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Rue Du Perron

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This tiny little street comes from Geneva "downtown", near Lake Geneva, and goes up to the old town, historic center and St-Peter's Cathedral.

It's one of the few old town streets with cobblestones... it's so steep that, of course, only pedestrians can use it !

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