Saturday, January 12, 2008

Off guard

Ask anyone what a police officer should look like and most likely he'd answer that cops should be big and burly men hidden beneath a pair of dark shades and a hat, armed with a pistol and garbed with a creaseless blue, black or brown uniform. But when you go to Athens, Greece or the Vatican City, "cute" does not even begin to describe their police force.

In Athens, Greece, the fustanella-donning evzones guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

In the Vatican City, the Swiss Guards, the smallest state army in the world that protects the Pope, don the uniform purportedly designed by Michelangelo himself (it turns out that there's another designer).

It is interesting to note that despite the fact that these people are trained and armed men ready to kill whenever necessary, they largely are integral part of the tourist fare of Greece and Italy.


Anonymous said...

¡¡Hala que fotos tan chulas!!!!
Hola Marlón, hace tiempo que visito la pagina, pero no había visto actualizaciones hasta ahora. Me alegro de verte tan activo.
Saludos desde Valladolid (España)

DehinsPaPipigil said...


nice blog kapatid! ^.^

Antonis Kirikos said...

Very very nice work, Marlon!
Actually, the "evzones" (a.k.a. "tsoliádes"), belong to the army, not the police... yeah, really cute if you ask me! heheheheh

Marlon said...

Thanks for the tip, glorfindel!!! :-)