*Airports in Munich, Germany; Zurich, Switzerland; and Amsterdam are considered the best airports in Europe, according to London-based air transportation consultants Skytrax. The organization also named Berlin-Schoenefeld, home to a fleet of budget carriers including Easyjet, Ryanair, Germanwings and Air Berlin, best low-cost airport for 2010. The worst? London's Heathrow, Paris' Charles de Gaulle and Rome's Leonardo da Vinci.
*Deals in cash-strapped Iceland, where the currency has dropped to new lows against the dollar, include a visit to an outdoor geothermically heated pool for $3 and a full-day bus tour of the country's natural wonders for less than $100. Bargain airfares from the U.S. to Reykjavik (connecting to continental Europe) are also on offer; check out budget carrier Iceland Express (www.icelandexpress.com)
*It's thought that because of extremely conservative banks, Poland is the only European country to beat out the recession, with a positive gross domestic product and rising tourist visitation from the U.S. It has a strong infrastructure and international-class hotels, but it hasn't adopted the euro, which keeps prices low.
*Late this year or early next, a hotel will open at arguably the greatest palace in the world: Versailles, home of the French monarchy since Louis XIV. The Hotel de l'Orangerie will occupy the royal treasurer's mansion adjacent to the castle, which is being restored by a Belgian company for $7 million. It will have 23 regal rooms with views of the Sun King's greenhouse.