|Queen's Guard, Tower of London|
The Yeomen Warders at the Tower of London wear more modest (and less controversial) hats. I'm sure they're also more comfortable – these two certainly look happier than the Queen's Guard!
|Yeoman Warders, Tower of London|
And next to the colourful jacket and breeches worn by a Vatican Swiss Guard one could easily overlook the simple French beret on his head.
|Vatican Swiss Guard|
The French beret has become a fashion staple.
And even the well-dressed Parisian dog sports his own stylish chapeau.
|Well-dressed Parisian Dog|
Not to be outdone by the French, the wide-brimmed straw hat worn by Venetian gondoliers is also an iconic headpiece.
I don't wear hats often (in the winter I prefer a hooded jacket) but my summer hat is similar to the gondolier's: a Canadian-made Tilley raffia hat. It offers 50+ UPF (UV protection factor) and has a chin strap for windy conditions. I won't travel without it!
|My Tilley Hat in the South of France|
Visit Where's my backpack? for more photos of hats and news on next week's travel photo theme.
How about you – are you a fan of hats?