Flat Stanley Tracker

Follow Flat Stanley as he travels around the world.

Nuweiba, Egypt

Posted by Flat Stanley in Posts on 09 27th, 2010

What a relaxing time I have had in Nuweiba, Egypt, right by the Red Sea! I ended up spending over two weeks here when I should have only spent five days. I really liked it a lot!

I stayed at a campground called Petra Camp. I slept in a little hut for 20 Egyptian pounds a night. That equals only $4!

I spent a lot of time sleeping by the ocean. When I wasn’t sleeping, I was talking with other travelers at the camp and the friendly staff. I made a very special friend, too:

Her name is Samantha, and she is just three months old! Don’t worry, she didn’t hurt me, we were only playing!

Now that I have had a lot of time to relax, I can get back to sightseeing. I have been on the road for almost four months now, and it can really take a lot out of you.

On to Israel next. I am looking forward to the Dead Sea and Jerusalem.

Until next time, Trackers!



The Red Sea

Posted by Flat Stanley in Posts on 09 10th, 2010

Alsalaam alaikoum, friends!

I am by the Red Sea, in a city called Dahab, Egypt. I really needed to take a break from all my travels, so I decided to come to relax by the beach for a bit. That doesn’t mean, though, that there aren’t still new and exciting things to discover!

The coolest thing I have done here is snorkeled by the reef that happens to be very close to my hotel. I saw so many amazing fish. Here are just a few that I saw:

Emperor Angelfish

Parrot Fish

Clown Fish – Yup, I saw some “Nemo” fish, and I was so excited! What is really cool about these fish are their symbiotic relationships with sea anemone. You see, the sea anemone are protected from predators by stinging cells.  It is thought that the clown fish have some sort of mucous coated on their bodies, so the stinging cells do not bother them, and they can hide from predators in the anemone. Clown fish are so dependent on this, in fact, that you will never see clown fish without a host anemone. So cool!

Lion Fish – These fish sure are beautiful, but you have to be very careful around them. Those spines you see on their backs are poisonous, and if they sting you, it HURTS. These fish won’t bother you if you don’t bother them, though, so enjoy them from a distance.

Great Barracuda – Boy, was I scared when I saw a barracuda! These fish are very ugly looking, with lower jaws that stick out farther than their upper jaws. The one I saw was about 6 feet long. As they are predators, they can harm snorkelers, but it is very rare.

That is pretty much all I have for now, Trackers. Oh, here is one last picture with a new friend I made:

Until next time!



Greece

Posted by Flat Stanley in Posts on 08 25th, 2010

Sjarta, friends!

Did you know that the Greeks have an entirely different alphabet? It sure is hard to read signs around here, but I am getting used to it!

Greece is yet another beautiful country that I have really enjoyed. You may recognize some of the sites in my pictures. The Greek ruins are really famous!

Flat Stanley at the Theatre of Dionysis

This is the Theatre of Dionysus, one of the earliest theatres in the world! They would put on plays in honor of the god Dionysus.

Flat Stanley at the Parthenon

This is the Parthenon! Perhaps one of the most famous sites in the world, it was an ancient temple built to honor the god Athena. The Parthenon was finished in 438 BC, over 2400 years ago! Can you believe that it has stuck around this long?

Flat Stanley on top of the Acropolis

Here I am at the Acropolis (which means “highest city” in Greek). It is where the Parthenon is located. Behind me is the Greek flag! It is really cool that I am beginning to recognize different countries’ flags.

Flat Stanley at Panathinaiko Stadium

Now this was an exciting site! I am going to share with you a little history on the Olympics:

The Olympics were started in Ancient Greece as a series of athletic competitions between the different kingdoms in the country. Historians still aren’t positive on the exact year that the Olympics were founded, but based on old inscriptions and documents, the most widely accepted year is 776 BC! The ancient games are said to have lasted a few hundred years, but nobody is sure of the exact year they ended.

The Olympics we see today were revived in the late 1800’s. In fact, the stadium where I am pictured above is the Panathenaic stadium, where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896.  In that year, only 14 nations participated, but in 2008, 191 countries participated in the games!

