Thursday, January 17, 2019

Birthday 2019 Part 2

After the Introduction Video

Hello! I'm so glad you came back to see more about my birthday field trip! Grab a nice steaming cup of gløgg (giggles) or your favorite beverage, pull up a chair, and let's go!

Oh, hey! I was looking at the Franklin Institute exhibit links and they are really neat. So I hope you get a chance to click over and see the videos and photos there too.

[Xyra side note: The Viking Beyond the Legend links will probably only work while the exhibit is in Philadelphia, so click before March 3, 2019.]

Time to Explore Artifacts

As we turned the corner from the movie to the next room we saw the first ship. 
The ships are full-size replicas. This one is a smaller sailing vessel. It's big, but then you know how tall I am so you can also see this is not a large ship.

This little horse is part of a weathervane. It's gilt copper. Can you see the neat designs on it?
These are spearheads.
These are double-edged sword.
Warriors would wear chain mail shirts like this and carry a sword.
In this shot you can see the helmet better. 
These are textile tools.The round things are loom weights, and in the bottom right are two needles.
This is a bone comb.
These are clay pots.
Throughout the exhibit were paragraphs like this one providing information on different topics. This one on arts and crafts discusses the importance of artisans in Viking culture.
The exhibit offered great interactive activities. In the dressing room you could dress up like a Viking, the didn't have anything in my size, or try a computer version. I helped Nonna dress Sigrid. 
The goal was to get all the layers on in the proper order. Xyra dressed a guy and for some reason he put his hat on before his shoes; wouldn't have it any other way. we figured he had to keep his head warm while bending over to pull on his shoes. (giggles)

Check out this shield! It was one of the dressing props.
Viking kings would give his people arm rings to wear to show their loyalty or allegiance. These are a few of the ones they had on display.

Can you guess what these are?
Everyone sing with me...Five gold rings! (giggles)

I'm still trying to figure out what this key fit. It's a unique shape.
Check it out jingle bells!
I love these weathervane terminals. The description says they are swans, but I think they look more like the Loch Ness Monster.
Hello, Nessie or Nessies. (giggles)
As we left the first part of the exhibit we found cut outs. How do I look as a Viking?
Then we were off to the second section.

You know...this is a great stopping place. Tomorrow I can show you the second half. Hope you come back again to see more.

Please feel free to ask questions or tell me your favorite photo. 

Oh, yesterday in the outfit details section we forgot to mention my backpack. It's from AG GOTY 2018 Luciana's Accessories. We got it for Christmas and this is the first time it's been out and about.

Note: Tea Time with Melody Q is not affiliated with American Girl or the Franklin Institute. All links are provided for educational and informative purposes. No purchase is suggested or required to enjoy the post.



  1. Really fun post, your comments on things are always the best! =)

    1. Hi, Lu! Thank you. I'm glad you like our comments. :-)