Through the Porthole: First Cruise: Queen Victoria

Through the Porthole: First Cruise: Queen Victoria

by Gary Troia


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A ten day cruising holiday aboard Cunard's Queen Victoria. Docking at La Coruña, Cádiz, Malaga, Tangier and Lisbon."Author, Gary cements growing reputation." ( Salina Patel, Hounslow Cronicle)"Enjoyable and descriptive...very interesting." (J.Collins)"A rollicking good read." (Amazon Customer) AN EXTRACT FROM THROUGH THE PORTHOLE:I want to go back to a time when travelling itself was the main focus. I don't need to get anywhere too fast. I point a finger of blame at the budget airlines. Flight should have remained a luxury - something special that you could look forward to and appreciate. Flying, in my opinion, has become the lowest form of travel. Getting a budget flight feels to me like getting a bus from a provisional town after the pubs and only club have all kicked out. It's either going to be a loud but good-humoured case of singing and banter on the way home, or it's all going to kick off after a drunken remark. "You looking at my bird, mate?" When we took a coach to Lake Como, I enjoyed looking out the window along the way, seeing villages and sights that you miss when you fly. From the hotel base we visited Milan and St. Moritz. We went across to St. Moritz on the Bernina Express railway. The memories I have of the snowcapped mountains and deep valleys is something I will never forget. I enjoyed going to Milan, as it has always been a city I have wanted to visit. But sitting on a coach for twenty-four hours to get to Lake Como was draining. I couldn't stretch my legs, and the drivers asked that we all refrain from defecating in the coach toilet, or, as he put it, "What goes in there, stays in there until we get back to England." Once we got to Lake Como and based in the hotel, it was great. But the thought of returning home on a coach for twenty-four hours when the holiday was over was a very sobering thought. It was impossible for me to sleep. How others managed it, I'll never know. So Marina, opting for the third mode of travel (sea), has booked us on Cunard's Queen Victoria.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781523440283
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 01/16/2016
Pages: 138
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Gary Troia was born in southeast London and studied Spanish and Philosophy at Middlesex University and the Universidad de Deusto.
In 2010, he left behind a career in education and moved to a small Spanish village, where he began his lifelong dream of writing.

His first book, Spanish Yarns and Beyond, is a humorous account of his time in Spain. 'A great play on words, witty and well written,' was how one reviewer described the book.
A Bricklayer's Tales, published in 2013, is a collection of ten tales, including: Angel Dust, the peculiar story of a man whose new life in America leads to conversations with Ancient Greek philosophers. Mrs. McClintock, an absurd farce in which a Glaswegian couple retire to Spain, and A Bricklayer's Tale, the story of a disillusioned, alcoholic bricklayer.
Since then Gary has gone on to write seven books.
Gary now lives in Hampshire, with his partner Marina where he continues to write.

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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite There are three modes of travel: air, land, and sea. Through the Porthole: First Cruise Cunard's Queen Victoria by Gary Troia takes readers on an exciting trip along with the author on his first cruise on the Queen Victoria. His account of ten days on the Queen Victoria gives readers a peek into the ten day cruise trip docking at La Coruna, Cadiz, Malaga, Tangier, and Lisbon. The descriptions of the comfort and luxury inside the ship will make travel aficionados book their next trip on a cruise ship when it comes to exploring new places. The author's journey is both inner and outer, and his travel experiences on his first cruise is more like a fiction tale that will fascinate readers and encourage them to go on a cruise. The narration in Through the Porthole is detailed and descriptive, and that makes it vivid for readers to see these places through the eyes of the author. Readers get to know the formalities that have to be observed while traveling on a cruise ship, and will make them aware of the luxury and comfort that exist inside a cruise ship. For all those travelers who love adventure, traveling on a cruise ship will be fun and enthralling because, unlike a flight, the sights as they travel from one place to another can be captivating. The black and white pictures shared by the author make the journey palpable to readers and give them a peek into the excitement of taking a trip across the ocean.