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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Location: Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Syntagma Square, Athens, Greece


April 6, 2020 at 8:29 am 6 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Graceful

Location: Athens, Greece
It’s a thing of beauty watching the changing of the guards in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier located at the Parliament Building on Syntagma Square. Each guard wearing his traditional kilt, red and black cap and black clogs with pompoms exemplifies gracefulness and elegance in the performance of his duties.

Evzones Evzones
Evzones Evzones

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The guards are called Evzones (well belted) and members of the Presidential Guard founded in 1868. They are volunteers drawn from the Hellenic Army’s Infantry Corps.

The changing of the guard ceremony takes place every hour, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The above photos show them in their traditional attires. Non-ceremonial uniforms (khaki in summer and navy blue in winter) are worn Monday through Saturday with the exception of special national days or the reception of dignitaries.

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January 20, 2017 at 7:19 pm 1 comment

Weekly Photo Challenge: Transition

Chaging of the 
Location: Location: Syntagma Square, Athens, Greece

The Evzones is the name of the elite unit that guards the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Syntagma Square in downtown Athens, Greece.

The changing of the guard ceremony is a must-see. You can’t miss it unless you really want to. It’s held every hour, 24 times every day. I want to point out, however, that it’s not done for your convenience. Rather, it’s for the benefit of the guards. Being a guard is no easy feat. They hold on to their post for one hour three times every 58 hours and requires them to remain motionless except when they switch positions every fifteen minutes.

The above picture was taken during my second visit to Athens with the guards sporting the traditional white kilt-like garment called fustanella, red caps and clogs with black pompons. The first time I saw them, they were wearing regular khaki uniforms with skirts.

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November 27, 2015 at 7:01 pm 14 comments

weekly photo challenge: fresh

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do you ever wonder why mediterranean food is healthy and tastes good? it’s all about the quality of the ingredients. it uses only fresh produce and meat.

when you travel to countries like greece, turkey, or italy, take some time to visit the neighborhood market. as you roam the place, you’d not only get a glimpse of local life but see stalls after stalls of fresh produce, newly butchered meat, and catch of the day offerings that go to the pot on the same day they are bought.

the above pictures were taken inside the market located in the old neighborhood of plaka in athens. if you find them disgusting, i suggest that you stop right there. don’t go any further to the dirty, smelly, and bloody wet section where you’d see carcasses cut to pieces. although it would provide quite an experience to the adventurous, you’d likely find it totally out of your comfort zone.

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March 20, 2015 at 8:29 pm 6 comments

wordless wednesday: changing of the guard at the parliament building in athens

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October 30, 2013 at 9:14 am 4 comments

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