This is another rather mysterious photo from the family archives. The handwriting on the back looks like my grandmother's, but could belong to any of her sisters or her mother just as easily. My French grandmother was quite fond of her cats, as were the other women in her family. So this could theoretically have been France, Italy or Morocco. The minous were everpresent in the family, and were generally spoken to in Italian, as were all family pets (I'm not sure how that tradition came into being). I still have the curious urge to say "vieni" or "basta" when I see a cat. We even had a couple around the house when I was a kidlet. But the line stopped with me, I'm afraid. I'm a dog person.