Picnic near Dornes, Castelo do Bode
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Picnic near Dornes, Castelo do Bode

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A: Picnic near Dornes, Castelo do Bode 2

by Jeffrey Martin, 10 meters away

Picnic near Dornes, Castelo do Bode 2

B: Boating in Castelo do Bode Lake 11

by Jeffrey Martin, 10 meters away

Castelo do Bode is a lake situated on river Zêzere. This lake is created by a dam called barragem de ...

Boating in Castelo do Bode Lake 11

C: Boating in Castelo do Bode Lake 15

by Jeffrey Martin, 120 meters away

Castelo do Bode is a lake situated on river Zêzere. This lake is created by a dam called barragem de ...

Boating in Castelo do Bode Lake 15

D: Jeffrey's visit 3 Dornes

by Sotero Ferreira, 210 meters away

Jeffrey's visit 3 Dornes

E: Boating in Castelo do Bode Lake 14

by Jeffrey Martin, 230 meters away

Castelo do Bode is a lake situated on river Zêzere. This lake is created by a dam called barragem de ...

Boating in Castelo do Bode Lake 14

F: Jeffrey's visit 4 Dornes

by Sotero Ferreira, 480 meters away

Jeffrey's visit 4 Dornes

H: Torre Templária - Dornes

by Sotero Ferreira, 500 meters away

Torre Templária - Dornes

I: Igreja de Dornes - Ferreira do Zêzere

by Sotero Ferreira, 510 meters away

Igreja de Dornes - Ferreira do Zêzere

J: Dornes, Castelo do Bode, Portugal 11

by Jeffrey Martin, 510 meters away

Dornes, Castelo do Bode, Portugal 11

This panorama was taken in Portugal, Europe

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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.

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