The hilltop village of Gattières is known as one of the most picturesque of the Alpes-Maritimes department in France. But it becomes even more beautiful with this tuxedo cat roaming its medieval roads.
In the village of Pyay, Myanmar, a girl plays with the neighborhood cats. On the girl's cheeks and nose is a substance from the thanakha tree, which serves as both makeup and sunscreen. Her feline companions will soon take refuge in the shadows, between the pillars that carry the house.
This Chartreux cat and its owner pose at the famous Place de la Bastille in Paris, France. The Place de la Bastille is a symbol of the French Revolution, and refers to the fortress that was destroyed between 1789 and 1790.
When I was on a press trip in The Gambia, I did a boat trip dedicated to the enslavement of Alex Hailey's ancestor Kunta Kinteh. The cruise took me to the now abandoned St. Andrew's Island where the slaves used to live, to the slavery museum in Albreda, and to the nearby village of Juffureh where I met one of Kunta Kinteh's decendants.
Though millions of people know Kunta Kinteh as the main character of Roots, the inhabitants of his native village suffer from extreme poverty. Many don't know whether they'll have something to eat that day or not. If the passing tourists don't give some pocket money, chances are they won't.
This kitty welcomed me to Juffureh. The images here of animals and people gathering together on dusty roads is typical for The Gambia.
The Tanji fishing village is one of the most colorful and authentic places to visit in The Gambia. Each day, when the fishing boats arrive, the locals walk into the sea to assist the fishermen to unload their catch and carry it onshore where it's immediately sold on the Tanji Fishing Market. I expected to see many cats at a place with so much fish, but I only spotted two of them.
You can see more pictures of the Tanji Fishing Market and read my travel stories of this area here and here.