Showing posts with label Europe. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Europe. Show all posts

Monday, November 4, 2013

Europe - Many nations


Even though we've covered 23 different countries in Europe,
we're not even half way through all of them!

There are some very small countries that are just the size of a city!

Here is a list of 50 countries in Europe! Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom (Scotland, England), Vatican City.

Wow! So many countries for an area of land that is smaller than most other continents!
europe
(from: wikipedia - europe)



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Monday, October 28, 2013

Switzerland


Switzerland is another country in Europe!

switzerland
(from: wikipedia - switzerland)

For breakfast in Switzerland you might have a bowl of meusli,
a cereal invented there with oats grains nuts and fruits.
meusli
(from: wikipedia - swiss cuisine)

There is a big invention called the large hadron collider that scientists built
in Switzerland to maybe help us understand how the universe works!
large hadron collider
(from: wikipedia - large hadron collider)

In the old days people in the Swiss mountains used to use a big long horn
called the alphorn to talk to each other across the mountains.
alphorn
(from: wikipedia - alphorn)

The mountain range running through Switzerland is called the Alps,
and in the alps is a famous mountain called the Matterhorn.
matterhorn
(from: wikipedia - matterhorn)



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Monday, October 21, 2013

Vatican City


Some countries in Europe like The Ukraine are pretty big, but others are as small as a single city!

Vatican City is the country where the Pope lives.

It is right inside the middle of the country of Italy.

They have many wonderful pieces of artwork there, like the Cistine Chapel which has a beautiful painting on the ceiling done by Michelangelo.
cistine chapel
(from: wikipedia - vatican city)

Michelangelo also did a sculpture of Jesus with his mother Mary.
pieta
(from: wikipedia - vatican city)

They have guards for the pope called Swiss Guards because they are from Switzerland.
swiss guards
(from: wikipedia - vatican city)

It is the home of the Pope, who is the head of the Catholic church.
pope
(from: wikipedia - pope francis)



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Monday, October 14, 2013

European Union


Europe is a land of many small nations that are very close together, but with many people living there.

Through history, many of the nations have had wars with each other,
but now 28 of the countries have made an agreement to work together
in what they call the European Union, or just the EU.

eu map
(from: wikipedia - european union)

Before the EU, countries like Italy had money called the lira, France had the Franc, and Germany had the deutsche mark.
Now many of those countries have accepted a new type of money called the Euro,
and all the countries in the EU will accept it as money.

euro
(from: wikipedia - euro)




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Monday, October 7, 2013

Turkey


Last time we learned about Russia.
Next up is Turkey!

Just like Russia, Turkey is part of both Europe and Asia
It is on the very Southeastern edge of Europe.
turkey
(from: wikipedia - turkey)

For breakfast in Turkey you might have simit, which is bread with sesame seeds.
simit
(from: wikipedia - turkish cuisine)

There are some famous rock formations in Turkey, called the Fairy Chimneys.
fairy chimneys
(from: wikipedia - cappadocia)

An old Roman emperor called Constantine the Great built a city to be the capitol of the whole Roman empire at the time. He called it Byzantium, it was renamed Constantinople, and then renamed Istanbul.
constantine
(from: wikipedia - constantine)



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Monday, September 30, 2013

Russia


Russia is the largest country in the world.

It is so large, that even though it's part of Europe, it's also part of Asia!

russia
(from: wikipedia - russia)

For dessert in Russia, you might have syrniki, which is kind of like a donut!
syrniki
(from: wikipedia - syrniki)

The Russian's were the first to launch a satellite in space, called Sputnik 1
sputnik
(from: wikipedia - russia)

Saint Basil's Cathedral is a beautiful famous church in the city of Moscow.
saint basil's cathedral
(from: wikipedia - russia)

One of the most famous musical composers ever was Russian Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
He wrote the famous Nutcracker ballet.
nutcracker ballet
(from: wikipedia - russia)


Monday, September 23, 2013

Iceland


Let's keep learning about the countries in Europe!

Last time we learned about Belgium.

Next up is Iceland.

