What Our Clients Say About 206 Tours...... 2008
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From: G. L.
Sent: Thursday, October 16, 2008 7:22 PM
Subject: Feedback #111 9/28/08
Dear Ms. Kanidinc,
This was a very well organized pilgrimage (my third with 206). A truly inspiring journey. Our guide was absolutely outstanding - Jack Halis, a Catholic Arab whose family has resided in Palestine for the past 200 years. His scriptural and historical commentary was excellent and well researched. Fr. Serrano also commented that Mr. Halis was the best guide he has ever worked with.
We were fortunate to have had perfect weather the entire time, a bit warmer though than I expected (25' - 43'C).
Best regards and thank you for a great tour.
Gert G. L. M.D.
From: Roberta P.
Sent: Thursday, October 16, 2008 7:35 PM
To: 'Rinda Kanidinc'
Subject: RE: Lourdes and Rome - OCTOBER
Our Pilgrimage to Lourdes and Rome was fabulous. My sister and I connected with Our Lady and Jesus in such a spiritual way that I cannot put into words! Rinda and the staff took care of us from start to finish with great care. A word of advice to prospective travelers: I would probably be a good idea to upgrade on the long trip to Europe. While the trip was hassle free it was a bit snug. We upgraded on the way back and our bodies felt the difference.
We will definitely contact 206 tours again.
From: Fr. John M.
Sent: Tuesday, October 14, 2008 2:08 PM
Subject: Greece: In The Footsteps of St. Paul
This is Fr. John E. Mikalajunas thanking you and the entire staff at 206 Tours for one of the finest pilgrimages that I have taken with your company.
All of the hotels, guides, meals, tours and cruise for three days with the Tour of Greece and 3 day cruise in this year of St. Paul were superb as usual.
As Costas said before we began the magnificent 3 day cruise that 206 wants the best for its clients and that is so true.
The pilgrims that joined me were superb, kind and truly religious people. We had a Silver Wedding Anniversary Couple and Golden Wedding Anniversary couple a gentleman celebrating his 55th birthday and a lady celebrating her 85th birthday. We had special cakes for them and the friendship built through Christ, St. Paul, St. John and Our Lady will be cherised forever.
I know that I as a priest will never use another company but 206 for my pilgrimages. You are the best.
Again Thank you and God Bless your ministry.
Sincerely in Christ,
Father John E. M.
St. Vincent De Paul Church
From: Rita T
To: Helen Zec
Sent: Friday, October 03, 2008 9:26 AM
Subject: Re: Fw: The Holy Land - SEPTEMBER
Hi Helen , This pilgrimage was overwhelming and I will never forget, every time I say the rosary or read the bible it will be more meaningful to me .
THANK YOU, GOD BLESS YOU
From: george c b.
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2008 06:38:33 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Re: Mexico and Guadalupe - OCTOBER
This was our first pilgrimage.
I have neither the time nor the eloquence to describe all of the beauty of this tour. Furthermore, I fully believe that the beautiful inspirations and memories we received will continue to grow and multiply in time.
The tour guide, accommodations and the priest who accompanied us were all great and facilitated a most wonderful total experience.
George & Carole B.
From: Mary Anne
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2008 20:40:04 -0400
Subject: Re: Lourdes and Medjugorje - OCTOBER
I just want to thank you for a wonderful pilgrimage!! Truthfully, I never expected the trip to be so well organized. In Lourdes we had as guide, Javier. He was so knowledgeable, spiritual and caring. He was wonderful . He treated all of us as family. I know he also does tours in Fatima and if I ever go I would want to have Javier as a guide. The hotel we stayed at was wonderful, four star in our opinion.
In Medjugorje, I feel we had the best guide possible. Slavenka was wonderful and went over and above to make sure we had a wonderful, spiritual experience in Medjugorje. The pension we stayed at was clean, friendly, and accomodating.
Thank you also for getting us the seats on the flights!.
Mary Anne C.
From: Jeff R
Sent: Wednesday, October 08, 2008 6:10 PM
To: Kristin Shea
Subject: S'elah Song Group Pilgrimage to Medjugorje: Sept 9-19, 2008
I am just getting back on track since returning from Medjugorje. I had to leave right away for a weeklong meeting at the Orlando Airport Hyatt. Then by the time I got back I had to catch on yard work etc....
Anyway, The trip went very smooth overall.... we were delayed leaving Newark by and hour but were lucky enough that they were holding our connection in Munich... so we ran from one gate to the other... (in the future I would build a bit more time in that connection).... actually the same thing happened on the way home... delayed in Sarajevo but they held the flight in Munich.... Other than that I think everyone enjoyed themselves. We had a touch of all seasons "Summer Heat" at 100 degrees, a couple days of off and on rain and then mild days and cool nights to finish out the week.
I also knew a few of the ladies from the other group, traveling with Fr. Pio from the friars.... That actually know my wife and had heard my band play somewhere along the way yada yada yada... We played at 5 masses at St James, opened for David Parks and did a couple of sing-along nights at Pansion Zovko.
Speaking of pansion Zovko.... It was a very nice home the family was great, the food was good and I would stay there again....
Father Bruce, as always, was a great spiritual leader and touched people all over the village from his homily on 9/11 to the stations of the cross while climbing cross mountain. He just seems to draw people to him while we are there.
And, as always, Slavenka did a great job.... but you know we are an easy group.... When you have many people that have been to Medjugorje before we can do a lot of things on our own. But Slavenka helped in coordinating the days so we could maximize our time. She is a dear friend.
Thanks again to you, Milanka and all the people behind the scenes at 206 tours for your efforts.
We are talking about going back in 2010.Next time I may just want to be a plain ole' pilgrim with no worries...
