ROUND TOP, Texas – The atmosphere is equal parts carnival and commerce, and the variety of items is staggering. It is my favorite treasure-hunting experience in the world.
The smell of baking bread fills the air and the scent of spices tickle the nose. Alleys twist and turn in every direction to picturesque mosques and tucked away khans. A reader story.
PARIS, France – Some people like to shop for clothes. Not Melanie Dunea. She's after the goat cheese and saucisson. Adventures of a shopping spree.
KYRGYZSTAN – I spent an afternoon with the glamorous, sausage-selling Russian ladies. We toasted my visit with vodka, which they keep in large vats stored beneath the counter.
MARRAKECH – Find perfect camel boots. Pretend you don't want them. Leave stall. Try to divide 1513 by 8 in your head. Erin Wylie learns how to bargain in the souks.
MOSCOW – Sprawling parks, Soviet kitsch, and a monument graveyard filled with Lenins and Stalins.
SAN FRANCISCO – The editor behind the charming, irreverent Wildsam Field Guides gives us his not-to-miss list in SF.
SAN MIGUEL, Mexico – Though the famous artist colony has been infiltrated by Texas oil billionaires and well-heeled retirees, some of the old bohemian standbys can still be found behind scarred wooden doors.
SEOUL – It's thriving, buzzing, incredibly fun, and somewhat complicated to navigate. Here's a one-day guide to the South Korean capital, from museums to souvenirs.
BANGKOK – Stuffed to the brim with tribal urns, wooden carvings and statues, ostrich eggs, animal shells, resin skulls, it' the place to find Bangkok keepsakes.