Iceland is an Island out in the Atlantic Ocean, between Europe and North America.
iceland
(from: wikipedia - iceland)

For dinner in Iceland, you might have liver sausage called Lifrarpylsa.
lifrarpylsa
(from: wikipedia - Þorramatur)

A geyser is a hole in the ground that shoots water up in the air.
One of the oldest geysers in the world is in Iceland, called Geysir.
geysir
(from: wikipedia - geysir)

There are over 200 volcanos in Iceland!
volcano
(from: wikipedia - Eyjafjallajökull)

Huldufólk is an Icelandic word that means "hidden people".
Long ago people believed that there were little elves living in Iceland, and people would even build tiny houses for them!
elf houses
(from: wikipedia - huldufólk)


Monday, September 16, 2013

Belgium


Let's keep learning about the countries in Europe!

Last time we learned about Austria.

Next up is Belgium.

Belgium is a country just North of France, and West of Germany.
belgium
(from: wikipedia - belgium)

For breakfast in Belgium, you might have a Belgian waffle!
belgian waffle
(from: wikipedia - belgium)

You can visit a giant 335 ft tall building of an iron atom, called the Atomium
atomium
(from: wikipedia - atomium)

The saxophone was invented by Belgian musician Adolphe Sax.
saxophone
(from: wikipedia - saxophone)

Hundreds of years ago, people would visit the town of Spa in Belgium, to relax in cool water springs.
spa
(from: wikipedia - spa)


Monday, September 9, 2013

Austria


Let's keep learning about the countries in Europe!

Last time we learned about Romania.

Next up is Austria.

Austria is a country just East of Italy, and South of Germany.
austria
(from: wikipedia - austria)

For dinner in Austria, you might have a Wiener Schnitzel,
which is a flat piece of meat covered in breading.
wiener schnitzel
(from: wikipedia - austria)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart from Austria was one of the
most famous musical composers to ever live.
wolfgang amadeus mozart
(from: wikipedia - wolfgang amadeus mozart)

A family of singers called the von Trapps were very famous through Austria,
and a movie called The Sound of Music was based on their life.

von trapp
(from: wikipedia - maria von trapp)

Sigmund Freud from Austria is a very famous scientists who studied the way people think,
which is called psychology.

sigmund freud
(from: wikipedia - austria)

Monday, September 2, 2013

Romania


Let's keep learning about the countries in Europe!

Romania is located just south of the Ukraine.
romania
(from: wikipedia - romania)

For dinner in Romania you might have a plate of sărmăluţe cu mămăligă, which is stuffed cabbage rolls, with sauerkraut and porridge.
sarmalute mamaliguta
(from: wikipedia - romanian cuisine)

If you've ever heard the story of Dracula the Vampire it's a made up story about vampires,
but there was a real person person named Dracula (he just wasn't really a vampire).
He was a prince in a part of Romania called Transylvania.
vlad dracula
(from: wikipedia - vlad dracula)

There is even a castle there that he used to live in, called Bran Castle.
bran castle
(from: wikipedia - bran castle)

There is a wild and crazy winding road in the mountains called the Transfăgărășan.
transfagarasan
(from: wikipedia - romania)


Monday, August 26, 2013

Ukraine


Let's keep learning about the countries in Europe!

The largest country in Europe by size is the Ukraine.

A popular type of food in the Ukraine is Borscht!
borscht
(from: wikipedia - borscht)

The Ukraine is on the Southeastern part of Europe, right next to Russia.
ukraine
(from: wikipedia - ukraine)

Famous poet Taras Shevchenko is from the Ukraine
taras shevchenko
(from: wikipedia - taras shevchenko)

Kiev Pechersk Lavra is an ancient monastery that was built almost 1,000 years ago!
kiev pechersk lavra
(from: wikipedia - kiev pechersk lavra)

Ukranians have a special type of folk dancing ukranian dance
(from: wikipedia - ukranian dance)

Monday, August 19, 2013

Netherlands


The Netherlands is a country just Northwest of Germany.
The language there is Dutch and sometimes the country is just called Holland.
netherlands
(from: wikipedia - netherlands)

For dinner there you might have stamppot (mashed potatoes with vegetables) or snert (pea soup)!
stamppot
snert
(from: wikipedia - dutch cuisine)

People visit the Netherlands to go see their windmills and tulips.
windmill
tulips
(from: wikipedia - tourism in the netherlands)

Vincent van Gogh was a famous Dutch painter.
vincent van gogh
(from: wikipedia - vincent van gogh)

Wooden shoes are also an old Dutch tradition
clogs
(from: wikipedia - clog (shoe))