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

    March 19, 2019 |

    Hi Dave. Not that I am aware and I have a fairly comprehensive family tree for the McNeill side of the family. I will pull it up and scan. Cheers, Harold. Great chatting with you and I will give Ben a nudge.

  • Dave Cassels

    March 16, 2019 |

    Were you related to Guy McNeill who owned the Bruin Inn in St. Albert in the late 40’s or early 50’s? Guy was a close friend of my father-in-law who was the first President of the Royal Glenora Club. My phone number is 780 940 1175. Thank you.

  • Harold McNeill

    March 15, 2019 |

    So glad you found the story and enjoyed. Indeed, they were memorable times. I did a fair amount of searching but never managed to contact any of the Murffit kids. However, it was neat to make contact with the Colony and someone I knew from back in the day. I have enjoyed writing these stories from back in the 1940s and 50s and have made contact with a lot of friends from those early years. I will give you a call over the weekend. Cheers, Harold

  • Yvonne (Couture) Richardson

    March 7, 2019 |

    I enjoyed your story. I too, lived in Pibroch in 1951, as my parents owned the hotel there. I was a very close friend of Bonnie Murfitt at the time. I moved to Edmonton in 1952, however, and have not seen her since. I would like to be in touch with you to talk about your story. My email is listed above and my phone number is 780-475-3873.

  • Laureen Kosch/Patry

    March 5, 2019 |

    I grew up in Pibroch and would not trade those years for anything. “ Kids don’t know how to play anymore” Never was a truer statement made. During the summer we were out the door by 8am, home for lunch, and back when it got dark. For the most part our only toys were our bikes and maybe a baseball mitt. I will never forget the times when all the kids got together in “Finks field” for a game of scrub baseball. Everybody was welcome, kids from 8 to 18. I didn’t know it then but I guess I had a childhood most dream of. Drove thru town last summer. It all looked a lot smaller.

  • Harold McNeill

    January 13, 2019 |

    Well, my dear, it’s that time again. How the years fly by and the little ones grow but try as you may you will have a hard time catching up to your Daddy. Lots of love young lady and may your day be special
    Love, Dad

  • Harold McNeill

    January 5, 2019 |

    Guess what? My response went to the Spam folder. Hmm, do you suppose the system is trying to tell me something?

  • Harold McNeill

    January 5, 2019 |

    Thanks, Terrance. Your comment came through but went to the Spam folder. Have pulled it out and approved. Can you send another on this post to see if you name is now removed from Spam? I’m not sure why it does that. Cheers, Harold

  • Terrance

    January 5, 2019 |

    A VERY COMPREHENSIVE ANALYSIS. ALL POLITICIANS SHOULD READ THIS.

  • Harold McNeill

    December 23, 2018 |

    Thanks Sis. I will be uploading as Hi-Def so the photos can be viewed full screen. Brother