Lagan River in Belfast
Photo was taken on 16th of December 2010, I went for a short walk along river. I did try three times to shoot this panorama... First time a tug boat showed up from noware and later amphibious bus for turists make my eforts go short...
Photo was taken on winters day of 14th of December 2010, I did have to jump over the fence to get ins...
Picture was taken 20th of December 2010
Saint Malachy's Church is a historic Catholic church near the city center of Belfast. The church was ...
From Wikipedia:"the McClay library was designed by Boston-based architects Sheply, Bulfinch, Richards...
Not sure who created this statue, but I am also intrigued by it every time I walk past. The entrance ...
A clear evening after a few drizzly days and I found myself outside the Belfast City Hall. Usually te...
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.