Santa Claus Village
Lapland is about as close as it gets to the North Pole. The village of Rovaniemi even has a Santa’s workshop and snow village, where guests can take a reindeer ride or dogsled through the wilderness. Imagine all that with the aurora borealis throwing open the sky -- the only downside is just a few hours of sunlight every day.
Musée d’Art Moderne
Hate the crowds at the Louvre? Then head down to the village of Céret in southern France, where you'll find one of the country’s most outstanding (and lesser-known) modern art museums. A pair of French Cubist painters, close friends of Picasso and Matisse, founded the museum in 1950. As a result, the collection is top notch, featuring 57 original works donated by Picasso himself, as well as pieces by Chagall, Braque, and others.