Monday, December 6, 2010

the greek word for animals is zoa....

.......like in the word zoo!

welcome to my all (greek) animal post!!


like.....dude......is she going to feed us?

 uhhhhh, looks like she's not going to feed us

we're so out of here dude

 are you going to feed us?

hey lady -- throw me a fish bone!

how did the turtle cross the road?



 my sister deb picked him up, that's how!



 what is with all these animals hanging out in the road?!





head to head combat in the goat pen

some animals we met along the way had names........like this guy, who is called "olchen" meaning "little owl" --- doesn't that suit him?

and his brother, "edifix"

we met this handsome airedale on the streets of athens -- his name is "anestos"

anestos blurrily greeting deb

last but not least, i couldn't resist snapping this image. the acropolis guard told me this little guy actually lives on the grounds, along with a few other doggie pals........i can not imagine a more grand or stylish home for any creature......

can you?!?

xo♡a

29 comments:

  1. What a WONDERFUL Post!!! You know how much I adore animals....and you have taken such fantastic photos! (I especially love the captions!) Those ducks!!! Those cats! That turtle! (Hugs to your sister for helping him cross the road!) The SHEEP!!!!!! And the doggies....especially the Acropolis resident.... wish I could think of a Greek Mythological dog at the moment....but alas, I can't - except for Cerebus....(and this doggie has only one head)!

    Sending you love and hugs,

    ♥ Robin ♥

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  2. I love the idea of a acropolis doghouse - that and all the other animal pictures are wonderful. it all looks so gorgeous and wonderful and WARM

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  3. Ok, this is my favorite of your posts as I simply ADORE all animals. They have my heart.

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  4. The "livestock" pictures, from Ducks to Dogs, are delightful.

    But remind me please; what's the Greek word for "dude"?

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  5. I always ask for names, too. The owners of Eulchen and Idefix must be Germans! Idefix is the name of Asterix` dog, looking just like him, in the German book version, and Eule means owl, "chen" being the "littling" ending.
    Those sheep and the tortoise of course thought the street was made for them, much easier to walk that the rough paths in the mountains!

    In the lovely film "My big fat Greek wedding" the father-in-law explains to his NY new son how actually ALL American words are really of Greek origin. Very funny and convincing! Zoa and hydro and rhythm... no end!
    Great pictures, Amanda!

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  6. How completely delightful! i think you are just like dr. doolittle! i gasped when i saw the ducks standing beside that blue blue sea. I love getting 'stuck' behind a group of animals, which cannot be hurried, in the road. So funny!
    great post amanda dear!

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  7. Funny how the animalia friends carry more smiling memories than some human friends!

    I remember each moment of encounter like it was now...Olchen meowing through the screened window...muddy pawed Edifix who made himself at home and left a trail...the wet beard of the airdale puppy all over me...

    Obviously this posting was a BIG hit. It's 'bout time our "always happy to see us" friends got some equal playtime.

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  8. Hi, beautiful pictures.. i really liked.. I keep coming:)

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  9. What a wonderful visit with all the friends you meet along your travels..and how wonderful to have your sister there to share in all that joy..I miss my sissie ) : Anyhoo..thanks for sharing!!Hugs,Cat

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  10. What adorable creatures. Those cats are so cute and the dogs too :)

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  11. Hehe love how the tortoise crossed the road.

    I've just finished reading Fluke by James Herbert - my dad sent it to me after he and his fellow travelers were greeted with an inspection by a stray dog in Italy. That dog in the last photo could be another Fluke - a dog who thinks he's a man ...

    Great photos Amanda - take food with you next time hehe*!*

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  12. When I read your blog and view your photos, I feel like I'm traveling the world with you. I've only been to one country outside the U.S., and that's Mexico. I love keeping up with your amazing adventures!

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  13. This post reminds me of all the turtles I helped to cross the road when we lived in Minnesota. I would yell at my husband to STOP - jump out on the busy roadways and carry the turtle to the other side.

    Love the dog guards for the Acropolis.

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  14. I like these beautiful pictures of all these animals ! I especially like the first and fourth, they are wonderfull !

    Bye :))

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  15. Cute critters! I hadn’t realized zoo came from Greek. We don’t have sheep or goats in the road but sometimes we have deer, fox and even moose. The skunks are less welcome.

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  16. I'm a sucker for an animal post :-) And the ducks are killing me! So cute!

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  17. Gorgeous pictures. I like particularly the last one with the ‘cultural lover’ doggie in Acropolis!!

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  18. Lovely lovely pcitures! I am absolutely crazy about travelling to Greece:) Greetings!

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  19. robin - and don't forget argos, odysseus' faithful companion!!

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    rosaria - i guess animals are always a favorite subject!

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    mim - we were blessed with such lovely weather - even warm enough to swim --- in november!

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    yoli - wow! I must do animal posts more often! ;-)

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  20. r-bear - you got me on that one! the closest i can come to 'dude' in greek is 'moray'!''

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    geli - oh haha i remember that scene in bigfatgreekwedding!!

    THANK YOU!!! for correcting my spelling of these names -- the owners were Austrian so you are right about their language origin!!

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    lori - doolittle i am with all these recent posts!
    and yes - the color of the water in the geese shot that day was way beyond magical...!

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    dd - thanks mon ami!

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  21. sistah - eulchen (geli corrected my spelling) was one insistent cat wasn't he??? meowing all night to be let into the kitchen!!

    SO glad you are home safe and sound sistah!!!

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    dejemenos - many thanks for visiting! ;-)

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    cat - it was very special to be able to share this trip with my sister - it's a wonderful way to bond with a sibling if you don't live near to one another!

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    loree - i am a sucker for animals and get a kick out of seeing how they live in other countries (like, do they understand english?! hehe!)

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  22. annie - i believe i have heard of that book, so thanks for the recommendation! the acropolis dog certainly acts like he owns the place.......which, naturally, he does! ;-)

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    julie - it makes me happy to know my little blog offers a bit of an armchair adventure -- that is my goal!!

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    nancy - hey - i'm from minnesota too! which town?
    you gotta be careful about picking up those snappers!

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    mahon - the first foto is my favorite as well! thanks for visiting my friend!

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  23. sarah - ah, now a moose ------ that would be a creature most definitely commanding the right-of-way!

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    sara - yes, and luckily these geese are free birds and won't end up on some greek family's christmas feast!

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    phivos - don't you just love that acropolis' dog's face? he looks like he is tolerating all the visitors until closing time!

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    ola - thanks for visiting, fellow greece lover!

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  24. I LOVE this post!! They're all posing so nicely for you! Thanks for sharing :)

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  25. hi sweet pea!!!

    yes - aren't they all the most well-behaved guys, posing just for me?! ;-)

    love you sweetheart♡♡♡

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  26. It's great to travel with you, your pics, language, humour, heart, are all uplifting. Ν'ειςαι καλα για πανδα.

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