July 13, 2007

Cats of Paris (and London)

Well, thanks to a flying (24 hr) visit to London to visit friends, I now have my 6th cat! :o). So, in no particular order, here we go....

Stunning white cat spotted in Montmartre on our way to Sacre Coeur.
Rather lovely calico girl sunning herself in Montparnasse
Gorgeous ginger lad in Batte aux Cailles.
And his tabby friend.
Very friendly tabby and white by the banks of the Seine.
And from Hockney, London, Meredith's little stunner, Fish.

It's getting quite late here, so off to bed shortly as it's Bastille Day tomorrow so got a fairly big day ahead - Parade (tho that's a maybe for us as there'll be literally millions of people!), jazz festival then the Bastille Day fireworks. However I'd just like to leave you with this. Spotted after a walk through the local park on our way home from a very nice dinner in a nearby restaurant. Note the colour of the water and tell me that the first two signs are not the most unnecessary signs every posted! And given it's about a foot deep, I've no idea what's up with the third one.

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PS Erin - I reckon you're right about the Parisian cats and their owners! A friend of Cat's did see a kitten being taken for a walk on a lead, tho no confirmation that it was Chanel and she didn't catch the kitten's name.

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July 09, 2007

This is gonna be harder than I thought!

No, not Paris - that's just amazing! But alas my plan for a photo blog of the cats of Paris has hit a snag - I can't find them! Pigeons of Paris? Not a problem. Small rat sized pampered dogs of Paris? Easy! But cats of Paris? Well, let's just say the parts of Paris I've been to so far have not been overrun!

I've decided a realistic number for a photo blog entry is 6 cats. Had a very successful day yesterday prowling round the alley ways of the Butte aux Cailles (which is pretty damn gorgeous) and actully managed to spot and photograph 3! Plus one down by the Seine makes 4, and the lovely white one spotted in Montmartre the day before on our way to visit Sacre Coeur makes 5. So one more cat to go and I'll get my blog entry :o)

Bit concerned at the lack of cats, but I suppose that's better than seeing hundreds of half starved ones.

Anyhow, off to explore a bit more soon. Having a fabulous time and will post again soon.

In the meantime, here's the Pont Neuf at night for you. At least I think it is. It was taken pretty late on my first night here after a rather long plane trip, so could well have gotten it mixed up with another bridge. Pretty tho ;o)


Postscript: In my search for a butcher that's open on a monday (so I could cook Cat lamb fillet when she gets home from work) I did spot an apartment cat! But it was too darn quick for me :o(

Also apparently butchers and anyone selling non-wilted vegetables don't open in Paris on a monday. Guess Cat's just going to have to wait til tomorrow when I can get what I want from the market just round the corner that they have on tuesdays and fridays.

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July 06, 2007

You're not in Guatamala now, Dr Ropata!

Nor, as it happens, am I in Wellington. Decided it was time for a much needed break, so have taken off for 2 weeks.

Can you guess from the photo below where I am???


Yup - your's truely has bu**ered off to Paris for 12 days. Got here at 6:40am this morning after a VERY long couple of flights. I did manage to go for a bit of a wander for a couple of hours to stretch the legs after a shower and coffee but have made a miserable start to my next project.

Seeing as I won't be able to send updates on the shelter, I thought I'd do a "Cats of Paris" feature on CataBlog. 2 hrs walking and not a single cat to be seen! Far too many dogs tho.

Still, I'm sure as I get a bit more adventurous and make my way into some of the older quarters there's got to be at least a few Parisian cats who'll be willing to pose for me.

I've also discovered the French drive like lunatics and that I must find out what the rules are around pedestrian crossings, as they don't seem to involve cars/trucks/mopeds actually stopping to let pedestrians cross!

Anyhow, wilting somewhat now, so am off to have a bit of a lie down.

Watch this space (if you're at all interested in my blathering on about France rather than the CPL cats for a change).

Tho before I go, just wanted to let you know that Sooty's doing brilliantly in his new home. Settled in immediately, and is totally happy and relaxed with all the family. They're just thrilled with him! :o)

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