Animalcouriers drove from Athens to the port of Igoumenitsa to catch the ferry to the Italian port of Brindisi.
We then headed to Rome to meet Gennaro and his cat Whiskey. Gennaro has lived all his life around Rome and Naples but now, at 90 years young, is off to live with his son and his partner, Irene, in the UK. Whiskey is going on ahead, and will be waiting to greet Gennaro when he arrives.
Whiskey was all ready for the off when we called in to collect him from Gennaro
A closer look at handsome Whiskey
Gennaro came out to our van to oversee Whiskey’s settling in
Gennaro told us he was pleased that Whiskey had a ‘nice cage’ for his journey
Boxoh having a bit of a bad hair day on a windy walk
Zarly completely understands the problem. Very snug in her little jumper, though. And what a smart collar tag!
Hector is so annoyed about being on this journey that he doesn’t want to look at us. But he still goes stoically on his walks.
Hector finally deigns to have a chat with courier M about what life in London will be like…
…And even shows us his best side for a photo
Bilia spots Jason and would like to play…
But Jason has other plans. Did I see boats over there?
Pretty Pouca manages to leap about very gracefully on her three legs. Eugenia tells us that Pouca was found, aged two months, having been hit by a car and left to die. The girl who found her took her to the vet, who did the surgery to amputate her leg and tail, and nursed her back to health, free of charge. When Eugenia took her dog to the vet, she saw Pouca, heard her story, and immediately offered to adopt her.
Beautiful flowers spotted on the Greek mainland as we passed the Ionian islands
A closer look reveals honey bees, hard at work
The hives were just across the other side of the road. We’re intrigued by these wonderfully colourful hives which are dotted all over Greece. Perhaps if bees are driven by the colours of flowers, this is some kind of clever colour-coding?
Ladybirds were also out, enjoying the spring sunshine
We passed this perfectly happy dog on the way to Igoumenitsa, but don’t think we’ll be adopting this style of transport any time soon!
Must be a nightmare trying to build anything in Greece. You only have to dig your spade in and up pops another ruin!
News of Jim, who travelled from London to France with us. Faith tells us: “The sun shone at lunchtime and we were able to sit on my sheltered terrace and sunbathe while Jim helped with me with some mending. He’s slotted back in to French village life effortlessly…”