Armenia Places to Visit for Rich Culture (150+ Photos)

Armenia is a gem of a country to visit and the reasons to travel to Armenia are many; in this guide we share some of our favourite Armenia places to visit and share some of the country’s distinctive draws for travelers interested in encountering a rich cultural heritage and having a transformative experience! Our top ten highlights were selected based on the insight they offer into Armenia’s soul and psyche.

Armenia Places to Visit for Rich Culture (150+ Photos)

Interview with George Patterson, Founder of Tofino Botanical Gardens, Vancouver Island

In this podcast interview, meet George Patterson, Founder & Director of Tofino Botanical Gardens on the west coast of Vancouver Island, part of Canada's province of British Columbia. George founded Tofino Botanical Gardens in 1997 and its twelve acres of gardens, old growth forest, and shoreline explore the relationship between culture and nature. I know you’ll find enjoyable and inspiring George’s take on the relationship between culture, nature and science; the ‘War in the Woods’ that occurred in the Tofino area in the 1990s between the logging industry and activists; themes of moderation and believing in your vision; and the role of a garden as place to set the heart free.

Interview with George Patterson, Founder of Tofino Botanical Gardens, Vancouver Island

Darkroom in the Desert at the Fayoum in Egypt

Travel with contributing writer Liz Doles to the Fayoum in Egypt, an oasis in the Sahara where art and connections are nourished. Join Liz at the Winter Academy, a six-week artist’s retreat & workshop at the Fayoum Art Center in Tunis, established in Egyptian painter Mohamed Abla and now run by his son Ibrahim, a film-maker. See Liz’s view of the land of the Nile and the Pharoahs through the medium of her art—a pinhole camera. Let Liz instruct you in the 19th century realm of photograms and the pinhole camera, fundamental in the history of photography, both part of the earliest image-making processes.

Darkroom in the Desert at the Fayoum in Egypt

Azores Islands Travel: Off-the-Beaten-Path Garden of Eden

Azores Islands travel offers an array of ways to appreciate Mother Nature, explore pineapple plantations, geysirs, and vast expanses of patchwork emerald fields. This North Atlantic archipelago calls to mind the scenery of Hawaii, Iceland and Ireland. Discover the cultural landscape of Sao Miguel, Terceira and Pico!

Azores Islands Travel: Off-the-Beaten-Path Garden of Eden

Armenia: Cultural Endurance & the Divinely-Inspired Armenian Alphabet Letters

To understand the story of the Armenian writing system and Armenia’s alphabet is to have a glimpse into the heart, soul & identity of its people. One of the world’s ten oldest countries, Armenia has endured despite onslaughts from aggressors and its alphabet may well be the reason why.

Armenia: Cultural Endurance & the Divinely-Inspired Armenian Alphabet Letters

Cultural Heritage Advisor Emilie Vezina-Dore on Unique Architecture of Old Quebec

There is no better way to understand the Old Quebec history than through its unique architecture, which reveals the story of the city’s diverse cultural influences that include French, British, Romantic and Art Deco. Vieux Quebec was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985—close to half of its buildings were built before 1850

Cultural Heritage Advisor Emilie Vezina-Dore on Unique Architecture of Old Quebec

Life's Diversity & Inter-Connectedness Affirmed in Belize

Belize offers stunning lessons in both life’s diversity and universality: A population that encompasses Mennonites, Mestizos, Garifuna, Arabs and Chinese; an ancient Mayan site that reveals a common thread among man throughout millennia; an abundance of bird and plant species co-existing in harmony. Let naturalists Miguel and David share the secrets of Belize!

Life's Diversity & Inter-Connectedness Affirmed in Belize

Bowl of Time: Valles Caldera National Preserve by Tom Ribe

Contributor Tom Ribes shares a beautiful and thoughtful look at the history and seasons of New Mexico’s Valles Caldera, a place he knows intimately. Valles Caldera was born about 1.25 million years ago, its 13-mile wide depression created by a a spectacular volcanic eruption. Use of Valles Caldera dates back to the prehistoric times: spear points dating to 11,000 years ago have been discovered. Let Tom guide you through its slopes, grasslands and woods and introduce you to those who have called it home over the ages.

Bowl of Time: Valles Caldera National Preserve by Tom Ribe

Tips from Locals Around the World on How to Access Authentic Culture at Your Next Destination

Are forging local connections important to you when you travel? Here are some ideas from people around the world on how to have an authentic cultural immersion and meet local people in the destination you are visiting. According to Travel Weekly, “In 2019, ‘Living like a local’ will go up a notch with holiday makers getting so under the skin of a destination, they consider themselves honorary citizens. Fueled by the rise in sustainable tourism and growing awareness to put tourist dollars to good use by supporting local communities, travelers in 2019 will seek out more local experiences than ever before.”

Tips from Locals Around the World on How to Access Authentic Culture at Your Next Destination

The Great Scottish Castle Trail by David Weinczok

Scotland is the land of castles: Discover which are the best castles in Scotland and get the “Must-Sees” from local and Castle Connoisseur David Weinczok! We’ll take you on the great castle trail of the lowlands, highlands and western Islands to discover Scotland’s historic gems.

