The islands of Brissago on Lake Maggiore, Switzerland are two: the first one is little, covered with spontaneous vegetation and is kept in its natural state and is not open to the public, while the second one is bigger and has a botanical garden featuring exotic plants & flowers from around the world. In medieval times the lake was an important trading route connecting Italy to the northern German-speaking areas of Europe. Learn more @ticinoelearning http://www.ticino.ch/e-learning

The Glagolitic alphabet was invented during the 9th century by the missionaries St Cyril (827-869 AD) and St Methodius (826-885 AD) in order to translate the Bible and other religious works into the language of the Great Moravia region. They probably modelled Glagolitic on a cursive form of the Greek alphabet, and based their translations on a Slavic dialect of the Thessalonika area, which formed the basis of the literary standard known as Old Church Slavonic.

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Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) male is a duck with wide geographic distribution that breeds in the northern areas of Europe, Asia and North America. (252×396)

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A Merlin (Falco columbarius) Another very small Falcon common in mountainous areas in Europe.

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German photographer Killian Schoenberger has utilized moody landscape and old stories of his childhood homeland to create a series of photographic illustrations inspired by the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm. Shot in remote rural areas of Middle Europe dominated by images of haunting fog, gnarled trees and dark homes you hope are abandoned. His exemplary work as a photographer is made even more impressive by the fact that he is colorblind.:

German photographer Killian Schoenberger has utilized moody landscape and old stories of his childhood homeland to create a series of photographic illustrations inspired by the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm. Shot in remote rural areas of Middle Europe dominated by images of haunting fog, gnarled trees and dark homes you hope are abandoned. His exemplary work as a photographer is made even more impressive by the fact that he is colorblind.:

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Jungfrau, Swiss Alps - This is one of the most known summits in the Bernese Alps and lies between the cities of Bern and Valais. Vacationers can take a train ride through the area to take in the breathtaking sites that this mountain has to offer. The ride is inexpensive and well worth it. This region is also spectacular for climbers. (https://www.facebook.com/TravelingWarrior) #Bern #Switzerland #Alps

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