I traveled a handful of times as a child and teenager. Years later, I took trips with my husband and children. As empty nesters, my husband and I trek more frequently. My excursions have taken me to various parts of the world- both urban and rural. On most of these journeys, I have focused on the main attraction. At museums and archeological sites, I looked at the artifacts. In a natural setting, I enjoy mother nature’s personal touch and visible wildlife. Some places like Ephesus in Kusadasi, Turkey provide unique opportunities to observe antiquity as well as stray animals. The main attraction at this notable archeological site are the ancient ruins. Nevertheless, if you are a cat lover, it will not be possible to pass up taking a few feline photos. Memories of the archeological treasures at Ephesus will be interspersed with an assortment of cats. Kusadasi’s cats have become their own attraction.
Some of these furry cats are oblivious to the crowds. This one happily sun bathes on the warm stones.
Other cats are on the move. This tri-colored kitten hops from one structure to the next.
This one is struggling to see through the sun’s glare. He wants to make sure no one is following him.
No matter where cats live, they continue to keep themselves clean.
Many blend into their environment. They look like statues. They do not flinch as large tour groups stroll by.
A few are more aware of the hovering crowds and leap away as soon as anyone comes near them.
After all, cats like their own space just as much as humans.
If you visit Ephesus anytime soon, be ready to see an assortment of stray Kusadasi cats. If you’re an animal lover, I’m sure you will not hesitate to include a few felines in your photo shoot.
Chloe’s Perspective (A Cat’s Perspective)
Sandra’s memoir highlights her living and teaching adventure in Bangalore, India. She is a licensed Colorado teacher who has taught K-12 students in the United States and abroad as well as college level courses. Sandra is married and has four adult sons.
The memoir was a finalist in the Travel category for the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, the 2013 International Book Awards, the 2013 National Indie Book Excellence Awards, 2013 USA Best Book Awards, and a Honorable Mention award in the Multicultural Non-Fiction category for the 2013 Global ebook Awards.