Very sweet :))
Lovely cat, Erik! I have never seen a Norwegian Forest cat yet, but heard of them, when I met a Maine Coon cat at a B&B in Northengland.
He was so cute an soft! A bit of a loner and a hunter, but also very affectionate. I've been told that Norwegian Forest cats are very social cats, and for sure Olaf and Kalle were. Especially Kalle was my favourite and I never could have imagined that I could miss a cat, but for sure I do...
I'll post some other pictures where you can see the face and expression, which we considered sometimes nearly human, of course seen from our perspective... ;-)
Dear Erik, you definitely have fallen in love with these lovely creatures. ;) And they look very special, so probably you will be drawn to Italy again. The lady in the B&B, I told you above, has dedicated most of her time to her wonderful Maine Coons. She has a monument in the garden for them. They lead a wonderful cat's life and are even free to go for a stroll in the fields, if they want to.
I'll visit your other photos of "your" beauties later.
Dear May, I think you're right...;-) I saw some pictures of the Maine Coon cats. I didn't know them but they're equally furry and cute, but with a little different 'hairy pattern'.
I don't know if we will visit that house again but I will certainly go back to Italy once upon a time, also to Toscane but now with my partner. We love the food and the Italian Cuisine, and the culture! We visited Piemonte and the Marche now. Both were unknown territory for us. Do you have your 'favourite places' in Italy? I mean, places that are not so well known like Toscane but well kept secrets, especially worth a visit?
Warm greetings, Erik
Erik, my friend, you don't want me to tell about my well kept secrets in Panoramio, do you? ;))) Just a joke! In Italy you can never go wrong and you will never be disappointed, because every city has its beautiful architecture, though today I prefer the more quiet places and outside the high season. I love to see the old historical centres in the cities, but also the unknown countryside. Like you and your friend, I enjoy the food and the Italianità, I love the people there. I have been to most cities more in the North of Italy, as well as in the Toscana and Umbria. I prefer the places OFF the motorways and found old towns like Bergamo and Cremona, etc., great, because there weren't many tourists.
The 'centro historico' in Perugia in Umbria is certainly one of my very favourite places, an old Etruscan town with generous age-old buildings and very much alive. In the very South there are those picturesque little middle-age centers on top of some hills, which are delightful like Badolato (scans in my gallery). And then there are those interesting places in the Basilicata, in the mountains like Matera. I have to stop here, because I couldn't do justice in naming just a few, there are so many more places worth mentioning. I think everybody has to find out on his own. Warm wishes, May
Thank you for the extensive response, dear May! And...my lips are sealed! I promise I won't tell it further to anyone but my girlfriend;-) Once, many years ago, I was in Perugia too. We stayed there and made many trips to other places like Assisi, Gubbio, Spoleto and Orvieto. You're right about Perugia. It's a very nice old city, with a lively and urban atmosphere, especially in the evenings with nice weather with all those terraces on the street. I also liked it very much. I hope we'll once go back there some time, and also like you, only off season. We all get a little older ;-))) I'll do some research for Basilicata. I don't know this area, and I've also never been in the very south. All I can say is that the Marche is very much like your description of the south, with every hill having it's own old medieval village on top.
As I wrote you, also the Engadin and Austria are on our list, and we like the mountains so much that probably our next holiday will be somewhere in or near the mountains. There's a National Park in France, the Vanoise (Rhone-Alpes, Val d'Isère) that I've never been to and that makes me very curious. There's indeed too much to mention, and that only in Europe...
Hartelijke groeten, Erik
I see, dear Erik, you have been to so many places and I guess, you have the same preferences as me. :)
My very best wishes for a peaceful and relaxed time,
coooooooolll !! :))
Thank you very much for your good wishes, May! I can use it, for several good reasons... Have you been thinking about your trip to Italy, or don't you have holiday plans for now?
I wish you a happy Christmas and a very good and creative 2010!
Thank you, Erik! I don't travel at this time of the year. I usually try to avoid roads and public transports, when everybody else is travelling. Except for a day's visit between Christmas and New Year to my brother I stay at home. I am used to stay alone and enjoy the peace around me. I never liked Christmas, maybe because it's also my birthday. Dear Erik, I hope you are well. I don't want to make my mail-address public, but if you wish we can get into contact.
All my best wishes to you for Christmas and anytime,
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