Jeffrey S. R. CMFC, CLTC
Sent: Wednesday, October 08, 2008 9:45 AM
Subject: Hello fellow pilgrims
First let me say thanks to all of you for a great pilgrimage (my first). As a guy who converted from a life long Protestant to a Catholic after the birth of my son, it was an incredible journey for me both spiritually and historically. Walking the same steps that Jesus and his disciples took, being able to physically be present in the places where the key events of our faith took place, and above all the masses that Father gave re-energized me in my continual struggle toward being a good catholic.
Thanks for all your friendships, your understanding and your support during the journey. I hope to see you all again. Attached are a few pics from work, see you guys sometime soon
Chase Sargent BS, MPA, NREMT-P
Bureau of Diplomatic Security Services
International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Program
From: Dr. Joanne L. and Ms. Jessica F.
Sent: Monday, October 06, 2008 10:58 PM
Subject: Thank You - Feedback from our recent Pilgrimage
Dear 206 Tours
My niece and I just returned from the Pilgrimage to Fatima, Lourdes, and the Shrines of Northern France (Sept. 13-Sept. 25).
We went with a group of people from our parish, St. Jane Frances de Chantal. Monsignor Stephen Radocha was the Spiritual Director and Marie Thaler was our pilgrimage coordinator. Jesus was our 206 Tour Director ( Javier was his supervisor ).
We had the most magnificant time. Your Tour Director was so professional, knowledgeable, conscientious, extremely helpful, patient and accommodating. For example, my niece is a vegetarian. Jesus made sure that she (my niece) received vegetarian meals at all the dinners and in all of the hotels. The service was superb!
One story in particular that I found to be particularly noteworthy was when Air France left our luggage in Paris. Although we made a report when we arrived in Portugal, it was your conscientious Tour Director, Jesus, who made sure we got our luggage the following day. In fact, our luggage arrived in our hotel before 12:00 Noon. We were very grateful. Jesus was also very kind and courteous to our entire group of pilgrims.
Please send us via email any other special offerings that your company is conducting. We would be happy to book another tour with 206 because we were extremely satisfied with your service and personnel.
Again, I thank you.
Dr. Joanne L.
Easton, PA, USA
Ms. Jessica F. (niece)
New York, New York, USA
From: Ginas W.
Sent: Sunday, October 05, 2008 10:35 AM
Subject: Poland, Prague & Berlin
Overall the trip was wonderful. As usual the guides & drivers are always great professionals, the itinerary was very rich and the hotels were very pleasant. The only trouble we had was with the food. Many travelers who have strict diets were frustrated with having only one choice of meat for dinner.
We had such a fun time that many travelers are begging to register for the Holy Land trip schedule for November 2009.
From: L., Rosita
Sent: Sunday, October 05, 2008 10:42 PM
To: Rinda Kanidinc
Subject: RE: Fatima, Spain, Lourdes and Paris - SEPTEMBER
We are quite pleased with our pilgrimage. Out tour guide, Javier, is absolutely a wonderful guide. He not only talks about the holy places but adds color to his commentary by adding historical significance of the places. In addition, he cares about his pilgrims welfare. He is such a pleasant and friendly person not only with the pilgrims but also the people at the places we have visited, which allowed us to participate in the religious activities. like my husband having the honor to carry Our lady of Fatima during the procession around the plaza after the rosary prayer.
We also like the hotels we stayed in and we are fairly happy with the airplane seating we had and the time we had in between connecting flights.
I also am pleased with the quick receipt of our travel documents without any problems.
Two things I might suggests changing is the very long day we had on the day we left on a flight from Lourdes to Paris, it was such a very long day.
Another thing I will suggest is the Avila stop. I would have like ii if we had gone to the place where St. Teresa was born and the church, which does not require a fees to enter and also see the garden where she and her brother had played.
All other places were just wonderful holy places. I've have been to Lisbon, Fatima, Lourdes and Paris before but this is a different and better experience, in part because of Javier and Monsignor John Sabia. I highly recommend Monsignor as the spiritual leader for pilgrimages. He is great and he enhanced our celebration of the sacrifice of the Mass and morning and evening prayers with music. He is also so friendly and so easy to talk to.
Fr. Peter Dugandzic is a scholar and gave wonderful homilies. Monsignor gave his homilies from the heart but Fr. Peter was more on the understanding of the scriptures in a deeper way.
We hope to join 206 Tours in the future as long as the timing works for us.
Rosita A. L.
Pilgrimage to SGR and Medj. with Linda Repici and Father Maria Pio
September 22, 2008
Dear Kristin & Staff:
Al my pilgrimages with 206 have been beautiful. I've been travelling with 206 from 1997 - my first trip to Medjugorje. I loved each one. Pilgrimages are my passion <3 Thank you and may God Bless 206 abundantly for all the good they do & their strong faith.
From: LINDA P.
Sent: Sunday, September 28, 2008 1:27 PM
To: Rinda Kanidinc
Subject: Re: Special Padre Pio Pilgrimage - SEPTEMBER
HI RINDA, I LOVED THE PADRE PIO PILGRIMAGE.
I ENJOYED THE WHOLE TRIP. 206 TOURS ARE GREAT. OUR TOUR GUIDE VINCENZO WAS FABULOUS.. JUST LOVED HIM VERY PROFESSIONAL.. HOPE TO GO ON PILGRIMAGE SOON WITH 206.. LOOKING FOR ONE TO GREECE FROM BOSTON. LET ME KNOW IF ONE COMES UP IN BOSTON..
PEACE LINDA PIETRASZEK
THANK YOU FOR ALL ACCOMMODATIONS FROM SEATING ON PLANES TO HOTEL ROOM. PERFECT FOR ME... GOD BLESS 206 TOURS..
From: Alpheen and Prem M.