Flat Stanley ready to get on the ferry in Greece

I wanted to travel to some of the Greek islands while I was here, and the best way to travel to the islands is by ferry. Here is the ferry I took to an island called Paros. It took over four hours, but it was OK because they had lots of food to eat on board!

Flat Stanley at the beach in Naoussa

Here I am on the island of Paros, over looking a city called Naoussa.  Isn’t it beautiful? I had so much fun playing in the waves at the beach!

Greek gyro

They had lots of yummy food in Greece, and my favorite food had to be the Gyro. It was pork, tomatoes, lettuce, yogurt sauce, and french fries wrapped up in a pita bread. It kind of reminded me of a taco, but it was a little different.

My next stop is Egypt. Until next time, Trackers!



Turkey

Posted by Flat Stanley in Posts on 08 15th, 2010

Salem from Turkey!

Wow, the Turkish people are so nice and welcoming! I have made some great friends while I have been here. They were kind enough to show me the sites of Istanbul, the city I visited in Turkey!

Here I am at Galata Tower, a famous landmark in Istanbul. It has been in the city since 1348, so that makes it over 650 years old! It was even built before Christopher Columbus discovered America, can you believe that?

I had a great view of Istanbul at the top of the tower. Good thing I’m not scared of heights!

Here I am at the Blue Mosque, one of the biggest and most famous mosques in Istanbul! It sure was beautiful, and there were a lot of people around taking pictures.

This picture was taken in front of Hagia Sofia, which is right across from the Blue Mosque. It used to be a church, then became a mosque, and now it is a museum! There were a lot of people sitting on the lawn, enjoying the scenery. I joined them for a little bit.

I really enjoyed eating the Turkish delights while I was visiting Istanbul. If you read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, you may remember Edmund receiving these treats from the White Witch. Don’t worry, I didn’t take any of these delicious treats from any strangers; I bought them myself!

Now I am off to take a bus to Athens, Greece. I am so excited to see the old Greek ruins. I will be sure post pictures after my journey!



Romania

Posted by Flat Stanley in Posts on 08 12th, 2010

Alo from Romania!

My first stop is Romania was… TRANSYLVANIA! This mountainous region of Romania is famous for being the home of Bram Stoker’s famous vampire,  Dracula. I expected my hotel to be in a scary village, but it turns out Brasov is a nice city in the middle of beautiful mountains.

Flat Stanley in the center of Brasov

Flat Stanley looking down on Brasov

Flat Stanley near a Transylvanian church

From Brasov, I took a trip to the Bran Castle. Bran Castle pretends to where the real life Dracula (not a vampire) lived. The truth is Vlad Dracula, also known as Vlad the Impaler, probably never lived in this castle. The castle was still fun to look at.

Flat Stanley at Bran Castle

Flat Stanley at Bran Castle

Without seeing any vampires, I left Transylvania and headed to Bucharest, the capital of Romania. In Bucharest I saw several buildings including the Palace of the Parliment, the 2nd largest administation building in the world. A lot of the Romanian government works out of the massive building.

Flat Stanley at the Palace of the Parliment

My favorite new food I tried in Romania was polenta. Polenta is boiled cornmeal and served as a side dish. It goes good with everything!

Chicken stew with polenta

While in Bucharest I saw Scooby Doo’s Mystery Machine drive by. I wonder if they were heading to Transylvania to solve a ghost mystery.

Flat Stanley with the Mystery Machine

Tomorrow I will be leaving the mysteries and legends of Romania for the history and architecture of Turkey.



Hungary

Posted by Flat Stanley in Posts on 08 6th, 2010

Szia from Hungary!

While in Hungary (not hungry) I got to explore the capital city Budapest. Budapest is beautiful. The Danube river runs through the middle of the city dividing it into two parts, Buda and Pest. In the following picture you can see the river cutting through the city. You can also see Castle Hill on the left.

