Cats from Le Cannet {France}

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After a market screening of the movie Amok at the Cannes Film Festival, I left the hustle and bustle of the festival behind me to explore the quiet village of Le Cannet. I meandered through the narrow alleys, passing houses in red, rose, yellow and orange and greeting its cats, many of whom were sleeping in the shade. I ended the afternoon with a fresh orange juice on the terrace of L'atelier Joseph before returning to Cannes to attend another screening.

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Cats from Nice {France}

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I'm currently at the Cannes Film Festival in France, scribbling this text while waiting in line for Woody Allen's new movie Café Society. Just before I got here, I made a quick stop in the nearby city of Nice to visit the cat café La Ronronnerie (ronron being French for 'purr').

La Ronronnerie is a little different from other cat cafés. Usually, the cats come from shelters, but in La Ronronnerie they are pure breeds. There is Atys the Oriental, Edguard the Spynx, Léon the American Curl, Evoli the Selkirk Rex and Jaya the Bengal.

"I've always dreamed of having special cat breeds, but it never happened because of the high cost. La Ronronnerie was an excuse to make my dream come true," explains owner Logan. "I also wanted to show people how different cats can be, depending on the breed. The Bengal is almost always awake whereas the other cats sleep the entire day. The Sphinx is the one that loves to cuddle the most. He loves being on our shoulders."

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Another aspect that's different about La Ronronnerie is that the cats are seen as an extra instead of the main attraction. "We wanted a real café where people relax and talk and eat a bagel without cats sitting on their laps all the time. Our visitors usually forget about them after a while," says Logan. "It was also important to us that the cats feel that the café is really their home, that they can be and do whatever they want. That's also the reason why we have only five cats. One of the breeds didn't adapt well and now lives happily at our home."

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La Ronronnerie is currently the only cat café in Nice (the other one - Nice Cat Café - closed down several months earlier). It's right in the middle of the centre, close to the shopping district and the old town, so it's easy to get there and to combine it with other activities.

Address: La Ronronnerie, 4 Rue de Lépante, 06000 Nice, France.

Open between 11:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Find more info and photos here.

Cat from Sydney {Australia}

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langham sydney

This is a guest post by Amanda Woods of the travel blog Adventures all Around.

“Shall I order us some room service?”

It’s the first time I’ve said that to a cat, but then again, it’s the first time I’ve stayed at a five star hotel with one either. I look at Miss Kitty Fantastico’s furry face and as she looks back, purring away happily, I smile.

I wasn’t quite sure how this night would pan out. When I first heard about The Langham Sydney’s Pampered Pets Program I found it interesting that they went beyond the more common dog friendly policy and also accepted cats. And birds for that matter, though that’s been more of a theory than a practice as people don’t seem to take feathered friends on the road as readily as they do four legged ones. I was curious as to how a cat would cope with a night in a hotel, and glossing over what they say about curiosity and cats I jumped at the chance to find out.

I loved receiving a hotel confirmation for “1 Adult, 1 Cat” and was excited not only about the adventure of sharing a girls’ night in five star luxury, but also about my first night as a guest at Sydney’s Langham. Understandably, Miss Kitty wasn’t too excited about the sight of her cat carrier coming out of the closet. Since I first brought her home as a scrawny little rescue kitten she has only ever left the house to go to the vet, so that’s a reasonable Pavlovian response to have (hey, we all have them, it’s not just for the dogs).

I thought as soon as she hopped out of her carrier in our beautiful hotel room she would be delighted to realise she wasn’t at the vet, but was instead somewhere fun and new. Yes, cat people, for some reason I thought she’d be one of those cats. You know, the fearless ones. Rather than the ones with scaredy cat tendencies when faced with a new environment.

Turns out she’s a little more typical than I’d expected. After gingerly stepping out of the carrier she took one look around and went straight under the bed.

After some soothing talk and a few cups of tea (the talk for her, the tea for me, that is, but you got that) she was coaxed out from under the bed, only to decide the best place in the whole room was behind the seat in the corner.

More tea and sympathy followed, though I will admit I was also delighting in exploring the room while I talked to her. I loved the little touches like the pretty In Residence stationery, the adorable pink and gold toiletries (tiny talcum powder!), and the special Langham edition of one of my favorite books, Alice In Wonderland, which was first published in 1865, the same year The Langham, London was opened as Europe’s first ‘Grand Hotel’.

Then there was the pink Langham Sydney pet bed with gold piping and the pretty food and water bowls, which added an extra touch of kitty glamour to the room.

In the end Miss Kitty didn’t actually curl up on her bed, but she did decide that mine was a pretty good place to be. Slowly she started to come out from behind her chair and have a good look around. Then she joined me on top of the bed and as I gave her a cuddle she started purring up a storm. Music to my ears. After we both relaxed for a while, it was time to think about dinner.

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The Langham Sydney and The Langham Huntington Pasadena in California are the only Langhams in the world to offer their Pampered Pets Program (though it should be noted the California one is for dogs only). One of the features of the program is a special Pet Room Service Menu. The pet’s meals are freshly prepared in house and free from onion, garlic and acids so they’re kinder on pet tummies. I’m told the menu is very popular with animals that are used to traveling and being spoilt in such a way, but I soon realised I really should have taken some of Miss Kitty’s favorite food from home.

When I tried to decide between ordering her the chicken or the fish I went for the “Meow Meow”, which is Grilled Salmon with Green Beans, Quail Egg, Tuna, Potatoes & Olives. When it arrived it was the sort of meal I would have been happy to see on my own plate, but unfortunately it was all a bit much for Miss Kitty.

