in, Zhu! Always great to read your travel adventures. :) ~Tui

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