Glastonbury Church, Somerset, England
The church in the High st., is a location for many of the characters in Glastonbury to meet. Often musical "characters" are to be seen with their instruments, often in costume as here to the left of the entrance.
Many of the small alleyways have pictures and advertising in them for the local shops, gatherings and...
St. Patrick's Chapel is in the middle of restoration.The two restores visible were discussing the lik...
One of several side lanes off of the High St., with an abundance of small shops.
A shop towards the rear of the Glastonbury Experience, called Stone Age has an interesting display.
The lower end of the High St., with the entrance to the Glastonbury Experience - a small alleyway tha...
The Glastonbury Experience entrance leads to a numerous shops and the Library of Avalon.
The Garden of the Libary of Avalon, the Stone Age shop and some Blue Loos !
This Court Yard off of the High St. has a variety of shops, Cafes, religious halls and memorable shop...
The entrance to the Lady Chapel which is at the West end of the Abbey itself.
This panorama of the Abbey was taken from the Galilee chapel near the Great West doorway looking into...
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.