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Our favourite things: May 2017

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: May 2017
Casa Vicens

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Coup d’état

Park your political paralysis at Ravi DeRossi’s latest pop-up cocktail den, Coup, which opened in Manhattan’s East Village on 14 April. The mantra is decidedly anti-Trump: open for the duration of his presidency, it’s decked out with protest signs and profits are donated to organisations — like the Environmental Protection Agency — believed to be ‘at risk’ under the current administration. Stephanie Cavagnaro 

Culture vulture

Bringing a dash of modernity to Liverpool’s waterfront, architectural centre RIBA North opens on 17 June. The exhibition space will also house the City Gallery — a space to learn about the city’s architecturally diverse past and its urban future.
Connor McGovern 

Take the train

Ride Norway’s mountain-scaling Flåm Railway from the comfort of your armchair in a 45-minute movie captured by a 3D camera attached to the front of the train. visitnorway.com
Sarah Barrell 

Travel with the ‘ologists’

Penguinologist
Brush up on your knowledge of the feathered flightless birds with Quark’s guest lecturer, Dr Tom Hart, on a trip to the Antarctic.

Volcanologist
Take the one-hour hike up Sciara del Fuoco with Freedom Treks and a volcano expert to watch the firework-like lava explosions on Stromboli island in Italy.

Marine biologist
Learn about aquatic organisms with Monty Halls on a Spitsbergen cruise in July 2018 as part of Steppes Travel’s expert-led tours.
Maria Pieri

In numbers: Casa Vicens

2017
Antoni Gaudí’s creation is set to open as a museum this autumn

1885
The year it was originally completed

2005
Declared a UNESCO World Human Heritage Site

£22m
Rumoured purchase price in 2014
Pat Riddell 

Favourite childhood holiday

Sailing from New York to Block Island, a slice of sleepy New England paradise in the Atlantic Ocean // Stephanie Cavagnaro

Isle of Wight. We went nine times in eight years. We must have loved it // Glen Mutel

Sanibel, Florida, where the beaches were littered with pinkish conches after a tropical storm // Amelia Duggan

A Tunisian holiday resort, where a local girl took me to her family home: a heady culture shock for a young teen // Sarah Barrell

Kakopetria in the heart of the Troodos Mountains, Cyprus, where the pistachio ice cream was amazing // Maria Pieri

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