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A: St. Michaels Church, Croft Castle

by Robert Bilsland, 16.1 km away

This 13th Century church has been the family church for the Croft family since it was built. St. Mich...

St. Michaels Church, Croft Castle

B: Arley Arboretum

by Ian Fennell, 18.6 km away

Arley Arboretum

C: Arley Arboretum Rhododendrons

by Ian Fennell, 18.8 km away

Arley Arboretum Rhododendrons

D: Arley Arboretum - Tree

by Ian Fennell, 18.8 km away

Arley Arboretum - Tree

E: Great Witley Church

by Peter Austin, 20.3 km away

This is an internal view of a fine baroque Church hidden away in the hills of Worcestershire, UK. Fro...

Great Witley Church

F: Stourport - Campsite Kite Flying

by Geoff Mather, 21.2 km away

Kite flying from a Stourport campsite.

Stourport - Campsite Kite Flying

G: Hampton Court Castle - The South Gardens

by Dave Walker, 22.5 km away

From the brochure:- "Avenues of pleached limes and a sea of clipped lavender domes frame this modern ...

Hampton Court Castle - The South Gardens

H: Hampton Court Castle - The Sunken Garden

by Dave Walker, 22.5 km away

From the brochure:- "From the Thatched Hermitage, brave the waterfall or follow the path around the l...

Hampton Court Castle - The Sunken Garden

I: Bear in the Woods

by Robert Bilsland, 24.0 km away

The Queenswood Country Park and Arboretum covers a large area compromising of a 67 acre arboretum con...

Bear in the Woods

J: Dormouse in the Woods

by Robert Bilsland, 24.1 km away

The Queenswood Country Park and Arboretum covers a large area compromising of a 67 acre arboretum con...

Dormouse in the Woods

This panorama was taken in England, Europe

This is an overview of Europe

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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