Adventures of a teenage author...

This is Marta, author of the Darkwoods series and of Marta's Blog. I created this blog specifically for blogging about my 2015 study abroad adventures in Europe, but it's becoming the blog for all my travels. I hope you enjoy all the pictures and stories!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Munich Day 1

After Portsmouth, I hit up Munich - mostly to visit my cousins. Munich is part of Bavaria, has lots of sausage, and lots of good German beer (much of which was made by monks!)

The first day there, I took a walking tour around the city. We met up in front of the equivalent of the Town Hall:

We stayed to watch the glockenschpiel (I'm sure I spelled that wrong, but it means clock tower:)

A shot of the Maypole

This is a statue of Juliet. If you're looking for love, leave a flower in her hand.

A statue of Bavaria's first king (if I remember correctly... I think I do.)

This is my favorite part of Munich. When walking down a certain street, one had to say "Heil Hitler" at the end. Not everyone in Munich was willing to do that, so they would go down a side alley to avoid saying that. There would be Gestapo officers at the end of the street, watching for and intimidating anyone unwilling to salute Hitler, so people could genuinely be endangering themselves by walking that alley. In their memory, there is a line of gold cobblestones:

These two towers were preserved from destruction from Allied bombing during WWII because the planes needed them as a landmark!

Here's a better shot of the Maypole. There is a tradition in Bavaria of trying to steal other towns' Maypoles. Our guide told us a story about a group of senior citizens who used a helicopter to heist one!

I think this was St. Francis of Assisi

HMS M.33 and End of Portsmouth

HMS M.33 wasn't open when I was at Portsmouth. She was part of the Royal Navy during WWI and is the only surviving ship from the British battle at Gallipoli. Her website is here.

Aaaannnddd... little bit of American history. Early in the existence of the American Navy, six powerful frigates were commissioned to help keep the peace and protect trade. One of them, the Chesapeake, was captured by the British ship Leopard. Parts of the Chesapeake were used to build a mill in Portsmouth. As for the Leopard ... she's remembered:

Friday, August 28, 2015

The Mary Rose

The Mary Rose was the pride of King Henry VIII's navy. He named her Mary for the Virgin Mary and his favorite sister Mary, and Rose for the red rose of Lancaster and the white rose of York, which were both incorporated into the Tudor rose, which is both red and white. (Confused yet? Try reading a book about the War of the Roses, the war that put Henry VIII's father on England's throne.) Anyway, the Mary Rose sank off the coast of England. Half of it was rediscovered and raised to be carefully preserved, and many artifacts from the ship are now on display in the museum. (That link says there's no evidence the ship was named after Henry's sister, but I definitely remember reading at the museum that he named the ship after his sister... Hm. Another mystery of history.)

Wax replica of Henry VIII

And this is Hatch - the skeleton of the dog the crew found in a hatch.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

HMS Victory Part II

Let's see how much nautical terminology I can remember...

Officers' Mess

Nelson's sword

Officer's board room

Nelson's uniform

I love the cannons in the personal cabins.

The galley

...Not that much.