Index to Travel Stories

Written by Harold McNeill on November 8th, 2011. Posted in Index to Posts, Travelogue


My Best Friend and Life Companion

Just give Lynn a call and whether she be in Prague (as above – taking a call) or in the outer reaches of the Wadi Rum, she will attend to your travel needs.

 About Travelynn

Over the past several years, Lynn has attended to our travel planning needs as we set out to explore a small part of the world. Many of the stories, first posted on Facebook, are now being transitioned to this blog section.

Now as an Independent Travel Consultant with the Expedia CruiseShipCenters, working from home and the Bevan Street office located in Sidney, British Columbia, Lynn is providing the same excellent service to others that she has long provided to our family, friends and business associates.

Working with one of the leading travel offices on Vancouver Island, Lynn continues to expand her knowledge of the travel industry and everyone who knows her, will agree she always gives 100% to the task at hand and, for those who don’t know her, that fact will soon become apparent.

Photo (2012): Lynn working at her Cruise Desk in the Sidney Office.

For background on Lynn link to a short biography at: Life Long Learner

If you need help with your travel plans, be they by land, sea or air, just give Lynn a call at:

Work: 250-656-5441, Toll Free: 1-800-561-2350

Expedia email: lynnmcneill@cruiseshipcenters.com,

Or visit her on the web at:  www.cruiseshipcenters.ca/LynnMcNeill

Harold McNeill
March, 2012

Index and Thumbnails follow

Index and Thumbnails (In Progress)

The following posts provide information and photo’s about various travel destinations,
domestic and international, that may be of interest.

Canada

Island View Beach: Camping Close to Home:
Early Morning Fog: Island View Beach is located 10 km north of Victoria, BC, on Highway 17.  Lynn and I camped here for two weeks in the late summer of 2011. This story appeared in the September 2011 issues of the Island RV Guide (p. 37) The Guide is distributed to 16,000 readers on Vancouver Island in British Columbia.

Dining with a Difference.
Setting up for dinner at various locations around Victoria, BC.  This article appeared in the centrefold of the February-March 2012 issue of the Island RV Guide (p. 38 and 39).

Camping Close to Home: 2012 Edition

Guess how we found a compromise in this rather cool start to the 2012 Season

Switzerland

Swiss Family Hanggi:
Friends in Interlauken and a visit with the Hanggi Family who host us in grand style

Top of the World:
Heading to the highest point in Europe where we meet Karen and Knobby Clarke who we later meet in Venice and then again, later, at their home in Invercargil on the South Island of New Zealand (links below)

Soaring with Eagles:
Lynn and Harold take a chance and jump from a cliff high in the alps.

New Zealand

These fascinating sites from the South Island (hdm)

The North Island:
From Auckland traveling up the Eastern shores and back down the West.

The Magic of Rotorua:
Staying with friends in one of the most volcanically active cities in the world.

Gisborne, Living a Dream:
Travel to the far West Coast of the North Island to visit a family from Northern Alberta.

The Relish Tea Room:
Another ‘Living Your Dream’ story about a family in Mana, just north of Wellington.

Heading to the South Island:
Taking the ferry across Cook Strait during rough weather was just the beginning of the experience.

Into Queenstown:
A beautiful city with enough tourist attractions and back country trekking to keep a person busy for weeks.

High Mountain Pass:
Lakes, beaches, winding roads, forests, glaciers, the South Island provides an endless scenic display.

Invercargill:
To the very tip of the South Island and a wonderful week with friends we met in Switzerland (reference Top of the World, above)

Christchurch:
A city that is the mirror image of Victoria, BC. but having more tropical foliage and a greater sense of history.

Southeast Asia

Viet Nam, Cambodia and the Mekong River The land travel begins with 7 days from Hanoi, then by air to Cambodia and a 7-day River Cruise along the southern Mekong River to Ho Chi Minh City. This is an upcoming trip that, unfortunately, we shall have to miss this time around. This post is made as it is a special being hosted by Lynn’s office at the Sidney Office Cruise Ship Centre. Two other Expedia agencies in Greater Victoria participating in this exclusive tour. (photo from Web)

United States

Mississippi (New Orleans)

New Orleans, the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean:   Join the McNeill’s, Walker’s, LeClair’s and friends on a southern adventure coming in February 2012 (above photo, web shot, Westerdam heads into the sunset)

Vancouver, San Diego, Las Vega, Vancouver

Holland American Docking in Las Vegas, You Bet.   A group of friends are traveling on this repositioning cruise from Vancouver to San Deigo, then to Las Vegas and return to Vancouver (all inclusive)

Hawaiian Land Cruise

This 14 day land and sea excursion promises an adventure filled holiday while cruising the Hawaiian Islands, then across the Pacific to Vancouver.    Link:   Hawaiian Holiday

