Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Evzones and the unknown soldier

A classic tourist theme from Athens. The tomb of the unknown soldier, just in front of the parliament. Tourists find very amusing the "foustanela" that the guards wear, they call it "skirt" and they make immoral jokes about it. Well, they might say similar things about the Scots' kilt, at least the Greeks wear something beneath their foustanela.

6 comments:

Pamela said...

Those foustanelas look different to the ones I saw, which were lighter in colour and the pleats seemed to be more full. I know they have different uniforms for winter and summer, is that the reason maybe?

Ovelikios said...

Exactly, Pamela.

Irredento Urbanita said...

In Perú, ancient incas used to wear a kind of skirt too, but it was their culture. I think scottish skirt are really stupid, but I don't think the same of those foustanelas.

Greetings from a peruvian in Barcelona

Zsolt72 said...

I find them really amazing. Not only the skirt but also the black stuff on their shoes:)

phlegmfatale said...

I actually think this is a very handsome uniform.

Anonymous said...

Of course... It's ALBANIAN (Arbanit) Costume :)


Adopted by King Othon, 1821.