We don't remember the last time we saw transatlantic air travel for $303 — including taxes. This morning brought news of East Coast round-trip fares to select European cities — including Barcelona and Stockholm — for precisely that. At that price, you must go. But which city?
Attractions: If you like architecture and haven't seen Barcelona's wealth of Gaudís, there's no question. Stockholm's best attraction is the archipelago that surrounds it — offering innumerable opportunities to swim, sail, and paddle ... at least when the weather's nice.
Dining: As strong as the dining scene is, Stockholm's no Copenhagen — and Barcelona's Lasarte just earned its third Michelin star.
Edge: Barcelona — though disregard if you really, really prefer reindeer meatballs
Weather: Stockholm in June and July is magnificent. Otherwise....
Costs: Scandinavia is expensive.
Ease of travel: Scandinavia is also very, very efficient.
In our accounting, Barcelona wins. To tell you the truth, we'd still book our ticket to Sweden. People are weird. Also, lingonberries.