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Rila Okoto

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A: Rila, The Seven Lakes

by George Atanasov, 200 meters away

Rila, The Seven Lakes

B: Rila Okoto Babreka

by George Atanasov, 230 meters away

Rila Okoto Babreka

C: Rila - The Seven Lakes

by George Atanasov, 250 meters away

Седемте рилски езера. Височинката до Сълзата - още едно място, от което се виждат всички езера

Rila  - The Seven Lakes

D: Rila Babreka Lake

by George Atanasov, 310 meters away

Rila Babreka Lake

E: Rila Babreka

by George Atanasov, 380 meters away

Бъбрека, петото от Седемте рилски езера, над него връх Отовица

Rila Babreka

F: Rila Salzata Lake

by George Atanasov, 400 meters away

Това е най-високото от Седемте рилски езера - Сълзата

Rila Salzata Lake

G: Rila-The Seven Rila Lakes

by George Atanasov, 490 meters away

Още веднъж Седемте рилски езера. Над окото в далечината се вижда Витоша, а още назад е загатнато било...

Rila-The Seven Rila Lakes

H: The Seven Rila Lakes

by George Atanasov, 510 meters away

Гледка от билото към Седемте рилски езера. Това е мястото, от където се виждат и седемте езера, макар...

The Seven Rila Lakes

I: Rila Bliznaka

by George Atanasov, 640 meters away

Седемте рилски езера. Само Бъбрека не се вижда.

Rila Bliznaka

J: Rila Platoto nad babreka

by George Atanasov, 700 meters away

Rila Platoto nad babreka

This panorama was taken in Bulgaria, Europe

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In spite of these two bodies, there is still no single Constitution or set of laws applying to all the countries of Europe. Debate rages over the role of the EU in regards to national sovereignty. As of January 2009, the Lisbon Treaty is the closest thing to a European Constitution, yet it has not been approved by all the EU states. 

Text by Steve Smith.

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