When my sister used to live in the Raval, we'd often pass this little place just behind the main market (La Boqueria) on the Rambla. At first you could clearly see in but now it is more protected and you have to peer carefully through the bars and wire- probably due to all the building works that have been going on in the surrounding area.
There is a bar in front, so we'd often sit and have a clara (beer and lemon fanta) with this as our backdrop.
(We is feelin most serene is z sun!)
Anyway, yesterday I took my equally mad cat friend to see it, as we were in the area, and we noticed this time people entering the vicinity...so we dared to try and get in...and it paid off. There is a little gate just to the side and we pointed eagerly and the lady inside nodded her head in agreement.
Inside is a little kitty-cat playground complete with slides, tunnels and even mini trampolines! As we stepped in, three cats were rumbling and tumbling and scrambling up a tree high above us. Other cats sat more sedately in baskets or in pools of winter sunlight.
(Aw hi! Who is you?)
I almost missed the ratty cat nestled in a piece of tubing...
(I's ratty cat and I's maybes don'ts like you...we can talk treats tho?)
...and the camouflage cat on the roof...
(I's thinking I's safer up here watchin yous)
They are rather battered pussycats. Street life and abandonment has been tough and this is their little haven to seek shelter in a bustling crazy city. That's what I like about the Raval though. Hordes of tourists fill the Gothic quarter and Plaça de Catalunya, but you only need to cross the Rambla and immediately the atmosphere seems calmer and you can breathe a small sigh of relief.
You can find out more information about this place here at their website and this is also a lovely little article full of details. I particularly like the insightful comment about how cats hate authority and how you must have patience and a softly-softly approach. Absolutely true. It pays off eventually and the rewards are endless. Perhaps a lesson for other things in life as well...xxx