A Pocketful of Sunshine

posted by Sharon November 18, 2014 19 Comments
Rome

I got a pocket,
got a pocket full of sunshine,
I’ve got a love and I know that it’s all mine.
                             — Natasha Bedingfield

Have you noticed how cats love sunshine? They seek it out and completely relax in its warmth. One heartwarming place to see this is in Rome at the cat sanctuary, Largo di Torre Argentina.

This isn’t your average cat shelter. It’s located in an excavated city block that happens to be where Julius Cesaer was stabbed in 44 BC. About a century ago, digging began here, and portions of 4 temples and a theater emerged. Columns and pieces of ancient buildings lay scattered all around.

One end of the block houses the cat shelter.

So cats romp where Julius Cesear walked. They nap on a temple column. They nestle into old brick walls.

They roam about the patio outside the sanctuary.

All of the cats get medical treatment inside. Then, if they want to stay in, they are welcome. They can play and sleep and visit with the stream of tourists who find this place of ancient history.

More than 200 cats live here, and the staff names each one. “I’ve got a love and I know that it’s all mine.” Every cat is known; every one is loved.

There’s a place that I go
That nobody knows
Where the rivers flow
And I call it home
And there’s no more lies
And the darkness is light
And nobody cries
there’s only butterflies.

The best part of our visit? A French couple picked up a little black cat and I watched them fall in love. They pantomimed to the Italian woman working there that they wanted to adopt the little fur ball. A new family formed on the spot!

If you’re ever in Rome, be sure to visit the cat sanctuary. You’ll get a dose of history, and you’ll find love in action.

Linking up with Texture Tuesday, Wednesday Around the World, and Sweet Shot Tuesdays. Last photo edited with Kim Klassen’s texture kk_312. Also linking up with the song-inspired party, Song-ography, where the theme song this week is “Pocketful of Sunshine” by Natasha Bedingfield.

 

 

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19 Comments

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Carol November 18, 2014 at 2:09 am

Now that’s a lot of cats, and yes they love sunshine. Great pics.

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Buckeroomama November 18, 2014 at 6:28 am

I guess one of the positives about shooting in bright sunlight are the interesting shadows one gets!

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prairiejill November 18, 2014 at 6:38 am

Fascinating place! Great series of photographs.

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BLOGitse November 18, 2014 at 6:57 am

What a place for cats to enjoy life…

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Donna November 18, 2014 at 9:28 am

Traveling the world with you is an adventure! You really captured the heart and soul of this sanctuary for cats with your photographs. Your tie in of the Pocketful of Sunshine song and the cats lazing in the sun is perfect!

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Tamar November 18, 2014 at 10:11 am

Awesome pictures! Stray cats are also all over Jerusalem, its amazing!

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rebeccahaegele November 18, 2014 at 11:11 am

How perfect for the prompt. So glad to see the love!

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jmcguin7 November 18, 2014 at 1:28 pm

What a great place!!! The photos are gorgeous.

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createdforajourney November 18, 2014 at 1:55 pm

What an interesting place and you captured its residents beautifully…

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Carola Bartz November 18, 2014 at 2:39 pm

What a beautiful post, Sharon. This is certainly a place I would love to visit. Your photos are all wonderful – I love the little black and white cat with the big black dot on her nose.

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Kim November 18, 2014 at 3:41 pm

I had no idea, a little history mixed in with the here and now. Love the photo with the kitty on the patio.

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Marilyn Gallas November 18, 2014 at 4:00 pm

These are wonderful, Sharon. What a great story….and the poetry is perfect with them.

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elizabethfstewart November 18, 2014 at 4:03 pm

What a fun post!

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Sheila November 18, 2014 at 6:16 pm

What a wonderful place – how wonderful to witness an adoption? So glad that there are places like this in the world.

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Dotti November 18, 2014 at 6:22 pm

How fascinating! And such a sweet story about the adoption. Cats do love warmth sunshine. We’ll be in Rome in July and will try to visit this place. Thanks for the tip!

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Ida P. Krause November 19, 2014 at 1:13 am

Oh wow this is just so cool. I love cats so much and am always happy to learn about places like this.

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Pat November 19, 2014 at 11:34 am

What a wonderful place! Love your photos of these beautiful animals.

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Kathy November 19, 2014 at 9:54 pm

Soooo interesting…I’ve been to Rome a few times and never heard of the cat sanctuary! I’ve probably walked right by it! Thanks for joining in at Song-ography.

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Barbara November 20, 2014 at 9:59 am

I’m Italian and I’ve been to Rome lots of time but never heard about this! Thanks for sharing!

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