Ivanjica - 'Suspension Bridge' on a Hot Summer Day
This bridge isn't actually a suspension bridge, but it used to be in the previous century. Nevertheless, the name remained, and some of the cables holding the original bridge still remain as a reminder. Its name in Serbian, 'Žičani Most' (zhee-tcha-nee most), means 'The Wire Bridge', which is another Serbian term for a suspension bridge.
Although it is not as tall as many of its counterparts, it still is the tallest building in Ivanjica ...
Kej Braće Damjanović ('Quay of Damjanovic Brothers') connects the 'Hanging Bridge' and Cvetka Zečević...
One can buy a wide variety of agricultural goods at Ivanjica's market. The best offer is on Fridays, ...
The garden of Ljubodrag Martinovic, a fisherman, naturalist and philantropist.
This part of the town was called 'Donja Mala' (shortened from 'Donja Mahala', 'Lower Quarter' in Engl...
The garden of Ljubodrag Martinović, a fisherman, naturalist and philantropist.
'Kod semafora' ('At the Traffic Light') is located at the northern edge of the town. It is the point ...
Many generations of students used these crossings to reach their schools. These traffic lights remain...
Milinko Kušic elementary school is the largest elementary school in the town area.
'Milinko Kušić' Elementary School on a sunny summer day
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.