We are now in Cadiz, Spain, at the location below that’s circled in red.
and visited a small underground archaeological dig from Phoenician times. There I saw remains of a cat from the 8th century BC:
Here it is below. I believe the earliest evidence for cat domestication is about 10,000 years ago from Cyprus. This one is considerably younger, and these don’t look like cat bones to me, but I assume the experts know what they’re digging up.
Finally, I found a gorgeous stray tabby kitten on the streets of Rabat, Morocco, and couldn’t resist petting it. It promptly crawled into my lap and, purring, fell asleep. I was very sad that I couldn’t bring it home with me (“Rabat” would be a great name for a cat). And I couldn’t do what Muhammad was reputed to do: cut off the sleeve of his robe when the call to prayer came but his favorite cat, Muezza, was sleeping on it.
This afternoon we’re off to Jerez for a sherry tasting (most other folks are in Seville, but I’ve been there.)