Sent: Saturday, September 27, 2008 2:06 PM
Subject: Holy Land September 2009
Just wanted to say a big thank you to Father Jack, my fellow pilgrims, Sammy and Ali and 206 Tours (Linda , who was my contact and a big help) and Gabriel for making this Pilgrimage to the Holy Land a memorable one for Prem and me.
I am sure we all agree that Sammy "for sure" is the best guide and Ali the best driver in all of Israel!
I can't believe how smoothly everything went from day to day... and if there is one thing that maybe could have been different- was the temperature, but I figured God wanted the Arizona folks to be right at home with the heat and he threw in a little humidity for good measure, so we sweated it out a little!
Can't complain too much can we?
All of us may have carried some Cross, big or small, on this journey.. some bodily crosses, like hurting hips, bad knees and legs, sore muscles, exhaustion from the heat, diabetes, high cholesterol, blood pressure, problems with heart, lung, kidney or skin or crosses of the mind and soul... broken relationships with God, family and friends, problems with kids, harboring past hurts....
Whatever our Cross maybe, how small it may seem when compared to the pain and suffering and death on the Cross Jesus endured to save us.
My prayer for us all, is that as we journeyed along with Jesus on the Via Dolorosa we received the grace to accept our small Crosses willingly and may we all have received the grace of healing and reconciliation.
When our daughter asked us what was the single best part- we both said everything.. and then when she pinned us down to pick one, I picked the Mount of Beatitudes, thanks to a comment Ranie made. As we were rushing around like chicken with plucked feathers, Ranie said "How about pausing and taking it in" and I did just that- I closed my eyes, placed my self on the Mountain side along with the multitudes and heard Jesus teaching the Beatitudes (my favorite part), and I did not want to leave.
Like Father Jack said, if we had to pick a part of the Gospels that we chose to live our lives by.. it would be Matthew Chapters 5-7.
I also felt so honored doing the readings at Mass on the Shores of Galilee.. thank you Father Jack for asking me. Lectoring at Church for me now will never be the same.. each time I will be transported to the Shores of Galilee... what an awesome feeling!
How lucky we were to have had Masses at so many special sites- starting with Mass at Hotel Mercure the first night and ending with the Garden of Gethsemane the last day with Masses in between at the Church of the Annunciation, Shores of Galilee ( Peter's Primacy), on Mount Tabor, (Scene of the Transfiguration), Church of the Nativity, on Mount Calvary(Church of the Holy Sepulchre) and in Bethany, home of Mary , Martha and Lazarus.
I could go on and on.. but I can hear Father Jack whispering in my ear.. watch out, don't be obnoxious...
That was real good advice, as we guard ourselves from getting carried away and boring our friends with endless descriptions.
To imitate the hospitality that Mary and Martha extended in Bethany to Jesus and his friends, we would like to invite you to come and visit us if you happen to be in Boston or NJ. We have room for you in our Inn. I take the liberty to extend this invitation on behalf of Joe, Valsa, Elsie, Ranie, Prem and myself.
I loved the way Father ended each Mass with "I love you all", so that is what I want to end with.. "I love you all"
Prem and Alpheen
From: paula b.
Sent: Monday, September 29, 2008 8:28 AM
To: Kristin Shea
Subject: Paula and Don's pilgrimage experience
Dear family and friends,
We arrived home from our pilgrimage Thursday night. We prayed with the petitions you wrote for St. Pio at his body. The petitions will also be touched to his glass encased casket. In Medjugorje, we heard one of the visionaries speak, and the petitions for Our Lady were given to her. She is one of the visionaries who prays for the sick. Then the petitions were presented to Our Lady that night when she appeared to her. (Each visionary was given a specific group of people to pray for by Our Lady).
We had such an enjoyable, peaceful, memorable, beautiful pilgrimage. One night while returning from a restaurant with some of our friends, we looked up at the sky and we saw a moon that was huge and very misshapen. The sky was very dark, and the moon was very bright with a large aurora around it. In the center was a extremely bright white light. Surrounding the aurora was a rainbow, and everything was spinning. Don saw a cross through it, and he said the clouds parted to reveal the moon. Signs and wonders are everywhere in Medjugorje, and it is a sign that Our Lady is present. The next morning we were walking down the same path to our host's home, and all of a sudden I thought I was in a field of roses! The scent was so strong, yet there were no roses around. At the same time I smelled the roses, one of our friends said that she smelled roses. I told her to look up at the sky. We saw a pulsating brilliant sun with a large aurora around it. Again, a sign that Our Lady was present with us. We prayed during both experiences, and asked Our Lady to hear our petitions.
There is no place on earth like Medjugorje! You could stay there for weeks, and just bask in the love of Our Lady, and the peaceful atmosphere. There is no doubt in our minds that we will be returning next year. We prayed throughout our pilgrimage for all of you and your petitions. We pray that Our Lord and Our Lady will grant your wishes. Although we are getting things in order after our trip, and trying to adjust again to N.Y. time, we are very thankful that we had this opportunity for spiritual renewal. Needless to say we are still flying high from our pilgrimage!
We hope some day that you will hear the call of Our Lady, and respond to it by going to Medjugorje.
God Bless You,
Paula and Don
From: Catherine T I.
Sent: Sunday, September 28, 2008 8:22 PM
To: Kristin Shea
Subject: Re: Feedback : Pilgrimage to Medjugorje with S'elah Song : Sept 9-19, 2008
the pilgrimage was wonderful. I would highly recommend 206tours for anyone I know going on a pilgrimage. The accommodations were close to the church and the center of activity. I look forward to traveling with S'elah song and 206tours again.
Catherine T (AKA Terri )
From: Linda M.
Sent: Sunday, September 21, 2008 6:05 PM
Subject: Re: Feedback for OLQP Youth Festival Pilgrimage to Medjugorje Jul 30-Aug 8, 2008
Sorry it took so long to answer....just wanted to let you know that this was the greatest trip yet to Medjugorje!!! Please know that both myself and Ed Karen had the best time ever!! Everyone was so wonderful and we cant wait to go back!!! God is so good!
