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

    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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    February 17, 2020 |

    Update:  Times Colonist, February 16, 2020, articles by Louise Dickson, She got her gun back, then she killed herself,” and,  Mounties decision to return gun to PTSD victim haunts her brother. 

    Summary: I don’t know how many read the above articles, but they contained the tragic details about young woman, Krista Carle’, who took her own life after suffering for years with PTSD. While tragedies such as this play out across Canada every week, the reason this story resonates so profoundly is that the final, tragic, conclusion took place here in Victoria. Continued in the article.

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    February 15, 2020 |

    Testing the comments section after changes made. Updated: February 10, 2020

    Further to the update below (February 1, 2020), I note that since the government announced a “No-Fault” insurance plan for BC, Robert Mulligan is taking a slightly different tack, suggesting that no-fault will only increase the problems by taking away the right of an injured party to sue.

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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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