Photographer's Note

Leonardo-da-Vinci-Strasse (formerly Postgasse) is the narrow and relatively steep lane leads from the Pfarrplatz down to Sandplatz. The old name originates from the town post office, which was once housed in the Hotel "Esplanade". The lane ends with the Bozner Gate (in the centre of the picture), which dates back to the 14th century and is preserved in its original form; its southern facade features a painted double eagle and the coats of arms of Austria, Tyrol and Merano.

Sandplatz (Sand Square). Between the Bozner Gate and the Passer/Passirio bank there was once a natural river bend, where the river's sand was deposited hence the squares name. Here stands a magnificent building that was one of the first grand hotels of Merano, the former "Erzherzog Johann" Hotel, which was later renamed "Esplanade" Hotel (on the right end side of the picture).

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Technical Notes on postprocessing (the original version is available in WS)
1) Quite heavy lens correction to compensate the vertical perspective distortion of the original shot
2) Duotone (Black+PANTONE Yellow 012 C) mode applied
3) Slight Smart Sharpen correction

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