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Italy

Posted by Flat Stanley in Posts on 06 26th, 2010

Buongiorno from Italy!

Italy is one of the places I was really looking forward to visiting. There was so much to see:

The first city I visited was Rome. Ancient Rome was a powerful empire around 2,000 years ago. It is amazing to see some of the ruins from their old buildings.

Here is the Palatine Hill where the rulers of Rome lived.

Flat Stanley at Palatine Hill

Here is the forum is where the government business took place.

Flat Stanley at the Roman Forum

I also saw the Colosseum, where the Gladiators fought.

Flat Stanley at the Colosseum

Flat Stanley in the Colosseum

Rome contains Vatican City which is the center for the Catholic Church. I visited the Sistine Chapel which was painted by Michelangelo. Unfortunately, I was not allowed to take pictures, but I did get a picture of one of the rooms painted by Raphael.

A Raphael room in Vatican City

Vatican city also has Saint Peter’s Basilica. It is the largest church in the world.

St. Peter's Basilica

The inside of St. Peter's Basilica

The last thing I saw in Rome was the Trevi fountain. The tradition is to throw a coin over the shoulder into the fountain to ensure you return to Rome. I threw in several coins just to be sure.

Trevi fountain

From Rome I traveled to Florence. Florence is a beautiful city that is fun to walk around in. I saw Michelangelo’s David statue, but I was not allowed to take pictures. It was an amazing statue. Here is a view of Florence from a nearby hill. You can see the Duomo, the large domed church in the center, which is a famous landmark in Florence.

Flat Stanley in Florence

Pisa is close to Florence so I had to make a trip to see the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Flat Stanley with the Leaning Tower of Pisa

My next stop is Venice, the city famous for canals. I loved going on a gondola ride.

Flat Stanley in Venice

Flat Stanley smiling big after his gondola ride

My last stop in Italy was Cinque Terra. The five towns in Cinque Terra are all connected by a train and hiking path. As you can see the view was gorgeous.

Flat Stanley at Cinque Terra

I loved Italy. There was so much to see. I am glad I threw a coin into the Trevi fountain so I can return someday. Oh, one more thing. I ate spaghetti and pizza!

Spaghetti

Pizza



London, England, United Kingdom

Posted by Flat Stanley in Posts on 06 3rd, 2010

London is amazing! I did a lot of sightseeing today.

First I saw the London Eye Ferris Wheel.

Flat Stanley at the London Eye

Then I visited Big Ben and the Parliament building.

Flat Stanley at Big Ben and Parliament

I saw Westminster Abbey.

Flat Stanley at Westminster Abbey

I really liked Buckingham Palace and the guards.

Flat Stanley at Buckingham Palace

Flat Stanley and the guard at Buckingham Palace

I played with other children in the Princess Diana memorial fountain in Hyde Park.

Flat Stanley in the Princess Diana memorial fountain in Hyde Park

Finally, I saw the Peter Pan statue in Kensington Gardens. This was the park where the author of Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie, met the children who became the inspiration for the lost boys.

Flat Stanley by the Peter Pan statue in Kensington Gardens

My legs were tired after all of the walking. I cannot wait until tomorrow so I can do more sightseeing.



My Worldwide Journey Begins

Posted by Flat Stanley in Uncategorized on 06 1st, 2010

Here is a picture of me in the Columbus, Ohio, United States airport getting ready to begin my worldwide adventure. This was my first time flying on a plane and my first time leaving the United States. I was so excited!

Flat Stanley at the Columbus, Ohio airport