European cat tales

July 5, 2008 at 9:10 am 4 comments

Cats cats, everywhere, cats!  If you didn’t like cats, you might say Europe is INFESTED with them.  I, however, love them and was happy to see them.  The only problem is that some of them are really sad because they’re strays or feral and not taken care of.  I wish I’d thought to take cat food with me!  If I’d had more time, I would’ve found a grocery store and bought some.  Anyway, here are some pics, and then I’ll tell you where I’ve spotted them.

Athens Acropolis Greece catMykonos Greece cat
Delos Mykonos Greece cat

Corfu Greece Paleokastritsa monastery catSplit Croatia cat
Corfu Greece Paleokastritsa monastery cat

Location of cats: Acropolis, Athens, Greece; Mykonos Town, Greece; Delos, Greece; monastery at Paleokastritsa on Corfu, Greece; Peristyle in Split, Croatia; monastery on Corfu again.

Amsterdam: We were here such a short time, and it was raining for part of the day.  We didn’t spot any cats.  I only remember spotting a couple of dogs.  We did, however, see more bikes than people.

Venice: We didn’t see any cats in Venice, but we did see lots of dogs.  Surprisingly, there were very few purebreds.

Athens: There were dogs and a cat hanging out at the Acropolis.  They just trotted in the entrance and up to the top, found a shady spot, and stretched out.  It was a little weird.  Obviously the cat didn’t mind being pet too much.  While we were wandering the Plaka area, I saw a bunch of cats hanging out in the Ancient Agora.

Mykonos: There was an adorable little family of cats near where the ship’s shuttle dropped us off.  The kittens were playful, and all of them were friendly.  That makes me think that someone’s feeding them.  We also spotted a cat hanging out in the only shady spot on Delos – the porch of the museum.  Considering that no one lives on Delos, I think it’s very weird that a cat does.

Olympia/Katakolon: We didn’t spot any cats or dogs here.

Corfu: This place was the worst for me.  First we went to the monastery in Paleokastritsa.  There were a bunch of cats living there – and kittens!  They were all very friendly.  When I put the little orange kitten down, it followed me a little bit until someone else pet it.  While having lunch at a little cafe by the beach, a small dog, PePe, decided to join us.  He stayed by our feet most of the meal, probably because my bff Ami fed him little bits of her chicken!  The worst part, though, was when we stopped at a pet store to get Ami’s doggie a toy.  There were adorable puppies and a precious kitten that fell in love with me.  The kitten tried to follow me to the car!  This was the worst because I really wanted to take the kitten home.  Here are our Corfu buddies:

Corfu Paleokastritsa Greece dog PePeCorfu Greece puppy dog pet store

Corfu Greece cat pet store

Split: We saw a few dogs walking around in Split – in the town and at the beach.  The funniest thing was this cat (picture above).  It just happily took its bath right there in the Peristyle, which is probably the busiest place in town.  Oddly, of the three cats I spotted in Split, all were calico.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Justin  |  July 6, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    Oh, no…I can hear Amanda making plans for a European trip to save the cats right now.

    I guess the Europeans learned their lesson with the bubonic plague that cats are good to have around .

  • 2. Colleen  |  July 7, 2008 at 2:04 am

    omg, it is my heaven on earth. crazy cat lady heaven.

  • 3. Somseifetadonyday  |  December 27, 2008 at 6:29 pm

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  • 4. David K.  |  May 27, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    Hello! Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a link to this post. We really enjoyed seeing all the cats in Greece, but as you’ve noted, it doesn’t take long to figure out what a huge overpopulation problem they have there. Many of the cats we saw were in pretty rough shape.

    And next time you visit Amsterdam, make sure to seek out the “Cat Boat”, a cool little cat sanctuary that is located in one of the canals.


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