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

    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.