PORTO, Portugal — The early evening sun was low in the sky as we made our way down to the Douro riverfront. The Golden Hour glow reflected of the buildings, the colors brightening to seem more like art than reality.
The narrow hilly streets are lined with terraced buildings, a great many of them adorned with tiles that are a cultural signifier that one is in Portugal. The azulejo tiles are everywhere, representations of which are even found in the tourist merchandise (One should always check the source of the souvenir tiles to make sure they are not stolen from buildings around town. If there’s money to be made, there will always be those seeking to make a quick buck — or euro).