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

    April 14, 2020 |

    Hi Rick,
    Great to hear from you and trust all is going well. Our family members are all doing well but it must be pretty tough for a lot of people. I had once heard you were going to do some writing but never heard anything further. I would be most interested, but do you think the OB News have archives back to that time. Any link or information you could provide would be greatly appreciated. Did you keep copies? Regards, Harold

  • Rick Gonder

    April 14, 2020 |

    Hi Harold
    About 22 years ago I spent several weeks going through the OBPD archives. I wrote several stories that were published in the OB News. Feel free to use if they are of value to what you are doing.
    Keep this up, I’m enjoying it and it brings back memories.

  • Harold McNeill

    April 12, 2020 |

    Hi Susan,

    Glad you had a chance to read. I decided to update these stories by proofreading as there were several grammatical errors in many. Hopefully, many of those glaring errors have been removed.

    Many of the stories carry a considerable amount of social comment regarding the way the criminal justice system is selectively applied. Next up involves a young woman from near Cold Lake, Alberta, who was abducted by an older male from Edmonton. Her story is the story of hundreds of young men and woman who have found themselves alone and without help when being prayed upon unscrupulous predators.

    Cheers, Harold

  • Susan

    April 8, 2020 |

    Great read, Harold!…and really not surprising, sad as that may sound.
    Keep the stories coming, it is fascinating to hear them.
    Love from us out here in the “sticks”, and stay safe from this unknown predator called Covid.

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    Statements like this appear to be simple fear-mongering. As was the case in the past, people who commit criminal offences, as well as other forms of negligence while driving, may well lose their insurance coverage and in all likelihood would be sued by ICBC to recover costs of the claim. (Link here to Mulligan’s full conversation on CFAX radio)

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