Het Zand Boxmeer
This is a street near the river Maas in Boxmeer
From the Middle Ages was on this place a fortress and from 1844 till now a convent and nursing home.
De Weijer was from about the year 1000 till 1600 a rectory, till 1844 a manor house, until 1972 a con...
The path near the golf course in Overloon. The course is part of holiday park "Bosrijk De Kuluut" sit...
The woodpath near the golf course in Overloon. The course is part of holiday park "Bosrijk De Kuluut"...
A street in a suburb of the little village Overloon in the Netherlands
British War Cemetery with 280 graves, maintained by The Commonwealth War Graves Commission
In Overloon we find one of the best mountain bike tracks of the Netherlands. There is a hilly area in...
This sand extraction lake is now available for recreation. People take a sunbafh or go swimmimg.
In the park of the war museum in Overloon is an open air theater which is used for the performances o...
The old church was build in 1822 and destroyed in World War II. This new church was build in 1956
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.