Cotehele, Top Of Prospect Tower, Folly, Cornwall, England
This three sided tower was built in 1602, obviously people then were a trifle smaller, its a tight squeeze up and down those steps!
From the bottom, the Tower looks normal, however it is actual 3 sided and built with concave walls.
The Upper Gardens of Cotehele contain this tranquil fishpond.
The front lawns of the house, with its views down into the Tamar valley.
The Upper Gardens behind the fishpond.
Medieval (Tudor) house with superb collections of textiles, armour and furniture, set in extensive gr...
The front of Cotehele House which is now houses an Art gallery, below are the lawns and some of the g...
The main entrance into the Courtyard of Cotehele, a large Barn to the right houses the Visitor center.
A new apple orchard planted at Cotehele.The statue is of a hand rising form the earth presenting an a...
The Mother Orchard, this orchard will eventually have around 270 trees covering 120 varities of apple...
Apple varieties on display, for tasting from the existing Orchard at Cotehele.
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.