Schipluiden, in het groene hart van Middendelfland. Populair bij liefhebbers van alle vormen van buitensport zoals hardlopen en fietsen. Vanuit deze plaats gaan diverse fietstoutes door het hele gebied van Middendelfland via speciaal aangelegde fietspaden. In de winter zoekt menig schaatser zijn route via dit dorp om daar in een van de kroegen een opwarmertje te drinken.
De Trambrug over de Vlaardingervaart bij Schipluiden was een brugverbinding waar vroeger stoomtrams v...
Uitzicht over het kleine dorpje 't Woudt in Midden-Delfland in Zuid-Holland op het mooiste moment van...
The very small village with the old Dutch name 't Woud is situated near the city of Delft. It is a ve...
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.