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B: San Nicolás de Bujaruelo

by Ignacio Borrego Polanco, 2.5 km away

A interesting view of Ara river drifting away as it arrives to San Nicolás de Bujaruelo, Pyrennes mou...

San Nicolás de Bujaruelo

C: Ara River, Bujaruelo Valley, Pyrennes Mountains - Spain

by Ignacio Borrego Polanco, 2.6 km away

On the Spanish-French borderline - Just beside the Ordesa National Park, close to Gavarnie Massif, a ...

Ara River, Bujaruelo Valley, Pyrennes Mountains - Spain

D: 2nd Ara River - Bujaruelo - Spain

by Ignacio Borrego Polanco, 2.6 km away

As the first one, this is another leg of the Ara river, running through Bujaruelo Valley

2nd Ara River - Bujaruelo - Spain

F: Valle de Otal

by Ignacio Borrego Polanco, 3.5 km away

A small valley at the feet of Otal peak, close to Ordesa National Park, Pyrennes Mountains, Huesca, A...

Valle de Otal

G: Brèche de Roland

by josu barandiaran, 3.5 km away

A gap in the wall that separates France from Spain making  possible the walk from one country to the ...

Brèche de Roland

H: Rolando gap

by crul, 3.5 km away

Rolando gap

I: Breach of Roland

by tabanou denis, 3.6 km away

 The breach of Roland is an impressive natural gap of 40 m wide and 100 m high opening in the steep c...

Breach of Roland

J: Gavarnie circus and breach of Roland

by Vincent Vermorel, 3.6 km away

In the french Pyrénées national park, the famous Gavarnie circus taken above the refuge of Sarradets,...

Gavarnie circus and breach of Roland

This panorama was taken in 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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