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Swan family enjoying autumn sunbath in Ligatne, Latvia

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A: Lustuzis - Cave Rock in Ligatne, Latvia

by Vil Muhametshin, 30 meters away

When you visit Ligatne, Lustuzis (or Cave Rock) is the first to welcome you. It is situated on the ri...

Lustuzis - Cave Rock in Ligatne, Latvia

B: Sluice gate at the Ligatne river, Latvia

by Vil Muhametshin, 430 meters away

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C: Eco sand-bag house at the Vienkoči Park, Latvia

by Vil Muhametshin, 4.7 km away

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D: Sport field near water tower (1934)

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E: Petera Cave, Sigulda (Pētera ala)

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F: Raven Ravine, Sigulda (Kraukļa aiza)

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G: Traditional pagan celebration of summer solstice in Turaida, Latvia

by Vil Muhametshin, 12.6 km away

Watch this panorama with sound here - http://www.virtuallatvia.lv/Tours/Turaida/Saulgriezi.html

Traditional pagan celebration of summer solstice in Turaida, Latvia

I: Turaida Castle in autumn - aerial panorama, Sigulda, Latvia

by Vil Muhametshin, 12.6 km away

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J: Aerial 360° panorama of the Turaida estate, Latvia

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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.

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