Belarus, Summer residence
This panorama was taken near to my parent's countryside house. We have just finished to dig potatoes and everybody has got a rest. My parents are groving potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, garlic, cabage and other vegatables ... also fruits, flowers, berries. They always stragling for the healthy food and all harvest is ecological, juicy and yummy. I love this place and this hose that was built by my father 20 years ago and I had spent many summer days there when I was young student.
Belarus, countryside near to Podygrush’e village (N54° 00.557’ E27° 59.785’) - five kilometers to Smo...
Belarus, Landscape near to Kamenka village. This panorama has been taken in the KAP style from the he...
The peat trenches near to Mgle village. It was the bog more than 50 years ago but now it's the one fr...
Dubrouskaje cottages area located near to Dubrouskaje lake where wealthy Belarusian people are living...
Silichy ski resort in Belarus. Located close to Sility village and about 40 kilometers from Minsk cit...
Landscape near to Minsk city from about 100 meters height. Taken from the kite - can see it on the to...
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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.