We're back from our WONDERFUL trip to Italy and I've been sifting through the photos for the last week. That has been something of an overwhelming task, of course. I took a lot of pictures and once the fuzzy ones and doubles are deleted, then comes going through the rest of them one by one. If I were a more focused person, this might happen within a certain time frame. But I am not.
At any rate, I do have a fair number of photos of lions, which are appropriate for "Caturday." The lion is a frequent subject in classical sculptures and there are lots of lions in the city of Venice owing to the connection with St. Mark (the Evangelist whose symbol is a lion).
This particular lion, however, lives in Florence, in the Palazzo Vecchio at the base of a 16th century statue of Hercules and Cacus, by Baccio Bandenelli. As I walked by and noticed all the pigeons walking on its head, it seemed as if the pigeons were asserting their power while the lion was looking a little uneasy.
Meanwhile, you may be wondering about Bella and Sally. They survived being without us for two weeks none the worse for wear, although Bella appeared to have become a little lax about grooming. They quickly forgave us for being away (apparently they were happy with the cat sitter who came to feed them every day and spent a couple of nights at the house as well) and now we are all back to normal.