Our favourite things: January 2017

We've been here and we've been there, and our team have found a few things we thought we'd share

By National Geographic Traveller (UK)
Published 25 Jan 2017, 08:00 GMT, Updated 8 Jul 2021, 11:17 BST
Sweating for Europe

Sweating for Europe.

Photograph by Dida Zende

3 cheers for Finland

Sweat it out: Artist Dida Zende's Sweating for Europe project brings MEPs and citizens together to discuss Europe's hottest topics in a fire truck, converted into a Finnish-style sauna and parked in front of the European Parliament in Brussels.

Moomins: An expanded Moomin museum is set to move to Tampere Hall, Southern Finland, in May 2017, promising a unique multisensory experience and original artworks.

Happy Birthday: Finland celebrates 100 years of independence in 2017.

Maria Pieri // Editorial Director

Take a deep breath… 

Admittance to recent Amsterdam pop-up Matt Hangover Bar required failing a breathalyser. It's off to Berlin this autumn, with massage stations, oxygen bars, comfy beds, TVs and smoothies. 

Stephanie Cavagnaro // Senior Editor

Las Vegas: Velveteen Rabbit

On my visit to this arts district cocktails-and-craft beers bar, I took a shine to the 'I'm a visitor here' cocktail — pisco, rum, black sesame ink and a sprinkle of 'star dust'.

Farida Zeynalova // Contributing Editor

London: Museum of Happiness

The world's first Museum of Happiness — which acquired a permanent spot at the Canvas Café in London's East End earlier this year — has organised a calendar of free events and workshops that focus on wellbeing and mindfulness, just to help us all get by.

Tamsin Wressell // Contributing Editor

Ocean explorers

It may be hours from the coast but Paris is appealing to your inner ocean adventurer this winter at the Arab World Institute's latest exhibition. Running until 7 February, it charts the voyages of great explorers, from fictional Sinbad to Italy's own Marco Polo.

Josephine Price // Contributing Editor

Travel plans for 2017

Peru:To finally see Machu Picchu

Pat Riddell

Vietnam: For the adventure

Maria Pieri 

Bhutan: To hike to the Tiger's Nest 

Stephanie Cavagnaro

Hawaii: For the Wai Koa Loop walking trail

Sarah Barrell

Mongolia: To saddle up and cross the steppes

Amelia Duggan


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