Quai General Guisan, Geneva, Switzerland
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Quai General Guisan, Geneva, Switzerland

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This is the beginning of the Lake Leman, with the "Fountain" on the background.

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A: Place Du Molard, Geneva, Switzerland

Par J-P. Scherrer, à 90 mètres

This is the center of the city, near the Lake Leman side and just below the old town. A few cafes hav...

Place Du Molard, Geneva, Switzerland

B: Place du Molard de nuit

Par Jan-Mathieu Donnier, à 130 mètres

Place du Molard de nuit

C: Streets of Geneva

Par Alex Maksiov, à 190 mètres

Streets of Geneva

D: Jean-Jacques Rousseau Island in Geneva, Switzerland

Par J-P. Scherrer, à 190 mètres

Today, a romantic spot to stroll in, the Ile Rousseau nevertheless experienced an agitated past. Surr...

Jean-Jacques Rousseau Island in Geneva, Switzerland

E: Flower Clock on Geneva's lake-side

Par J-P. Scherrer, à 190 mètres

This is the famous "Flower Clock", in the English Garden, on Geneva's lake-side, where lots of touris...

Flower Clock on Geneva's lake-side

F: Bandstand in the "English Garden", on Geneva's lake side

Par J-P. Scherrer, à 230 mètres

Thist bandstand is situated in the middle of the "English Garden", near the Flower Clock, on Geneva's...

Bandstand in the "English Garden", on Geneva's lake side

G: Jardin Anglais

Par Ricardo Alexandre, à 240 mètres

Jardin Anglais

H: Rue Du Perron

Par J-P. Scherrer, à 310 mètres

This tiny little street comes from Geneva "downtown", near Lake Geneva, and goes up to the old town, ...

Rue Du Perron

I: Place De La Madeleine, Geneva, Switzerland

Par J-P. Scherrer, à 320 mètres

This is a little place just between the old town and the city center, below St.Pierre Cathedral.

Place De La Madeleine, Geneva, Switzerland

J: Geneva, Oldtown, Hotel des Armures

Par Michel Kummerman, à 340 mètres

Geneva, Oldtown, Hotel des Armures et son restaurant bien connu par des nombreux touristes ayant effe...

Geneva, Oldtown, Hotel des Armures

Ce panorama é été pris à Genève, Suisse, Europe

Ceci est un aperçu de 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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