September 2017 - Traveling Cats - Travel Pictures of Cats

Cats from Paris {France}

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Paris isn't really a city of cats, not compared to Istanbul or Molyvos where you bump into dozens of felines wherever you go.

And yet, when you look close enough, Parisian cats are everywhere. Rarely in the streets or near the monuments, even though, when you're lucky, you can spot a cat on the gravestones at the cemeteries of Montmartre and Père Lachaise.

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The cats of Paris live in cafés, restaurants, bookstores, shops, and hotels, reigning over the world from atop a counter.

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But once in a while, you'll find a cat on the streets, mainly in the company of a beggar.

The cat in the first picture was photographed at the Place de l'Opéra in Paris. 

You can spot the cat in the pictures below, Dennis, near the entrance of the metro station Alexandre Dumas.

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Picture #1: Bart Vodderie 
Pictures #2 and #3: Sumulee
Picture #4: Laura Tara
Pictures #5 and #6: Vanessa Morgan

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Cat from San Salvador {El Salvador}

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Most cats are homebodies. Cezar, however, is an adventure cat. This Maine Coon from Sweden has currently more than 14 countries on his travel resumé and no intention of stopping anytime soon.

One of his latest adventures was a trip to El Salvador. “We met a fellow traveler from San Salvador when we did volunteering work on a farm on Crete, Greece, in 2016,” says Cezar's human, Carla. “She invited us to come and visit her, which we did at the beginning of 2017.”

“I rented a car for a week, so Cezar and I could explore the country, especially the national parks and the volcanoes,” Carla explains.

Cezar became quite popular in El Salvador, and everyone wanted to take a picture with him. “They were amazed because he is quite big compared to the local cats - 3,5 y.o. 100 cm long and about 7-8 kg.”

On the pictures above and below, you can see Cezar at a place called The Devil's Door (Puerta del Diablo), which is the highest point of San Salvador.

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Cezar's human believes that any cat can become accustomed to adventure.

“Since we lived in an apartment in the city, he started out to be an indoor cat as a kitten, but I was used to outdoor cats, and I wanted him to feel free,” Carla explains. “So every weekend I put him in a backpack and went to my father's place in the countryside where he could run around as he pleased. Now and then, I put Cezar on a leash and walked him around the block to get a little bit of fresh air. I guess that's why he adapts so well when we travel. Usually, there aren't any problems. But maybe it was a little too hot for him in San Salvador. Maine Coons are “winter” cats. That didn’t suit him too well with 30-35 degrees (Celsius).”

Do you take your cat on adventures? Does he enjoy traveling in a backpack or on a leash?

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Cat from Paris {France}

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Rumor has it each time Woody Allen visits Paris, he books a room in his favorite hotel: Le Bristol. He even shot Midnight in Paris there.

It's no surprise that this five-star hotel, which is part of the Oetker Collection, is in demand with the greats of fashion, politics, movies, and finance. Since it opened in 1925, it is known for its historic architecture, luxurious interior, impeccable service, and fine dining experiences.

But there's another reason why this hotel attracts raving fans the world over – Le Bristol has a resident cat: Fa-raon (French for pharaoh).

With its silky soft fur groomed to perfection, this Birman kitty oozes luxury and reflects the high standards of Le Bristol.

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Didier Le Calvez, the hotel's CEO, adopted Fa-raon in 2010. He picked the Birman breed for its gentleness and because its creamy coat matched the hotel's interiors.

Fa-raon has been roaming Le Bristol ever since. He loves to meander down the luxurious corridors, greet entering customers from the stairs near the entrance, or nap in the garden if the Parisian weather permits. His favorite hobby: perching on the glass showcases in the lobby. However, he knows he is not allowed to go to inside the restaurants or near the swimming pool overlooking the Sacré-Coeur.

The cat also has his little hiding spots. He loves to tuck himself away behind desks and screens or under a chair, particularly at the Standard or behind the reception desk. The Castellane lounge is one of his favorite places for a siesta.

He possesses a room of his own which he can enter at all times through a cat door and which contains his litter box, cat bed, and food bowl. The walls in this room are decorated with drawings of Fa-raon made by the children who have visited Le Bristol.

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Ever since Fa-raon arrived at the hotel, journalists have been enquiring about him and photographers have been requesting shoots, thus turning Fa-raon into one of the most mediatized cats in the world.

This fluffy feline is famous, and the staff knows it. Meeting and photographing Fa-raon happens similarly as interviewing a Hollywood star. I was given no more than 10 minutes to catch this feline celebrity on camera, all the while being supervised at all times. When I asked about some funny anecdotes, the press officer answered, "That is confidential information."

He surely knew how to pose. He stayed calm and showed his best profile, obviously used to the attention.

And not only the media love him. Regular clients of Le Bristol often bring him kibble and other presents.

“Fa-raon is a true member of the Bristol family,” the press officer said.

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In case you've visited Le Bristol before, you may have been wondering what happened to the second cat.

There used to be a second Birman cat at Le Bristol in Paris: Kleopatre. She lived there for several years, but early 2017 she moved to Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa in Baden-Baden in Germany.

The Brenners Hotel & Spa and Le Bristol are the only hotels of the Oetker Collection that have resident cats.

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You can find more pictures and information about Le Bristol here, and if you want to book a stay at Fa-raon's palace, you can do so here.

Le Bristol is not the type of hotel where you can just walk in and out to see the cat. However, you are welcome to enjoy an afternoon tea at Café Antonia (and in the Jardin Français if the weather allows) or have a drink at the Bar du Bristol. Also, all their restaurants are open to the audience for breakfast (Epicure *** & Café Antonia) and lunch/dinner (Epicure ***, 114 Faubourg * and Café Antonia), so you have plenty of opportunities to meet Fa-raon.

Address: 112 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris, France (8th arrondissement)

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