Castillo Son Carlos gun collection.
One of the many exhibitions in the museum, featuring hand guns and rifles through the ages. The museum is well kept and as of early 2011 was free entry.
One of our lesser known castles in Mallorca, Castillo Son carlos was built in 1610 and completed in 1...
Another fine collection of 17th century arms both hand guns and swords from all over the world. Donat...
Rooftop view from this wonderful 17th century castle. in the distance the commercial harbour of Palma...
The Bar of the Hotel Horizonte offers a fantastic view over Palma (Mallorca) and the harbour. I spend...
Pool of Hotel Horizonte (AMIC-Hotels) in Palma (Mallorca). Hotel Horizonte: Quietly situated on a hil...
Here is the the nice restaurant and the bar (for the disco-time after dininng) for the scheduled wedd...
AMIC-Hotel Horizonte in Palma (Mallorca): The way to the Pool
Here you see the nice space at Hotel Amic für the planned wedding ceremony.
View from hotel Horizonte (AMIC) to the harbour of Palma
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.