Thank you to 206 tours for all the help in getting us there, especially at the last moment!!! Our Lady is wonderful!!! Happy Autumn!
Peace, Linda M.
From: Jeff R.
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2008 15:42:59 -0400
Subject: Medjugorje , with S'elah Song Group , Sept 9-19,08
We all got home OK….
It was great being with you again. I think everyone really enjoyed the trip. I know Father Bruce thought things went very smooth.
Thanks again for all your coordination, it makes all the difference in the world… especially for the new pilgrims.
Keep in touch…. Hope to see you soon. As always, I will keep you and your family in my prayers. I hope your son’s trip to Spain goes well.
From: Candace Z.
To : Rinda Kanidinc
Subject: Fatima, Spain, Lourdes and Paris - July
I would just like to say “ Thank you “ to you and your staff of ”206 Tours” for all you did for me for my trip. I was on Tour # 40 : Portugal, Spain and France from July 20 to August 1. It was a great trip and Blessing from God. I would like to commend all the hard work that Javier , Father Bob Brook , Father Eugene and Jenny in Paris abn the bus drivers put in to make this trip a wonderful success. Lourdes, Fatima + all the other Blessed places we visited will always be a part of me. Take care and God Bless you all.
From: Barbara H.
Sent: Sunday, September 14, 2008 12:31 PM
To: Rinda Kanidinc
Subject: RE: The Holy Land - SEPTEMBER
Thank you for a most wonderful pilgrimage! We especially thank you for Joseph our tour guide and Samuel our driver.
God bless you,
Barbara and Manny
From: Janet S.
Sent: Friday, September 19, 2008 3:33 PM
Subject: Trip to Lourdes, March 2008
Hi Rinda –
I should have written to you back in March to tell you what a terrific experience we had traveling to Lourdes with 206 Tours. I have been following the press of the Pope’s recent visit to Lourdes and have, therefore been remembering the wonderful week we spent there in March. Monsignor Steffan and Father Clancy were great and it just so happened that another priest, Father Vito, was on the trip as well with some of his parishioners. He had the most beautiful singing voice! I will never forget it! Since we chose to spend the entire week in Lourdes (and not make the trip to Paris and Nevers), we were really able to explore Lourdes and a bit of the surrounding area. We took a lovely walk to Bartres one day and saw where Bernadette tended sheep. I think it worked out perfectly because we spent part of the trip with the group and part on our own. Also, we had plenty of time for devotion at the Grotto. We hated to leave Lourdes! Our guides, Javier and Cathy were both just great. Since returning home, I have recommended 206 Tours to many people. Thank you for all of your help in planning our trip, and apologies for not e-mailing you sooner.
From: Penny of Our Lady Queen of Peace
Sent: Wednesday, September 17, 2008 10:49 AM
It's so wonderful hearing from you and absolutely I can recommend 206 Tours in Smithtown, LI, for your pilgrimage with all my heart and total confidence in them!
Our agent at 206 is Kristin and you can reach her at 1-800-345-2854.....I have been so blessed to go to Medjugorje 76 times and coordinated groups since 1987 with 206 Tours and I have never been disappointed in them and have never felt the need to use anyone else...
Please give Joe Helow my love and prayers and God's Blessings on your pilgrimage,
From: Fr. Jim S.
Sent: Wednesday, September 03, 2008 2:49 PM
To: Rinda Kanidinc
Thanks again for all your help getting the Medjugorje and Fatima-Lourdes trips together, this past month.
They were both filled with grace, for me, and I think, as well, for all the pilgrims.
Slavenka and I are old friends, and she is, in my view, the best guide in Europe, but if she's got a rival, it would have to be Javier.
He is amazing. His energy is nonstop. His knowledge is encyclopedic. His personality is warm and winning.
His enthusiasm for pilgrimage, and his concern for the welfare of the pilgrims, is truly impressive.
Maybe most important -- Javier's faith is profound. You put all that together and our people are just about guaranteed a great experience, on any tour he leads.
We were blessed, too, in the weather, which was mild and breezy everywhere. It could have been very hot, as you know.
Thanks for all your expertise, Rinda. It's a pleasure, working with you. Several of my pilgrims mentioned you by name, in fact, on the second trip -- they really appreciated your attitude and your efficiency.
My best to Milanka and all at 206!
From: REMY A.
Sent: Saturday, August 30, 2008 10:41 AM
Subject: TOUR 37: FATIMA, SPAIN AND LOURDES AUGUST 17-AUGUST 26, 2008
My husband and I are one of the pilgrims, that joined the above tour. I have been a 206 Tour returnee, and I tell you this is the best tour I have joined so far. Firstly, our tour director, Javier, was very kind, informative and very much involved with us. I was with Mrs. Lumi Vera, and she needs a walking aid, and Javier, was so nice enough to have a wheelchair available for her and he is the one that pushed her around, and at the same time try to explain and give us the view of the places we visited. He has given us his most personal touch about the tour. Of course, the hotels are excellent, which is the trademark of 206 Tour.
Mostly I would like to point out, that Javier, was very kind and concern with us. He even checked in with us all to the Toulouse airport, and carried the luggage of Mrs. Vera, up to the ticketing office and guided all of us where to line up for checking in. None of all the tours I joined has a tour operator, went in to the airport, with the pilgrims. That is the most admirable I have seen, since we are in a foreign airport, and the made it is easy and comfortable for us.
Thank you 206 tours for having a good tour company in the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.
God bless us all.
Mrs. Remedios (Remy) A.
From: Helen Z. of Marian Travel Services
Sent: Tuesday, August 19, 2008 11:02 AM
To: Milanka Lachman, CTC
I want to tell you how much I enjoy working with Rinda.
