One of my fondest travel memories is from our first trip to Greece together. (I had been there ten years before on a tour). We stayed at the Porto Fira hotel which spills down the side of the caldera in Santorini. It was very hot, and so we generally left the window open. Frequently we would be awakened by a cat who had jumped in the window and onto our bed just below the window. I never caught his/her picture. Although I do not travel with a cat as today’s Pet Travel story does, it really didn’t seem necesssary. They are everywhere and usually ready to be friends.
Here’s the view from that Santorini window, followed by some cats I have met along the road (s). Most of these pictures come from Greece, where they are almost a trademark–you can always buy a cat calendar in the local store– but I did spot one in Ireland.
I linked to the Porto Fira suites in the first paragraph, but it was many years since we were there, and I notice they have gussied up their rooms. They now advertise marble bathrooms, for instance, and when we were there we loved the fact that the shower was carved right out of the rocky side of the volcano. But I’ll bet they still don’t have window screens to keep out the cats.
To learn about three wonderful books about travel with cats, read the next post for Pet Travel Thursday. And to round out our day on cats, here’s an album with a cat cover and a song about a cat, introduced by Kerry Dexter.
These travel photos of cats are my contribution to this week’s Travel Photo Thursday. You can go to Budget Traveler’s Sandbox and see lots more travel pictures from around the world. These pictures are mostly scanned, so the quality isn’t what I would prefer, but nevertheless they are mine and I would appreciate your obeying copyright regulations.