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Lago di Lugano dal Monte Generoso
Switzerland
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trenino sul monte Generoso
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Switzerland from Generoso summit
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Antenna sul Generoso
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vetta del Monte Generoso
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belvedere sul Generoso
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Vetta del Monte Generoso
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Monte Generoso
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Monte Generoso, versante italiano
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pendici del monte Generoso
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Italy border on Generoso summit
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trail to Generoso summit
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sentiero per il Generoso
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Inside "La Luz" Tortilla Factory at Irapuato's Local Market
Willy Kaemena
20th Anniversary of Reunification
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Atmosphere at the Zdob si Zdub concert at Peninsula
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Messnerin
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Furka Cogwheel Steam Railway
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New Caledonia Cruising
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The Palace Mnebhi
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Hot air balloon show at Campu Cetatii
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State Grid Pavilion in EXPO 2010
Dieter Hofer
First Snow on Lake Grimsel Dam
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Stazione di Chiavenna
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Lago di Mezzola
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storia della Televisione al Museo
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Panorama dalla Cappelletta di Ramponio-Verna
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Howth harbour on Irish Sea
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i sotterranei dell'accademia di Brera
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Golden Paris
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Alpe di Colonno in Val d'Intelvi (CO)
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Howth Harbour
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trail to Generoso summit
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Burial Niches in Monumental Cemetery
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Torre della Garisenda a Bologna
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