Our last day of the cruise was really just a quick ride from the Port of Lisbon to the airport. No statues, no scenic tour, no talkative guide with plenty to say on the current political climate in Europe (or America). The Lisbon airport is quite large and getting through the duty-free shop before getting to the gates is like a trip through a perfume-drenched Ikea.
Just after escaping the duty free, as we walked down the hallway, hoping to find our gate, we saw the brightest, most colorful shop ever – it looked like a carnival inside – with rows and rows of colorful tins. After a bit we realized it was shop full of sardines – just sardines.
Apparently Portugal is known for its sardines and from what we could tell from the shop, aged sardines are a real treat. The tins are marked with years on them, although I find it hard to believe that there were 50-year-old sardines in the tins marked 1967. The shop was busy so we couldn’t get anyone to confirm if they were really that old or if it was just a marketing gimmick. Both of us are vegetarians so even though it initially seemed like a fun thing to buy at an airport, we both passed. But even a week later, I’m still amazed at how one product can keep a store open, especially such a big store!
If your store had just one product, what would it be?