West Kent. Hever Castle. Golden Stairs
«Золотые ступеньки» Hever Castle, родового замка семейства Болейн... построен в 13 столетии, сейчас им владеет семья Асторов.
ChartwellThe commemeration plaque for the Rose Walk reads;This Rose WalkCommemorates the golden weddi...
ChartwellThe garden is to the North of the Rose walk.
ChartwellThese steps lead from the terrace down to the Kitchen garden and Rose Walk.
ChartwellThe southern end of the terraced lawn with views out across the Weald and down to the South ...
ChartwellThe views from the windows look out across the Weald to the South Downs
ChartwellThe entrance to the house is from the West side with a lawn and steps leading in many direct...
ChartwellThis terrraced area to the North of the house can be approached via the Rose Gardens.
ChartwellThis pavilion celebrates the Duke of Marlboroughs various battles.
ChartwellThis lawn leads from the Rose gardens onto the main terrace.
ChartwellThe Rose Gardens located to the North of the house itself.
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.