Getting to know Cali, Scali and Miski as we wait for our ferry to Greece

Getting to know Cali, Scali and Miski as we wait for our ferry to Greece

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.

Cali

Cali

Scali

Scali

Miski

Miski

All three cats were very attentive while we carried out room service. Here's courier M doing the hoovering and changing the litter tray under the watchful eye of Cali.

All three cats were very attentive while we carried out room service. Here’s courier M doing the hoovering and changing the litter tray under the watchful eye of Cali.

Courier M chatting to our patron at breakfast

Courier M chatting to our patron at breakfast

The kitchen is open plan with the restaurant — this morning there was some cleaning going on before the lunchtime crowd appeared

The kitchen is open plan with the restaurant — this morning there was some cleaning going on before the lunchtime crowd appeared

Like all good local businesses, there's an outlet for the home-produced olive oil and pasta products

Like all good local businesses, there’s an outlet for the home-produced olive oil and pasta products

We couldn't resist buying some spaghetti…

We couldn’t resist buying some spaghetti…

…and a pot of olive oil–based chocolate spread

…and a pot of olive oil–based chocolate spread

A fine sea view for the three cats

A fine sea view for the three cats

By | 2016-10-17T10:51:48+00:00 Sunday, March 2, 2014|animal transportation, pet travel by road, pet travel by sea|35 Comments

35 Comments

  1. digitalgranny March 2, 2014 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    Sweet kitties and nice to see a few of your angels.

    • Animalcouriers March 3, 2014 at 6:39 pm - Reply

      It is lovely to look forward to a stop over like this – knowing the welcome will be super and all the animals needs covered.

  2. petspeopleandlife March 2, 2014 at 11:36 pm - Reply

    Y’all are some well traveled couriers for sure. I enjoy the write up with the travel stops and the scenery. Three great looking cats. Love those torties and the calico.

    • Animalcouriers March 3, 2014 at 6:41 pm - Reply

      We’ve been around for a while and found a number of wonderful places to stop at around Europe. Great to know where you’ll stay and that it’ll be safe for the animals and welcoming for the humans!

  3. Gunta March 3, 2014 at 12:07 am - Reply

    Yummm chocolate….. 🙂

  4. Marty the Manx March 3, 2014 at 2:19 am - Reply

    Wonderful pictures! We always love checking to see what you are posting.
    Marty and Mom

    • Animalcouriers March 3, 2014 at 6:42 pm - Reply

      Thanks Marty and Mom – the weather is fine, the dining is fine, all is good with the world 😀

  5. fozziemum March 3, 2014 at 6:14 am - Reply

    Wonderful pictures guys 🙂 sounds like the trip was a bit of a headache!! lucky to get a lovely spot at the end for a refresher 🙂 safe travels all hugs Foziemum xxx

    • Animalcouriers March 3, 2014 at 6:43 pm - Reply

      Having somewhere like this to aim for takes the worst of the travel pain out of the day!

  6. Basil March 3, 2014 at 10:06 am - Reply

    so there were ‘traffic jams’ near the skiing? Hum we’ll believe you I suppose!!

  7. Clowie March 3, 2014 at 11:17 am - Reply

    That sounds like a very interesting place to stay.

  8. onespoiledcat March 3, 2014 at 11:19 am - Reply

    What a nice place to stop for a bite to eat and a bit of a rest before crossing the pond!

    Pam

    • Animalcouriers March 3, 2014 at 6:45 pm - Reply

      A really lovely place to stop over in – always feel ready for a new journey afterwards.

  9. easyweimaraner March 3, 2014 at 2:32 pm - Reply

    I love the look of Miski! And I would buy the spaghettis too, there are worlds between “original” spaghetti and the thingies we can buy in stores :o)

    • Animalcouriers March 3, 2014 at 6:47 pm - Reply

      Miski is taking it all in! Oh, what you get in Italy and the Italian food you can buy elsewhere are often very different things entirely 😉

  10. Shiva & Jaya March 3, 2014 at 5:31 pm - Reply

    Da Greece where them dancing sirtaki?!

    • Animalcouriers March 3, 2014 at 7:41 pm - Reply

      The very place 😀

      • Shiva & Jaya March 3, 2014 at 7:44 pm - Reply

        We no has been there ever. Mom no has either.

        We think dad has though. He working for Foreign Affairs. He an unreliable politicat/diplomat trying to steal Purrime Ministerette pawwer.

        But we no ever shall giving pawwer to dad! Or to da Greece! Da Greece has hadded enuf money from Union in Yurp!

        • Animalcouriers March 3, 2014 at 8:04 pm - Reply

          What a shame you haven’t sampled the delights of Greece – we feel you could do those dance steps in your sleep 😀 PMs, you are so right about the difficult times they are going through in Greece 🙁

          • Shiva & Jaya March 3, 2014 at 8:15 pm

            Mom can teaching da ballroom dancing. She sometimes does wiz us, but we finding it scary!

  11. Jodi March 3, 2014 at 8:01 pm - Reply

    Besides having an amazing job of working with animals, you get to find all sorts of delicious foods. I’m getting a bit jealous. 🙂

    • Animalcouriers March 3, 2014 at 8:07 pm - Reply

      The flip side of long hours of motorway driving. We all need something to look forward to and we are mostly seldom disappointed 😉

  12. heretherebespiders March 3, 2014 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    I really want a job with you guys 🙂 Shame I don’t have any other languages that would be of any use! Never minded long drives longest I did was 11.5 hours, 1,000 miles in one day. Yep, I was tired! And a lot younger than I am now 🙂

    • Animalcouriers March 4, 2014 at 4:38 pm - Reply

      It would be such fun to have you along! We never manage that much in a day though as the rest stops are many and dog walking and animal feeding eat large parts out of the travelling day.

  13. Nylabluesmum March 4, 2014 at 12:50 am - Reply

    Waht a lovely trio of litties there!! The trip sounds lovely…wine, pasta, scenery & lovely cats…
    Thank you for a lovely blog. (I needed it after the week we’ve had!)
    Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue (thankfully still here with us..)

    • Animalcouriers March 4, 2014 at 4:39 pm - Reply

      Yes, sure you’re looking for more uplifting topics! Well, this was one of our favourite places to stay and they looked after everyone very nicely thank you 😉

  14. Coccolino March 4, 2014 at 1:57 am - Reply

    Oh what a fine place to visit! Homemade Italian products..miss that! Those are a lovely and well loved and spoiled group of kitties 🙂

  15. Nylabluesmum March 4, 2014 at 9:13 pm - Reply

    😉 I sure am Annie!!! Between my friend’s cat being PTS & the pet food store’s cat getting suddenly ill & being PTS & almost having to put Nylablue to sleep…you see what I mean??
    Plus the 8 feet of snow/frozen Great Lakes/ sub zero temps & daily snow flurries I have lost my tiny mind, hahaha!!!
    Thank for being an oasis for many of us!
    Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue xoxoxo

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