Girl Meets Bulgaria

Musings of an American expat in Bulgaria (with detours in Utah and Alaska)


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Wordless{ish} Wednesday: The Sleepy Residents of Ephesus

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Recently my husband and I visited the amazing ruins of Ephesus, Turkey.

The site itself was enough to keep my interested for the better part of a day; however, it was the current inhabitants that I truly got a kick out of.

Everywhere you looked there was a cat sleeping on a column or sunning itself on an ancient mosaic floor.

They are clearly strays but they don’t seem to mind; they call ancient ruins their home and sleep all day…what a life!

Catching some zzzz'sFinding some shadeUtterly relaxedDon't mind meEnjoying the sunKing of the column

The throngs of tourists didn’t phase them one bit.

They were clearly too relaxed to be bothered!

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*For more kitty goodness, check out my recent post on the cat’s taking over Rome!

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A Roman Cat Fight

Hello, all!

I am slowly but surely going through all my photos from our vacation, so expect lots of posts soon.

Tonight, however, I had to put up a quick post about the infamous feline residents of Sacra di Largo Argentina or Torre Argentina, an area of important ruins in central Rome.

Wide shot of  Sacra di Largo Argentina, Rome

Why did I have to? Well, today as I was working I was listening to NPR on my computer (fairly typical daily activity). I saw the headline for a recent story they did on Morning Edition called Cat Fight In Rome: Beloved Shelter Faces Closure. (Give it a listen!)

The second the audio started I knew they were talking about an area Vince and I happened upon during our walk about the city a few weeks ago. At first glance the spot is typically Roman: ruined temples, crumbling walls, column remnants, etc. But then…BAM! You suddenly begin to notice one cat after another. I’m talking about dozens upon dozens of cats in a one block area. Spotting them was almost like playing an odd version of Where’s Waldo. They were mostly napping (some in a clump under a tree) on this particular day, but a few were stalking the darker recesses of the ruins, no doubt on the hunt for some rodent snacks.

Pile o' cats at  Sacra di Largo Argentina, Rome Continue reading