Enjoying the natural and architectural splendours of Greece

Enjoying the natural and architectural splendours of Greece

On the way to Athens, Animalcouriers has the chance to admire some fascinating sights in Greece.

This view of Igoumenitsa is breathtaking — it's easy to see why people fall in love with Greece and the Greek islands

This view of Igoumenitsa is breathtaking — it’s easy to see why people fall in love with Greece and the Greek islands.

The Rio-Antirrio bridge crosses the Gulf of Corinth and links the town of Rio on the Peloponnese to Antirrio on mainland Greece. The world's longest multi-span cable-stayed bridge, it looks impressive against a bright blue Greek sky.

The Rio-Antirrio bridge crosses the Gulf of Corinth and links the town of Rio on the Peloponnese to Antirrio on mainland Greece. The world’s longest multi-span cable-stayed bridge, it looks impressive against a bright blue Greek sky.

Old and new together — in the shadow of one of the bridge's huge concrete supports lies a fort; and opposite one end of the bridge you'll find the fort's big sister. Both forts date from the days when stretches of water like these needed defending from invaders

Old and new together — in the shadow of one of the bridge’s huge concrete supports lies a fort; and opposite one end of the bridge you’ll find the fort’s big sister. Both forts date from the days when stretches of water like these needed defending from invaders.

Beware arachnophobes! Overlooking a delta just south of Igoumenitsa are miles and miles of webs, dotted with colonies of very large spiders… that's not black blobs on the photo, that's spiders!

Beware arachnophobes! Overlooking a delta just south of Igoumenitsa are miles and miles of webs, dotted with colonies of very large spiders… that’s not black blobs on the photo, that’s spiders!

One of the huge spiders in glorious close-up

One of the huge spiders in glorious close-up

The view across the delta that the spiders are 'protecting'

The view across the delta that the spiders are ‘protecting’

29 Comments

  1. Jovina Coughlin Jun 22, 2014 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    Beautiful photographs.

    • Animalcouriers Jun 23, 2014 at 8:29 am - Reply

      With the light in Greece, it’s hard not to take a good photo 😉

  2. Curt Mekemson Jun 22, 2014 at 7:23 pm - Reply

    Swamp like conditions = lots of bugs = happy fat spiders. 🙂 –Curt

    • Animalcouriers Jun 23, 2014 at 7:59 am - Reply

      Oh, they are very happy spiders and seem to have it all stitched up 😉

  3. Gunta Jun 22, 2014 at 8:04 pm - Reply

    Some fantastic scenic shots and you managed to include some critters as well – with an extra set of legs… 😀

  4. petspeopleandlife Jun 22, 2014 at 8:19 pm - Reply

    That is some bridge.I’ve never seen the likes of such. Greece seems to be everything blue and white. So beautiful except for the spiders.

    • Animalcouriers Jun 23, 2014 at 8:31 am - Reply

      It is the most beautiful country and you’re right about the blue and white. The spiders are rather wonderful even though they’re not very cuddly.

  5. pawedblog Jun 22, 2014 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    Beautiful scenery… until the spiders… eek!!
    Hugs, Carrie and Pups x

  6. cindy knoke Jun 22, 2014 at 10:20 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous Greece!

  7. Lavinia Ross Jun 22, 2014 at 10:30 pm - Reply

    Those are some spiders! They are all Children of the Universe, no matter how many legs, or lack of, thay have. The Xerces Society – see http://www.xerces.org – is a non-profit dedicated to the conservation of invertebrates.

    • Animalcouriers Jun 23, 2014 at 8:41 am - Reply

      We were deeply impressed with them. Thanks for the link, great that organisations like that exist.

  8. sunsetdragon Jun 22, 2014 at 10:35 pm - Reply

    The view of the igoumentisas is breathy taking and that bridge is amazing.
    Oh man that is one big, bad bud-spider.
    :8O

  9. tootlepedal Jun 22, 2014 at 11:30 pm - Reply

    Sparkling pictures. I loved my visits to Greece when my sister had a house there.

  10. Midwestern Plant Girl Jun 23, 2014 at 12:33 am - Reply

    Huuuuge spiders! Wow!

    • Animalcouriers Jun 23, 2014 at 8:45 am - Reply

      They certainly are – and have the whole area stitched up 😉

  11. Basil Jun 23, 2014 at 10:33 am - Reply

    I don’t think I’d have gotten that close to that camera – or do you have a very large zoom?!

  12. easyweimaraner Jun 23, 2014 at 10:42 am - Reply

    great! and perfect for the tuesday teaser tomorrow :o)

  13. becomingcliche Jun 23, 2014 at 2:02 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous!

  14. katiebblogs Jun 23, 2014 at 2:21 pm - Reply

    Wow, how beautiful is that! Love the pictures.

  15. Beautiful! I love Greece and had the privilege of living in Corfu way back when I got out of college. Such a wonderful place. <3

  16. mythreemoggies Jun 23, 2014 at 8:32 pm - Reply

    Could of been a teaser for Sammy 🙂

  17. Nylabluesmum Jun 25, 2014 at 12:32 am - Reply

    Such beautiful scenery in Greece…
    I love that you love those spiders…they are lovely from a very very very safe distance…I hope you don’t have to transport any of them, lol…
    Love Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue <3 <3 <3

  18. Clowie Jun 29, 2014 at 7:18 am - Reply

    The photographs are beautiful.

  19. Russel Ray Photos Jul 19, 2014 at 9:43 am - Reply

    Love the spider!

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