Lighthouse at the island of Lastovo. Lastovo consists of a group of 46 islands in the Adriatic sea. With less than 1,000 inhabitants it's a very quiet, especially outside the tourist season.
Both from the water, by sailboat or from the lighthouse itself, the view is very beautiful. It's possible to rent appartment rooms at this unique location. Because the road is in a very bad condition, you really feel like you're at the end of the world. There are not too many tourists who come this close. It's also because the island is only open for tourists since 1988, this little island is a little gem and not already too crowded.
The nearest village is Skrivena Luka, a very small village with only one bar / restaurant but very loved by sailors because of the small harbor which takes you directly to the terraces from the restaurant. At about 2 miles, there's also a little campsite for about 50 guests.
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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.