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

    March 19, 2019 |

    Hi Dave. Not that I am aware and I have a fairly comprehensive family tree for the McNeill side of the family. I will pull it up and scan. Cheers, Harold. Great chatting with you and I will give Ben a nudge.

  • Dave Cassels

    March 16, 2019 |

    Were you related to Guy McNeill who owned the Bruin Inn in St. Albert in the late 40’s or early 50’s? Guy was a close friend of my father-in-law who was the first President of the Royal Glenora Club. My phone number is 780 940 1175. Thank you.

  • Harold McNeill

    March 15, 2019 |

    So glad you found the story and enjoyed. Indeed, they were memorable times. I did a fair amount of searching but never managed to contact any of the Murffit kids. However, it was neat to make contact with the Colony and someone I knew from back in the day. I have enjoyed writing these stories from back in the 1940s and 50s and have made contact with a lot of friends from those early years. I will give you a call over the weekend. Cheers, Harold

  • Yvonne (Couture) Richardson

    March 7, 2019 |

    I enjoyed your story. I too, lived in Pibroch in 1951, as my parents owned the hotel there. I was a very close friend of Bonnie Murfitt at the time. I moved to Edmonton in 1952, however, and have not seen her since. I would like to be in touch with you to talk about your story. My email is listed above and my phone number is 780-475-3873.

  • Laureen Kosch/Patry

    March 5, 2019 |

    I grew up in Pibroch and would not trade those years for anything. “ Kids don’t know how to play anymore” Never was a truer statement made. During the summer we were out the door by 8am, home for lunch, and back when it got dark. For the most part our only toys were our bikes and maybe a baseball mitt. I will never forget the times when all the kids got together in “Finks field” for a game of scrub baseball. Everybody was welcome, kids from 8 to 18. I didn’t know it then but I guess I had a childhood most dream of. Drove thru town last summer. It all looked a lot smaller.

  • Harold McNeill

    January 13, 2019 |

    Well, my dear, it’s that time again. How the years fly by and the little ones grow but try as you may you will have a hard time catching up to your Daddy. Lots of love young lady and may your day be special
    Love, Dad

  • Harold McNeill

    January 5, 2019 |

    Guess what? My response went to the Spam folder. Hmm, do you suppose the system is trying to tell me something?

  • Harold McNeill

    January 5, 2019 |

    Thanks, Terrance. Your comment came through but went to the Spam folder. Have pulled it out and approved. Can you send another on this post to see if you name is now removed from Spam? I’m not sure why it does that. Cheers, Harold

  • Terrance

    January 5, 2019 |

    A VERY COMPREHENSIVE ANALYSIS. ALL POLITICIANS SHOULD READ THIS.

  • Harold McNeill

    December 23, 2018 |

    Thanks Sis. I will be uploading as Hi-Def so the photos can be viewed full screen. Brother