Switzerland Rigi Ochsenchneu
Auf dem Weg von der Bernerhöhe zwischen Goldau und Lauerz und dem Rigi Fruttli befindet sich das Ochsenchneu, eine Alp, bevor die Strasse in den Wald eintritt. Von hier aus lassen sich im Dunst die beiden Mythen erkennen.
The Rigi mountain (1797 meters high) is one of the most famous view points of the entire alps. The fi...
An einem Tag mit hervorrangender Weitsicht im April 2013. Man sieht bis zum Sempacher- und Baldeggers...
From the peak of the Rigi you have a stunning view over the alps of central switzerland and also the ...
Perfekter Tag zum Wandern im April 2013
Saint Adrians Chappel, built in 1889. There was another before that was build in 1480, then moved to ...
A beautiful day in April 2013
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.