In Athens we met up with our doggie passengers Maggie, Archie and Pepito.

Unfortunately, Cordelia from Nine Lives Greece was able to bring only two of the three cats we were expecting, Blackie and Bugsy. That’s because Margarita escaped from her foster home last night. Cordelia reckons she simply knew something was up, as so many cats do.

We waited for about 90 minutes while Cordelia went to look again for Margarita, but there was no sign of her. We’ll be back in a month for our next trip to the UK, and have offered her a space then in the hope she turns up. Meanwhile Blackie is travelling on to their new home with Sheila in Italy. He’s tucked up in the stygian depths of his cosy igloo so no hope of a photo of him just yet — but we will persevere!

Pepito with his grandma who's been taking care of him — Alex is waiting for Pepito in the UK

Pepito with his grandma who’s been taking care of him — Alex is waiting for Pepito in the UK

 Terri brought us Archie — it was lovely to meet him at last!

Terri brought us Archie — it was lovely to meet him at last!

Terri bids Archie au revoir — they'll be reunited in the UK

Terri bids Archie au revoir — they’ll be reunited in the UK

Maggie with foster mum Eleni who rescued her — Maggie is on her way to her new forever home with Sara in the UK

Maggie with foster mum Eleni who rescued her — Maggie is on her way to her new forever home with Sara in the UK

Cordelia arrives with Blackie and Bugsy — note her stylish Nine Lives t-shirt. You can buy them from the Nine Lives Greece website (click on 'How to help' then 'Shop for the strays')

Cordelia arrives with Blackie and Bugsy — note her stylish Nine Lives t-shirt. You can buy them from the Nine Lives Greece website (click on ‘How to help’ then ‘Shop for the strays’)

Cordelia says goodbye to Bugsy, who has been adopted by Rosalia in Surrey

Cordelia says goodbye to Bugsy, who has been adopted by Rosalia in Surrey

We were asked to deliver some bric-a-brac to the Filozoikos Shelter — it was a pleasure to see Kiki again…

We were asked to deliver some bric-a-brac to the Filozoikos Shelter — it was a pleasure to see Kiki again…

…who kindly brought us some delicious biscuits, made to a traditional recipe that dates back a very long way

…who kindly brought us some delicious biscuits, made to a traditional recipe that dates back a very long way