European share in common a huge amount of images. If we look at the most prominent painters in the world, we will notice that the majority of them comes from the old continent and that each nation has experienced a golden age in the history of art. Popular culture also circulates a certain quantity of images, such as in the comicstrips with some cases even crossing the frontiers. This section is then devoted to European images in a broader scope.
Europe has always been full of stereotypes. It is to some extent fun and fascinating to see how the different preconceptions differ from one country to another. French are said to be snob, Brits well mannered, and Germans hardworkers… All these stereotypes and misconceptions don’t learn us much on our European neighbors, as they most of the time tend to be false, but they learn us more on the perceptions and the way we tend to see the others. If not taken seriously, stereotypes show actually that Europeans need to develop an image of their neighbors, the worst wo […]
Tintin, Asterix or Spirou are without doubt comics with international fame, and not only in Europe. But did you notice that each European country has developped over decades its own national comics art? Some of the comics strips are even an integrant part of the national history and patrimony in some European cultures. It is interesting to compile in a single list the probably most famous comic strips from every European country to get to know the national comics hero of our nearest neighbors. We also understand from the various examples below that Europe used […]
Asterix and Obelix: when you think about it, they may well have been the first Erasmus students ever! Admittedly, they didn’t travel Europe to study languages or experience pokey houseshares – but rather to teach the Romans a lesson. But still… going to a foreign European country, meeting locals and tasting their delicacies sounds pretty much like the European exchange programme which appeared a mere two millennia later… with the difference that our famous indomitable Gauls went to not just one foreign country but several: having adventures with delicate Brits, irascible Spaniards, joyful Belgians and the fearless […]
They’re here to save the day. They have superpowers. They are strong and colorful. And they wear pants over their tights… Yet another episode of Captain America, Superman or Batman? No, Europeans also have the right to be ridiculous in very-tight superheroes’ costumes. Did you know indeed that most European countries have their national Superhero with their national specificities and national super-stories? Some of them are just create […]
Here come the European monsters ! Children around Europe all have a terrifying creature which comes at night to scary , kidnap or even eat them when they are asleep or when they misbehave. And we must recognize that the parents, who invented those frightening monsters, had a great sense of imagination and creativity. In Spain, a hairy hand may grab your feet at night, while in Luxemburg, a Krojemanchen may drown you in the bathroom or even in your toilets. And what about Rézfaszú bagoly in Hungary, told to be a malefic copper penis owl ? All those monsters are without doubt part of our European common heritage and should be celebrated as such. […]
What about nice and harmless creatures? The ones we would love to host in our houses or set off for an adventure with? The ones we tend to disregard because they are too kind or too cute to be frightening? It’s time for changes! The following list of European creatures pays tribute to the most amazing magical and mythological beings of the old continent. You will discover that some creatures are fascinating. They can make you rich in Ireland, bring you gifts in Italy, warn you of upcoming troubles in Turkey, dig you out of an avalanche in Switzerland or protect your city in Czech Republic. They can speak our language in Belgium, fly in Greece, teach strangers to play the fiddle in Norway or… make roosters crow. […]
There is the mind of every European citizen the image of a painting which bears a peculiar importance in his national history. Some of those paintings could be found on national banknotes, others still figure on postcards, in adverts or on CD covers. There was the need to reconstitute a European overview on our collective patrimony. When Picasso meets Turner or Delacroix, when Rembrandt appears closed to Munch, Bruegel, Klee or Klimt, this is the expression of a rich culture which can’t remain divided in isolated areas. This list of European renowned paintings offers you the opportunity to appreciate […]
This is the story of the most popular family game which gained success in Europe over the last 50 years. When reaching the old continent, the Monopoly game succeeded in adapting its board to the national specificities and thus has been adopted by most of the European families around the continent. Every European citizen knows by heart the name of the most expensive lot on its national board. “Mayfair”, “Rue de la Paix”, “Schlossallee” are national references in the United-Kingdom, in France and in Germany […]
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