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Cosas de Aqui

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Cosas de Aqui, the store in the world with more concentration of elves and gnomes by square inch...

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A: Puebla de Sanabria

by Manuel Teles, 30 meters away

Puebla de Sanabria

Puebla de Sanabria

B: typical-street-of-puebla-de-sanabria 2-spain

by jose-ignacio-teran, 290 meters away

typical-street-of-puebla-de-sanabria 2-spain

C: Mayor Square of Puebla de Sanabria

by jose-ignacio-teran, 320 meters away

Mayor Square of Puebla de Sanabria

D: Castle Square of Puebla De Sanabria

by jose-ignacio-teran, 330 meters away

Castle Square of Puebla De Sanabria

E: Puebla de Sanabria from the castle

by jose-ignacio-teran, 340 meters away

Puebla de Sanabria from the castle

F: Typical Street of Puebla De Sanabria

by jose-ignacio-teran, 340 meters away

Typical Street of Puebla De Sanabria

G: Outside of Church of Puebla de Sanabria

by jose-ignacio-teran, 340 meters away

Outside of Church of Puebla de Sanabria

H: Sanabria lake

by Manuel Teles, 10.3 km away

Sanabria lake, a glaciar lake

Sanabria lake

I: Sanabria Lake, view from San Martin

by Manuel Teles, 11.5 km away

Sanabria Lake, view from San Martin, Spain

Sanabria Lake, view from San Martin

J: Landscape with snow

by Manuel Teles, 14.4 km away

Landscape with snow

This panorama was taken in Spain, Europe

This is an overview of Europe

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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