Geysir area, Iceland
Navigation the old fashioned way along inland road 35 in Iceland. This road goes between the Langjöku...
This place is like nowhere else, near the camping at Kerlingarfjöll, which you can reach with a 4WD c...
This turf church is one of only six icelandic turf churches still standing. They are preserved as his...
This turf farm consists of 14 clustered houses. The site has been inhabited for centuries, and the fa...
Langjökull (Icelandic for "long glacier") is the second largest ice cap in Iceland (953 km2), after V...
Wikipedia: "Gullfoss (English: Golden Falls) is a waterfall located in the canyon of Hvítá river in s...
The Gulfoss watervall in the Hvítá river is one of the attractions of Icelands' Golden Circle.
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.