Exploring Europe and Asia, one family squabble at a time...
  • Day296

    Home sweet Home at Last

    June 20, 2019 in Canada ⋅ 🌧 18 °C

    We finally arrived back home today at around 4pm and everyone was thinking the same thing... Where’s Gus? We found him hiding under the bed but surprisingly, he didn’t mind us petting him.

    Every one of us is so very grateful for this amazing country we live in and for all of our family, friends and neighbours who have been so warm in welcoming us home.

    We want to thank all of you who followed along (in part or in whole) on our adventure. It was truly very comforting to know we weren’t alone on our trip. We look forward to reconnecting with real-life hugs for everyone as soon as we can and taking the time to hear about your year.

    - Geoff, Lara, Chloë, Malcolm and Dale
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    Welcome home Paisley family!


    Wow!! Welcome home!!


    What a great journey. Thanks for sharing. Farley.

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  • Day292


    June 16, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    During our last days of the trip we were busy exploring the 2500 year old town of Athens! We went to see the Parthenon on top of the Acropolis in Athens. The Parthenon was very cool but it was under construction so you couldn’t actually tell how old it was. On the way up to the Parthenon we saw soldiers wearing funny skirts and goofy shoes. We went exploring through a flea market and we found a store with only rubber ducks for sale!
    Talk to you soon, Malcolm!😎🤩🥳🇨🇦
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    What a wonderful world! What a wonderful adventure. We are excited to have you back in Ottawa! We’ve missed you.


    Sharon, Henry, Maya and Maisie


    You guys are the coolest. We think of you often. In Montpellier, we are already in summer mode and dipping into Ceceles. Cheers and continue inspiring us!! Besos

  • Day286

    Dolphins ho!

    June 10, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Captain Joe spotted some dolphins playing off the port side. We slowed down to watch them and they came over to visit us! We saw them swimming under the boat and leaping in front of our bow and sometimes they rolled on their side to take a look at us. The Aegean is an amazing place!Read more

    Kent Paisley

    One of my favourite things when racing offshore, the dolphin show! Not something many get to see! The kids reaction is about right! A great adventure, Paisley’s!

  • Day285

    Sailing the ocean blue...

    June 9, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    We have finally been joined in Athens by cousin Arlo, Uncle Doug, and Aunt Netami - whoot whoot! For our last hurrah before we head back home we have commandeered the sailing ship Blackjack (a 54ft Beneteau for those in the know about these things). The Greek gods are certainly smiling upon us as they have bestowed us with gorgeous sunny skies, ample wind for sailing and an awesome skipper named Joe. We had a super time visiting tiny island communities, fishing villages and gorgeous beaches.Read more

  • Day281

    Visiting the Earth's belly button

    June 5, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Apparently, Zeus (Greek god of the sky) released 2 eagles from different ends of the earth, and they met in Delphi - thereby establishing it as the centre or “navel” of the World. It is also home to the famous Oracle of Pythia - consulted for millennia by kings, heroes, and tourists... there’s not much left to look at, but standing in the shadow of Mount Parnassus, you can certainly see why it inspired awe and worship!Read more

  • Day280

    Greece cottage country

    June 4, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    We started our exploration of Greece in a little seaside cottage, northwest of Athens. The town of Alyki looks like a retreat for the city folk. It boasts a tiny fishing harbour, an old castle on the hill and spectacular ocean views. We had a quiet stay here catching up on our schoolwork and just being on our own again.
    We met a cat on the second day there. She was meowing a lot and we found it cute at first but when she kept meowing through the night it got really annoying. The next day we realized that the cat lived there and we were allowed to feed her and she quieted down quickly after that! Geoff got out for a morning hike and we swam on the beach below us. The only downside I can think of was a complete and utter lack of tonic water for the afternoon cocktails.
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    Nath - wow, what of nice way to end this journey !

    Noel Pullen

    Looks pretty dreamy there!


    That is so lovely


    What a fantastic journey. You have seen and experienced so many amazing things. This blog is going to be a valuable record as the the years go by. Best wishes as you wrap up this journey and settle back into the routine. I look forward to hearing your stories in person... David F.

  • Day278

    Venice - And We're In Athens!

    June 2, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Venice was a very cool city. One of my favourites I think. It was so peaceful, because there were no cars, so that means no honking, no smoggy air, and no crossing busy streets! We spent a sunny, last weekend with Nana and Tony (Lara’s parents). A little exploring, a little gelato, a little souvenir shopping, and a little pizza. The typical Venice experience. Dad made a scavenger hunt for us to take pictures of around Venice. Some of the things were; a bride in a gondola boat, a lion statue holding a closed book (meaning Venice was at war), a lion statue with an open book (meaning Venice was at peace), a well, a singing gondolier, and a leaning tower. This morning, we said goodbye to Nana and Tony, and then took the water bus to the airport. We made it safely to Athens, and are super excited to see cousin Arlo, Uncle Doug, and Aunt Netami in a few days! Greece is our last stop before we get back to Toronto, and then Ottawa!!! Two weeks to go!!
    🛶 🇬🇷 🇨🇦
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    Is that the MSC Opera crashing behind you in the photo?

    Paisleys Abroad

    Yes, we think so...


    looks amazing! The trip of a lifetime indeed...and those Aperol Spritz's are the bomb!!! Tania

  • Day276

    Enigmarium Escape Room

    May 31, 2019 in Slovenia ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Today we did an outstanding escape room about a detective agency which we had to re-open in less than an hour and we finished with 10 seconds to spare! It had lots of different types of puzzles, unfortunately we aren’t allowed to share any of the puzzles or answers so the secrets are kept a secret.
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    Stephen Skoutajan

    You can share it with me - I’ll never tell -PLEASE!!! -Stephen

  • Day276

    Space Sleepers

    May 31, 2019 in Slovenia ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Last night we slept in space capsules with lots of gizmos and buttons and even a mini tv in each capsule! The Central hotel had been renovated and the hotel was left with a huge amount of empty space which they turned into space capsules! We had to open the capsules with a key card and inside their was a mini fire extinguisher, a remote for the tv, a giant mirror, and a tray which collapsed on you if you took it off the wall! Once you were inside the capsule you have a choice of four different lights, two reading lights, one mirror light and even a blue LED light and you could change the brightness of each light with a small pad beside the light. Although it looked really cool there were still some downsides, the air conditioning couldn’t be turned down and some of the vents wouldn’t open so it was extremely hot! The tv didn’t actually work so that didn’t help, finally the light outside the capsules couldn’t be turned off so it was on the whole night and even with the capsule door closed it was still very bright! Outside the capsule room there were two foosball tables and a bar/restaurant which had free juice coffee and tea.
    Talk to everyone soon!
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    Noel Pullen

    Very cool!

  • Day273

    TKM, that's alot of rain!

    May 28, 2019 in Slovenia ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

    TKM stands for tristo kosmatih medvedov. Apparently Slovenians do not curse... So to remark on the soggy weather, I am using their expression which literally translates as “three hundred hairy bears”! And I mean every word! Despite the unrelenting rain, the area of the Julian Alps above lake Bled is really beautiful - we are in a small town called Zasip - and when the fog lifts, there is proof that we are indeed in the mountains!Read more

    Hugh Paisley

    “Into every life...........”


    TKM... is my new thing! (Deepika)