Summit of Aiguille du Tour
A handheld 360x180 taken on the summit of Aiguille du Tour
A handheld 360x180 taken and Col du Midi Grand on a traverse of Aiguille du Tour in the French Alps n...
The Argentiere Glacier descends from the heights of the Mt. Blanc massif below the Aguille or "needle...
Seracs on Glacier d'Argentier near the trail leading up from Argentiere, France, near Chamonic in the...
Standing on a rock near Glacier d' Argentier.
The Aiguille du Chardonnet rises from the Mt. Blanc massif above the Arve valley and the village of A...
Travaux de réfection de la voie de St Gervais à Vallorcine en 2012( Aout)
Elle fut construite dans un style baroque en 1724, les Argentéraux ne voulant plus se rendre au culte...
Col de la Forclaz in Switzerland by Adeo-webCol de la Forclaz (el. 1,527 m or 5,010 ft) is a mountain...
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.