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Refuge Elisabetta

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Certainement l'un des plus meilleurs refuge du tour

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A: Col De Seigne

by Philippe Dutel, 2.8 km away

Sur la frontière France Italie

Col De Seigne

B: Vallée des Chapieux

by Philippe Dutel, 4.6 km away

En montant vers le col de Seigne, peu avant le passage en Italie

Vallée des Chapieux

C: Refuge les Mottets

by Philippe Dutel, 5.4 km away

Refuge les Mottets

D: Les Tufs

by Philippe Dutel, 7.4 km away

Les Tufs, près des la Ville des Glaciers en arrivant sur le refuge des Mottets.

Les Tufs

E: Mont Blanc Summit - 4810m

by Herman Desmet, 7.8 km away

Panorama taken on the summit of Mont Blanc, with 4810m the highest summit in Western Europe. This mou...

Mont Blanc Summit - 4810m

F: Refuge La Balme

by Philippe Dutel, 9.9 km away

Refuge La Balme

G: La Thuile, Ski resort.

by Vincenzo Bernardi, 10.1 km away

La Thuile, Ski resort.

H: Vue sur les chalets de Miage

by Cosson Sébastien, 10.2 km away

Vue sur les chalets de Miage

I: Le torrent de Miage

by Cosson Sébastien, 10.2 km away

Le torrent de Miage

J: Le pont sur le torrent de Miage

by Cosson Sébastien, 10.2 km away

Le pont sur le torrent de Miage

This panorama was taken in Europe

This is an overview of 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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