Sunny cold weather on the Dutch coast. Photo's taken on february 11, 2012.
Impressive facade of the Palace hotel. Photo's taken on february 11, 2012.
Roundabout in front of the Alexander and Palace hotels. Photo's taken on February 11, 2012.
A field of mixed colour tulips near Noordwijk in The Netherlands. Spring was the best time for the we...
From the tower of the Oude Jeroenskerk in Noordwijk Binnen. Climb the tower yourself, check out http:...
Country Estate Nieuw Leeuwenhorst with Heerlijckheit Dijckenburch in the background
A panoramic view of a beautiful field of red tulips in spring, in the area of Noordwijk in The Nether...
One small step for man, a giant leap for mankind. See also the website of Space Expo. Photo's taken o...
See also th website of Space Expo. Photo's taken on february 12, 2012.
See also the website of Space Expo. Photo's taken on february 12, 2012.
View of the netherlands. See also th website of Space Expo. Photo's taken on february 12, 2012.
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.