Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Athens

An Evzone soldier stands guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Athens, Greece.  The Scots did not have a monopoly on going to war in skirts.  The ceremonial uniform of the Evzones is derived from that of the Greek bandits and guerillas that resisted Ottoman Turkish occupation prior to independence in the early 19th century.

Evzones

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Monasteries of Meteora, Greece

Built between five hundred to a thousand years ago, the monks and hermits of the Greek Orthodox Church sought ever more remote and difficult-to-reach places from where to pray and contemplate.

Hence their position amongst these spectacular sandstone rock formations in central Greece.

Meteora_monastery

Meteora_monastery

Meteora_monastery

Meteora_monastery

Nowadays a sealed road links all the monasteries and they are as much tourist museums as they are living monasteries.