Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The cats of İstanbul




























There are cat cities and there are dog cities. Like Rome, Istanbul is a cat city. The ubiquitous felines lend to the character of the city as much as the imposing mosques, palaces, and bazaars. In Cihangir -- the neighborhood of Istanbul where I stayed last weekend -- the cats might as well have passports and pay taxes, as they often act and are treated like full-fledged (human) citizens. Two years ago I was in a small town in northern Russia for a week and got in the habit of feeding the town strays. In Istanbul I fit right in as one among hundreds feeding local cats.

Here’s a selection of my favorite Istanbul cats.

Cats outdoors...


Cats on (hot tin?) roofs...


Cats indoors...

This cat posed for pictures inside
the Hagia Sophia for hours.
Istanbul also has its fair share of dogs.



For good measure, here are a few pictures of Istanbul, a city well worth visiting.


The Hagia Sophia


The Blue Mosque

**This is a one-off blog... I think.

6 comments:

cg said...

Love the pics! The cats everywhere remind me of San Juan...I wanted to take them all home with me! Looks gorgeous!

slmcanal said...

Oh my! Istanbul does look really interesting. If I should ever travel again, I think I'll put that on my bucket list. I love the cats. Your main photo of a cat in a basket of photos is priceless! Frame it!

Julia M. said...

I should go to Puerto Rico then! I'm clearly a big fan of these cat cities :-)

I also loved the pic of the cat in the photo basket (actually I think it was a suitcase...) He/she was my inspiration for the posting!

Christine said...

That was a great photo. Need a Puero Rico companion.!!?? I, too, like cats....

Christine said...

Ummm. Puerto Rico.

Julia M. said...

Yes, we will plan a cat-themed vacay to P.R.