This panorama was taken on a cloudy autumn morning in Piatra Craiului mountains. Curmatura chalet is visible when looking north, and to the north-west you can see the track going to the chalet.
This panorama was taken while trekking on the Piatra Craiului mountains, on the 30.12.2012. We are on...
In front of Curmatura chalet, in the middle of Piatra Craiului mountains. Located at 1470m altitude, ...
A camping site close to Curmatura chalet, on the track from Curmatura to Prapastiile Zarnestilor
It was quite a rainy day at the mountain. We climb / hike with no real shoes. we had only sandals and...
This panoramic picture was taken following the dirt road from Curmatura to Zarnesti.
Crossing Zanoaga glade in winter time, on the track from Curmatura to Zarnesti
This is the west entrance to Prapastiile Zarnestilor (canyon). Also here is the junction between the ...
Crossing the Zanoaga glade on the track to Zarnesti, from Curmatura chalet. The panorama was taken in...
This panoramic picture was taken towards the end of Prapastiile Zarnestilor (canyon) on the track fro...
small road in Romanian mountains.
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.