Holiday vitrines, Boulevard Hausmann, Paris.
About three years ago, I read about a primary school teacher in Northern California who deliberately left a stuffed bear on an airport shuttle bus. She attached a note asking the finder to take "Adventure Bear" on their travels and photograph him, then send news to her classroom. A few people complied, accompanying the bear to several US cities. Over the course of a few months, David and I sent postcards to the classroom purporting to be from "Adventure Bear" in London or Paris.
The cards described Adventure Bear's experiences flying across the Atlantic; visiting the Tower of London and wearing bright yellow wellies while riding the London Eye with his new friend Paddington Bear. Other cards talked about Adventure Bear's Eurostar ride to Paris; his efforts to learn French; his fondness for red berets and sampling French miel (honey). We wrote about Adventure Bear's visit to the top of the Eiffel Tower, his boat ride along the Seine (in which he was admonished for getting honey on the seats) and art lessons at Montmartre. It is hoped the children in that Northern California classroom were pleasantly surprised to receive Adventure Bear's occasional postcards from France and England.
Bears on an underwater mission.
A children gazes in wonder at the floating bears.
Exploring sea life.
More curious children observe the bears' antics.