Bertie and Croc were on the move again. They couldn’t see a lot as it was quite dark outside, but the two friends were excited to work out where they were. They kept peeping out of a small zip hole in the camera bag, taking in the sights and sounds. Bertie noticed that where ever they were it was very clean!
Eventually the motion of the bag stopped. Bertie peeped out first and went back into the bag to pull Croc with him. They were in front of a beautiful water feature, right in the centre of the town. The two friends sat together mesmerised, watching the water change colours from blue, to purple, to red, to green.
After some time Croc began to feel a little chilly. He decided that his feet were telling him it was time to head back into the warmth of the bag, but as he looked behind him to where the bag had been it was no longer there. Croc felt a moment of panic and nudged Bertie. Bertie turned round and also realised the bag they always travelled in was no where to be seen. Wide eyed in panic the two friends looked at each other….what were they to do now???
Bertie and Croc now knew the signs that a new journey was just about to start. Bertie had even mastered being able to judge just how long the journey would be from the size of the suitcases which were loaded carefully into the car.
The familiar sounds of the airport and the familiar feelings of the plane taken off lulled both Bertie and Croc into a deep sleep. They lay at the bottom of the camera bag wondering where they would end up next. Bertie dreamt it was an exciting place with lots to see and do, Croc dream it was warm and had nice clear, warm waters for him to swim in.
When they finally stopped travelling Bertie knew they had arrived at their hotel. He had heard different words being spoken and knew that they were in a different country. He peeped out of the bag and made his way to the hotel window. It didn’t tell him too much looking at the cobbled street below.
What happened next came as a complete surprise to him….Both Bertie and Croc were scooped up and bundled into the camera bag. They were going out for an explore, but it was night time!?
When the sway of the bag stopped Bertie and Croc peeped out. A cool breeze brushed at their fur and Croc realised his dream of being somewhere warm wasn’t happening. The view in front of them was pretty spectacular! They were near what looked like a harbour, the water twinkled in the moonlight and a strange, abstract structure on the other side of the water was lit up like a Christmas tree. They could see the shadows of people moving around in front of the light, looked blurred and tiny next to the huge windows.
Croc wondered what this multi-coloured building would look like during the day. Bertie was pretty sure that they would get a chance to find out! Little did they both know how close they would get to this impressive piece of architecture.
As Bertie and Croc looked back at 2017 they realised they had been very busy! So busy, in fact, that they haven’t had time to blog about all the things they managed to fit in.
After Bertie and Croc exchanged Christmas gifts and placed their special decorations on the Christmas tree they found themselves looking back at photographs. They have been to Rome, moved house and welcomed a new arrival to the family. They also went on another iconic trip which they haven’t written about.
This trip was a little colder than Rome. In fact, Bertie almost wished that he had packed his woolly hat! Croc wished he was back in the fountain in the boiling heat in Rome.
The next few blogs will be about Bertie and Croc’s trip to Norway!
We hope you enjoy reading them as much as Bertie and Croc enjoyed experiencing Norway….
Croc began realise what time of year it was when the Christmas tree made its appearance. He had begun to wonder for some time whether there was something important coming up as Bertie had been getting increasingly giddy. Having already experienced one Christmas in the UK Croc felt more confident this year exploring the tree and mooching through the prettily wrapped presents which were carefully placed underneath it.
There was a slight difference this year. Bertie had pulled Croc to one side and with a huge grin on his face he presented him with a small, carefully wrapped parcel which looked very familiar to the little crocodile.
Croc had never been given a present before and he took some persuading from Bertie to unwrap it. He carefully tugged at the parcels little edges and methodically unwrapped the small item.
As they both sat looking at their unwrapped presents, Croc began to remember where they had come from!!! They had been on another adventure earlier in the year. Bertie had dragged Croc down Christmas themed streets, over come by festive excitement. Croc remembered thinking his friend had gone a little nuts as Christmas wasn’t for ages yet but he had followed him faithfully.
In a small shop along the wooden boards, hidden in a narrow alley with large, overhanging windows, the two friends had chosen a Christmas decoration to buy for each other to put on the Christmas tree this year.
As always Croc had chosen a sensible, symmetrical patterned decoration. Where as Bertie had gone for a quirky, happy little figure which had a bell that tinkled merrily on its little hat. Two very different gifts for two very different characters who were the best of friends. Now all they had to do was figure out how they were going to get the decorations on the tree!!!