 Italy

Venice: City on Water

Venice: Festa del Redentore

Venice: Biennial Contemporary Arts Exhibition

Venice: Travel Planning

Hungary, Slovakia, Austria and the Czech Republic

Budapest, looking toward Parliament Buildings across the Danube (hdm)

Budapest: An Historical City in Modern Times

Life Aboard the River Beatrice

Making Friends along the Danube

Catherdrals, Abbey’s and Castles

Prague: At War and At Peace

In Progress:  Austria and Germany

Destination Stories being prepared for posting

Australia

Mexico

Australia

England

France

Germany

Slovakia

Croatia

Netherlands

Alaska

Washington State

Oregon

New York

Michigan

Colorado

Florida

 

 

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  • don
    April 27, 2012 at 5:39 am |

    WHY?????travel the world when heaven is only a ferry ride away from your back yard camping of coarse to take you’s out of your misery ????????????????????? the answer is MAYNE ISLAND BC CANADA (Harold “Likes” this)

  • April 27, 2012 at 6:13 pm |

    To true, to true, but consider…sometimes people work all their lives saving for the “good things in life” and all the while those good things (like camping in your own yard) were passing by… Mayne Island is another of those treasures of the BC Coast that can be explored again and again – always with new and inquiring eyes…ahh, we do live in a wonderful part of the world Don…

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  • Harold McNeill

    February 28, 2022 |

    Hi Robert, I do remember some of those folks from my early years in Cold Lake (Hazel was my aunt and our family spent many fond times with Uncle Melvin, Aunt Hazel and Family. I knew Lawrence and Adrian. Having read a half dozen accounts it is clear their were many false narratives and, perhaps, a few truths along the way. I tried my best to provide an even account from what I read. Cheers, Harold. (email: Harold@mcneillifestories.com)

  • Robert Martineau

    February 25, 2022 |

    Its been a long time since any post here, but its worth a shot. My Grandfather was Hazel Wheelers brother Lawrence, and son to Maggie and Adrien. Maggie Martineau (nee Delaney) is my great grandmother. The books and articles to date are based on the white mans viewpoint and the real story as passed down by the Elders in my family is much more nefarious. Some of the white men were providing food for the Indians in exchange for sexual favors performed by the Squaws. Maggie was the product of one of those encounters. Although I am extremely proud of my family and family name, I am ashamed about this part of it.

  • Julue

    January 28, 2022 |

    Good morning Harold!
    Gosh darn it, you are such a good writer. I hope you have been writing a book about your life. It could be turned into a movie.
    Thanks for this edition to your blog.
    I pray that Canadians will keep their cool this weekend and next week in Ottawa. How do you see our PM handling it? He has to do something and quick!
    Xo Julie

  • Herb Craig

    December 14, 2021 |

    As always awesome job Harold. It seems whatever you do in life the end result is always the same professional, accurate, inclusive and entertaining. You have always been a class act and a great fellow policeman to work with. We had some awesome times together my friend. I will always hold you close as a true friend. Keep up the good work. Hope to see you this summer.
    Warm regards
    Herb Craig

  • Harold McNeill

    November 26, 2021 |

    Hi Dorthy, So glad you found those stories and, yes, they hold many fond memories. Thanks to social media and the blog, I’ve been able to get in touch with many friends from back in the day. Cheers, Harold

  • Harold McNeill

    November 26, 2021 |

    Well, well. Pleased to see your name pop up. I’m in regular contact via FB with many ‘kids’ from back in our HS days (Guy, Dawna, Shirley and others). Also, a lot of Cold Lake friends through FB. Cheers, Harold

  • Harold McNeill

    November 26, 2021 |

    Oh, that is many years back and glad you found the story. I don’t have any recall of others in my class other than the Murphy sisters on whose farm my Dad and Mom worked.

  • Harold McNeill

    November 26, 2021 |

    Pleased to hear from you Howie and trust all is going well. As with you, I have a couple of sad stories of times in my police career when I crossed paths with Ross Barrington Elworthy. Just haven’t had the time to write those stories.

  • Howie Siegel

    November 25, 2021 |

    My only fight at Pagliacci’s was a late Sunday night in 1980 (?) He ripped the towel machine off the bathroom wall which brought me running. He came after me, I grabbed a chair and cracked him on the head which split his skull and dropped him. I worried about the police finding him on the floor. I had just arrived from Lasqueti Island and wasn’t convinced the police were my friends. I dragged him out to Broad and Fort and left him on the sidewalk, called the cops. They picked him up and he never saw freedom again (as far as I know). I found out it was Ross Elworthy.

  • Herbert Plain

    November 24, 2021 |

    Just read you article on Pibroch excellent. My Dad was Searle Grain company agent we move there in 1942/3 live in town by the hall for 5 years than moved one mile east to the farm on the corner where the Pibroch road meets Hwy 44. Brother Don still lives there. I went to school with you and Louise.