Showing posts from 2013

Mediterranean Cruise Oct 28/13 to Nov 10/13

Monday, Oct 28/1335th Anniversary Trip - Venice to Barcelona
Started out in AM from Lakefield and had lunch with Mom and Dad Marsden in Toronto before parking at the Park and Fly Economy lot (1/2 price internet coupon) near YYZ for our 7:40 PM KLM Flight to Venice via Amsterdam. (Thought we may be flying Air France due to wind storm in England but this was cancelled.)
Flew overnight on full 747 - no sleep in cramped seats in 31st row in middle - 6 hours - had gluten free meals).
Tuesday, Oct 29/13 8AM to 10 AM in Amsterdam Airport and then smaller KLM 2 hour flight to Venice. Arrived to rain in Venice. Met Oceania personnel and bussed to ship Marina in Venice Harbour. Rain stopped. Settled in our Room 7063 (Veranda Stateroom), had lunch, looked around ship and then unpacked.
M/S Marina is a medium sized cruiseship of Oceania Cruises with 15 decks,  8 restaurants, 1,250 guests and 800 staff from over 50 nationalities.
Mary went to Venice Grand Canal for gondola ride at 6PM. This invo…

June 4 to 18/2013 Newfoundland Trip

Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Off to Deer Lake, Newfoundland via WestJet with my brother Peter and his wife, my sister-in-law Brenda - Tessels from Varney, Ontario. We left at 9:30 AM and landed in Deer Lake at 1:30 PM (NFLD time) after a 2:15 hour flight. We picked up our rental car from Enterprise - a Toyota Corolla - no cruise control and roll up windows - and drove in to Deer Lake and stopped at Tim Hortons. It was misty and 60 degrees.
We drove north to Gros Morne National Park and checked out the Information Centre and then on to Rocky Harbour to check into the Oceanview Hotel. We signed up for a few boat tours in the area and the pub show "Anchors Aweigh" for the next night in the hotel lobby and admired the art of Ben Ploughman. We walked about in Rocky Harbour - to the cemetery and the out on the pier and stopped for our first fish dinner at Jackie's Restaurant and walked back to the hotel for the night.

Wednesday, June 5,  2013
Up at 7 AM for a lovely breakfast in the h…