A Beastie Postcard from Italy!

Its a rainy old day here in Dublin… and that makes it even nicer to get an update from some Beasties abroad! I’m sure many of you will remember Antonello and Tiziana Beastie and their cat Beas-Tris from previous monster adventures… But if you’re new here, why not take a second to catch up with their first trip to their local Irish pub and their (B)Easter weekend away in Perugia?
Beastie Beverages! A de Girolamo/CrawCrafts BeastiesToday, they’re on the road again – this time, they’re visiting the Abruzzo region in central Italy, home to the country’s oldest National Park. The park’s headquarters are located in the picturesque town of Pescasseroli, a place with plenty to keep two curious little Beasties entertained!

First stop was the beautiful church of St Peter and St Paul, which dates back to the 14th century. Never satisfied with the view from the ground, our adventurous friends climbed a nearby tree to get a better look!
Church of St Peter and St Paul, Pescasseroli - A de Girolamo/CrawCrafts BeastiesThe church also has this colourful floral wall on its left side… Spot the Beasties!
The Floral Wall at Pescasseroli - A de Girolamo/CrawCrafts BeastiesBut being surrounded by all this natural greenery had an unexpected effect on Beas-Tris – could it be that she felt the call of the wild?
Beas-Tris Hears the Call of the Wild - A de Girolamo/CrawCrafts BeastiesAnd no sooner had her Beastie minders managed to extract her from her hiding place in the herbaceous border, she was off again – this time, scaling the elaborate metal vine sculpture that was entwined around this staircase!
Rescuing Beas-Tris from the Vine - A de Girolamo/CrawCrafts BeastiesIt’s lucky that Antonello Beastie and Tiziana Beastie are both excellent climbers… And generous pet owners. Figuring that Beas-Tris was in need of some four-legged company, they decided to spend the rest of the day in the park’s zoo. Here, sick and injured animals from the park are taken in and cared for until they’re ready to be released back into the wild. The local wildlife certainly makes for some interesting viewing – did you know that this part of Italy is still home to wild boar, lynx, deer and bears?

Yes, bears!
A Poorly Bear at the Park Zoo, Pescasseroli - A de Girolamo/CrawCrafts BeastiesThe Beasties met this one, who is currently feeling a little under the weather. Hopefully he’ll soon be well enough to be left back in the woods where he was found. As you can see, Beas-Tris decided to stay close to her parents here!

And now, time for one more group photo before we head back home!
Beasties at Pescasseroli Park Zoo - A de Girolamo/CrawCrafts BeastiesThanks to Antonello and Tiziana Beastie (and their human counterparts) for sending us these photos! They’ve certainly brought a bit of sunshine to my day.

Has anyone else encountered some interesting wildlife recently? Let us know in the comments! And don’t forget to drop back in on Tuesday, when I hope to have some new Beasties for you all to meet…

An Irish Pub, in Perugia! A de Girolamo/CrawCrafts Beasties

(B)Easter in Perugia!

Beasties on Tour! A de Girolamo/CrawCrafts BeastiesCiao ragazzi!

Wow, what a week it’s been! The Irish weather – not known for its predictability or even-temperedness at the best of times – has been flinging just about everything at us over the last seven days, veering from hot sun one minute to blustery snowstorms the next. So you can imagine how excited we at Beastie Towers were to get word from Italy… Looking at these photos allowed us to escape to beautiful Perugia for a short while, with Antonello and Tiziana Beastie (and of course their trusty Beastiecat Tris) as our guides!

Perugia is right in the heart of Italy, and it’s been an important city since Etruscan (pre-Roman-Empire) times. These days, it’s the regional capital of Umbria, and there’s plenty to see here!

The Beasties started off at St Bernardino church. The incredible marble facade of this renaissance-era church dates back to 1457-61, and was the creation of Agostino di Duccio, a sculptor who started his career working alongside Donatello.
At St Bernardino Church - A de Girolamo/CrawCrafts BeastiesImpressive… Especially to the Beastie-sized tourist! The church also boasts some beautifully detailed bas-reliefs…
Bas-reliefs at San Bernardino - A de Girolamo/CrawCrafts Beasties…And some fences that certain Beasties probably shouldn’t be climbing.
We're on the Fence About San Bernardino... A de Girolamo/CrawCrafts Beasties
Fortunately, they made good their escape before the authorities showed up.

