Spain, Italy & Greece
First Stop, Spain!
Here's a picture of a local favorite dish called "Tortilla de Patata" or "Potato Omelet." This is usually served at lunch with a side of other local plates consisting of chorizo sausage and maybe even tapas!
This is a picture of the inside of the beautiful "Alahambra," a famous landmark here in Spain. It is a stunning palace that was used by christians and is known for its islamic architecture.
This picture shows a historical monument called "Alcazar of Segovia" which means "stone castle." It was actually one of the inspirations for Walt Disney's Cinderella Castle.
Government, Economy & Politics
Did you know?
Pablo Picasso,and artist who changed history, was born and raised here and is responsible for the genius creation of many different styles of art.
The people of Spain use irrigated land for farming purposes, as shown the picture above. This is an example of Human Environment Interaction.
Parts of the Spanish American war actually took place here in 1898.
Next stop, Italy!
Led under Giorgio Napolitano, the president
A limited government
Mostly stimulated by tourism, consumerism, and agriculture
A European Union member
A region of the world where people speak Italian
Responsible for the production of sugar beets, wheat, olives, wine grapes, and tomatoes
Where Ferrari, Gucci, and Prada all started
23.39% Arable Land
Where instrumental and classic music is popular
Exchanged in Euros
Home to 60.93 million people
"The boot of Europe"
Mediterranean in climate
Home to the famous poet Michelangelo, who wrote "Celestial Love."
Mainly rugged and mountainous with some plains and coastal lowlands
Strong coffee is what many locals start their day out with. As the day progresses, locals choose from hearty pastas, to light thin crust pizzas, to fresh salads and soups. To end off the day the eat cannoli's, or gelato.
St. Peter's Basicilica in the Vatican City is a beautiful famous landmark and was and is used by Roman Catholics to worship.
As you can see, not only is the Colosseum in Rome, Italy a historical monument... but it is also an example of human enviornment interaction because the air pollution from the city is causing it to change into a grey-ish color
Government & History
In 2003, when Italy entered the Iraq war, people showed their disapproval by raising peace flags. This was a major historical political event.
Michelangelo was a person who changed history in Italy by painting the ceiling in an ancient relic called the "Sistine Chapel"
GDP = $2.013 trillion USD
GDP per capita = $33048.75
Exchange Rate - 1.36 USD = 1 Euro
Last Stop, Greece!
Government, Politics, History, Economics
President- Mr. Karolos Papoulias
European Union Member...? YES!
Current government event - Greece has gotten itself in a substantial amount of debt, and has borrowed too much money from other countries.
Historical Political Event - Great war with the Persian Empire at the beginning of 5th century B.C.
Historical Monument - Parthenon
Person who changed history - Alexander The Great by invading the Persian Empire
GDP - 249.1 Billion USD
GDP Per Capita - $22,082.89 UDS
Currency - Euro
Exchange Rate- 1 Euro = 1.36 USD
Economic Activities - Agriculture, Manufacturing
Cycladic houses built in Santorini, Greece are specifically designed to help insulate heat in the winter and the cool air in the summer. This is an example of Human Environment Interaction.
The Acropolic in Athens, Greece is a famous landmark. It was built on a large stone hill as a refuge from enemy intruders.
This is specifically my favorite part about greek culture, the food. Gyros are a popular snack in Greece because of their portable deliciousness. Seasoned and sliced lamb meat, olive oil, lettuce, onions, and tzitzki sauce all wrapped up in a warm, sort pita bread. A local favorite.
Did you know?
It has 19.78% arable land
Its main agricultural products are corn, wheat, cotton, tobacco and sugar beets
The official language is Greek
The main religion is Greco-Roman
Music is very diverse, from opera, to folk, to electronic
The famous author Homer is from here, who published the books "The Odyssey" and "Lliad"
It has a mediteranean climate