Everything in the world has a shape or if anything is shapeless (such as water, for example), it takes the form of the container where it’s placed. The shape of the bottles of Coca-Cola are always very impressive. There is no doubt about it. Buildings and edifices built especially by modern and contemporary artists and designers, architects and constructors have art, extraordinary and at a time strange but beautiful shapes. An explicit example is Gaudí who is a real Genius of Colours and Forms. Apart from them, nature (the four forces of nature, tectonic processes and plates, etc.) gives a shape to islands, mountains and their peaks, rivers, oceans, seas, lakes and even to the borders of countries.
Some time back I came across a very interesting article on the geographic shapes of various European countries by the German cartoonist and filmmaker Zackabier. He had used his imagination, fantasy and talent and managed to interpret the border shape of each state in Europe. Even the most ordinary borders had been cunningly presented like animals and people.
Even not having had a look at the article, a curious person who travels and reads a lot or simply has common sense can immediately mention one country in Europe which has particularly distinctive border shapes – Bel Paese. Looked at from above it looks like a boot. Actually, that’s the reason why Mainland Italy (or the Apennine Peninsula) is sometimes nicknamed as Lo Stivale (or the Boot). Three other smaller peninsulas, as a matter of fact, shape it like a boot. If we look at the geographical map of Europe, we shall see that Calabria forms the “toe”, Salento (southeastern part of Puglia) is the “heel” and the “spur” is Gargano Promontory (in Apulia).
Now it’s turn of another southern country – Hellas. This time the shape borders of the whole country are not as obvious as those of Terraferma (i.e. the Italian peninsula). One should switch on and activate their fantasy so that they could imagine the shape. If looked at from above, Greece resembles a palm with dropping coins from it. Actually, the Hellenic open hand and fingers are a little bit curved but as I said, using imagination, people, including you, can imagine them. Soooo, did you see them? 😉 Epirus and Macedonia form the “wrist” and Thraki (or Thrace) is the “thumb”. The “index finger” is Chalkidiki (part of Macedonia). Thessaly and a part of Central Greece is the “palm” itself. While Evia and Attica present the “middle” and “ring fingers”, respectively. Going to the south-west we reach the “little finger” which the Peloponnese. And which are the “coins”? Of course, all Hellenic island groups such as the Ionian Islands, the Cyclades, the Dodecanese, Crete and so forth, that resemble smaller and bigger coins falling down from the palm and between the fingers.