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’