Flat Stanley Tracker

Follow Flat Stanley as he travels around the world.

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!