Local Heart, Global Soul

September 18, 2014

Quirky Until The End, …What’s With This Obsession With Three Wheels?

Filed under: Funny,GREECE,PHOTOGRAPHY,Volos — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Back in 2012 our family visited Greece with our in-laws during the October school holiday break.

They have a holiday home in Platania on the Pelion peninsular, an area of Greece that is mostly free from high rise tourist apartments, wall to wall nightclubs or bars.

Little villages are just as they have been for decades, there are of course some tourist restaurants and accommodations but it’s all low key, small scale and very local.

Even in the “big”city of Volos where we pass through on our way to the airport there are little surprises that make you smile and realise that no matter how modern parts of it look on the outside, that the heart of the community is still very much “old style” Greece.

One such surprise is that when we are leaving the restaurant on the beach front where we had dinner before our flight, I spy two quirky vehicles for my collection. I’m still laughing at the three wheeled one: What is it with Greeks and  their apparent fascination with three wheeled cars? Bulk lot going cheap? Who  knows? The truck was a wonder in it’s own right… Can this mountain of branches actually stay on once the truck  negotiates the local steep and winding roads? Or are they sort of locked together by their twisted interlocking shapes? Is it a tree pruning clean up or a firewood delivery? Greece is proving charming and quirky right until the end.  How excellent is that?

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

 

4 Comments »

  1. How on earth did all those branches balance on that trailer – even without it moving? It would be interesting to see how it survived going round corners. 🙂

    Comment by Elaine - I used to be indecisive — September 18, 2014 @ 7:40 pm | Reply

    • Elaine,
      I never saw it move, but if I had I’d have made sure all the kids were a LONG away away… it looked precarious enough just standing there!
      If I found myself driving behind it on ANY Greek road, large or small, I certainly would be keeping extra distance between it and me to allow for evasive manoeuvres should logs fall off and I wouldn’t care how long the traffic jam was that would build up behind me. It’s scary just looking at it isn’t it?

      Comment by kiwidutch — October 4, 2014 @ 10:12 pm | Reply


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