Flat Stanley overlooking Budapest

I hung out with some famous Philosophers while in one of the parks. Here I am in the “Garden of Philosophers: For Better Mutual Understanding”

Flat Stanley in the Garden of Philosophers

It rained when I was in Budapest so I did not get to visit many more sights. Even with the rain I loved Budapest! I am now going to Romania.



Austria

Posted by Flat Stanley in Posts on 08 4th, 2010

Guten Tag, friends! Did you know people in Austria speak German? I sure didn’t!

Wow, Austria is a very beautiful place. I got to visit Salzburg, one of my favorite cities so far!

For you movie lovers out there, it is where they filmed The Sound of Music. Here is a picture of me at Mirabell Gardens, a very beautiful part of Salzburg, and where they filmed a scene from the movie.

Salzburg is also where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the famous composer, is from. Here is a picture of me with a statue of him.

I got to see the Alps when I was there, and they sure are beautiful!

From there I traveled to Vienna, and my favorite part of the city was seeing Schonbrunn Palace, which was the summer residence of the Austrian monarchs (kings and queens). Isn’t it beautiful?

Now, off to Romania!



Germany

Posted by Flat Stanley in Posts on 07 31st, 2010

Guten tag from Germany.

I spent all of my time in the German state of Bavaria because I only had a few days. Bavaria is famous for many things like Lederhosen, Pretzels, and Oktoberfest. I stayed in the city of Munich. Munich has an old glockenspiel in the center of the city. Everyday, tourists like me gather around to watch the glockenspiel figures dance around.

Glockenspiel in Munich

From Munich I took a day trip to Fussen to see some famous palaces. The most famous palace is the Schloss Neuschwanstein. King Ludwig II of Bavaria built the castle to replace the one he grew up in.  This castle was the inspiration for Disney’s castles.

Flat Stanley at Schloss Neuschwanstein

The other palace, Schloss Hohenschwanstein, was where King Ludwig II grew up. I liked that castle too!

Flat Stanley at Schloss Hohenschwanstein



Netherlands

Posted by Flat Stanley in Posts on 07 25th, 2010

I am in the Netherlands. The Netherlands are famous for windmills, tulips, and wooden clogs. Unfortunately, I am only in the country for one day so all I got to see was a really big clog that people got to sit in.

Flat Stanley with a big clog

I stayed in Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands. It was a really fun city. There were bicycles everywhere and some people even travel in boats on the canals!

Flat Stanley at the canals in Amsterdam

I will have to come back to the Netherlands again someday so I can see the tulips and the windmills. On to Germany!



France

Posted by Flat Stanley in Posts on 07 23rd, 2010

Bonjour, friends!

I am in France! There are so many famous landmarks here. The first city I went to is the capital, Paris.

Here I am in front of the Eiffel Tower.

Flat Stanley at the Eiffel Tower

I went to the Louvre art museum. My favorite painting was the Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci.

Flat Stanley at the Louvre

Flat Stanley with the Mona Lisa

I went to Notre Dame, a famous church in Paris. I did not see the hunchback of Notre Dame there, but I did see some gargoyles.

Flat Stanley at Notre Dame

Gargoyles on Notre Dame

Paris is also home to the Arc de Triomphe. The monument was built to honor those who fought for the French during the Napoleonic wars.

Flat Stanley looking down the Avenue des Champs-Élysées toward the Arc de Triomphe

Flat Stanley at the Arc de Triomphe

Just outside of Paris is Versailles. There is a huge palace where the French kings and queens used to live.

Flat Stanley at the Palace of Versailles

From Paris I traveled to Normandy. A massive battle occurred on the Normandy beaches during World War 2. The battle is known as D-Day. There were many lives lost on this beach in order to free the French from Nazi Germany. Americans played an important role in this battle. I also visited the American cemetery at Normandy. It was sad to see so many gravestones marking all of the lives lost.

Flat Stanley looking at Omaha Beach in Normandy

Flat Stanley looking at the American cemetery in Normandy

My favorite French food were crepes. They are like a thin pancake. I liked mine with chocolate and bananas.

Chocolate crepe with bananas

My time in France was too short. There was still a lot to see. Next time I write I will be in the Netherlands!