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Near the Danube

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Walking on the shore of the Danube, winter of 2011

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A: Winter in Galati

by Vieru Claudiu, 110 meters away

Walking in Galati, on the shore of the Danube.

Winter in Galati

B: The Danube in Galati

by Vieru Claudiu, 240 meters away

Danube river seen from the city of Galati

The Danube in Galati

C: Near the Danube

by Vieru Claudiu, 310 meters away

Near the Danube

D: Snow in Galati

by Vieru Claudiu, 320 meters away

Snow in Galati

E: Danube in Galati

by Vieru Claudiu, 530 meters away

Overlooking the Danube river from Galati

Danube in Galati

F: Winter morning in Galati

by Vieru Claudiu, 540 meters away

Going towards the Danube, on a fine winter morning in Galati.

Winter morning in Galati

H: Frozen Danube

by Vieru Claudiu, 1.2 km away

This panorama was taken in Galati, on the 22nd of February 2012. We are standing on the western bank ...

Frozen Danube

I: Neigbourhood in Galati

by Vieru Claudiu, 1.5 km away

Neigbourhood in Galati

J: Perseus

by Vieru Claudiu, 1.6 km away

The motor vessel "Perseus", resting at it's berth in Galati. This multi purpose tug can also be used ...

Perseus

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