When my clients need answers, I ask Rinda, and she is always kind and gracious.
I know she is very busy, yet she has time for me and she's always efficient.
Thanks, Milanka, for allowing me to work with her
RE: Our Lady Queen of Peace Pilgrimage to the Medjugorje Youth Festival
July 30-August 8, 2008
As usual it was a beautiful trip from beginning to end. We were welcomed at the home we stayed, they are a lovely family. Penny did a good job as usual and she helped us to get involved in all the special activities. It was extra special having PatiAnn Steven and Conner McDonald. It was a blessed wee, Great Pilgrims and great weather.
Thank you Peace be with you,
Sent: Saturday, August 16, 2008 11:49 AM
Subject: Re: WELCOME BACK! TOUR 111 - AUGUST 3rd, 2008.Holy Land
Dear Milanka, Rinda, Paul and all 206 tours staff,
I can't thank you enough for making this tour possible. Everything went well as expected.
Our tour guide Joseph was very knowledgeable and went above and beyond as far as making our trip as comfortable as possible. Father Gilbert was always there for our spiritual needs. Reading my Bible will never be the same again after this trip. It absolutely made my life richer spiritually after this pilgrimage.
I have gained new friends and reaquainted with old friends who came with the tour.
I will definitely keep you in mind for another pilgrimage in the future.
Take care and God Bless you all.
From: ron m
Sent: Monday, August 25, 2008 4:13 PM
Subject: Re: Connections
Thanks. I believe that I arrive in Split before the rest of the group tomorrow. Should I just sit tight at the airport until the others arrive?
By the way, this is my fifth pilgrimage.
Javier is by far the best tour guide that I have had. He is extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. He goes out of his way and beyond the call of duty. It is also nice to see a tour guide who is very reverent. As you may recall, I had a rough start to the trip. My flight from New York got cancelled, and then when I finally arrived, my luggage was lost. Javier went out of his way to help me out (including coming to the bus station with me to pick up my luggage). Paul was extremely helpful as well coordinating from NY with Javier to catch me up with the group.
From: Irene G
Sent: Monday, August 18, 2008 10:45 PM
Subject: Feedback: Tour 111 Aug. 3 - 12, 2008
Dear 206 Tours,
First, I would like to thank you for guiding me safely through the Holy Land and bringing me back to the States alive. Needless to say, I did have some apprehensions, but I felt perfectly at ease with a knowledgeable tour guide and itinerary.
Also, having seen my flight schedule, I was dismayed at the number of connections that I needed to reach my destination. Never having flown Austrian Airlines, I was in for a big surprise. They were wonderful! Even though each flight had a late departure, I never missed a single connection, nor was forced to sit at the airport for lengthy lay-overs. The service, meals/entertainment, aircraft comfort and amenities were terrific!
Father Gilbert, the spiritual director of the tour, was truly inspired, and inspiring. With previous religious pilgrimages (not affiliated with 206tours), the accompanying priest seemed to be there for " a free ride." Father Tom Gilbert was a joy! I would highly recommend getting him "on board" for future trips, as his presence was a great asset.
Thank you. also, for finding a roommate for me. We got along just fine, and, I saved money on the single-room supplement.
The hotels that were chosen for our pilgrimage trip were undeniably superior tourist class. Unfortunately. because of our schedules, we did not have time to enjoy the pool and health club facilities.
I was very pleased with my 206 tour and applaud the organization required to make such a fascinating tour run smoothly.
Let me also thank you for your cap - the heat started to burn the part in my hair, and I used it frequently! The cross is artistically very tasteful and the certificate, which I have framed already, and both beautiful souvenirs of a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
I would highly recommend 206tours to anyone. God bless you and your entire team.
Tour 111, Aug. 3 - 12, 2008
From: Adrianne Mazzy M
Sent: Friday, August 15, 2008 9:41am
Subject: Tour to france
Dear Sir or Madam,
I returned from a pilgrimage to Lourdes and Paris, July 25 to august 1 run by 206 Tours and Rev. Eugene Carella. I thank you for a wonderfully planned trip to France!
All went well changes of planes at Pau, luggage arrived at each transfer point. Most of all out guides were wonderful. Jesus (I didn’t get his complete name) was excellent, sheepherding us at each site with good information on short cuts and the best times to go to the holy places. He was caring and patient and very polite as well as friendly. You are lucky to have such a knowledgeable employee.
Our guides in Paris, jenny was exceptional. She gave us lots of history of many areas we visited and passed while on the bus, on foot and gatherings at our hotel. She even remained with us as far as allowed by the airport when we were departing Paris.
I also compliment you and your choice of hotels. Each one was modern, clean and comfortable. The accessibility in each area was great. Just a short walk to all places in Lourdes and the metro in Paris.
Many kudos to you and 206 tours. I would recommend you and your organization to my friends
Adrianne Mazzy M
From: Lucille H
Sent: Thursday, August 14, 2008 4:30 PM
Subject: Feedback for OLQP Youth Festival Pilgrimage to Medjugorje Jul 30-Aug 8, 2008
The pilgrimage to Medjugorje was outstanding! I had wonderful flights both to and from Split. I really liked going through Düsseldorf and Munich Airports on the way to Split. The flight home to Newark via Munich was very comfortable too. I appreciated the aisle seats on all my flights.
Staying at Josef Tunin’s home was again exceptional! The family is so accommodating and make the stay very comfortable and happy. I thank you for all the arrangements you made for me, especially making sure I flew in and out of Newark International Airport.
I look forward to returning to Medjugorje and traveling with 206 Tours again.
Thank you and God bless you for all your efforts!
