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Merry Xmas!

I wish you all Happy holidays, Merry Christmas, Prettige Kerstdagen, Frohe Weihnachten, Feliz Natal, Boas Festas, Joyeux Noėl, Feliz Navidad, Buon Natale, Καλά Χριστούγεννα, Весел Коледа, Wesołych Świąt, Craciun Fericit, Ględelig Jul, God Jul, Glešileg jól !

This one was shot 6 weeks after Xmas, but beautiful Tavira still looks the part.
Tavira is our home away from home, shown here are 3 of its 6 bridges (the old Roman pedestrian bridge, the Ponte das Forcas Armadas (an aging Bailey bridge) and the Ponte dos Descobrimentos, spanning the tidal Gilćo river. In the background the Ria Formosa nature reserve and the Atlantic Ocean. Shot from our holiday rental penthouse on Colina da Asseca.

More things here that define Tavira: the traditional chimneys, harking back to the times of the Moorish occupation, the scissor roofed houses (most houses have multiple roofs which cover the main elements (rooms) of it; the roofs are steep and characteristically trapezoid,) its (low) neo classical buildings. And in the BG its industrial history dating back to the glory days of the tuna fishery. First a former tuna canning factory and behind that the Arraial Ferreira Neto (a seasonal tuna fishermen’s colony, now a lovely hotel). In the FG is the roof of the modernist bus station.

Check out the workshop for another take on Tavira.

PCS6 work flow: altered the saturation, contrast, curves and levels for the whole pic and some elements separately, using different layers, USM-ed, added a frame, resized,enhanced the edges and did a gentle USM (0,4px, 22%).
Tripod: Velbon Sherpa 600 R / PH157Q head.

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Additional Photos by Bert Hoetmer (bertolucci) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1883 W: 126 N: 4146] (13358)
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