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Big Weel

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This 55 meter(180 feet) high big weel is installed during the "Fetes de Geneve", which happen every year in August. When one gets on it and reaches the top, one has a 360 degrees view over Geneva city, the whole lake, and the Alps in the background !

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I: Cafe Le Carnivor, Bourg-de-Four, Geneva, Switzerland

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J: Place De La Madeleine, Geneva, Switzerland

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