From: Penny A
Sent: Thursday, August 14, 2008 7:07 AM
I never got a chance to thank you personally for such an amazing pilgrimage
last week! You did a fabulous job and I'd love to take you out to lunch,
to say thank you, thank you, thank you!
You are absolutely worth your weight in gold...more so if you were 300 lbs
With Love and Prayers,
From: linda O.
Sent: Tuesday, August 12, 2008 2:29 PM
Subject: Medjugorje Youth Festival - JULY
Thank you so much for providing such a wonderful tour for me and the rest of my group. I have not
done a tour before and didn't know what to expect. Our tour guide was wonderful and I had such a
great experience in Medjugorje. I plan to bring my sister and my nephews next year. I felt very safe
and everything was taken care of for me. Thank you to all of you, for our wonderful hosts at the Pansion Ana and all of you who helped to make our trip a truly blessed one!
God bless you,
From: Penny A.
Sent: Thursday, August 07, 2008 4:18 PM
To: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Subject: Steven McDonald Grp Medjugorje Youth Festival
It was a FABULOUS pilgrimage and Steven on cloud 9
Ratko was a life saver once we got to Split and took care of the seats for the return flight right away so we didn't have to worry about that! It was just a little hair raising when they insisted that Steven take his seat in the back of the plane assigned in Munich to Split, but through the grace of God, the front of the plane was empty and we said that we would pay the difference when we got to Split just to get Steven on in business, but like I said through the grace of God and all of you, it worked out like clockwork once we got over the hump.
The group from Attleboro really blended in after a few days of long faces and everyone helped each other with helping Kathy, Art and the kids with our extra clothing, etc. and Marica did their wash every day and so it was truly blessed and we all had a fabulous time.
Sr. Janja's Mass at her chapel and going to the Divine Mercy Chapel yesterday was such a gift to all of us to have these two private Masses and Fr. Tino was an absolute treasure.
I can't thank you all enough and I'll write again tomorrow and you were all very much in our hearts and prayers throughout!
Love and Prayers and our deepest gratitude for helping to make this dream #2 possible for Steven, Patti and Conor and for all of us as well, Penny
From: Bridgette M.
Sent: Monday, August 11, 2008 3:20 PM
To: 'Rinda Kanidinc'
Subject: RE: Fatima, Spain and Lourdes and Paris - JULY
I had a wonderful trip! This was my first trip out of the country, and my first pilgrimage. I met so many wonderful people and had the opportunity to see many beautiful places. Javier was excellent! His care, compassion, humor, and faith set all my fears to rest and made this trip truly a journey towards God. Father Brooks also made this trip very spiritually enriching. The reverence he showed while celebrating the Eucharist was inspiring and a joy to behold. I would like to thank everyone at 206 Tours for making all the arrangements for my trip. Keep up the good work...
From: Gurtrude R.
Sent: Sunday, August 03, 2008 11:38 AM
To: 'Rinda Kanidinc'
Subject: Fatima, Spain and Lourdes- JULY
The Pilgrimage Tour was wonderful. It all went smoothly without any problems. Our guide made our trip with his spiritual outlook and thoughtfulness. When we were in line for the baths, which was very long, he brought us sandwiches as it was the lunch hour. Also water as it was very hot. Father Bob was the spiritual grace that kept us focused on why we were there with his beautiful masses and prayers. I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this trip. This is the first tour I have taken. It was a hard trip that was surprisingly easy. By hard I mean that we had lots to see and do with the short time we had in each place. The one thing that was so heartwarming was the Faith in all the people who came there from all over the world. Our bus driver was always on time and a good driver with such narrow streets. This tour was truly a spiritual journey for me. The Only * complaint I have is in the food at the last hotel I stay in in Lourdes - Hotel Moderne. It was awful and we were there for three nights. God Bless!
Note from 206 Tours: We are addressing meals concerns with Hotel Moderne (www.grandhotelmoderne.com), which is one of the few 4 star hotels, and at present ated as the best hotel in Lourdes
From: Susan R. Sent: Saturday, August 02, 2008 11:56 AM
To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Lourdes, Paris, Nevers and Lisieux - JULY
I recently was a Pilgrim on/with Fr. Eugene Carrella's Pilgrimage to Lourdes, Paris, Nevers, and Lisieux. Fr. Eugene so inspired us all in his Religious Dedication and Commitment and it was such a comfort to know Fr. Eugene was with us every moment of THE WAY as he kept us all together and as ONE and always made us feel that at any time we could approach him and talk to him......AT ANY MOMENT....... HE KEPT THE FAITH FOR US AND THEN SOME....JUST IN CASE WE GOT OVERWHELMED....which I did.....so it was a great comfort to know Fr. Eugene was there at our sides AT EVERY MOMENT. This truly wonderful Pilgrimage was, for me, an incredibly inspirational and life-changing experience filled with much Faith and Love for our God and for Blessed Mother. I am at home now feeling totally transformed and feeling even so much more happy and proud to be Catholic, even though I have ALWAYS been most proud and very happy to be raised Catholic all through my many years...thanks to the inspiration and guidance of my wonderful Parents who are no longer here but who still are here with me ALWAYS....in Spirit. This AMAZINGLY INSIGHTFUL Journey has been a very positive turning point in my life and as I am sure in the lives of many who witnessed ALL along with me. Our Pilgrimage, which we all accomplished together with Fr. Eugene, just validated it all for me as a Catholic and made my Religious Attestations all the more exciting and eager to profess to ALL I SEE . And in since doing so, I could actually see that those who listened to me really were convinced that I had truly witnessed MUCH MORE than just a trip to Beautiful France.....Europe. Paris truly is a MOST BEAUTIFUL CITY but this PILGRIMAGE was THEEEEEE MOST BEAUTIFUL TO BEHOLD OF ALL FRANCE SITES. WE ALL SAW A LOVING GOD HERE.....ALL LOVING....
