Inchnadamph Ardvrech Castle Scotland
Beside Loch Assynt these ruins stand on a small peninsula.
The approach to this bridge from the South is sudden and then as you pass over the bridge and get to ...
A Highlands impression. Travelling south from Durness to Ullapool, passing lochs, heaps of peat, beau...
Ravens Rock Gorge in late Summer
Following along the Wester Ross Trail, this view from above the village of Badlurchrach looks out ove...
Following the A832 road brings you to this delightful spot where the river that parallels this road h...
Part of the Wester Ross Coastal Trail this gorge runs down into the sea past Ullapool.
Entrance to Smoo Cave in Durness, Scotland. A little town way up north on the west coast Scotland. Jo...
The Bonar Bridge from the banks of the Oykel river in Bonar as it exits into the Dornoch Firth.
Whilst navigating around Wester Ross area we took a break overlooking this Loch for a few minutes.
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.