(UPDATED 11 JUNE 2014)If you’ve holidayed in places around the Med or in SE Asia, you’ve probably seen ‘street cats’. Much as we’d like to give them all a home, alas, we can’t. What we can do is pay homage to them in these lovely pictures.1. Crimea, UkraineWhat a handsome chap. Until it hit the news this year, the Crimea was a destination known less by tourists than by history buffs. One such buff is ex-Stoke and Palace boss Tony Pulis, who revealed that he visited this much fought-over peninsula on the Black Sea as a result of his long-standing interest in its eventful history. Respect. 5. Amsterdam, NetherlandsTo see the contrasting fortunes of Amsterdam’s cats, donate a few Euros to De Poezenboot (the Cat Boat), dry your eyes, and meet some rather more pampered pusses at the Kattenkabinet – a feline shrine to a cat called John in a grand old canal house. Even better, you can stay there, in apartments above the museum – all cat-themed of course. A big shout out to Jaunted’s The Adventures of Travel Cat which was partially the inspiration for this feature. Cats often appear in the travels of the author, who nurtures an impractical dream of running a cat sanctuary in Corsica, but in reality struggles to cope with managing his own two cats, who fall out of trees, wake him up in the night, and really should just grow up a bit.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 10. Ephesus, TurkeyAs we have already seen, ancient monuments and archaelogical sites are some of the best places to see feral cats. The remains of one of the Seven Wonders of the World offer effective itching posts for its residents. 11. Petra, JordanWhat were we saying about ancient monuments? Petra was used as a location for Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and the slightly-less-famous film Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. Doing reasonable impressions of sand cats, these two match their surroundings perfectly. 2. Delphi, GreeceTo the Ancient Greeks at least, Delphi was the centre of the world. The place had a lot going for it: as well being situated on Mount Parnassus, home of a whole pantheon of gods, there was the Oracle, and the Eternal Flame, to which The Bangles’ epic 1989 number one of the same name was an ode. Or maybe not. 3. Houtong, TaiwanAs the residents of the once-booming mining town of Houtong moved out following the collapse of its mining industry, many of their cats were left abandoned. In 2008 a kindly cat lover initiated a scheme to care for the leftover moggies. Now Houtong is home to just a few hundred humans, and over 100 well looked-after cats, who have become a quite a tourist attraction. 4. Eilat, IsraelThe tourist resort of Eilat, on the Red Sea at the far south of Israel, is one of the world’s top scuba diving centres, and one of the world’s best places to see migrating birds, as they make their way south from Europe into Africa. It is also home to a large number of street cats, like this lot. 9. Venice, ItalySome Venice strays are given homes in special cat huts at the San Lorenzo sanctuary in the Castello area of the city. Hopefully fish will be on the menu for this monochrome moggie on Burano, a nearby island in the Venetian Lagoon . 8. Ait Benhaddou, MoroccoOne of the must-stop sites on Morocco’s tourist circuit, the fortified city of Ait Benhaddou does get a bit busy with people snapping the set of Game of Thrones, Gladiator and The Man Who Would Be King, but a further attraction is its population of cats like this one.More: 29 amazing Game of Thrones locations: in pictures 7. Megishima, JapanPardon the generalisation, but the Japanese are known for their affection for cats, evidenced by the phenomenon of the cat café. Ideal for people who cannot keep cats themselves, and cat-loving tourists, you pay to spend an hour (or more) in the company of very well looked-after kitties while you’re sipping tea or working on that presentation. There are 39 of them in Tokyo alone. If Tokyo is too far, there’s Café des Chats in Paris.More: 9 of the world’s best cat cafés, from London to Japan 12. Denisovo, RussiaOh go on then, just one for the lolz. Hedging its bets perhaps? 6. Bangkok, Thailand‘Street life, it’s the only life I know.’ There are many thousands of street cats in Bangkok, where life expectancy is low and few felines are as fortunate as to have a home. Related24 hours in Edinburgh: a video city guideFew cities are as charming or as enchanting as Edinburgh: if you’re only in town for the weekend it can be difficult to choose what to see and do. 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