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Europe » Greece » Crete » Sissi July 25th 2015

Our drive to picturesque Sissi was down main highways and along the breathtaking coast. What a spectacular drive along the white, pink, and magenta oleander tree-lined roads! On our way we stopped in Rethymno and walked along the coast, watching as the waves crashed to the rocky shore. We continued on down to the port, which was filled with seafood restaurants. We walked around the streets, stopping in stores for souvenirs. Curtis, Kellan and Garret all bought leather bands with the Greek symbol for eternity, while Shawna and I indulged in taste testing various flavours of liqueors and raki (well it was noon somewhere!). It was very hot so we would often find mom and dad sitting in a shady spot while we roamed around. As we arrived to the beach town of Sissi, we made ... read more
Villa Dionysus
Outdoor Grilling and bar
The "Butt"cher!!!

Europe » Greece » Crete » Agia Marina July 12th 2015

After our white knuckle landing at the Chania Airport, we proceeded to the baggage carousel and then out to meet the car rental respresentative. Once we had signed all our agreements, we went about packing up the cars. Curtis and I rented a Toyota Auris while the others both chose Peugeot convertibles, both cars sleek and silver, however my brother's was a bit smaller and did not offer much in the way of leg room. On more than one occasion, Kellan and Bobby have pretty much eaten their knees while travelling!! Love our car - nothing fancy, but it is easy to get in and out of and we remain protected from the intensity of the sun. We stopped just beyond the airport to gas up. WHOOOOAAA! Gas is extremely costly here, especially when they automatically ... read more
Sweet Sixteen
Our Pool
Swim Up Bar

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens July 11th 2015

After a much needed night of rest, we started our exploration of Athens on Thursday morning first heading to Syntagma Square and up the stairs to the Parliament buildings. We were just in time to see the changing of the guard. I had forgotten what a wonderful show it was, full of tradition, flair, and culture. We watched as the guards began their slow, methodical walk and the high, over-exaggerated kick of their tassled feet into the air. The sun was unrelenting as we watched this wonderful display and we felt badly for them wearing their heavy uniforms and thick leg coverings. From there we made our way through the National Gardens and followed the path until we reached the Temple of Olympian Zeus. Everyone was in awe of this magnificent set of ancient ruins. We ... read more
Walking Through the National Gardens
Temple of Olympian Zeus
Shawna, Amy, and Garret

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens July 10th 2015

It is so hard to believe that we are headed back to Europe but this time we get to enjoy it with most of our family! Monday was busy with a trip to the eye doctor to try to pass the peripheral vision test (failed in February!), a much-needed pedicure, and a final visit to the bank to pick up the euros we had ordered before going home to weed my gardens, clean the house, and pack our bags! We awoke early Tuesday morning to grey skies but knew that we were heading to a place where the weather promised nothing but sunshine and hot temperatures. We loaded the car and headed to my sister's, the central meeting place! We arrived around 8:30am, well shy of the time that was agreed upon (remember my need to ... read more
Our First Greek Dinner
Giorgos
Learning a Little Greek

North America » Canada » Ontario » Meaford June 7th 2015

Saturday morning we packed up a last few things for one final time! Although our backpacks didn't feel any lighter, the thought of coming home certainly made the carrying bearable. We tidied up our tiny apartment in Paris and made our way down to the Metro to get to Gare du Nord. Once there, we were to take the RER B train to Charles deGaulle Airport. We got off the metro and followed the "ticket" signs, however, we could not find a counter or machine. After hauling our bags back and forth, up and down several sets of stairs a couple of kind people took pity on us and obviously reading the confusion on our faces. They tried to direct us to the right place and kept telling us upstairs. We went up again but still ... read more
France
Italy
Slovenia

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris June 5th 2015

We love Paris! The sights, sounds, smells, and the overall vibrancy of the city certainly breeds excitement! Wednesday morning dawned overcast again but we were hopeful, as sunny skies were forecast for the afternoon. After breakfast, we headed to the Metro and made our way to The Louvre. As we walked through the huge stone archway Curtis got his first glimpse of the glass pyramid. We joined the not so long line, and proceeded inside. As we organized our belongings before entering the museum we heard this ungodly screeching! Curtis, and dozens of others, went over to investigate. Apparently a lady, who was coming up the escalator, got her skirt stuck and it was pulling her down! Security was soon there to help! Whew-glad I didn't don my skirt today!! Opting for one audioguide to share ... read more
Curtis and the Winged Messenger
Curtis and "The Lady"
Eiffel Tower

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris June 3rd 2015

Bonjour from beautiful Paris! We caught the city bus in Trier to the train station and caught the first available one to Luxembourg to catch our 1:09 TGV train to Paris. We had quite a bit of time to kill waiting in Luxembourg and as we sat just outside of the glassed in area for local tickets we were treated to quite a show! We were both reading when I looked up to the sound of yelling. It was somewhat muffled, but definitely a voice raised a few decibels above normal. I got up to investigate and saw that a rather large and slovenly man was yelling and gesturing wildly to a lovely girl behind the ticket counter. She was very calm, trying to smooth his very obvious ruffled feathers! Everyone in the room had moved ... read more
Saint Chapelle
Notre Dame
View of a Gargoyle From the Tower

Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate » Trier May 31st 2015

Our drive from Herleshausen to Cochem was very picturesque. As we got closer to our destination, we found ourselves travelling down steep switchbacks heading into the valley where the Moselle River flows. All along the river are several campgrounds filled with trailers. We passed through small town after small town sitting along the river with beautiful bike/walking paths joining each of these postcard perfect places. As we drove along we were amazed at the vineyards that lined the steep hills. Row after row of grapevines sat in terraces along the sides of the hills. The Moselle Valley is famous for its wines, white ones especially. We finally came to Cochem, a small town of just under 5000 people. As we drove in we could see numerous river cruise boats lining the banks, cyclists everywhere and a ... read more
Vineyard Climbing Apparatus
Market Square
Reichsburg Castle

Europe » Germany » Hesse » Herleshausen May 25th 2015

Monday was a holiday for many Germans so stores and banks were closed and children were home from schula! After a quiet breakfast we hopped on the bikes and set off to ride the paths around Herleshausen. We enjoyed the flat, paved trails however the hills we did come to were a bit tricky as I seemed to have only a couple of operational gears on my bike, neither of them condusive to hills!! All in all we enjoyed the fresh air and knew that we were coming back to yet another huge lunch that Doris was busy preparing. The four of us plus Thomas, Sybille, and Sophia all sat down to a feast of venison, wild boar, gravy, noodles, red cabbage, fried potatoes and green beans with bacon bits. This when then followed by ice ... read more
Altar in St. Boniface
Street in Fulda
Bell Tower

Europe » Germany » Hesse » Herleshausen May 22nd 2015

Tuesday morning we drove through the beautiful German countryside towards Herleshausen, the town in Germany where Curtis' mom still has family, and with whom we would be staying for the next 9 days. We followed the map, taking a number of different roads, winding our way towards Herleshausen. Upon entering the town, Curtis attempted to rely on his memory of where his aunt and uncle lived. Well after 20 minutes of driving around in circles we found the Tourist Information booth, however it was closed. We continued to drive around again. After fruitless attempts, we finally stopped to ask a gentleman on the street. It turned out that he was the local pastor and instead of trying to give us verbal directions he hopped in the car and we drove him to his house. Once there ... read more
Brandenburg Ruins
Oma Marie's House
Church




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