I haven’t written about it much here because I figured there are enough cats as it is on the Internet, but I can no longer keep my addiction a secret.
Hi, I’m Marie-Eve, and I’m a cat lady. Some would even say crazy cat lady but the jury’s still out on that one ;-)
I have been known to post photos on my cat on my Facebook page because it improves my reach quite tremendously; I’ve also been that annoying person who keeps stalling the group because I’m busy photographing cats #sorrynotsorry.
Mind you, I did take photos of noteworthy attractions — Greece is nothing if not photogenic and awe-inspiring. BUT CATS. They were everywhere. On taverna terraces, at ferry docks, in alleys, in staircases, in shops. And I truly couldn’t have been happier.
If you are looking for a destination to indulge your love of cats or if you’re feeling lonely and need a companion, go to Greece. You won’t be disappointed (for that, and other trivial reasons like history, mythology and food, if you’re into that kind of thing).
Cats in Greece – My Best Photos
Like this one lounging at a shop in Naxos
[left][/left][right][/right]Or this one hanging out by the palace in Naxos. Black cats do NOT deserve their bad rap.
[left][/left][right][/right]What about these cats, busy keeping the streets of Mykonos safe?
Or this one, busy keeping the streets safe… in his dreams (ALSO LOOK AT THOSE INCREDIBLY FLUFFY PAWS)
And this fine-looking diva, sunbathing on the beach in Naxos, not looking amused by my antics keeping her from a rightful rest
[col1][/col1][col2][/col2][col3][/col3]Things started out so well between us. But one of us was clearly having more fun than the other.
Adorable kitteh in the streets of Pyrgos
[left][/left][right][/right]These two massive tomcats, guarding the temples of Delos and the snacks served to tourists on patios… but mostly the snacks.
Another angle for the iconic Mykonos windmills. WITH A CAT. ON THE BEACH.
[left][/left][right][/right]Cats in Mykonos > parties in Mykonos
[left][/left][right][/right]“Yes, you may enter the restaurant, but only if you give me food on your way out.”
Now, before you go all PETA on me, I’d like to remind you that customs regarding pets vary from one country to the other. While it is normal for most North Americans to not only keep cats indoors but almost completely domesticate them, that’s just not how it works in Greece — pet ownership and licensing is not nearly as closely regulated here, if it exists at all. Cats breed more or less freely (which certainly explains why there are SO many of them) and live outdoors, in the wild. That’s not to say they’re stray cats; most of them have a house they go to every day to be fed and regularly mark it as their territory.
In fact, most locals people I spoke to about cats in Greece said that they like having them around as they are far more talented than humans at keeping mice, snakes and scorpions at bay. They really are more of an asset than a nuisance.
Not to mention they make the absolute best photos of Greece ????