119 LISBON. CATCH THE WAVE

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The Mu­seum of Art, Ar­chi­tec­tu­re and Tech­no­lo­gy rip­ples li­ke the ad­ja­cent Ta­gus River, an ar­ti­stic mec­ca in a ci­ty that’s over­flo­wing wi­th creativity. It’s all he­re: nor­thern Eu­ro­pean de­si­gners, Por­tu­gue­se-sty­le su­shi and the river’s flou­ri­shing new ur­ban sce­ne

THE CREA­TI­VE SCE­NE Qua­li­ty of li­fe. This is the magic in­gre­dient dra­wing an in­crea­sing num­ber of crea­ti­ve pro­fes­sio­nals to the ci­ty. One of them is de­si­gner Em­ma­nuel Ba­bled, who mo­ved he­re from Amsterdam eight mon­ths ago. He’s en­ti­re­ly en­thu­sia­stic about his new ho­me, «the cli­ma­te, the peo­ple, the food, the ar­chi­tec­tu­re, the sea... Lisbon is a won­der­ful ci­ty, the right pla­ce to put down your roo­ts». Com­pa­red to the Ne­ther­lands, the co­st of li­ving is de­ci­si­ve­ly low: «I ren­ted a 120 squa­re me­tre flat in the hi­sto­ric cen­tre. I go to my stu­dio by foot. It’s 400 me­tres away, be­low the ca­stle whi­ch over­looks the Bai­xa di­strict. In what other ca­pi­tal ci­ty could I ma­na­ge su­ch a thing?» And it isn’t ju­st the ex­pa­ts whi­ch gi­ve Lisbon an in­ter­na­tio­nal feel, Ba­bled ad­ded. «Peo­ple of­ten think of Por­tu­gal as ‘that grey pie­ce of land behind Spain’, for­get­ting that the coun­try is a for­mi­da­ble

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