20111229 Kraslava
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20111229 Kraslava

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A: Kraslava: Gr.Plater's castle

by Alexey Bulatov, 560 meters away

Kraslava: Gr.Plater's castle

B: Kraslava: bij.pantona pārbrauktuve

by Alexey Bulatov, 630 meters away

Kraslava: bij.pantona pārbrauktuve

C: Kraslava's town bandstand

by Alexey Bulatov, 710 meters away

Kraslava's town bandstand

D: Private Pond and Bathhouse

by Alexey Bulatov, 4.5 km away

Private Pond and Bathhouse

E: Braslav Lakes

by JuSik 404, 21.1 km away

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Braslav Lakes

F: WW2 Museum, Aglona, Latvia

by Jevgenijs Nikitins, 27.0 km away

WW2 Museum, Aglona, Latvia

G: Viski St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Latvia

by Vil Muhametshin, 27.7 km away

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Viski St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Latvia

H: Viljga-35 Polish Airplane

by Jevgenijs Nikitins, 32.0 km away

Viljga-35 Polish Airplane

Viljga-35 Polish Airplane

I: Antonov-2 "Kukuruznik" Russian Airplane

by Jevgenijs Nikitins, 32.0 km away

Antonov-2 "Kukuruznik" Russian Airplane

Antonov-2 "Kukuruznik" Russian Airplane

J: Christian Camp on the Viragnas Lake

by Jevgenijs Nikitins, 34.4 km away

Christian Camp on the Viragnas Lake

Christian Camp on the Viragnas Lake

This panorama was taken in Latvia, 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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