Travel Planning (4/4)

Written by Harold McNeill on March 13th, 2012. Posted in Travelogue


Above: Holland America Cruise Ship Navigates the Canale Giudecca,
the main entrance to Venice

With its hundreds of canals, waterways and narrow channels that divide the city like an intricate web, you never feel stressed, pressed or on edge, as is often the case in the core of large cities filled with cars, trucks, busses, trollies and other forms of wheeled transport. It is amazing how a city can be transformed when you take away that traditional traffic. Even when Venice is filled to capacity with people, as it was during part of our visit, you can still find elbow room, space to relax, fresh air and a quiet spot on a sidewalk cafe overlooking the water.

No wonder it is a major port of call for the dozens of cruise ships that criss-cross the Adriatic, Mediterranean and Agean Seas.  Even though Lynn and I arrived by train from France after meandering across Germany, Switzerland and Northern Italy, it is just as easy to head directly to Venice if your interests lay in the more southerly ports of call.

Ports within range of a 7, 14, or 21 day cruise from Venice, include a mix and match of the following popular destinations:  Loper, Slovenia; Dubrovnik and Split, Croatia; Corfu, Katakolon,  Athens, Mykonos, Rodes and Santorini, Greece; Kusadas, Turkey; Bari, Florence, Naples and Rome, Italy; Haifa and Jerusalem, Israel; Alexandria, Egypt; Barcelona, Spain; Nice, France, to name but a few.

Photo (left): Cruise Ship enters Venice in the late evening of a holiday week-end. Both ships in these photos nearly touch the Piazza del Marco as they pass quietly by.

You may even consider a river cruise which has become increasingly popular in recent years.  In 2013, Uniworld is planning their inaugural Venice intinerary as well as other excursions that will enhance your travel experience.

Whatever may be your interest, give Lynn or your current travel professional, a call and you will be provided with expert help in planning your next trip. Whether you are an experienced traveler, or a ‘first timer’ planning the trip of your dreams, a travel professional can help you find the very best value within a price range that meet your needs.  The consultants also have access to packages that provide additional value not available through on-line, advertised specials.

About TraveLynn

Lynn is an independent Travel Consultant with the Expedia CruiseShipCenters, working from home or or the Bevan Street office in Sidney, British Columbia. At 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 that 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.

If you need help with your travel plans, be they by land, sea or air, just give Lynn a call at: 250 656-5441, or  Toll Free: 1-800-561-2350

Expedia email: lynnmcneill@cruiseshipcenters.com  or personal, lynn@travelynn.ca

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

Travelogues from many destinations are being added to this blog which was opened in 2011 by Harold and Lynn.  Check out the Thumbnails, the first post in the Travelogues Section, for ‘links’ to various travel destination or link here: Index to Travel Stories

Being posted in early April 2012, will be a series about a river cruise along the Blue Danube as Lynn and Harold spend two weeks with friends Garth and Esther Dunn as we travel to Budapest, Hungary, then through Austria and Germany on a Uniworld Cruise. This will be followed by a land extension tour to Prague, Czechoslovakia. For the four of us, this will be our first river cruise.

Happy Travels.

Harold McNeill
March, 2012

For Lynn’s Biography:  Link Here to A Life Long Learner

Links to other Venice Posts:

Venice: City on Water (1/4)

Venice: Festa del Redentore (2/4)

Venice: Biennial Contemporary Arts Exhibition (3/4)

Photos

Another view of Holland America entering Canale Giudecca (Web Photo). The hostel
in which we stayed was just to the right along the canal. The cover photo of the Holand America ship was taken from the Cathedral parapets located in the wedge at the
centre top of this photo.

The two maps (above and below) provide a good representation of the
areas mentioned in this post.

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  • Harold McNeill

    October 18, 2021 |

    This email from Pal Slavid in Norway received October 10

    I simply must tell the following story; before a flight from Aberdeen to Bergen/Norway (it must have been around 2005), I had purchased a couple of “Pilot’s Notes” in a bookshop in Aberdeen. Among these one for the Mosquito. At the flight I was reading some pages in the biography of Douglas Bader (Reach for the Sky), and suddenly this elderly gentleman sitting beside me points to the book and says: “I knew this guy”. This gentleman turned out to be Mr. Bert Ramsden, and I was fortunate enough that he shared some of his story with me on this flight. And when I was able to pick up from my bag, a copy of the Pilot Notes which he had used during his training, we read it more or less together, and he commented with great knowledge. As an WWII aviator geek, this flight became a great memory for me, and I even got his signature on the Pilot Notes.
    With great respect,
    Pål

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  • Harold McNeill

    July 25, 2021 |

    Glad you enjoyed Craig. It was fun researching and writing that particular post. It seems I was in school many years before you, the 1950s to be more precise. Cheers, Harold

  • Craig Patterson

    July 18, 2021 |

    Thank you for sharing this. I grew up in Cold Lake (former town of Grand Centre) and we’d heard many stories over the years. Today I was talking to my Mom about the Kinosoo and I came to this article when I was searching images of the fish — I recall when I was in school in the 80s where was a photo supposedly taken (I think it’s the one of the ice fisherman above).

  • Harold McNeill

    January 15, 2021 |

    Wow, Graham, I was taken by surprise (but then again that’s not too hard). Having all you fine folks (my children by other fathers and mothers) would have been great. I’m hopeful that sometime in the not too distant future, we can reprise that trip. Perhaps we’ll just set aside a time for someone else’s landmark day, and we can surprise them. Love to you two. Harold

  • Graham and Nazanin

    January 15, 2021 |

    How could we miss this historic event my friend!!!
    Nazy and I were booked for that cruise Harold, we were looking so forward to it.
    We will be together soon! We both wish that continued unconditional love you receive from everyone to continue as you are that special someone that makes a difference in this world.
    Happy birthday sir, cheers!

  • Harold McNeill

    January 7, 2021 |

    Glad you found the site and that Dorthy enjoyed. I’ve added a lot of school photos in other locations linked to the High School Years stories. Cheers, Harold

  • Shelley Hamaliuk

    January 2, 2021 |

    Hi there, I am Dorothy Marshall’s (nee Hartman) daughter. Mom was quite excited when she discovered this site while surfing the net yesterday, so excited that she told me to have a look! She quite enjoyed taking a trip down memory and seeing old pictures of herself.Keep up the great work!

  • 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.