I tried breaking it up for her, and holding out little pieces of the salmon so that she knew it was okay, but she wasn’t having it. At some point in the night she did have a bit of a nibble, but it was sadly wasted on her. My dinner of oysters followed by a BBQ duck glass noodle salad was definitely not wasted on me… it was delicious but that’s another story.

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After watching a movie together we fell asleep, and then the next morning I did something I should have done before I started this whole experiment; I called an expert.

Dr Katrina Warren didn’t sound surprised when I explained how the scenario had unfolded. As she explained, “Cats don’t travel as well as dogs. There are some cats that cope remarkably well in an outgoing situation and that you can move around, but most cats don’t like change.

“When cats are somewhere new they’ll think ‘Woah, where am I?’ and then they’ll go for safety which is usually underneath the bed.” While The Langham did provide kitty litter and a tray, and Miss Kitty was (thankfully) happy to use it, Katrina says you should also travel with your own litter and box if you can as cats are so fastidious about cleanliness and like their own trays. Some pets may be used to five star dining options, but when it comes to food Katrina says it’s usually best to take your own, whether you’re traveling with a dog or a cat.

“If you change their diet they can end up getting diarrhea, which is the last thing you want in a hotel.” And one of the most important things you can do before traveling with your pet is to make sure they have current ID clearly displayed. “The problem with traveling with cats is they often want to bolt, and if they get a chance they’ll run,” Katrina says. “If you have a cleaner come and open the door, it’s highly likely a cat will bolt out the door, so you have to make sure you have clear ID on them.” If you do want to have a cat that you can take with you when you travel, Katrina says you need to start getting them accustomed to the concept at an early age.

If you are considering a five star getaway with your pet you should know that you’re not allowed to leave them alone in your room in The Langham Sydney. If you want to go out the hotel will arrange a pet sitter who will come to your room and hang out with your furry friend. It’s $25 an hour for a sitter, and you do need to book in advance.

For me, I was just happy to hang out with Miss Kitty and read a book and watch movies; though you may want to remember that that hiring movies in five star hotels can cost almost as much as seeing them at the cinema. To order an in house movie was $16.95, though they did have a DVDs player and a few older movies to borrow for free on DVD from the concierge.

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Although I knew Miss Kitty was probably ready for some of her own food and to see her old territory again, I was sad to leave The Langham Sydney. As we were checking out the Assistant Chief Concierge Martin Bray spied the cat carrier and came over to say hello. As he talked to Miss Kitty in her carrier (“It looks like I’m talking to some luggage!”) I discovered Martin is a fellow cat person and we bonded over our furry friends.

As I told him how the experience had gone I knew that if I had brought my other cat, Biscuit, it would have been a very different story. I’m sure he’d love to travel.

In fact when he went missing for a few weeks I got a call from the vet to say she had him with her and that he was booked on a flight that afternoon. Apparently someone had fallen in love with him and decided to take him with them when they left Sydney. Luckily for me the vet realised something was off, scanned his microchip and gave me a call. Biscuit’s tales have amused many of us, including the lovely Not Quite Nigella who included the little ginger nut in her Traveling Cookies story.

Now I also have a shared adventure with Miss Kitty Fantastico. Turns out she’ll never want to be like Karl Lagerfeld’s cat, Choupette, who eats at the dinner table off dishes by Goyard, and has two maids and a driver to take care of her. From now on the closest Miss Kitty will get to traveling is when she helps me pack for a trip by sitting in my suitcase. And that’s just fine by me.

The Pampered Pet Program is available at The Langham Sydney, with a charge of $70 per pet, per night added to the room rate. A minimum $500 charge is added if pets damage the room.

Click here to book your stay at The Langham Sydney.

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Cats from Tokyo {Japan}

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"If you walk along the line of the train from Yamanote to Ikebukuro, following the construction fences, you'll arrive at the small temple of Ikebukuro. It is the mark of a dozen cats. Both passers-by and regulars come here during their lunch break to feed or brush them."

Text and photos: Neko Land: une vie de chat au Japon by Alexandre Bonnefoy and Delphine Vaufrey


P.S. Do you want to see my latest short film "Avalon"? I am giving my readers free and exclusive access to the film which is currently a finalist for the Vimeo Audience Award in the 2016 Sundance Short Film Competition.

"Avalon" tells the story of an elderly man, Maurice, who visits his demented wife in the hospital. A shared lunch is the only thing they have left, but his wife's mind drifts off to the ghost of her deceased cat, Avalon, whom she sees walking around in her room.

I'd love to send you the film so you can all see it. Click here to have access.

Cat from Oudergem {Belgium}

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Meet Minus, the feline manager of the locksmith store Henrard Serrures in Oudergem, Belgium.

Her owner adopted Minus four years ago and she's been at Henrard Serrures ever since. "A friend of mine gave away a bunch of kittens and I picked out the best one," he says. "Now the entire neighborhood is crazy about Minus. She visits the other stores in Oudergem and even sleeps in our neighbors' beds. They all love her."

Each time I enter Henrard Serrures, Minus is curled up on a chair in the customers' area. When she notices that I am in for a cuddle, she follows me around.  She sometimes jumps on the racks to make sure everything is in order.

"Can I get a double of the cat as well?" I asked when I needed a double for my mom's keys. "Oh, no, she's way too precious for that," the shop assistant answered.

Apparently, Minus is almost always around, so you can go greet her too if you want.

Address: Henrard Serrures, Chaussée de Wavre 1337, 1160 Oudergem, Belgium.

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