The Great Scottish Castle Trail by David Weinczok

The Legendary Ceramics of Sicily's Caltagirone

The mountaintop town of Caltagirone in Sicily is the ceramics capital of a region renowned for this ancient art form. Out of a history of warfare, disease and natural disasters, Caltagirone’s multi-hued heritage of majolica pottery took shape. Get a glimpse of the history of this artisanal tradition from curator of the town’s Museo della Ceramica, marvel at the artistry of Stairway of St. Mary on the Mount’s 142 steps, browse through the laboratory of Silva Ceramica, and learn the story behind the star-crossed lovers memorialized in ceramic form.

The Legendary Ceramics of Sicily's Caltagirone

Lessons from Tuscan Spa Town Montecatini on Harmony & The Flow of Life

The Tuscan spa town of Montecatini offers life lessons in how the flow of life ensures eventual harmony. Experience its cultural landscape from the perspective of local people, and learn about the history of its healing spring waters; the philosophy of its Art Nouveau architecture; the challenges and bounty of Fucecchio Marsh; and the story behind Bargilli Cialdi di Montecatini, one of Italy's best-loved sweets. Find out the true secret behind La Dolce Vita!

Lessons from Tuscan Spa Town Montecatini on Harmony & The Flow of Life

Discover Goro! Charming Fishing Community in Italy's Emilia-Romagna Region

Go off-the-beaten path with Francesca Lamantea for a taste of local, small town coastal life with a visit to Goro in the Province of Ferrara in the Italian region Emilia-Romagna, located about 80 kilometres northeast of Bologna and about 50 kilometres east of Ferrara, near the mouth of the Po River. Meet fisherman Roberto and learn about life harvesting clams & mussels, and feast your eyes on some of the tasty traditional dishes served at popular fish festivals!

Discover Goro! Charming Fishing Community in Italy's Emilia-Romagna Region

Live Like a Local In Another Country with Long Term House Swap

Are you a traveler who is keen to experience a destination through locals’ eyes? To get under the skin of a culture and celebrate its uniqueness, as well as feel part of our universal shared human condition? And get free lodging in the process? Then a long term house swap might be right up your alley! While cost-saving may have motivated many to try home exchanging, this this mode of travel, it has become an effective grass roots form of cultural diplomacy.

Live Like a Local In Another Country with Long Term House Swap

Traditions of Oklahoma's Native American Culture: An Interview with Curator Dr. Dan Swan

Native American culture is rich with symbolism, mysticism, ceremony and creative expression. Dr. Daniel Swan has spent almost four decades immersed in Oklahoma's Native American Culture and has served as Curator of Ethnology of the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History and Professor of Anthropology, University of Oklahoma since 2007. Dan shares his deep appreciation for traditions such as the peyote religion of the Osage, art of the Native American Church, and explains how oral traditions are being preserved and celebrated through the Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair , a program that was honored with the 2017 University Museums and Collections Award from the International Council of Museums.

Traditions of Oklahoma's Native American Culture: An Interview with Curator Dr. Dan Swan

Fulbright Exchange: Liz Doles on Cultural Insights from Sri Lanka

Pinhole photographer Liz Doles lived in Sri Lanka for a year as a Fulbright Fellow, as part of the Fulbright Exchange Program. The Fulbright Program of the US State Department is an international exchange program.  Today the program works with partner nations from around the globe in mutual exchange and understanding,  Liz shares the Sri Lanka that revealed itself to her over the course of her year-long residency there.

Fulbright Exchange: Liz Doles on Cultural Insights from Sri Lanka

Global Greeter Network: Letting a Local Show you the Hearts of their Cities.

Are you a traveler who likes to connect with local people? The Global Greeter Network (GGN) is a network of hundreds of volunteers around the world who show visitors their city for free, showing their local version of their hometowns to visitors and travellers and allowing them to explore in a different way.

Global Greeter Network: Letting a Local Show you the Hearts of their Cities.

Mayan Healing with Jose Santos Tamay: I Recognize in you my Other I

The Maya are a people with rich culture, history, traditions, and a way of life that we can learn much from today. I learned more about Mayan healing as well as the culture in my interview with Jose Santos Tamay who I met at Hacienda Chichen in Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico. My own journey has shown how much wisdom cultures such as the Maya have to teach us about our lives and how we see them today.

Mayan Healing with Jose Santos Tamay: I Recognize in you my Other I

Celebrating Connections & Cherishing Differences in San Juan Chamula

The villagers of San Juan Chamula in Mexico's Chiapas Highlands are skilled textile artists and practice a faith that that mixes Mayan mythology with Catholic tradition. Get a virtual introduction to Chamulan beliefs, which include a strong commitment to community service & tradition that considers pine to have sacred properties. Saint John the Baptist church is a spiritual home for the devoted residents who put no price tag on their beliefs. Travel opens our eyes to both the cultural differences between us and others, as well as the bond of human connection.

Celebrating Connections & Cherishing Differences in San Juan Chamula