Istanbul is a town made for walking—as any glance at the crowded streets and traffic snarls, and any ear for the constant beeping car horns will tell you. We’ve done a lot of walking, and as we’ve legged it around the old town section we’ve noticed one obvious fact: there are lots of cats about. There are dogs, too, but it is the cats you notice, twitching their tales as they patrol the neighborhoods, acting like they own the place—which, being cats, they necessarily pretty much do.
The people of Istanbul seem to like the cats. You see bowls of kibble in front of some storefronts, like the one above, and dishes of water in front of others. The feral felines will take a nibble and a sip as if it is their birthright, then continue on their merry way.