City #1, June 2013. One of my favorite cities, for many reasons. For its location, on hills next to a large river, the Tagus. For its history, and the fact that it still has the grandeur of the empire it used to be. For its weather. But mostly because of its authenticity: Lisbon, at the edge Europe, is less commercialized than other cities. No streets filled with the same brands you find in every major city; here you can still see an ancient shoemaker plying his trade next to a hip fashion store.
What type of Youropeans? Polite, and a bit old-fashioned. And it occurred to me that all the people I interviewed felt the need to promote their country: Portugal is the most beautiful, has the best luz, food, architecture, everything. Maybe they’re right.