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Our favourite things: November 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 9 Apr 2019, 00:19 BST, Updated 12 Jul 2021, 13:28 BST
Don Pablo

Don Pablo

Photograph by Don Pablo

Don Pablo

What? Casa Malca
Where? Tulum, Mexico
Why? We all know Pablo Escobar, right? Colombian drug lord? Subject of Netflix's Narcos? Well, he had a house. A big one. After sitting empty for 14 years, it was turned into a 42-room luxury hotel full of paintings, sculpture and furniture from revered modern artists including Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Tamsin Wressell

Go postal

First-class action at London's Postal Museum: its first temporary exhibition, Writing Home — Letters as a Lifeline (until 21 January) looks at the power of the post to connect people across the world, via stories from loved ones writing home; and the Mail Rail lets visitors journey back in time under the museum, into the 100-year-old labyrinth of tunnels that comprise the Royal Mail's former engineering depot and sorting office. Choo choo! Sarah Barrell

Top 3 alternative workouts

Laughter therapy, India: Try SwaSwara Rejuvenation and Yoga, which includes breathing and holistic laughter exercises.
Fit & Face, Italy: Lefay Fusion Fitness' facial gymnastics offset years of tension.
Warrior Workout, Vietnam: Workouts featuring animal-style kung fu movements like 'crouching tiger' and 'lean leopard'. More info:

Maria Pieri

In numbers

Fico Eataly World
15.11.17: When the gourmet amusement park opens in Bologna
100: Traditional craft stores and organic markets available
44,000: The number of solar panels that power the site
500: Adult-sized tricycles for visitors to use
40: Restaurants and cafes serving delicious Italian food
100,00: square metres to explore
Farida Zeynalova

Published in the December 2017 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)

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