Rjukan lies at the bottom of a narrow east-west valley called the Vestfjord, and the view south is dominated by an imposing mile-high peak, Gaustatoppen. From September 28 to March 12 every year, the Norwegian sun sinks so low in the sky that Rjukan lies in perpetual shadow.
This winter -- filled with flight-cancelling snowstorms and polar vortexes -- is seemingly never-ending. It's got us thinking about packing up and moving to one of these perpetually warm and snow-free destinations.
The Olympics is now an out-of-this-world occurrence, too. For the first time, the Olympic torch has traveled out of the Earth's orbit, onto the International Space Station, and into the vacuum of space. (Unlit, of course.)
Many people don't know that Rome is replete with equally stunning ceiling art painted during the apex of the Baroque period -- and that are much less crowded than the Sistine Chapel. These are the ones worth the crick in your neck.