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Theme Week South Korea - Daegu

Theme Week South Korea - Daegu

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The Way of St. James

The Way of St. James

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Theme Week Canary Islands - Lanzarote

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Theme Week Crimea - Balaklava

Theme Week Crimea - Balaklava

[caption id="attachment_153653" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Iluvatar/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Balaklava is a former city on the Crimean Peninsula and part of the city of Sevastopol which carries a special administrative status in Ukraine. It was a city in its own right until 1957 when it was formally incorporated into the municipal borders of Sevastopol by the Soviet government. It also is an administrative center of Balaklava Raion that used to be part of the Crimean Oblast before it was transferred to Sev...

Bristol - City, coast and country life

Bristol - City, coast and country life

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