Our Guides.......Jesus in Lourdes and Jennifer (Jenny) in Paris, Nevers, and Lisieux were EXCEPTIONALLY KIND AND ENDEARING AND WONDERFUL and MOST KNOWLEDGEABLE and "SO VERY MUCH 'DOWN TO EARTH'." They took care of us on every step of our Religious Journey. Their loyalty and dedication was truly evident in their Hearts as they made sure to provide us with every bit of information available during our "PILGRIMAGE WAY." They came into our "Pilgrimage World" with all of us together and just "held our hands" so-to-speak throughout and made sure we experienced everything possible that we could ultimately experience and, too, they made every juncture so smooth and easy for us throughout. I could not help but realize how much they loved their work. Each forgot about themselves and focussed on us. 206 Tours should feel very privileged and fortunate to have Jesus and Jennifer(Jenny) as Pilgrimage Guides. They are invaluable to you as they were so very much invaluable to we Pilgrims.
There is so much more to say and express but FOR SURE........I have come home to my family with a rejuvinated FAITH and LOVE and JOY for my God. Now it will be so much more easier to stop and smell the roses and REALIZE AGAIN in how beautiful life really and truly is because of our Catholic Faith that we so cherish and have cherished AND that this Pilgrimage has helped us to REMEMBER WITH JOY how "RICH IN FAITH" we all are.....Thanks to OUR DIVINE PROVIDENCE in OUR GOD who NEVER ABANDONS US.
GOD IS LOVE. AND...... GOD AND LOVE NEVER DIES WHERE FAITH EXISTS.......We are the luckiest Pilgrims.......IT'S ALL LOVE..........ALWAYS WITH GOD. If anyone I travelled with reads this from me, just know I am so privileged and happy to have known you all and look forward to seeing you all again....You all have inspired me......We had such a great group of us....Again, so much more to say......words I do not think will ever capture our experiences totally........we all must just rely on our Hearts and Remembrances and of course......MOST ESPECIALLY......OUR FAITH-FILLED SOULS.....I LOVE YOU ALL.....GODSPEED.......Don't mind the typos:):):
From: Marie D.
Sent: Sunday, August 03, 2008 9:41 AM
Subject: Re: Fatima, Spain and Lourdes- JULY
We had such a wonderful spiritual pilgrimage. I want to thank you for all you did for us before we left. My husband and grandson Nicholas also feel the same way as I do. I myself had been to Lourdes and Fatima and Spain before but this was the first time for my husband Jim and grandson Nick. This was the best ever.
Our tour guide Javair was just wonderful. He is the best tour guide I have ever had. Our tour number was #37. He went over and above what he had to do. So many of us needed extra needs and he was there for everyone. He is a very spiritual guide. He was a good example to all of us on how to be kind and loving. He made us all feel like a family.
Just to tell you an example on his kindness. We decided to go to the baths in Lourdes. It was our last full day. The lines were so long. We had to get on line at 11am. Well time was going and we were not able to get any lunch. Here it is now going on 3 hours and we still on line. Javair went and bought all of us sandwiches and we passed them out to the ladies. What a life saver he was. It was a very hot day and we were all feeling the weather. We were all starving. We were all so thankful to him. All of the ladies were so happy he was there for us.
I myself needed him to stop the bus one day when we were traveling to use the rest room. I told Javair and he was so kind to make sure to stop for me. I was so grateful to him. I would love to go on another pilgrimage and have him again as my guide. My grandson will be 16 on the 4th of August and he was so impressed. To see a teenager get inspired is great. My family all appreciated the kindness that was given to us.
Fr. Bob also was wonderful. He is such a great priest. His Mass his talks were so inspiring. I myself was touched by the whole pilgrimage. I had not been saying my rosary every day but I feel Our Blessed Mother touched me so I told Our Blessed Mother from now on I was going to try to do the Rosary every day.
I had been to Lourdes and Fatima before but this time I felt even closer. This year the 150 year of Our Lady of Lourdes was the best ever.
I would recommend everyone to go. What graces what blessings that Our Blessed Mother was giving to all of us.
Thank you once again.
God Bless You
love Marie D.
From: Fr. Eugene
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2008 20:10:58 EDT
Subject: Re: Lourdes, Paris, Nevers and Lisieux - JULY
We just returned this evening. It was a great trip. The guides were wonderful...accommodating and knowledgeable. Everyone seemed to have had a wonderful and uplifting pilgrimage. The hotels were also great. I thank you for putting together such a comprehensive and spiritual pilgrimage. I hope to work with you again in the future.
Fr. Eugene C.
From: Claire P.Sent: Sunday, August 03, 2008 12:02 PM
To: Rinda Kanidinc
Subject: Lourdes, Paris, Nevers and Lisieux - JULY
My daughter and I had a great trip. We were very pleased with the tour. This was my third 206 pilgrimaged and all went smoothly. I particularly enjoyed our tour guide in Lourdes (Jesus) and our spiritual Director (Fr. Eugene.) Sincerely, Claire P.
From: Fr. Peter M. A.
Subject: Heartfelt Thanks
Dear Milanka and 206 company, July 26, 2008
Greetings in the Lord Jesus and Mother Mary, Peace and Grace be with you!. I am so sorry that it is Only * now that express my sincere THANKS in writing, but my deep gratitude is always in my heart with prayers that God continue to bless you and your 206 Company.
With all those who joined the Pilgrimage, I express my heartfelt gratitude for your patience, sacrifices, prayers, and perseverance in helping us all. Our group leader Gloria shared me that she underwent so much trials and sacrifices for this pilgrimage more than any others. Let me assure you that for most of us pilgrims, this was not just memorable and beyond forgetting pilgrimage but it was at every step blessed and grace-filled. We had a mission to pray with holy hour and celebrate the Eucharist for priests all over the world and our group was blessed to participate at the solemn feast of Corpus Christi in Krakow, Poland with Holy Mass and procession presided by Cardinal Dziwisz with several bishops and priests including myself.
