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Giosos Apostolidis Refuge Mount Olympus Greece

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A: Apostolidis Refuge At Night Mount Olympus Greece

od Vasilis Triantafyllou, 50 meters away

Apostolidis Refuge At Night Mount Olympus Greece

B: Mountain Olympus - Muses plateau (alt. 2648 m) - Greece

od Georgios Kosmas, 280 meters away

After 6 hours of walking we reached "Christos Kakalos" refuge (alt. 2648 m). We felt an amazing feeli...

Mountain Olympus - Muses plateau  (alt. 2648 m) - Greece

C: Mount Olympus Kakalos Refuge Muses Plateau Greece

od Vasilis Triantafyllou, 280 meters away

Mount Olympus Kakalos Refuge Muses Plateau Greece

D: Profitis Ilias Summit Mount Olympus Greece

od Vasilis Triantafyllou, 330 meters away

Profitis Ilias Summit Mount Olympus Greece

E: Inside Profitis Ilias Peak Chapel Mount Olympus Greece

od Vasilis Triantafyllou, 390 meters away

Inside Profitis Ilias Peak Chapel Mount Olympus Greece

F: Muses Plateau - Olympus

od Leosthenes Pasipoularides, 450 meters away

Muses Plateau - Olympus

G: Mount Olympus Kakalos Refuge Greece

od Vasilis Triantafyllou, 460 meters away

Mount Olympus Kakalos Refuge Greece

H: Olympus Kakalos Refuge

od Leosthenes Pasipoularides, 480 meters away

View of Refuge Kakalos and Peak Stefani

Olympus Kakalos Refuge

I: Mt. Olympus - Muses plateau - "Christos Kakalos" hut (alt. 2648 m)

od Georgios Kosmas, 490 meters away

After 6 hours of walking we reached "Christos Kakalos" refuge (alt. 2648 m). We felt an amazing feeli...

Mt. Olympus - Muses plateau - "Christos Kakalos" hut (alt. 2648 m)

J: Throne Of Zeus Portes and Kazania Mount Olympus Greece

od Vasilis Triantafyllou, 530 meters away

Throne Of Zeus Portes and Kazania Mount Olympus Greece

This panorama was taken in Greece, Europe

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Europe is generally agreed to be the birthplace of western culture, including such legendary innovations as the democratic nation-state, football and tomato sauce.

The word Europe comes from the Greek goddess Europa, who was kidnapped by Zeus and plunked down on the island of Crete. Europa gradually changed from referring to mainland Greece until it extended finally to include Norway and Russia.

Don't be confused that Europe is called a continent without looking like an island, the way the other continents do. It's okay. The Ural mountains have steadily been there to divide Europe from Asia for the last 250 million years. Russia technically inhabits "Eurasia".

Europe is presently uniting into one political and economic zone with a common currency called the Euro. The European Union originated in 1993 and is now composed of 27 member states. Its headquarters is in Brussels, Belgium.

Do not confuse the EU with the Council of Europe, which has 47 member states and dates to 1949. These two bodies share the same flag, national anthem, and mission of integrating Europe. The headquarters of the Council are located in Strasbourg, France, and it is most famous for its European Court of Human Rights.

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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