View over Rhone Valley from Nendaz
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View over Rhone Valley from Nendaz

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A: Trees

by Victor-Paulino, 70 meters away

Trees

B: cerisier en fleur

by Victor-Paulino, 270 meters away

cerisier en fleur

C: Route de la Telecabine

by Victor-Paulino, 670 meters away

Route de la Telecabine

D: Ardon Vineyard of Ardon in the plain of the Rhône

by gerald-berard, 2.3 km away

Vignoble en hivers

Ardon Vineyard of Ardon in the plain of the Rhône

E: Ardon Vineyards(Vines) it tablards in the valley of the Rhône

by gerald-berard, 3.9 km away

Tablard terme régional de Suisse Romande et de Savoie pour désigner une petite terrasse aménagée pour...

Ardon Vineyards(Vines) it tablards in the valley of the Rhône

F: Chamoson and its vineyard

by gerald-berard, 4.1 km away

Chamoson est la plus grande commune viticole valaisanne, son vignoble s'étend sur 423 ha

Chamoson and its vineyard

G: Village of Ardon in the valley of Rhône

by gerald-berard, 4.1 km away

Village au coeur du vignoble Valaisan

Village of Ardon in the valley of Rhône

H: Ardon ancienne citerne du château du Crest

by gerald-berard, 4.2 km away

Par la victoire des Patriotes valaisans sur les Savoyards à la bataille de la Planta le 13 novembre 1...

Ardon ancienne citerne du château du Crest

I: Gorges de la Lizerne 2

by Victor-Paulino, 4.3 km away

Gorges de la Lizerne 2

J: Gorges de la Lizerne

by Victor-Paulino, 4.4 km away

Gorges de la Lizerne

This panorama was taken in Switzerland, Europe

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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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