Calm waters in Lake Pamvotis
This panorama was taken during a calm winter afternoon. No wind and no ripples across the Lake surface allow a reflection of the surrounding mountains. People are walking and the sun is about to set.
Photography exhibition of Photometria Ioannina photo festival. This exhibition is about the 20 best p...
Litharitsia is a park in the center of Ioannina. It is a place were people go to find some calm in th...
Aggitis cave is one of the most spectacular caves in Greece. It was formed by the springs of river Ag...
Photography exhibition by Dimitri Mellos a Greek Photographer that is based in New York city. This ex...
Mouselimi is a beautiful small cafe inside the old castle in the city of Ioannina, Epirus
Its Kale (uc Kale) meaning three castles or towers in turkish, is the southeastern acropolis of the ...
This is the I.T. classroom of the 7th Lyceum of Ioannina, a public school. ...
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.