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Our favourite things: December 2018

Editors' picks: each month we bring you a few of our favourite things

Our favourite things: December 2018

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Soft touch

Architect Angelo Renna has proposed a novel solution to combat pollution in Turin: an artificial, spongy mountain (doubling as an urban park) that soaks up carbon dioxide. And it would be made of excavated soil from the construction of a new railway tunnel. Could this be the future?
Tamsin Wressell

Africa’s Longest Ride

Two doctors, one bike, 21 countries and 26,000 miles on the road. Our very own Dr Pat Garrod (roving medical expert from Health Corner, p.179) has a new movie, detailing the epic cross-continent motorbike journey he and his wife, Vanessa, took between Tunis and Cape Town. Africa’s Longest Ride is free on Amazon Prime.
Sarah Barrell

Triple Dutch: Artist experiences

Van Gogh
Sign up to the ‘Paint Like Van Gogh’ experience at the Pulitzer Hotel, Amsterdam, for unlimited access to the Van Gogh Museum and the chance to channel your inner Vincent with lessons from an artist.

Rembrandt
Marking the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt’s death, more than 300 of his works will be on show at Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, part of the museum’s ‘Year of Rembrandt’. From 15 February until June.

Hals
Over 80 works by Frans Hals will be on display at the Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem. The exhibition looks at his influence on modernist 20th-century art. Until 10 February.
Connor McGovern

In numbers: Eurotunnel

25
years since the opening of the underwater link
to France

410
million passengers carried since its opening

24
the length in miles of the underwater section of the tunnel

2.6
million cars carried on the shuttle in 2017

35
time in minutes to travel the tunnel’s length
Josephine Price

Word of mouth

Watch Crowdsourced, a new web series on GoUSA TV, in which the hosts ditch their phones, relying only on local advice to navigate a new destination.
Maria Pieri

Published in the Jan/Feb 2019 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)