Little Bear's Adventure's
It was sort of quiet when we arrived at dusk. Beth put me on a railing and told me that was St. Peter's Cathedral, behind me. She said that's where she saw the Pope when she was 11.
I don't even know what a Pope is. And I didn't know what that thing was, that she put in my lap.
Beth said, "You never know when you might see the Pope!" She wanted me to have a rosary, just in case. I'm still confused.
I didn't see the Pope. Beth says she has seen 3 different Popes. She said she had a rosary with her each time. I'm not sure I believe her.
But I don't think she'd lie, on Good Friday.
I feel as old as this little matchbox. Beth has kept the tiny box since her mother used up the matches in Italy, 55 years ago.
I'm not that old, but I look as worn out as that box. I climbed in it for a while, when Beth was packing for the trip. Then I asked, "Why are you taking this box to Italy?"
My Pose in Pisa
When we got to Pisa, there were about a zillion people taking pictures, pretending to hold up the Leaning Tower, with their hands.
People doing poses with selfie-sticks and doing glamor shots. And then Beth just stuck me in the grass, with the matchbox.
The Leaning Box
Instead of looking cool like everyone else, I just sat in the grass looking like I was holding up this leaning matchbox.
I was embarrassed when people walked by and wondered why I was doing this. Beth assured me, they were too busy taking their own photo to notice me.
That sort of made me sad. I told Beth she wasn't a very good photographer. because in this photo the tower is blurry and it's not leaning.
Beth said "Oh well." and tucked me away with the matchbox. Later she apologized and so did I. We both blamed our moods on jet lag.
In April, Beth took me to Italy. We visited a park that seemed to be in the country.
There were no swings or picnic tables, but there was lots of moss.
You have to look hard to see me in the moss, in this photo. You can also see a mossy wall and the top of some kind of decoration.
Surprises in the Park
There were no slides or climbers in this park, but there were things even better!
Behind me you can see the legs of a sculpture, created hundreds of years ago.
Monsters and Creatures
The park was filled with sort of scary looking statues. Most looked like monsters.
This one just looked like a lady with a thing on her head.
I sat on the ground and posed near the lady's legs. She was sitting on the ground, too.
Beth posed by the metal bar, that kept people from climbing all over the lady. She was made in the 16th century. She is very old.
When They Were Younger
About a million years ago, Beth was 11 when she visited this park. The statue was also much younger, in 1969.
Usually, I'm the one that gets to climb and sit on fun things. Beth takes pictures of me on flowers and riding on tiny turtles. She can only dream of doing those things. But long ago, Lucky Beth, got to climb on the Lady!