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Our favourite things: May 2018

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

Our favourite things: May 2018
Arena of Nimes. Image: Getty

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

What: A Gallo-Roman museum billed as one of France’s biggest cultural, architectural projects in decades.
Where: Opens this month [2 June] in the southern city of Nîmes, overlooking the pic tiled structure appears as if draped over the city’s old Augustan fortifications, within which a stellar archaeological collection tells the region’s story.
Tell me more: The Med garden and Michelin-started restaurant headed up by Franck Putelat makes this more than just another Roman ruin.
Sarah Barrell

This documentary raises awareness of the destruction of Europe’s last wild rivers. There’s also a petition urging banks to stop investing in hydropower projects in the Balkans.
Tamsin Wressell

Service!

The long wait at the departure gate just got easier at San Diego International Airport. With new app AtYourGate, passengers can have food and retail items from within the airport delivered straight to the gate. atyourgate.com
Connor McGovern

What podcasts we’re listening to…

You’re Doing It Wrong — Adam Buxton, Radio 4 // Sarah Barrell
Rough Translation // Jo Fletcher-Cross
The Daily by The New York Times // Zane Henry
About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge // Josephine Price

Top 3: Hay Festival

After kicking off the year in Cartagena, Colombia (January) and completing its original stint in Hay-on-Wye, Wales this month (24 May-3 June), the Hay Festival, the annual arts and culture festival, moves on to Mexico, Spain and Peru later in 2018. The programmes are broad, covering books, science, global affairs, a rich strand for families, and various outreach programmes that take the festivals into their surrounding communities.

1. Querétaro, Mexico (6-9 September)
2. Segovia, Spain (20-23 September)
3. Arequipa, Peru (8-11 November)
Pat Riddell

In numbers: Mount Everest clean-up

140+
Tonnes of rubbish has been left on Everest since the 1950s
1+
Tonne of rubbish removed on the first day of the spring clean
13
Tonnes of human waste left every season
102
Yaks used to transport trash down the mountain last year
Josephine Price

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