Cats from Rovinj {Croatia}

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With its picturesque harbor along the Adriatic Sea, it is easy to see why the pretty city of Rovinj in Croatia is referred to as the "Venice of of Istria.” A few centuries of Venetian rule has left its elegant mark on the city's architecture, and its close proximity to Venice has led to a steady flow of ocean traffic between the two cities. In fact, it makes great sense to book a stay in Rovinj and combine it with a daytrip to Venice.

Rovinj and the whole Istrian peninsula is a fascinating part of Croatia. Its history represents many layers from different eras. You will find yourself within easy reach of dinosaur footprints, preshistoric cave and mound sites, Roman ruins, Byzantine churches, and, more recently, the summer residence of one of the old stalwart communist rulers.

For cat lovers, it's also a dream come true. Rovinj is home to an unbelievable number of stray cats which you are more than likely to encounter in your travels. They will beg for their supper every night in front of the local cafes and block your way on the street to get your attention.

Cat pictures: vicca / Text: Rovinj and the Istria Peninsula, Croatia Travel Guide

Cats from Eftalou {Lesbos}

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Perched on the side of a hill, the Sunrise Resort in Eftalou, Lesbos, consists of two swimming pools and several houses with each four apartments overseeing the Aegean Sea. As the hotel is only surrounded by nature, most people go here for the calm and silence. Others, however, book the Sunrise Resort for... the hotel cats.

There's 1 mom with 4 kittens, 1 mom with 1 kitten, and 1 male and female couple. They call the hotel their home, even though the tourists are the ones who feed them. The adult cats are social but the kittens are a little shy. They dare to approach the tourists but they don't like to be touched.

Would you like to stay at the Sunrise Resort in Efalou, Lesbos? You can book here.

Text and pictures: Stephan Jankovic

More cat pictures by Stephan Jankovic: Cat of the church of the Virgin Mary Glikofilousa in Petra, Lesbos /  Obese cat in Koningslo, Belgium / Turkish Van cat from Leffonds, France


Cat from Davie {USA}

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He was old, irritable, unhealthy, and miserable at the shelter. Now he's the happy guardian of the Second Edition Book Shop in Davie, Florida, and cares for every customer that walks in.

Meet Catsby, the 14-year-old book shop cat!

“Catsby was older and incredibly unfriendly towards other animals. He came with a lot of health issues and emotional baggage,” says Danielle Joy Whatley. As an animal lover, she knew that cats like Catsby would most likely be overlooked at the shelter. Her book shop was a perfect place for him.

“When I got him, he needed a massive amount of eye surgery,” Danielle explains. He had Entropion, a rare condition in cats which causes an inward rolling of the eyelid edges. “It probably explains why he was grumpy. He was constantly living in discomfort.”

Once this ginger feline moved into the Second Edition Book Shop and had his eyes fixed up, his behavior changed.

“He literally thrived and blossomed under our customers' attention. I don't think an hour goes by where he's not with somebody. He goes down the aisle, follows people, and rubs on their ankles to make sure they know he's there,” Danielle explains.

Many people regularly visit the store to see their beloved Catsby, especially retirees who aren't able to have cats. They bring him treats and toys. Catsby remembers his favorite customers and greets them by the door. Sometimes he spends the entire afternoon reading and snuggling in their company.

“He loves his second chance and is incredibly grateful. People can sense that. It's a mutual admiration,” Danielle says.

Source: Love Meow

P.S. Have you seen Page the library cat from Charlotte?

Cat from Mykonos Town {Mykonos}

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It was quite hot the day we stopped at Mykonos Town. Our cruise ship, Thomson Dream, moored in the bay and we had to get a tender into the harbor.

Mykonos Town is pretty, with whitewashed houses and buildings everywhere. In the area called Little Venice, buildings overhang the sea. From there, on the hilltop, pretty windmills line up in a row. Everywhere we wandered, we saw little chapels and churches with red or blue colored roofs, and lots of boutiques for those who want to shop....but not cheap. Set around the harbor were lots of seafood restaurants, all facing the sea.

There are a lot of cats in Mykonos town, but this one looked so regal up on his perch on top of the doorway. We saw him as we wandered through the alleys to Little Venice. Then we came back past him again and he was in the shade on the window ledge where he enjoyed a little scratch around the ears.

Cat pictures and text: Rachel De Jong

Cat from Carrapateira {Portugal}

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If you follow a winding road down into the leafy valley of Carrapateira, you'll arrive at a unique Portuguese hideaway: Monte da Vilarinha. It's basically ten family-friendly living units, spread between three different houses, each with high bamboo-and-beam ceilings and terracotta-tiled floors. It's fine dining next to the outdoor swimming pool, with nothing but the sounds of nature to accompany you. During the day, you can go hiking, biking, or horseback riding, or you could stay at Monte da Vilarinha to get to know the local cat.

Book your stay at Monte da Vilarinha at Booking.com

Click here for more info and pictures.

Cat pictures by Claudia Mannes

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Cats from Porto {Portugal}

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Porto is Portugal's second largest city and is built into the surrounding hillside cliffs, overlooking the Douro river. Picturesque and charismatic, with an endless supply of treasures waiting to be discovered by the avid traveler, the city is best explored on foot. The city is one of Europe's best kept secrets and is filled with history, monuments, and a thriving, cosmopolitan downtown area. With everything that Porto has to offer, this charming city is well worth a visit.

Cat pictures: Claudia Mannes / Text: Porto 55 Secrets

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