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Our favourite things: February 2018

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

Our favourite things: February 2018

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Going wild

What: Chile’s Route of Parks
Where: Running 1,500 miles from Hornopirén in central Chile, south to the Beagle Channel, through 17 of the country’s national parks 
Tell me more: It’s the largest donation of privately held land in history, adding 11 million acres to Chile’s national parks. Part of the land was gifted to the government by Kristine McDivitt Tompkins, former CEO of Patagonia clothing. gob.cl  Amelia Duggan

Jump around

Get high at ZAPspace, a new trampoline park in London’s Stratford. It’s packed with drop slides, a dodgeball court and a tumble lane for fearless flippers. Once you feel suitably wobbly, find your legs at the venue’s speakeasy, The Curious Fox. From £12.  Stephanie Cavagnaro

Top 4: Silver screen hotels

The Plaza, New York // Almost Famous
Trivia: Famous guests include the late John Lennon and Yoko Ono

Degli Orafi, Florence // Room with a View
Trivia: The room with that view is 414

Relais Bourgondisch Cruyce, Bruges // In Bruges
Trivia: One of the most liked unmade scripts of the year in the Blacklist 2006 (it was made two years later)

Hotel Des Mille Collines, Kigali // Hotel Rwanda
Trivia: 1,268 people took refuge here during the Rwandan genocide
Source: Expedia’s new Ultimate Movie Buff Hotel guide  Maria Pieri

Sleep easy

The ancient inns of Japan seem to be having a moment. Historically a place for nomadic samurai and traders to rest up, ryokans look set to become the most popular type of place to bed down across the country. Airbnb is claiming a 600% rise in ryokan bookings for 2018. Josephine Price

Which music festivals are on our radar for this year?

Wonderflip, Udaipur // Josephine Price
Littlegig, Stellenbosch // Zane Henry
End of the Road, Wiltshire // Amelia Duggan
NOS Alive, Lisbon // Farida Zeynalova
Meadows in the Mountains, Bulgaria // Stephanie Cavagnaro

In numbers: Picasso’s Guernica unpacked

27/03 – 29/07
when you can catch a new exhibition on the masterpiece at Paris’ Musée Picasso

81
years since it was painted 

1937
year of the bombing of the Basque village of Guernica by Nazi and fascist Italian warplanes

25 x 11
the width and height in feet of the vast, monochrome mural 
Connor McGovern

Published in the March 2018 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)