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Circus Balkanski

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Wheel of Death” performed by the brothers Nikolay and Alexander Balkanski.

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A: Circus Balkanski

by Dimitar Torbov, less than 10 meters away

Lion Taming with Redi Montico.

Circus Balkanski

B: Lulin quarter

by Dimitar Torbov, 250 meters away

Lulin quarter

C: Evening in Lulin 10 the local lane

by Branimir Minkov, 1.8 km away

It is evening and this area of Lulin district is pretty alive at that time with people walking with t...

Evening in Lulin 10 the local lane

D: Evening in Lulin 10

by Branimir Minkov, 1.8 km away

It is evening and this area of Lulin district is pretty alive at that time with people walking with t...

Evening in Lulin 10

E: Obelya village sunset

by David Georgiev, 2.5 km away

Obelya village sunset

F: Zapaden Park

by Dimitar Torbov, 2.5 km away

Zapaden Park

G: Bulgaria Sofia Obelia Village

by David Georgiev, 2.7 km away

Bulgaria Sofia Obelia Village

Bulgaria Sofia Obelia Village

H: Obelya Village road

by David Georgiev, 2.8 km away

Obelya Village road

I: sunset in Obelya

by David Georgiev, 2.9 km away

sunset in Obelya

J: Obelya Village

by David Georgiev, 3.2 km away

Obelya Village

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