This summer an international audience will discover what the locals already know: that Utrecht is a vibrant, architecturally distinctive place hidden in the shadow of Amsterdam, its famous neighbor to the north.
Whether viewed from the castle tower or from the streets and walkways that hug the Ljubljanica River below, the capital of Slovenia is a visual treat. A whole day can be spent exploring some of Ljubljana’s 17 bridges.
On a map, Halkidiki looks a bit like an octopus. But instead of eight arms, it has three, which dangle into the Aegean Sea from the main body — a mountainous landscape covered in olive groves, Aleppo pine forests and heather.
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.