Sunset at lake flega
Flega lakes are two small alpine lakes, situated in Flega (Mavrovouni) mountain as a part of Vikos-Aoos national park in nothern greece.
View from a small meadow in Valia Kalnta national park
View from Salatoura Milias in Valia Kalnta national park
The bridge of Vovousa is one of the most impressive stone bridges of Zagori and was built in 1748. It...
Church of St. George in Metsovo, Greece
Metsovo is one of the most traditional and well preserved towns on the mountains of Greece. It was bu...
Metsovo is very famous for its gastronomy and even more famous for the metsovone smoked cheese. You d...
There are many cities that claim the title of the most picturesque settlement in Greece, but this tit...
View from Kalogiros of Lakmos mountain above Anthohori village.
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.