A sculpture representing a viking ship by Jón Gunnar Árnason.

Reykjavík’s Top 10 Sights

There’s no shortage of things to see and do in Reykjavík. Spend your days browsing the top ten sights of the city–museums, cultural venues, art, architecture, and its natural beauty.

The garden at Casa Popenoe in Antigua. Photo © Lgalvarado (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons.

Antigua’s Museums

Awash with history, Antigua is home to a handful of museums well worth making time for between your explorations of the city and the surrounding landscape. Displays range from arts and sculptures to religious artifacts to wonderfully restored 17th century architecture.

An artisan working on an oxcart wheel.

The Oxcarts of Sarchí

Sarchí is famous as the home of gaily decorated wooden carretas (oxcarts), the internationally recognized symbol of Costa Rica. The carretas, forced from the fields by the advent of tractors and trucks, are almost purely decorative now, but the craft and the art form live on here, where artisans still apply their masterly touch at two fábricas de carretas (workshops), which are open to view

Off-street art gallery in Cuba. Photo © Brian Snelson, licensed Creative Commons usage.

Where to Find Cuban Arts and Crafts

The Cuban government bans the sale and export of antiques. Hence, there are no stores selling antiques to tourists. Fortunately, there are an abundance of galleries and markets that feature handmade items and artworks, from souvenir-style trinkets and kitsch to collectable pieces.

Iglesia La Ermita in Cali. Photo © Andrew Dier.

Sights in Popayán’s Centro Histórico, Colombia

Popayán is a dignified city, proud of its place in history and its enduring colonial charm. Idyllic churches and museums are the main places of interest in Popayán, but lingering in the Parque Caldas on a sunny afternoon or strolling the lonely streets on a Sunday evening may be what you remember most.

Mosaic mural in Hanoi. Photo © Dana Filek-Gibson.

Vietnam and The Arts

Traditional Vietnamese musical and visual arts display an interesting variety of mediums and influences thanks to its past relationships with China and France, an influence that continues into modern artistic expression.

The art piece The Last Supper features ghostly life-size hollow figures against a desert background.

The Ghost Town of Rhyolite in Death Valley

Learn about the ghost town of Rhyolite in Death Valley National Park, settled in 1904 and abandoned almost completely by 1920. You’ll find plenty of intact ruins to explore, as well as a few surreal and unique sights.

A stunning Koroit Boulder Inlay Gem Opal Pendant of brilliant fire and color.

Unique Shopping in Sydney

Shopping in Sydney for a unique gift or treat for yourself runs the gamut from fine jewelry to bargain-store trinkets to discovering a true hidden bookstore treasure. If you’d like a shopping experience as much about the hunt as the find, read on for some of Sydney’s best independent and specialty shops.

New Mexico's Pedernal Peak, seen from Ghost Ranch.

A Taste of Art History in Taos and Santa Fe

Santa Fe and Taos have long histories of fostering creative output, much of it inspired by the surrounding landscape. Art lovers need not spend all their time in museums (though there are some great ones). It can be just as rewarding to visit studios, talk with artists, and see how objects are made.