Zebrus lake, Latvia
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Zebrus lake, Latvia

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Old Castle ruins in Dobele, Latvian National architectural monument.

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B: The territory of Dobele castle

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I: At the visitors centre of Tervete Nature Park, Latvia

by Vil Muhametshin, 27.0 km away

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At the visitors centre of Tervete Nature Park, Latvia

J: Playing with giant Lutausis at Tervete Nature Park, Latvia

by Vil Muhametshin, 27.4 km away

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