I wonder where Bertie and Croc had brought their gifts? Can you guess which Country they visited?
As Bertie and Croc made their way round the darkening square they both felt a buzz of excitement. Even though the sun had now set, the air was still warm and there were plenty of people moving around the square.
Bertie took some time to admire the fountains and the rows of large pillars. Croc kept looking behind him at the building in the hope of seeing the mystery figure once more.
Bertie knew their time in Rome was coming to an end. An experienced traveller just seems to know when it is time to move on, or go home and rest to get ready for the next adventure. He wasn’t going to miss the heat of the city but he was going to miss the architecture. How round every corner there was something new to look at and capture his attention. He felt a very honoured bear indeed to have had the opportunity to visit such a historic city.
As Bertie continued to look at the fountain he noticed the outlines of the figures on top of the pillars. They were lit by lights just underneath them and they gave him a weird chill even though the air was warm. Suddenly, rainbows appeared around the lights. Bertie blinked and rubbed his eyes. When he opened them again the rainbows had gone. Bertie liked rainbows, they always made him feel happy inside. He shook his head wondering whether the trip had worn him out and he was seeing things. It was only when he looked back at the photographs that were taken he realised he may have seen something just as magical as Croc did a few moments before!
As the sun slowly disappeared behind the large building in front of them Croc and Bertie felt quite relaxed watching people come and go as they sat in St Peters Square in Rome. They had had a busy day and the cool evening was perfect to lay back on the stone floor and watch the world go by.
Ever since Bertie had told Croc about this mysterious person called the Pope who lived in the big building in front of them, Croc had become quite obsessed with watching the windows in the hope of catching a glimpse of him. He wasn’t the only one he noticed with relief. There were a few people sat on chairs looking up at the large building in front.
The building was now beautiful illuminated in the fading light. It’s windows glowed a soft warm orange light and Bertie found it very peaceful. He liked night time photography. It was one of the things he enjoyed the most about travelling to new places. Everything seemed to change and take on a magical appearance once the sun had set and the sky was dark.
Bertie began to feel excited as they moved their way around the square. He posed proudly for photographs, keeping very, very Delete repeated word still so he would not look blurred in the image. Croc stayed very, very still so he didn’t slip and fall off the railings they were posing on!
Suddenly, Croc grabbed Bertie. Fearing his friend was falling, Bertie held on tight and realised that Croc was excitedly pointing to one of the upstairs windows of the building. Bertie turning just in time to see the shape of a man waving and then he moved from the window and disappeared into the warmly lit room!
Croc was gesturing wildly. Was it the Pope that the two friends had just seen? Bertie liked to think so, more because Croc was so excited and proud of himself, but he would never be 100% sure. What do you think?
Bertie and Croc had had quit a big day. They were feeling pretty tired out, not just from their adventure but also from the heat of the city of Rome. They were glad when they felt the temperature begin to cool and the sun start to sink slowly in the sky.
They were surprised to find that the camera bag had not stopped its familiar swaying which meant that they were still out and about exploring. When it finally came to a halt Bertie peeped out and saw they were in the most impressive, open square.
The setting sun was casting long shadows across the square and highlighted the large pillars which made a semi circle around the central building. Bertie marvelled at the wonderful effect the light cast on the pillars as the sun dropped down behind the large building in front of them.
Then Bertie realised where they were….they were at the back of the Vatican. Bertie began to realise they were in St Peter’s Square. There were several people around them. Some of them sat, like Bertie and Croc, admiring the evenings setting sun. Others were walking around looking at the fountains and structures which were in the square.
“Oh,” said Bertie out loud. “I do hope we get to see the Pope!” Croc appeared beside Bertie and shrugged. “The Pope” repeated Bertie. Croc looked at him blankly. Bertie sighed and began to explain that the Pope was a very important person in the Catholic Christian religion. The word ‘pope’ means ‘father’ in Latin. The Pope lives and works in the Vatican. Bertie pointed at the large building in front of them in the middle of the circle of pillars. Croc’s eyes grew wider. He couldn’t imagine living in a house that big! He’d get lost!
As the two friends sat on one of the small pillars to get a better view of the building, Croc squinted at the windows trying to see if he could see anyone inside. He wondered what it would be like to be a Pope. It sounded like a very important job to him!