Bega Cloudy April
while taking a bicicle ride on the shore of the river, I felt inspired by the place where the boats would turn when it was a regular thing to see them up and down the channell.
The buildings around, decaying remnants of a socialist past, slowly become a background nobody cares about.
bridges the rusted and decaying very close to the railway and the last bridge over Bega make a post-s...
the lake is a popular place to spend a good time with the kids during the summer; Today I went there ...
here is the oldest monument of Timisoara; the statue of St John Nepomuk unfortunately in a pityfull s...
Vlad is a gifted and very creative painter who agreed to show me his workshop, though was shy to show...
a nice wagon train ready to take me wherever I wanted :)(actually I was going that particular rainy m...
Timisoara North Station, the largest and most important train station in Timisoara. From here you can...
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.