Next stop – the Piazza IV Novembre, home of the Palazzo dei Priori. This was the seat of the mediaeval “first citizens” – representatives of each of the city’s guilds.
Beasties at Piazza IV Novembre, Perugia - A de Girolamo/CrawCrafts Beasties

There’s also a spectacular fountain – the Fontana Maggiore, another masterpiece from the Renaissance era!
Fontana Maggiore, Perugia - A de Girolamo/CrawCrafts BeastiesMind you, looking at all that water would make you feel kinda thirsty…

Pint, anyone?
An Irish Pub, in Perugia! A de Girolamo/CrawCrafts BeastiesAh, Ireland’s great cultural gift to the world – the Irish Pub! And the good news is, there’s one right here in Perugia. There was even live music… And of course the Beasties had the best seat in the house.
Beasties at the Pub - A de Girolamo/CrawCrafts BeastiesWhat a great trip! Thanks to Antonello and Tiziana Beastie for sharing their photos!

And in other monster news… Friday posts are back! Check in with us again on Friday, when Explorer Beastie and I will be sharing what we learned at the Irish Blogger Conference!

A Monster Night Out!

Beasties Hit the Town! - A de Girolamo/CrawCrafts Beasties
Ciao ragazzi!

As you know, the Beasties and I always love to hear all the news from any little woolly monsters who have left Beastie Towers for new homes. So we were delighted to receive an email AND photos from Antonello Beastie and Tiziana Beastie last week, when they ventured out in search of a taste of Ireland… In southern Italy! Let’s join them, shall we?

Aha! A green building with a Guinness logo in the window – this looks promising! And inside…
The Beasties Pose With a Guinness Sign - A de Girolamo/CrawCrafts BeastiesYes, I think we’re definitely in the right place!

Now to check out the draught taps… And look at all the other cool stuff they have behind the bar!
Beasties at the Bar - A de Girolamo/CrawCrafts BeastiesSo, what will we have? Well, it probably has to be…
Antonello Beastie Enjoys a Pint of the Black Stuff - A de Girolamo/CrawCrafts Beasties… A pint of the black stuff, of course!

Monster Cheers! A de Girolamo/CrawCrafts BeastiesAnd here’s a picture of all the girls together!
All the Ladies! A de Girolamo/CrawCrafts BeastiesBut wait a second… Where’s Antonello Beastie gone? Uh-oh…
Tactical Snooze for Antonello Beastie - A de Girolamo/CrawCrafts Beasties… It turns out that there IS a limit to how much Guinness a Beastie can have after all! Shhhhhhh, don’t wake him up!

The Beasties’ cat enjoyed her evening out too… Although it looks like Tris was glad to see her little felt friend safely back home in their basket!
Tris and the Beastiekitty - A de Girolamo/CrawCrafts BeastiesThanks so much to Antonello, Tiziana and their Beasties for these super photos! I hope you enjoyed your evening out together!

And what have the rest of you got planned for the weekend ahead? Let us know in the comments!

Love is in the Air… Again!

Another Charming Beastie Couple, by CrawCrafts Beasties

Well, if any of you were wondering when high season for Beastie weddings is, I’d say it’s safe to assume that it’s happening right now! Last week I sent another happy couple on their merry monster way… and aren’t they a perfect match? Just look at that colour coordination!
Check out that red and blue wedding colour scheme! CrawCrafts Beasties
And now for my favourite part – let’s take a look at their outfits! We’ll go with the bride first this time…
A Blue Beastie Bride, by CrawCrafts Beasties
Isn’t she a vision of Beastie beauty? I love how she’s paired her simple, elegant wedding dress with a bouquet of scarlet roses and glossy red lips for a feisty pop of colour. They go nicely with the flowers in her hair, too!
Bride Beastie's Flower Garland - CrawCrafts Beasties
And of course, she’s been to the same hairdresser as my last Bride Beastie for her wedding day ‘do!
Bride Beastie's Hair and Veil - CrawCrafts BeastiesBride Beastie's Hair (& the back of her dress) - CrawCrafts Beasties

But what’s this? Under that sophisticated exterior, she’s still sporting traditional stripey Beastie leggings!
Bride Beastie's Stripey Legs! CrawCrafts Beasties
Let’s hope her new hubby doesn’t object to that oh-so-slightly racy shot. Where has he got to, anyway?

Oh, there he is!
Groom Beastie, by CrawCrafts Beasties
This guy is rarely seen without his trusty baseball cap… even on his wedding day!
Groom Beastie's Baseball Cap - CrawCrafts Beasties
In fairness, though, he does look very dapper in his navy suit with scarlet pocket square!
Groom Beastie's Suit, by CrawCrafts Beasties
But why is he carrying a suitcase? Well, these Beasties are off to tie the knot in Italy!
Groom Beastie's Suitcase, by CrawCrafts Beasties
Buon viaggio, Beasties! Make sure you send us a postcard!
Wedding Beasties, Heading for Rome! CrawCrafts Beasties