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Russia
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Taken: 29/03/2014
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Updated: 15/04/2014
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Hans-Dieter Teschner
Historic funicular, in the car at the driver place
Hervé Douris
The west coast
Hervé Douris
Sunset over an eruption
Gregory Panayotou
Jinek Bay
Pavel Bogdanov
Tolstoy Square in Piatigorsk
Jan Koehn
Mirador del Rio - Roof Terrace
Manolo Rubio
Casa de Guardiola, Logia
Andrew Mishin
Invalid's car - made in USSR.
Jan Totzek
Festival Diepholz
Alexey Yuzhakov
Kremlin area
Pavel Bogdanov
Aeolian Harp in Pyatigorsk (night)
Hervé Douris
At the Maïdo
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