Maya’s Breakfast Friends!

My little cat, Maya, who I have mentioned here, does this funny thing with her cat food and toys…..

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She carries them with her and drops them in her food dish! I don’t know if its because they have catnip in them and that makes her hungry, but almost every day I take them out and put them away only to find they have returned!

What a funny cat I have! Do any of you have cats with similarly peculiar habits?

An note on inspurration…

Happy Friday!  I wanted to take a moment to mention a blog that has been truly inspiring to me- baileyboatcat.com.  I stumbled across it a few years ago when I was doing a Google image search of cats wearing life jackets.  The reason behind this has to do with my Dad, a sailor who loves to take his poor cats out with him…we were debating the likelihood of a cat wearing a life jacket happily.  His cat, unlike Bailey, is not a born sailor as maybe you can guess from this picture:

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Bailey, who is a Siamese cat, and happily wears a life jacket,  looks quite similar to my own Tonkinese cat, Maya, (seen below) which further interested me.   The writing and pictures were so engaging and funny that I was soon totally hooked.  “Bailey” would post almost every day, giving updates on his sailing adventures and his life in general.  When thinking about beginning my own blog, I drew a lot of inspiration from Bailey (and his “Mom”).  The writing is so fresh and fun that I always felt happier after reading his blog posts.  While my cat will NEVER be a floating feline, we love hearing all about your adventures.  Thank you Bailey for sharing your experiences with me and all your other furry furriends!

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Chartres Cathedral, France May 2018

During our recent visit to France, we spent an afternoon at Chartres Cathedral.  This sleepy little village was our first taste of the French countryside and it did not disappoint!

The village surrounds the cathedral and is very quaint and has a medieval feel to it.  The streets are narrow and crooked and are built onto the steep hillside, at the top of which is the cathedral.  It felt very quiet as we walked to the top of the hill. Once there, we had, in my mind, one of the best lunches of the entire trip.  I had a sandwich made entirely of Camembert and French bread.  I will remember it for the rest of my life.  It was surreal.  (Sadly, I did not take a picture of the sandwich or the restaurant.  Worth noting, is that the restaurant featured an interesting collection of teapots. It was full of them.)

The interior of the Cathedral was breathtaking. The soaring ceilings and stained glass windows were spectacular.  The exterior of the cathedral looked like it was due for a cleaning, as some of the more elaborate details were masked by a layer of black…IMG_8967

(Please excuse the dorky picture, it was the only one I had close enough to see the covered in black soot.)

The front of the cathedral was also surrounded by beautiful flowers and gardens…

Finally, the highlight (apart from the excellent sandwich) was the French cat we discovered enjoying the flower garden behind the cathedral.

IMG_8418 On a rainy weekday, remembering this visit has been fantastic.  I wish you all a happy day and safe travels (hopefully with frequent cat sightings!)

Musée d’Orsay, Paris May 2018

During our visit to France, we spent a Sunday afternoon at the Musee d’ Orsay.   This is one of the best known museums in the world, so there is not too much I can contribute, other than my experience.

We bought tickets ahead of time, in a effort to beat the crowds and it turned out that many others had had the same idea… we waited for almost an hour to get in. However, it was not raining at the time, and we had just arrived in Paris, so the experience of waiting was not at all unpleasant.  We made friends with some fellow museum goers waiting with us.

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There are no words to describe the collection of Impressionists.  (By the time we got inside, we only had an hour and a half to see everything, so we went for the most popular, of course).  It was truly astounding. Room after room of masterpieces.  The only down side was that we were not alone.

This was our experience of trying to see Starry Night Over the Rhône:

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(I have included a link to the actual painting so you know which painting I am talking about.  Its impossible to tell through the fog of tourists.)

My favorites however, were the lesser known paintings by Monet:

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And, my personal favorite, the Turkeys:

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We also were able to see some lesser known VanGogh Paintings also:

 

(Apologies for the strange angles, it was challenging to get clear pictures that did not have other people in them.)

Sadly, as the museum was closing, things got less crowded and we came across this lovely little painting, The White Cat, by Pierre Bonnard

 

(As a cat lover, this was a highlight for me).  I wish you Merry travels!

Meet Annapurna…

This post is not about travel, but I thought this would be a good time to introduce you to a wonderful cat in my life….Annapurna!

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She is an 18 month old Tonkinese cat, who lives with my family and her two older brothers, whom she delights in chasing and pestering.

These guys, Smuttynose and Zeus, are brothers, from the same litter (my cat Maya is their mom).  Sadly, there is quite a bit of tension between them.  Zeus came back to us after 4 years of living with another family, and Smutty has done his best to make him feel unwelcome at every turn.

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This situation is slightly humorous, as they are practically identical in appearance. (Zeus, however, struggles a bit with his weight, and Smuttynose is notoriously cross-eyed.)

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Annapurna, meanwhile, rules them both!

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A bit about Maya…

While this is a blog about my travel experiences and love of history, I think it is worth mentioning who I leave behind when I am away.  I have a lovely little Tonkinese cat named Maya.  She is 11 years old and is, in my opinion, the most spectacular cat on earth.  Her traits are far more canine than feline.  She greets me at the door when I come home and always wants to be close to me.  She is the ultimate lap cat and likes to snuggle under the covers.  Sometimes she gets up to mischief: one of her favorite past times is pulling pushpins out of the wall and batting them around.  This activity, while sort of cute, sets me on edge as I fear she might eat a pushpin one day!

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