Quai General Guisan, Geneva, Switzerland
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Quai General Guisan, Geneva, Switzerland

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This is the beginning of the Lake Leman, with the "Fountain" on the background.

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A: Place Du Molard, Geneva, Switzerland

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G: Jardin Anglais

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J: Geneva, Oldtown, Hotel des Armures

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