Residents of one neighborhood in Paris, Les Gobelins, had noticed the growing number of Giant Teddy Bears that had been popping up at different locations, and the locals absolutely loved those New Visitors.
Don’t worry! They were not Real Bears — Cuddly, Soft Teddy Bears to be exact. The Bears were not suddenly gaining sentience and walking around when nobody was looking. In fact, the bears were part of a project by a local bookshop owner named Phillipe, in an effort to bring the community together in a fun, unexpected way, according to Le Parisien.
“I’ve been working here for 25 years. There were people I had never spoken to. Now they call me Philippe,” the bookseller told Le Parisien, as translated by The Local.
There were 50 Teddy Bears all in all, which Philippe had been putting in different places around the neighborhood since late October, 2018. Another shop owner, a pharmacist named Emmanuel, told Le Parisien that no one was sure where Phillipe got the Bears, but he was also lending them out to people in the area.
The Bears were continually appearing in many different spots for residents to stumble on. They “ate” in huge groups in front of restaurants and hotels, “climbed” lamp posts or just greet people on street corners.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo even enjoyed the new, furry addition to Les Gobelins:
The bears had now become so popular that fans of the fuzzy creatures could keep up with them and their shenanigans on the Bears’ Official Facebook Page.
According to The Local, the bookshop owner planned to keep the Bears moving around the community until the La Gallette des Rois celebration, also known as the Feast of the Epiphany, on Jan. 6, 2019.
(Photos by Les nounours de gobelins via Facebook.)
(Source from traveland leisure on 29 November, 2018.)