Santorini Island - Magic Oia Sunset
Amazing sunset view to world famous sunset place in Oia, Santorini, Greece.
Oia is famous for its marvelous sunset. Three hours before only a fraction of the people are here com...
I have visited Santorini many times (mostly during summertime) but this time, I think was the best. I...
During summer 2010, we visited this lovely Greek volcanic island -Santorini- where the sunset stops t...
Oia is one of the most beautiful villages of Santorini Island, considered by many as one of the most ...
Holidays in Santorini are a magical experience where visitors get spectacular landscapes, picturesque...
Panagia is the name of the main church in Oia. Usually the square is quite crowded, I made the panora...
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.