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Ballantrae Pier

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When dusk fills every corner of the sky and a golden pathway leads from you all the way to the sun. You experience a small part of what might be called heaven. You're witnessing the event commonly known to noone as solar touch-down.

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A: Ballantrae Pier1

by David Rowley, 70 meters away

Ballantrae Pier1

B: Ballantrae Sunset

by David Rowley, 140 meters away

Ballantrae Sunset

C: Varyag Memorial , Lendalfoot , Ayrshire

by Alan McLean (Albiphotography), 7.6 km away

The Varyag Memorial was unveiled here at Carleton Bay , Lendalfoot on the 30th of July 2006 and was a...

Varyag Memorial , Lendalfoot , Ayrshire

D: Varyag Memorial , Carleton Bay , Lendalfoot

by Alan McLean (Albiphotography), 7.6 km away

The Varyag Memorial was unveiled here at Carleton Bay , Lendalfoot on the 30th of July 2006 and was a...

Varyag Memorial , Carleton Bay , Lendalfoot

E: Varyag Monument

by David Rowley, 7.6 km away

Here, 500 meters off the coast the Russian cruiser Varyag, which won glory in the Russo - Japanese wa...

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F: North Rhins Mast

by David Rowley, 12.6 km away

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G: Kirckcolm Lighthouse Scotland Uk

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Looking out into Irish Sea and the ferries coming into Strannaer.

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H: Corsewall Lighthouse

by David Rowley, 14.6 km away

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I: Mr And Mrs Garretts Wedding

by David Rowley, 15.4 km away

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J: Loch Ryan Slipway

by David Rowley, 17.3 km away

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This panorama was taken in Scotland, Europe

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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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