Monday, December 15, 2014

Fun with Paddington – Part 2

Hi ho. Sebastian here with one last look at how I met even more Paddingtons! I won’t be able to show you all the Paddingtons we met because your eyes might glaze over but I thought you might enjoy seeing what a good climber I am.

Sparkles!  And he really did.

Ain’t he cute?  See how his luggage is painted like a double decker bus?

A Rolls-Royce Paddington

I had no problem hanging about in Hamley’s toy store for this
Bearer of Gifts

A very Special Delivery


Looking at my friend . . .

This one says it all – Paddington is Great!

Take a few steps back and

see icons of London!

Sharing secrets.  Can you see me?

This adventure took us in all kinds of places.

Chief Scout Bear – Couldn’t miss this one!  We are very familiar with Scouts!

I have other photos of me in interesting places around London.  Perhaps I will save them for a rainy day.  These Paddingtons will be auctioned off and the proceeds will go to charity.  What a great cause and a fun way to see London.  They won’t be around for long.  For more information, click here. 

love & hugs,


Friday, December 12, 2014

Fun with Paddington - Part 1

Hi ho. It’s me again! Sebastian here to share my adventures searching for Paddington. When I found out Paddington bears were all over London on something called The Paddington Trail, I could hardly contain myself. Being a small bear that is big on adventure, this was right up my alley, my bailiwick, my thing. I mean this adventure had ‘Sebastian’ written all over it.

Jetlag, schmetlag. Let’s get going. I could probably move faster on my own but you know how it is sometimes. You have to let them come along every once in a while. The first bear we found was easy peasy – right outside Harrod’s. Oh my. The people there were wall-to-wall and we all had to take turns with Paddington. I was a little shy at first.


The next day we headed out to Paddington Station where the trains come in and where Paddington first set foot in London. It was awesome. We found Paddington there right between the platforms where the trains arrive and depart. I was beginning to get a little braver.

Then I made a deal with the staff. If we could find just a few more Paddington’s, I would treat them to lunch. I had one carrying the camera so we could document my finds and the other was the map reader. He was most useful in that vein. I’ll make a note to take him along again sometime.


When we found the next Paddington, it was almost as if someone had told everyone my plan because there were a lot of people waiting to take photos. And because of this, I decided to pass on having my photo made with one or two. I like it better when it’s just me and Paddington, although I did get a few people telling me I was quite nice.

It’s  hard to tell in this photo, but this one was flocked!  He was very soft.  Everyone wanted to feel his ‘fur’!


We ended up walking along the canal in a place called Little Venice,

in the Borough of Paddington.

It was interesting – the water, the boats, but mostly the Paddington’s. He was ALL over London! I began to get a little braver posing with him. Mostly this was due to the fact that he was a bear – just like me and we understood each other.

If you look carefully at the photo above, you can see that we met and made some friends on our journey.  The Paddington below is called Texting Paddington. 

In this close-up picture, you can see the detail that makes sense of the name.

Here I am sitting atop Paddington’s hat on one called

Love, Paddington x

We weren’t even searching for this one.  We were looking for a place for lunch!  A bear does get hungry as you know.  It was like he was looking for us.  “Top o’ the mornin’ to ya.”

Now I have to say goodnight and bring Part 1 of Fun with Paddington to a close with one last Paddington in the dark.  The Journey of Marmalade.  Yummy!  I think I might have to request some toast tomorrow for breakfast.  Toast and marmalade.

love & hugs,


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Berlin Christmas Markets

By the time this is posted, I will have landed back on US soil. It was a great trip and one of the things I will remember most about our trip is visiting the Berlin Christmas markets. I had heard about them and had seen photos of them, but never imagined that we would actually be able to visit them ourselves. And they certainly lived up to my imagination.

Here are a few of the photos I took and I hope they give you a feel for what it was like to be there. If you love quaint, alpine village-like charm and Christmas, the markets fit the bill. I would go back in a heartbeat.


Monday, December 8, 2014

Why I Like Berlin – by Sebastian

Hi ho. Sebastian here to tell you why I like Berlin. First of all, they have a bear on their flag! The city of Berlin has its own flag and it has a bear on it. How cool is that?!


In fact, if they just added one more letter, they could call the place Bearlin!

And that sounds pretty good to me.  Another reason I like the place is because there are bears all over Berlin and like Paddington in London, I even had my photo taken with one of them.

I was very high up in the air. While I loved the bears, I really didn’t want to be that far off the ground without a parachute.

Here’s a few more for your edification. I was greatly edified by them!

And one last one, just a little bit different from the others. Ain’t he cute?!

love & hugs,


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