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Artificial Ice Fall near Ambri (Ticino) Switzerland

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A climber climbs to the top of an artifical Ice fall. A tree stump gets permanently sprinkled with water from the nearby river in winter to form a practice ice fall.

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A: Artificial Ice Fall near Ambri (Ticino) Switzerland

von Dieter Hofer, 10 Meter entfernt

On this artifical Ice fall climbers learn and practice how to climb in vertical ice. A tree stump get...

Artificial Ice Fall near Ambri (Ticino) Switzerland

C: Lago Ritom Tessin Schweiz

von Rolf Ris, 3.9 entfernt

Lago Ritom Tessin Schweiz

D: Railway and Roads in the Biaschina, Ticino on the Gotthard Line

von Fritz Hanke, 3.9 entfernt

Here you see the Biaschina and the old road, the Gotthard railway line and the highway with its impre...

Railway and Roads in the Biaschina, Ticino on the Gotthard Line

E: orient express luxury train

von luis davilla, 7.0 entfernt

orient express luxury train

orient express luxury train

F: Fusio

von Nicola Bortolotti, 8.0 entfernt

Fusio is a village and former municipality in the district of Vallemaggia in the canton of Ticino, Sw...

Fusio

G: Airolo Station,Ticino

von Fritz Hanke, 8.0 entfernt

This is the end point of my Ticino ebike tour. I wait at Airolo station for the train to Zurich. You ...

Airolo Station,Ticino

H: Lucomagno Acquacalda

von Marco Rossi, 9.3 entfernt

Image taken during a hike with snowshoes in the area of Lucomagno in winter 2011.

Lucomagno Acquacalda

I: Church of S. John the Baptist - Mogno

von Aurelio Ferrari, 9.3 entfernt

Seen from outside, the building is elliptical in shape, with a slanting roof and black and white stri...

Church of S. John the Baptist - Mogno

J: the Church of Calonico (Ticino) Switzerland-2

von Dieter Hofer, 11.7 entfernt

Walking up to the church of Calonico on the foot path, you would never expect that it sits on the edg...

the Church of Calonico (Ticino) Switzerland-2

Das Panorama wurde in Schweiz, Europe aufgenommen

Dies ist ein Überblick von Europe

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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