I'm determined to finish my Torcello series sooner rather than later...so here's the second cat story. This one isn't quite as dramatic as the cat who got on my lap in the cathedral, but still, It was such a strangely feline day, especially since after I left Torcello and went to Burano, I ran into another colony of cats that included a little orange kitten who tried to climb my leg.
Anyway, I stopped to pet and photograph all the many cats lounging along the canal leading down to the Piazza where the churches are. Because it was such a gray day and it wasn't raining at the time, I decided to walk around the island for a while before I went into the churches. So I was moseying along and all of a sudden, I glanced over and realized I had a companion. One of the Torcello cats had left his/her compatriots and decided to join me on my walk.
I was happy for the company and we walked together for about 20 minutes or so. Every once in a while, I'd stop and get the camera out, and the cat would stop and pose.
This is truly one of the most beautiful cats I've ever seen, and it blows my mind that it's a homeless cat living on a sparsely-populated island in the Venetian lagoon. Why hasn't anyone adopted this beauty?
It made me sad when he stopped to drink some rain water from a puddle. I'd brought some cat treats to Venice with me but had already given them out to the colony at the church of San Lorenzo, so I didn't have anything to give to this cat.
This cat was friendly but dignified - not a crazy or funny cat but a soulful cat. I was talking to him and felt like he could understand everything I said, despite the language barrier (he is Italian, after all). :)
The cat has very interesting feet and toes. The first cats that the ancient Venetians imported came from Syria and other places in the Middle East, and something about these feet make me think this cat is a descendant of those first cats brought to the lagoon many centuries ago.
I took a lot of photos of this cat. :)
The cat stayed with me until we came to a canal and ran into a free-roaming goat! At that point, the cat turned around and headed back to the Piazza.
Reflections in the canal (the goat was on the other side so I don't know if the cat left because of the goat or the water).
Someone who recently visited Torcello left a comment on my blog and said that she didn't see a single cat when she was there. It makes me wonder if Dingo has relocated the Torcello cats to their sanctuary on the Lido or somewhere else? I'll be very curious to see if the cats are still around the next time I visit Torcello (and I hope that it will be this year).
A couple more Torcello posts coming soon...