So... we decided to take the trip to Athens from our holiday island Zante (Zakinthos) in Greece. Thought we'd take a look at the Acropolis (you know the one with the famous Parthenon on the top).
After a ferry trip across the Ionian sea to Kylini and a further two hours coach drive (with a blistering heat outside) we stopped off to look at the mighty Corinth canal in Korinthos, with the thermometer reading 38 degrees Centigrade... ouch!
The Gigantic Corinth Canal - nearly 4 miles long, 87 metres high with a water depth of 8 meters
Stepping off our air conditioned coach was like stepping into a pizza oven, so we quickly took our holiday snaps and headed for the snack bar by the canal... and guess what.... out from under the tables came a bunch of street wise moggies. ('cause when the tourists arrive that means food', right guys?)
A ginger tom, anticipating his din dins
...and it was fuss all around until the fish & chips and feta cheese pies were served. During the meal some scraps were duly distributed amongst the pack.
Tucking in to a fish head, mmm..
.. but some of those moggies were having none of it. Too hot or too proud, who knew?
A justly proud creature.
So there they were, the Corinth Canal Cats, all having a fuss and feed in the shade...
... meanwhile from out of nowhere this hot dog turned up. She was so hot in fact that she decided to take a cooling dip in the canal. Needless to say the moggies had no such respite from the heat.. but the food was excellent.
A very sensible dog keeps cool in the canal
... the old dog was still wading away when we pulled on to the E94, Patra to Athens highway and headed on our way ....
.. and so, on we drove to Athens and our goal the Ancient ruins.
A busy Parthenon
... and later (just to complete the story) we found a little lion lying down with a lamb (or in this case another pooch)
A friendly pair in the Monastiraki Flea Market, Athens
Thats it, the hols are over for another year, and didn't the time go by so fast [Ed]