The northern lights regularly flicker to life across central and northern Sweden, and the displays are stronger and more frequent north of the Arctic Circle. The long nights of winter, I reckoned, would only increase my chances of seeing the lights.
The venerable Städel art institute in Frankfurt, Germany, celebrates its 200th birthday this year. Instead of receiving presents, the museum is giving art fans an exhibit that will probably be the highlight of the year.
When I first saw a photo of the East-German made Trabant, I fell in love. When I read that a tour company lets you drive one through East Berlin, I was already imagining myself behind the wheel of one of the adorably boxy little polluters.