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Fitness instructeur laat 9 verschillende oefeningen zien.

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A: Jetty overlooking Buiten de Veerport Ferry Terminal in Schoonhoven

by Hasan Ismail, 7.7 km away

It's significance? You're looking at Schoonhoven's ferry way. Next to the city gate "Veerpoort" North...

Jetty overlooking Buiten de Veerport Ferry Terminal in Schoonhoven

B: Crossing - Jacoba van Beierenstraat and Olivier van Noortstraat, Schoonhoven

by Hasan Ismail, 8.0 km away

Historical street names are pretty common all around Netherlands. In this crossing in Schoonhoven, th...

Crossing - Jacoba van Beierenstraat and Olivier van Noortstraat, Schoonhoven

C: Pear Farming N210

by Hasan Ismail, 9.1 km away

Cherry, Prune and Pear Farming in Schoonhoven. Micro farming is a big industry in Netherlands. Based ...

Pear Farming N210

D: new bridge on Lek near Vianen

by Tom Baetsen, 9.2 km away

Now still brotherly side to side: the old and the new Lekbrug in Vianen. The postwar arched bridge wa...

new bridge on Lek near Vianen

E: obsolete bridge on Lek near Vianen

by Tom Baetsen, 9.2 km away

The post-war Lekbrug is a familiar sight in the landscape and was crucial as north-south link in the ...

obsolete bridge on Lek near Vianen

F: over the edge of the bridge near Vianen

by Tom Baetsen, 9.2 km away

Beautiful view over the river Lek with typical "Dutch sky", taken in Bungee Jump perspective from the...

over the edge of the bridge near Vianen

G: crib in lek near Vianen

by Tom Baetsen, 9.3 km away

Photo of the Lekbrug in Vianen taken from a river crib. Curious cows cannot hide their interest in su...

crib in lek near Vianen

H: Hofpoort Vianen

by Tom Baetsen, 9.6 km away

The Hofpoort shows that Vianen was originally a medieval fortified town, complete with castle, moat, ...

Hofpoort Vianen

I: Lekpoort Vianen

by Tom Baetsen, 9.9 km away

The Lekpoort is part of the city wall of the medieval fortress Vianen. The medieval pattern of city w...

Lekpoort Vianen

J: Leerdam "De Glasblazerij"

by Chris Koedam, 11.5 km away

Leerdam "De Glasblazerij"

This panorama was taken in Netherlands, Europe

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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.

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