Over the years, I've accumulated many photos of border and castle guards. Here are some of the most interesting.
1. Russian guards frolicking in a fountain.
2. Young border guard from Romania. You rarely see anything of their physiques, but he offers some hints.
3. Him, too: a castle guard in Finland who knows his way around the gym.
4. A Swiss Guard at Vatican City. I'm pretty sure he's gay.
5. Beefy Danish castle guard, his gun sticking straight up.
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6. Spanish guard at a public building, with a saucy smile. Looks like he's about to strip in The Full Monty.
7. Thai guard. Looks like a new recruit.
8. Italian guard, ever vigilant, but thinking about what he's going to do tonight after work. I'll bet it involves dancing.
9. Greek border patrol. I love the uniform.
10. From Brno, in the Czech Republic. The gun is almost as big as he is.
11. Bulgarian guards on parade.