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

    November 19, 2018 |

    Thanks, Lynn. It appears there was a problem with the comment system. Cheers, Harold

  • lynnmcneill

    November 19, 2018 |

    Hi Harold – looks great!

  • Maurice Smook

    August 13, 2016 |

    Hi Jillian,

    I don’t know if you are still checking this site but I had to respond again. February of 2017 it will be 72 years since this battle occurred.

    What caught my attention about this incident was on the Go Deep Documentary that aired on the History Channel. First of all I never known that this battle having ever occurred.

    According to my grade 3 teacher WW2 had never occurred. That grade 3 teacher stated that the WW2 and the holocaust was all propaganda. All of my classmates they believed her. I hate to say this but all I knew was that soldiers shooting at each other.

    I almost was expelled from school. My

    Mom my Dad my brother and my Uncle would have been arrested for propaganda. I paid the price. It was ironic a grade 5 teacher told me that Smooks are all commies. Dad was Conservative.

    All the Smooks that I known are all Conservative. If I had the money I would have loved to sue those two teachers.

    As I said I never heard of this Battle. If it were not for that program I would have never had known.

    I started to do more researching to find out more about the history of this battle. The narrator of Go Deep mentioned the names of the pilots who died that battle.

    I missed 20 minutes of that program but the camera crew had the camera’s pointed towards the sign with the names of the deceits. That is how I known.

    According to the narrator There are three who are still missing. W.J. Jackson, Harry Smook and A. Duckworth. A couple of months ago the staff of Go Deep have located Harry and A. Duckworths aircraft. This is on you tube. Harry and A. Duckworth craft is approx 650 feet deep in the Fjord. The individual who is heading this expansionary mission made it known he will not rest until all three of the missing pilots
    will be retrieved. I am sure that A. Duckworth’s kin are hoping for the same.

    What really puzzles me is that I have sent emails to the Smooks. Not one ever replying. I presume its the same with you. Sad. Dad rarely spoke about his family. It appears there is a big secret of the Smooks. I too assume Harry is a kin to my Dad. Harry maybe a 4th 5th cousin to my Dad. I too would like to know. Harry and A. Duckworth served and died for our country. The other is W.j. Jackson – who is also still missing – having died for our Country.

    In conclusion I still ask myself why is this a huge secret.

    If you are still checking this site please contact me. Maybe we may be kin.

    Take care.

  • Valerie Heuman (Roddick)

    June 19, 2016 |

    Having just returned to the Okanagan Valley from a weekend in Pibroch, I am delighted to have stumbled on your blog to see the picture of the main street. My aunt and uncle Peggy & Gordon McGillvery owned and lived in the old Post Office on the North east corner of the main intersection and my brother Adrian currently lives south a bit backing on the School yard. We are Sheila’s cousins and still have a close connection to the town.

  • Sheila(Roddick) Allison

    May 19, 2016 |

    Hi. So fun to find your blog. I remember going to school with you and Louise. I loved my childhood in Pibroch which incidentally was named by my grandfather Aaron Roddick. I will never forget the night the garage burned down. Nice to see the landmark photo before the big fire!

  • George Dahl

    April 12, 2016 |

    What a great site. I’m trying to locate a woman named Sally Jennifer who was from the Cold Lake area back in the early sixties. I met her when I was stationed at Namao air base in Edmonton. I was serving with the USAF 3955 air refueling squadron from rhe fall 1963 till the spring of 64. Sally was 22 at the time I was 21. Sally was my first love. I had orders to ship out to South East Asia and we lost contact after that.
    If any of you know the where abouts of Sally I would like to get reacquainted with her. She is First Nation, Blackfoot I believe. She is Catholic and may have attended a Catholic school in Cold Lake.
    Thank You in advance, George Dahl

  • dave armit

    March 23, 2016 |

    good old fashioned police work done by good old fashioned policemen……….in regards to mr cain..i learned a few years ago that he was born on the same day in the same hospital that i was..my father was a close friend of the cain family…!!! interesting..d a

  • Joyce McMenamon

    March 1, 2016 |

    Haha, love it! We should probably eat rats and rabbits rather than beef. Also I’ve noticed that there are a lot less pests where dogs are not kept on leashes.

  • Kari

    February 27, 2016 |

    Thanks for a wonderful trip down memory lane Dad!!! That was an amazing trip and I am so glad that we had the opportunity to share that experience together!
    ❤️

  • Ann and Herb

    January 17, 2016 |

    Love the new music – one of my most favourite ever- and love the story. Thank you for keeping us forever young in the photo! It is such a gift to know a person who writes so joyously and respectfully of his family and friends. It fills our hearts to know that you count us among them.

    A & H