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Church’s observation deck, has no competition for views. The deck offers panoramic vistas of the city, bay and distant mountains. The church, which boasts a minimalist concrete design with clean lines and a behemoth pipe organ, is free; however, the observation deck costs about $4.50 to visit.


THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF ICELAND Free on Wednesdays, the National Museum contains every- thing that our school textbooks failed to mention about Iceland. The “Making of a Nation” is the permanent exhibition at the museum. It contains a mix of ar- tifacts and photographs detailing Iceland’s cultural heritage. The exhibition can be completed in a few hours, but like any museum, the longer you stay the more you will take away. The museum also offers free WiFi and has a café for light meals and beverages.


FREE WALK OF REYKJAVIK TOUR


This 90-minute guided tour


through Reykjavik is a great way to get acquainted with Iceland’s capi- tal city. The guides provide insight into Reykjavik’s past, present and future through superb storytelling. While the tour is free, the guides do work for tips—500 króna (less than $5) is a reasonable gratuity. Because the tour is sponsored


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THE BEER GARDEN AT RITUAL TAVERN


My biggest lament as a beer drinker in San Diego is that I don’t spend enough time drink- ing beer outside. Anytime I’m indoors during a sunset, a warm evening, or a sunny weekend afternoon, I feel guilty leaving the good weather to enjoy a pint. Which is why I was thrilled to


learn of Ritual Tavern’s recently debuted beer garden, a new back patio that takes over a space that was formerly a loading dock and parking for employees. The patio, which co-owner Mike Flores designed and built over a period of two months, is a casual mix of old-world tradition and urban creativity. Tall turret-like struc- tures surround the perimeter, with custom planter boxes built into their base. Peek inside, and you’ll find herbs, vegetables, and hops, giving some literal cred- ibility to the neighborhood’s first beer “garden.” Staci Flores, Mike’s wife and


the restaurant’s co-owner, rattles off the myriad plants growing in the planters: “hops, chives, toma- toes, sunflowers, corn, squash, sorrel, Perlette grapes, chili peppers, thyme, rosemary, sage, lemon verbena, marigolds, and some other stuff I can’t recall….” She credits the eclectic array to Ritual’s chef, Brandon Brooks, who designed the contents of the planters.


The 20-seat beer garden is not


Ritual’s only recent change. The restaurant recently expanded its late night hours as well, staying open until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The change brings 30th Street another comfortable, laid-back alternative to some of the louder drinking establish- ments in the area. But the beer garden is best


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by GoEcco, there is some cross promotion for the company’s other city tours, but it’s nothing that cheapens the experience. The Free Walk of Reykjavik Tour operates daily from May 1 to Sept. 15, rain or shine, with no minimum number of guests needed.


NAUTHÓLSVÍK THERMAL BEACH


Nauthólsvík Beach is no


Waikiki, but it’s definitely fun for a quick dip or afternoon swim.


suited to sunlit hours, including during the weekly happy hour, weekend brunch, and an early- ish evening meal. You’ll certainly find me back there more than


Geothermal water is pumped into two hot pots and into the bay, keeping the lagoon’s temperature around 68 degrees. A seawall surrounding the lagoon helps to keep the cold sea water out of the swimming area. The complex at Nauthólsvík Beach has a café for beverages and snacks as well as changing rooms. Admission to the beach and its facilities is free; however, a small fee is charged for lockers. Nauthólsvík Beach is open from May 15 to Aug. 31.u


once this summer, likely enjoy- ing beer-steamed mussels and a local pint, wondering what Ritual has in mind when those hops hit harvest time.u


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