Ekenstein - Appingedam
Ekenstein Park Appingedam in the fall.
Goningen province has a few surprises in its vicinity in terms of nature and culture. If you get on a bicycle, you'd instantly be on its routes where you'd see little of possibly no motor vehicles to interrupt on your adventure. The surrounding area also allows you to get on a canoe with its endless water route that spans more than 800km if you so wish to venture.
Landgoed Ekenstein is a park great for nature walks.
A blooming field of red tulips near the little village called Zijldijk in the Northern part of the Ne...
Heveskes was a village near the city of Delfzijl in the North of the Netherlands. It was demolished i...
The castle Fraeylemaborg has an interesting history and is a museum nowadays. It originated in the Mi...
Queing at the entrance of the castle Fraeylemaborg. Photo's taken on may 24, 2010.
A view on the construction site of the new RWE power-plant in the Eemshaven (a Dutch seaport) in the ...
The Noordermolen ("Northern-windmill") is located near the village Noorddijk just outside the city of...
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.