We took a long road trip yesterday – almost 600 km from our “base” near Atalanti into the Pelion region of Greece, and back. More on that along with photos shortly (perhaps a post for each of the places we visited). But first, one of the observations that visitors to Greece comment on is the relationship between cats and humans in Greece. Indeed, cat’s co-exist with people in this country, and there is a long tradition of this that explains what appears to be “stray” cats everywhere. In fact, they are not really strays at all – cats have simply co-existed with humans in this part of the world; some are made into house pets, while most are allowed to simply exist. Many Greeks look after the cats that are ubiquitous to the area, making sure they have food and water.
On our trip however, we found evidence that cats also own automobiles. On a quick stop in the village of Anakasia, which is above the city of Volos, we came across this cat obviously taking some pride in it’s shiny red car. As we got closer to the car, the cat seemed to have an expression on its face almost as if to be daring us to touch the car. Then it began to preen itself – obviously being satisfied in the shine of the red paint.
For cat lovers, I’ve zoomed in on the cat on the roof of its car so you can see how a cat car owner enjoys their car:
Aside from the cats, the trip to Pelion was amazing. It’s a trip that I’d highly recommend to everyone to do at least once – but best to plan on staying some days in the area to explore it all. Do to our own timetable, we did not have time to spend an extended time in the region, but it is definitely something we are going to do again. This part of Greece has some noticeable differences especially in flora to central and southern Greece and produces amazing chestnut honey, is noted for the apple orchards and other produce, and the scenery is simply stunning.
If you plan to travel here, be forewarned that the driving can be tough if you are not used to narrow curvy mountain roads. While I did not mind the driving, it was done (in the Pelion region) in daylight hours and a long drive at night would be harrowing through this area.