Costas and Michalis

While strolling along the promenade in Ioannina, just below the Aslan Pasha Mosque, I am coming across the beautiful sculpture of a couple, which – I find – is in perfect juxtaposition to the lake and to the mountains behind it.

The elegant simplicity of the figures, reminds me a bit of the “Couple on Seat” by Lynn Chadwick in the center of Canary Wharf (and in other locations).

While standing infront of the sculpture, I am noticing the sound of some beautiful piano music nearby, which is so in tune with the whole surrounding.

The piano is being played by Costas, who – as I find out later – is travelling and playing the piano in company of his canine friend Michalis, who is a beautiful 8 year old cross breed, who appears to have taken a liking to this combination of stunning sites, fine classical music and of a lot of attention (and treats ?) from the passers by.

Both this spot and one on an Aegean island at sunset are Costas’ favourite places and entirely appreciating the wisdom of his choice, I am sitting down just listening and enjoying life, helped further by Michalis rolling himself up right next to me…..

Once again I find that the best things in life are actually free and that you notice sheer perfection when you see it.

Witnessing this perfect example of the human-animal bond, the simplicity of life of this modern day Diogenes, the beauty of the lake, of the still snow capped mountains and of the sculpture of the couple, and listening at the same time to these timeless tunes, is making me happy for the rest of the day….

Before you wonder though……of course I left a decent tip in Costas’ box before I left and let’s agree that the best things in life are ….nearly…. free….

Published by The Blue Vet

I am a veterinary surgeon with a German and Norwegian educational background. I have been the founder and for over 20 years I have been the senior veterinarian at the Virginia Water Veterinary Clinic in Surrey, England. When starting this blog I was also the President of FECAVA, the Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations. In the summer of 2019 I left my clinic to work as an international locum and clinical advisor. I am interested in all aspects of clinical companion animal medicine, in endurance sports and in traveling and meeting people with and without their pets and especially in sharing my knowledge with colleagues in other parts of Europe and the World.

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