jueves, 16 de mayo de 2013

Interesting facts about Europe

A part from travelling, there are many interesting things that you won't probably know about Europe.
 ♦ Geographically speaking, Europe extends to about 10,180,000 square kilometers on the Earth's surface.
♦ The Arctic Ocean lies to the North of Europe, whereas the Atlantic Ocean lies on the western side. Europe is divided from Asia on the east by the Ural Mountains and the Ural River, as well as the Caspian Sea. The Mediterranean Sea lies to the South and the Caucasus Mountains and the Black Sea lie on the Southeastern side of Europe. The continent is truly a water baby and a mountaineer's dream.

♦ European countries experience a varied climate. However, the weather here is quite unpredictable. Most countries are subjected to a harsh winter while summers are hot; though not unbearable. It rains very frequently in the United Kingdom.
♦ Global culture would be the apt title for European culture. The contribution of this continent to the fields of music, literature, fashion, science and philosophy is remarkable.
♦ Russia is the continent's largest country while Vatican city is the smallest.
♦ A Phoenician princess, Europa of Greek mythology is said to have been the origin for the continent's name.

♦ No deserts are found in Europe.
♦ The largest city in this continent is France's capital - Paris.
♦ Europe is also a culinary delight. One finds here a great diversity in food. Did you know that ice cream was invented in Italy? Pizza in Naples? Or that mayonnaise came from France?

♦ Another fun fact revolves around the Statue of Liberty. It was originally constructed in France and later presented to the United States as a gift.
♦ The well-known London Eye is Europe's tallest Ferris wheel.
♦ Europe is home to a population of 857 million people (2011).

♦ The continent is known to have one of the lowest fertility rates.
♦ Standing tall at 320 meters (1,050 ft) the Eiffel Tower in Paris has become immensely popular. In fact, this monument is the most-visited paid one in the world.
♦ Europe has carved a niche for itself even in the celebration of festivals. The Oktoberfest which is held in Germany; the Cannes Film Festival which is held in France; the Tomatina festival in Spain are some that need no introduction.

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