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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!


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!