Handheld panorama taken from the top of the Lanterna mole in the villlage of Dramalj. Very nice place to spend your summer vacation if you like blue sea, sunny warm (not too hot) days.
A view from the air above the house in Dramalj, Ulica braće Car, Croatia
As a part of Crikvenica riviera, Omorika Beach takes its significant place. Its been located just bel...
A small picturesque harbour in the Dramalj village, south of Kacjak peninsula. Dramalj is a part of t...
Crikvenica is well known and very old tourist destination. This photo has been taken at the beggining...
Iland Krk, Silo,
This beach is the finest in Jadranovo. That's the place to enjoy life on the nice beach beside the cr...
Small village of Jadranovo is located on the coast where mainland "bumps" into the island of Krk. The...
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.