March 2015 - Traveling Cats - Travel Pictures of Cats

Cats from Arure {La Gomera}

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holiday destinations for cat lovers
holiday destinations for cat lovers
holiday destinations for cat lovers
holiday destinations for cat lovers
holiday destinations for cat lovers

La Gomera is the second-smallest of the seven Canary Islands. It's only 20 kilometers long and 20 kilometers wide. Most tourists here are daytrippers from Tenerife who want to discover the dramatic landscapes and quiet mountain villages of La Gomera. One of the most popular walks is in Arure, because it gives a sense of adventure as you have to climb several boulders, ledges, and cliffs before arriving at a beautiful waterfall. Not many people know, though, that this volcanic island is also a holiday destination for cat lovers. Generally, most tourists don't like the many stray cats of La Gomera (most of which are being spayed and neutered by Pro Animal Gomera). But if you love to hike and enjoy beautiful scenery in the company of a bunch of cats, La Gomera may be right up your alley. 

 Cat pictures by Claudia Mannes (check out her blog post Cats of La Gomera for more cats on this island). 

 P.S. Have you seen Claudia Mannes' cat pictures fom Deià, Mallorca?

Cat from Brussels {Belgium}

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I spent the past three weeks at the Offscreen Film Festival in Brussels where I introduced several of their movies. Near the festival, in the Galerie du Roi, I saw this tuxedo kitty entertaining the guests of Mokafe as they were enjoying their Belgian waffles and coffee. The cat is the tavern's most regular client.

Cats from Hiriwadunna {Sri Lanka}

kitten playing with onions at an onion farm in Hiriwadunna

“Hiriwadunna is a paradise for cat lovers like me,” says travel blogger Laurel Robbins

 The first kitty she encountered during her Hiriwadunna Village Trek tour was on an onion farm. “Hiriwadunna is a village of approximately 2500 people. While I can't say that cows outnumber people here, I can say that onions do. And if you happen to be one of the cats living there, you have the added bonus of always having toys to play with!” 

 Laurel encountered another cat on after climbing a coconut tree. “As we dug into our coconut milk straight from the coconut, I learned that cats love coconut milk! This guy couldn’t get enough!”

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 But it was only when Laurel met the cats that live with an elephant scarer, that she knew that Hiriwadunna is a paradise for cat lovers (In case you're wondering, an elephant scarer is a farmer who prevents elephants from decimating the crop by standing guard all night in a watch tower and yelling when any elephants approach).

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 The Hiriwadunna Village Trek benefits the surrounding communities by providing self-employment and partnership opportunities. 

 Check out Laurel's travel blog Monkeys and Mountains for travel stories and pictures.

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Cats from Deià {Mallorca}

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Blogger Claudia Mannes sent in these beautiful pictures of Deià, a foreign artists' colony situated in the Tramuntana mountains of Mallorca.

“I visited Deià several times, and the cats were always present. There are many things I like about Deià, such as the cemetery, but what I prefer about this village are its cats,” says Claudia Mannes. “The cats are definitely the most photographed and sought-after attraction in Deià. Even guidebooks write about them. Most of these cats belong to a lady called Joanna Kuhne. She's an American engineer who, after graduating, hired a sailing boat to cross the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. When the boat arrived in Mallorca, she first fell in love with Deià and then with her future husband. Together, they opened a café where Joanna began to exhibit her ceramics. After a while, Joanna could live off her art so they didn't have to keep the café. They now live a happy, artistic existence in the company of their cats.”

For more info, visit Claudia Mannes' blog.

Cat from Rome {Italy}

rome mouth of truth bocca della verità

This Roman kitty is sitting in front of Bocca della Verità - The Mouth of Truth. Rumor has it the statue will bite your hand off if you're telling a lie. The Mouth Of Truth makes an appearance in the 1953 movie Roman Holiday, in which Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck challenge each other to tell the truth in front of the statue.

Cat picture by: Giancarlo Gasponi

P.S. Roman cats at the Spanish Steps and the restaurant Da Meo Pataca.

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