Photos of local fauna are figured into wherever we placed our handprints. Mel really likes cats, though he’d never let one live with him. They’d never get along! This did not stop him from taking photos of the felines wherever they can be found along our journeys.
This first one’s residing in Chateau Marqueyssac in the south of France. He seems to be blind in the left eye (perhaps in a fight with the birds?) and walks nonchalantly as if he is the lord of the mansion. We saw him try to stalk the resident peacock too!
In our journey to Turkey, we had stayed overnight in Goreme and was on the way to the underground cities when we spotted this tabby sitting in the sun. It was May and the crisp morning air was still a little chilly. So, this feline was sunbathing right where the sun fell to warm up. Actually she was rather pissed when some of us walked across and casted a shadow over her.
Japan is also known to be a land where cats are featured in religion, cultural symbols and of course the world famous – Hello Kitty! hello?
In Tokyo near our favourite Tonkatsu restaurant, we found a pair of shy cats standing guard at the entrance to the eatery. Perhaps they were waiting to be fed. Or maybe they were just sentients watching people come and go.
Most probably they are there to wave their left paw – to draw people to the restaurant? We are sure you have heard about good luck cats. Do you know what it means for the cat to wave the right paw?
And don’t get started on all the neko (cat) cafes…
Did you also know that there are actually Cat shrines in Japan? Who said only the Egyptians deified these felines? And have you noticed how many cat photos there are on instagram? Somehow humans have been conditions to accept cats, who retain a whole lot of independence and their own mind – as gods…
Btw if you really love cats, check out this motley crew of cat lovers here at Katzenworld.