Along the Dutch Coast
This panorama was taken right along the coastal line of the North Sea, just outside Noordwijkerhout in the North Western part of the Netherlands. The green color of the water is typical for the North Sea.
The panorama shows the waves in motion during a nice summer day in August 2013.
This is the Langenvelderslag in Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands during a nice summer Sunday. During ...
A field of mixed colour tulips near Noordwijk in The Netherlands. Spring was the best time for the we...
Country Estate Nieuw Leeuwenhorst with Heerlijckheit Dijckenburch in the background
keukenhof castle. netherland
keukkenhof castle. Netherlands
By the exit from the park Keukenhof. In the afternoon, the employees of the park formed a choir and s...
Sunny cold weather on the Dutch coast. Photo's taken on february 11, 2012.
One of the beautiful sites in the garden of Keukenhof. The park is opened only for a couple of months...
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.