The island of Murter on the Adriatic Sea
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The island of Murter on the Adriatic Sea

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A: Vrsak peak, island of Murter, Croatia

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C: Murter Kornati

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D: Badestrand in Murter

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F: The Spectacular View from the seaside of Drage in Croatia

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H: Lookout Kamenjak at Vrana lake

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I: Sailing

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J: Pakostane

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This panorama was taken in Croatia, Europe

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