Is being different something bad? Is war better than peace? What is beauty? What values are important in life? Is there hope? Watch and think.
Wednesday, 27 March 2013
Tuesday, 26 March 2013
Friday, 15 March 2013
Carnival is time for fancy costumes, celebration and fun. One of the most famous carnivals in Europe is the carnival of Venice (Italy) which began in the 14th-15th century.
The Venetian carnival tradition is mostly famous for its elaborate costumes and masks.
Carnival of Nice (France). It is famous for its magnificent parades. Platforms decorated in flowers, fairy tale characters and girls in spectacular costumes sweep through the city.
Binche carnival (Belgium). 600 identically dressed men march through the city. Each one of them wears a white hat and a wax mask with green glasses and a moustache. They carry wooden baskets full of oranges, which they throw into the crowd. As a result, the viewers are covered in orange juice from head to toe, which brings them luck.
The Patras Carnival (Greece). It has more than 160 years of history and it's one of the biggest carnival events in Europe. The carnival of Patras is not a single event but a variety of events (balls, parades, hidden treasure hunt, kids’ carnival). The Carnival ends with the Saturday evening parade of carnival groups, the extravagant Sunday parade of floats and groups, and finally the ritual burning of king carnival in the harbour of Patras. Its characteristics are spontaneity, improvisation, inspiration and volunteerism.
Do you know that 112 is a life-saving number?It's the European Emergency phone number, available everywhere in the EU, free of charge. It is possible to call 112 from fixed and mobile phones to contact any emergency service: an ambulance, the fire brigade or the police. We hope you never need it but if anything goes wrong remember! Dial 112.
Thursday, 14 March 2013
The European Year of Citizens 2013 is dedicated to the rights that come with EU citizenship.These rights are in the Charter of Fundamental Rights and can be found in the following internet site. Have a look!
Remember also that as a passenger in Europe you have certain rights. Check them out!
Tuesday, 12 March 2013
The Euro-explorers visited the Office of the European Parliament in Greece, situated in Amalias Avenue in Athens. It is a Neo-classical building that belonged to Kyriakoulis Mavromichalis, politician of the late 19th and early 20th century who briefly served as Prime Minister of Greece. Kyriakoulis Mavromichalis was the grandson of the renowned hero of the Greek War of Independence (1821).
|The Office of the European Parliament in Greece|
|Kyriakoulis Mavromichalis (1850-1916)|
The building was impressive! It was designed by the Danish architect Theofilos Hansen in 1870 and restored between 2004-2007 by the architects N. Hadjikyriakos and G. Hadjidimitriou.
Our hosts were Mr. A. Kapetanidis from the Office of the European Parliament and Ms. D. Georganta from the Representation of the European Commission in Greece. They gave us a lot of information about the history of the building, about the EU, talked with us and made us feel welcome. We would like to thank them!