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Avenida Hidalgo in El Pueblo, Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, MX. This colorful street was just around the corner from my little Hotel Marcianto, and is in the very heart of El Pueblo (the only town on the island). To be even more precise, Avenida Hidalgo runs north/south (parallel to the two coast lines) and this particular block is sandwiched between Avenida Abasolo (where my hotel was located) and Avenida Matamoros. It is home to many excellent restaurants, including Amigos and Momma Rosa’s (where I had my lobster pizza). Every nook and cranny is filled to the brim with souvenirs and nicknacks, and the gentle persuasive calls of the hawkers follow you as you pass. However, unlike other places I’ve traveled in the world, the hawkers of the island were friendly, nonintrusive and responded with a friendly smile to my no gracias.
Photographer’s notes: The original image was captured in CameraRAW with my Canon EOS 5D Mk2 camera and EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM zoom lens (Image data: 1/1000s @ f/4.0, ISO 400, FL=47mm). The RAW image was converted with minimal edits in PSE11, and then uploaded to Photomatix Essentials HDR software for High Dynamic Range processing. Final touches (cropping, exposure, color and sharpening) were all completed in PSE11.