Animalcouriers reached the Italian port of Ancona after a day of traffic jams around the ski slopes, followed by snow, rain, hail, thunder and lightning as we drove across northern Italy!
There was the usual warm welcome for us at the A 3 Passi Hotel in Ancona, an olive oil farm that doubles as a hotel and restaurant — La Tavola del Carmine. A table was waiting for us with a large carafe of their excellent house red, at 6 euros. Everything served in the restaurant, even the grapes used to make the wine, is grown on site or sourced locally. All the ice creams, desserts and sauces are based on the farm’s own olive oil.
With some time on our hands this morning as we waited for our ferry, we were able to have a bit of a chinwag with our three feline passengers who are heading to Crete. Scali wasn’t too keen to talk, but Cali and Miski were up for a chat. They agreed it was good to see the sun as they admired the olive trees with us.
We’d been feeding them their usual mix of wet and dry food but Sheila — who knows them so well — had warned us that they might not eat very much. So we gave Miski and Scali some sardines and tuna, and Cali (who told us she’s not that keen on seafood) got some pâté.