Bukovicka spa [Arandjelovac]
Bukovička Banja (Bukovička Spa) is a spa situated in Aranđelovac (central Serbia), at the height of 236 m above sea level.
The gorgeous Park of Bukovička Banja is famous for its open-air sculpture gallery. Various sculptors' works of art, made of Vencac marble (one of the best in the world), are placed in this park. The sculptures were created in the past three decades, during the traditional manifestation "The Marble and Sounds" (Mermer i zvuci).
In the vicinity of Bukovička Banja is Risovačka Cave, a cave where a settlement of prehistoric people was found. It is one of the oldest traces of human existence in the Balkan Peninsula. The nearest picnic resorts are Mt. Bukulja (696 m) and Garasi Lake. Also nearby is the small town of Topola, where the Karađorđević dynasty had built its memorial place, consisting of a church and a palace.
The guests of Bukovička Banja have numerous possibilities for a pleasant holiday, including entertainment and recreation, such as open-air and indoors swimming pools, tennis courts, sports fields, fitness rooms, and sauna baths.
There are several mineral water springs in Bukovička Banja whose water temperatures range from 12 to 28 degrees Celsius.
Mineral water from these springs is bottled and sold both in the domestic and foreign market. Bukovička mineral water won its first quality awards as early as 1906, in Brussels and later on in 1907, in London.
Photo: Saša Stojanović
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.