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Square Groundhog
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Uploaded: 10/06/2010
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Monument to soldiers of the Second World War
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near Irkutsk bypass road
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Railway bridge over the Irkut river
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Late summer in the thickets of ferns near Irkut river
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Over the Irkut river
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The Irkut river near Baklashi
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The Irkut river near Baklashi
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Bulvar
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S mosta
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Moscow gate
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Abg
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Bulgaria. Strange Gate Cave
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Côté Saint-Martin, Valence, France
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Italy. Venice. Piazza San-Marco #05
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Bolshoi na vinose
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Dorset. Lulworth. Durdle Door Sunset
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Bazzar, Old City, Jerusalem
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Italy. Piza. Duomo di Santa Maria Assunta #03
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Die Lamsenspitze in den Wolken
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Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca entrance
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Saint-Cirq-Lapopie (#1)
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Tomb of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Jerusalem
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To peak Chersky
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Monument to soldiers of the Second World War
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