Sophie Bear
Visit to Spain  


Cute furry bear



"Hola" Sophie!

Sophie Bear finished school last week. She is on holiday today and Mrs Keen has decided that they need a holiday to relax. Sophie isn't sure where they are going but knows it is a long way away.

Mrs Keen tells Sophie that they are flying to Spain - it's a country with some very nice hot beaches. Sophie is excited - she likes beaches even though she is afraid of water. Spain is a long way away - how do you think they will get there?

That's right - by aeroplane!

Hang on - who is that in the bag? It's Chester! He's decided he is coming too and has stowed away in Mrs Keen's hand luggage.

When they arrive Sophie runs into the hotel room and bounces on the bed. Then Mrs Keen opens the balcony door and they go out into the sun and look down. Can you see what Sophie was looking at from the balcony ...


It is the beautiful blue hotel pool!


The next day Mrs Keen decides she wants to go out and see a place called Gibraltar. They have hired a car and Sophie is sitting in the back. Sophie has to be quiet though because Mrs Keen isn't used to driving on the right of the road.


Gibraltar is part of Great Britain, where she lives, but it's actually a long way away. Gibraltar is famous for being a very small place with a large, very high rock. On the rock live lots of apes. Sophie enjoyed meeting them - they climb all over the car and watch you closely. You must not take any food because they will grab it and run away! Sophie kept her chocolate tightly in her paws. "They are not having any of this.".

View from the rock ...



On the last day, Sophie Bear wants to go and sunbathe. What is the first thing you have to do when you are going out in the sun? To put on suntan lotion!

Then they go for a walk down to the beach...

However, the sea is a bit too rough for Sophie to swim in so Mrs Keen takes her back to the hotel and they lie by the pool. Sophie puts her cap on so her head is protected and lies by the pool in her swimming costume. She's not going to go in the pool though - she might sink!

It's the last day of the holiday and Sophie is sorry to go home. She has learnt some new words though. "Hola" means Hello in Spanish. She has been going around saying "Hola!" to everyone!


Parent's Note

Sophie decided to book a last minute deal with Thomas Cook. She stayed in Benalmadena at the Hotel Los Patos.

After hiring the car, Sophie drove down the coast to Gibraltar. Look out for the town "La Linge". Check with your hire company that you're insured to drive across the border. If not (and it can be easier not to), then head for Gibraltar anyway but park along the main road beside the border. It's pay and display but quite cheap. You then just walk across the border with your passports. If you want to do the tour, including the apes, then Sophie went via Taxi from the border. It cost £25 each, took a couple of hours but was a personal guided tour.




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Little Bear & Sophie Bear are travelling teddies who live with Mrs Keen, a UK based Early Years teacher from Chelmsford, Essex. Their site contains fun games to play and a diary of their exciting adventures around the UK and abroad. The site aims to be educational for 4-6 year olds, fun for everyone and includes hints for parents on days out and games to play with little ones!

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