It’s up there with Buenos Aires, St Petersburg, London.  What makes a city great ?  A mix of architecture ?  A river ?  Green space ?  We loved it anyway – loads to do, fantastic food which didn’t break the bank, charming people, relaxed atmosphere and a continuing sense of emergence and evolution.  There was evidence of investment everywhere and a sense of optimism and freshness that I haven’t seen for a while.

Our fantastic apartment was just up from Oktogon.