Dear Reader, I usually ignore Google’s travel tips, but when I read that the top draw was Gacek the cat I was intrigued. Apparently, the city of Szczecin, Poland, is gaining fame not for the castles, the National Museum, or nature parks but for Gacek.
Gacek is a portly black-and-white tuxedo cat who became the city’s number one rated tourist attraction on Google Maps. He received five out of five stars in more than 4,000 reviews. Gacek had lived independently on Kaszubska Street for about seven years until a local news station posted a video featuring the friendly feline.
A naturally friendly guy, Gacek became the favorite of the local shop owners, and it wasn’t long before they built a cat house for his grace. Of course, he ingratiated himself to everyone and life was easy. He has food, shelter, and attention.
After a YouTube video posted over 800,000 views, Gacek became a rock star. Amazingly, people began showing up to pet, feed, and photograph him. It did not stop there, because fans launched an Instagram account with thousands of followers and recently created a Facebook page. He is also on YouTube.
Although Gacek has had many offers to become a homebody, he will not let anyone adopt him. He loves his spot on the street in the middle of the city, and he is the gracious ambassador of his street.
Unfortunately, fame has affected his waistline, so shopkeepers put a sign over his home instructing visitors to leave packaged treats with nearby shop owners who fill his bowl morning and night.
One comment I read from an admirer made me laugh, “I traveled three hours to be ignored and, I would do it all over again.” Chow to Gacek!
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