Flat Stanley Tracker

Follow Flat Stanley as he travels around the world.


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!


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


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!


Posted by Flat Stanley in Posts on 07 14th, 2010

Hola from Spain!

My travels in Spain started in Madrid, the capital. The center of the city, Puerta del Sol, was very crowded but exciting.

Flat Stanley in Puerta del Sol

My next stop in Spain was Sevilla. Sevilla is known for bull fighting and old Spanish buildings. Sevilla was the capital of Spain when King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella supported Christopher Columbus’ voyage across the Atlantic Ocean in 1492, accidentally discovering the American continents. The royal palace and gardens are still in great shape. Here is a view of one of the plazas outside of the palace.

Flat Stanley in Sevilla

After Sevilla, I headed to the Mediterranean Sea. The next picture was taken in Tarifa. The water on the horizon is the Atlantic Ocean. The water on the left in the picture is the Mediterranean Sea. You can also see the harbor where the ferries traveling to Morocco in Africa dock. The African continent is visible from where I was standing, but outside of this picture toward the left. I cannot believe Africa is only 7 miles away!

Flat Stanley in Tarifa

Working my way up the Mediterranean coast of Spain, I visited Valencia. The mixture of old and new buildings was impressive. I really liked the old gate to the Medieval city. Most cities used to have walls in Medieval times to protect the people from attackers.

Flat Stanley enjoying the architecture in Valencia

Flat Stanley at the Quart Towers

While in Valencia I got to watch Spain win the World Cup. The city had a giant screen set up in a park so everyone could watch the game together. Everyone started cheering and singing when the winning goal was scored in extra time!

Flat Stanley watching Spain win the World Cup in Valencia

My last stop in Spain was Barcelona. I saw many interesting buildings including the Barcelona Cathedral and the fountain in Parc de la Ciutadella.

Flat Stanley at the Barcelona Cathedral

Flat Stanley at the fountain in Parc de la Ciutadella

My favorite food in Spain was the tapas. Tapas are small portions of food so you get to order multiple plates and share with friends.

Spanish Tapas

I will miss Spain, but I am excited for my next destination, France!