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NOTE: The original cache was stolen, and I have now replaced it by a simple offset to avoid a return by the thieves.
This is a simple cache from an idea by Myriam, and is in memory of a friend, Rhona, who lived near Lagos, and loved cats, and of our own cat, Terça, who walked into our house one Tuesday about 10 years ago, adopted us and gave us a lot of love until she passed away last year. You may see some of her less lucky friends, and also some of Rhona's friends when you find this cache.
Unlike most of our other caches all you have to do is approach from the right side of the river. It is possible to drive close, but is more rewarding to park near the railway station and walk past the boatyard and marina. If you then go towards the sea, you will see the long curved sweep of Meia Praia, and may be inspired to take a walk part way along. The coordinates given are for the cats' houses.
To find the Cache:
Old Possum may be of help! The author won a Nobel Prize for Literature in ABCD. To find the offset cache, SUBTRACT (D-A) from the original northing and (B+D) from the original westing. Please be discreet and conceal the cache after finding it.
There is a plaque to Rhona on one of the cat shelters near this cache. If you stand near the cache, the inhabitants will gradually materialise from all around, and thanks to the efforts of the volunteers who care for them, they are in lovely sleek condition, and usually very approachable and friendly. Be very careful with young children, until you are confident that they understand that these are not fully domesticated animals, and although some are very happy to be petted there are one or two that may be easily frightened.
We hope you enjoy this simple offset cache. Please be aware of muggles who may approach from any direction.
Update December 2008: The Cat Hotel has been vandalised and broken up. The plaque is missing, but some local Portuguese Friends of the Cats have rebuilt a temporary house for the cats.
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum