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A: Mary Knoll Valley in the High Vinnalls near Ludlow

by Andy Cox, 9.6 km away

Just off the Mortimer Trail looking along the Mary Knoll Valley towards Climbing Jack Common (East). ...

Mary Knoll Valley in the High Vinnalls near Ludlow

B: St Michaels Church At Croft Castle Herefordshire

by Andy Cox, 16.0 km away

St Michaels church is an intersting little building immediately next to Croft Castle.

St Michaels Church At Croft Castle Herefordshire

C: 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

D: Garden Outbuilding At Croft Castle

by Andy Cox, 16.1 km away

This small brick built outbuilding with its' gothic arched window is built onto the outiside of the w...

Garden Outbuilding At Croft Castle

E: Croft Castle near Leominster

by Andy Cox, 16.1 km away

Croft Castle near Leominster

F: Inside Knowles Mill Near Bewdley

by Andy Cox, 17.7 km away

Knowles Mill is a National Trust site located near the heart of the Wyre Forest, but despite its' rem...

Inside Knowles Mill Near Bewdley

G: Knowles Mill In The Wyre Forest

by Andy Cox, 17.7 km away

Knowles Mill takes its name from the family of millers who operated it from around 1803 until the 187...

Knowles Mill In The Wyre Forest

H: Arley Arboretum

by Ian Fennell, 18.6 km away

Arley Arboretum

I: Arley Station on Severn Valley Railway

by Andy Cox, 18.7 km away

Arley Station has probably the most chocolate boxy image of all the stations on the Severn Valley lin...

Arley Station on Severn Valley Railway

J: Arley Arboretum Rhododendrons

by Ian Fennell, 18.8 km away

Arley Arboretum Rhododendrons

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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