282-Traffic Shrines – Greece

Every time we stopped in a new city we were warned about the Greek drivers. They speed, drive on any side of the road, honk their horns, give hand gestures, and aim for pedestrians. You would think they were Italians. Anyway, all along the highways we kept seeing these little houses on poles. I initially thought they were bird houses, but why so many and with such decoration. We learned that they are shrines to people who had been killed on the highway at that location. We saw hundreds of them on every road, especially on difficult turns and tight spots in the road. Inside each box are mementos of the dead person along with a candle that is supposed to be constantly lit (none were) and others treasures.

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