Grenen -The Top of Denmark
Grenen is the place where two seas, The Skagerak and The Kattegat, meet. The coastline here is ever changing by the waves coming from different directions. Grenen is by many believed to be the nothern tip of Denmark, but the real most nothern point is a few km to the west. Nevertheless Grenen is the place many tourist visits for the experience to stand with one leg in each of the two seas. You can walk along the beach to Grenen from the parking lot a few km to the south, or you can take Sandormen (the lugworm) - a tractor-driven tourist wagon.
Grenen is the top of Denmark, here the North Sea and the Eastern Sea join. Due to strong currents swi...
German WWII bunker. Emplacement for 3.7cm AA with section command post
Holger Drachmann (9 October 1846 – 14 January 1908) was a danish painter and poet. His ashes are buri...
The parking lot is as far north as you can go by car in Denmark. If you want to go to Grenen to stand...
Lighthouse Skagen Grenen
Here we are on the beach in front of the Grey Lighthouse north of Skagen. The Grey Lighthouse is stil...
German WWII bunker. Frontal casements.
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.