Now I wish i had taken more pictures.
It was a storefront in Ypres, Belgium. I can’t remember if the store was empty or under renovations, but the drawings of cats with accompanying quotes caught my eye. In English, they must have been aimed at tourists, saying things like “Cats are smarter than dogs. You can’t get eight cats to pull a sled through snow.”
Cats are important to the Ypres economy – they have an triennual cat festival with traditions that go back to the middle ages, when cats were tossed from the Cloth Hall belfry. Today of course no cats are harmed in the event, and thousands of tourists come out for the parade, which will be May 10 this year.
I imagine that by holding the event only every third year that increases the anticipation and helps keep things fresh for the participants as well as the spectators. I won’t make it to the festival this year, but I suppose there is always 2018,