Our hotel accommodations with breakfast and diner are all very good specially in Krakow, Poland and Vilnus, Lithuania where we spent two nights in each respectively. Mariola our Tour leader was great and very patient and helpful. Together with Gloria they were both like good Shepherdess leading us to experience the best of Poland and Lithuania according to the plan and our bus driver is very good and helpful to all of us.
Every church, shrine, and basilica we visited and prayed specially the Holy Mass and Holy Hour, we prayed for you and everyone who serves in your 206 Company for we all know we will never make this pilgrimage without your prayers, unselfish sacrifices, and great services with love and perseverance. I am sure most if not all those who made this pilgrimage with the right intention express the same gratitude I am saying to you now. I am sorry it is Only * now that I put it in writing but as I said it is always in my mind and heart. I am praying that God will bless and reward you and your Company abundantly every time you help and make sacrifice for any pilgrim or group of pilgrims.
In Jesus and our Blessed Mother Mary,
Fr. Peter M. A.
From: Kathy Sent: Saturday, July 19, 2008 2:11 AM
To: email@example.com Subject: Holy Land and Medjugorje
I know Our Lady directed us to you when we booked our pilgrimage through 206 Tours! Our tour guide, Jack, was not Only * very knowledgable about the country and sites visited, but his timing so we didn't wait in long lines, along with his personal care for each of our needs was amazing. His love of Christ and desire for us to remain focused on Him throughout the trip was such a gift. Being able to have Mass with Fr.Anthony at each of the holy sites was another
blessing. We also loved returning to Medjugorje. Slavenka took great care of us and made sure we had time for many special experiences while we were there.
We would travel with 206Tours again.
Thank you for your great service.
Kathy, Leon, and Kahale (11 years)
From: SAMMY FRIEND
Sent: Tuesday, July 15, 2008 10:05 PM
To: Rinda Kanidinc
Subject: Re: Medjugorje - JUNE
Absolutely enjoyed our spiritual journey with Our Lady of Medjugorje! Cannot say enough about our well prepared, experienced, and dedicated spiritual director Fr. Bill Elder,who sees to it that we are on a true pilgrimage and that we get the most out of our walk towards God with our Blessed Mother!
And what can you say about our tour director Slavenka except to say that she is absolutely the best! We were always kept up to date to know what to expect from day to day, everything well planned.
May Our Lady call us back for another walk closer to God!
Merced & Lupe S.
From: nicholas z.
Sent: Tuesday, July 15, 2008 10:56 AM
To: Rinda Kanidinc
Subject: Re: All Italiana Shrines - JUNE / JULY
May I thank you for all the work and preparation that went into planning our pilgrimage to Italy. It was an outstanding trip. Although our group was small, I think it is safe to say that we not Only * enjoyed meeting and getting to know one another but also enriching our faith at the many beautiful locations that we went to. Everything went so smoothly and was coordinated very well. The accomodations were excellent, the food was wonderful, and our guide was very helpful and kept us on track. There are many memories that we will have from this pilgrimage and we were especially fortunate to have seen Padre Pio as well as visit the basilica of St. Paul outside the walls during this special year for these two saints. I look forward to being spiriual director on another pilgrimage, hopefully next summer!!! Thanks so much and God bless all of you at 206 Tours!!!
-Fr. Nick (All Italian Shrines/ Classic Italy)
From: Fr. Jim .
Sent: Wednesday, July 16, 2008 3:36 AM
To: Milanka Lachman
My gratitude to you, for saying yes to your ministry to pilgrims. What an awesome responsibility, what a great way to make a living! I was thinking just the other day how it is almost ten years since I first wrote you, from St. Patrick's Seminary, about a couple of trips I hoped to get together, for the summer of 1999. I wrote in the autumn of 1998, and you PHONED me back, which just blew me away! I think I knew from that first phone call that I was going to know you the rest of my life.
Thanks, Milanka, for everything. God bless you and everyone, at 206.
From: Anthony G.
Sent: Wednesday, July 09, 2008 9:51 AM
To: Rinda Kanidinc
Subject: The Holy Land and Medjugorje - JUNE
I wanted to thank 206 Tours for such an amazing pilgrimage. It was truly a blessing for me as a priest to celebrate Mass in the most holiest of places. It was definitely an experience that I will take with me for the rest of my life! Our tour guide in the Holy Land was outstanding. His name was Jack and I would highly recommend him for any tours going to the Holy Land. His love for the faith and for his native land was extremely evident and much appreciated. Overall, everything was beyond my expectation. The staff at 206 Tours is to be commended highly. Also, it was a blessing meeting such wonderful people on the pilgrimage. Thank you!
From: Mary Ann P.
Sent: Saturday, July 05, 2008 11:47 AM
Subject: Medjugorje--May 12-20, 2008
My Dear Kristin, May Our Blessed Lady bless you for your beautiful work. to say I was in Heaven , would not describe my experience. God Love you and bless you. Rafael, how spiritual, was -- well words cannot describe this beautiful young man, and Slavenka Jelavic, WELL< What a team!! When I go again, God willing, I hope He will bless me with these two beautiful people, You all are in my daily prayers, and again hank you for a heavenly experience.
Prayerful greetings, Mary Ann P.
From: Martin J. Bancroft
Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2008 20:53:46
To:Rinda Kanidinc <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Once in a lifetime Italy - JUNE
Dear Rinda, This was an amazing trip. We were small in number, but we made up for it in quality!!! Super people. They absolutely loved the Hotel Michaelangelo and its wonderful location. It was sunny and hot everyday...w/ the exception of the day of our arrival (a few sprinkles). The excursion to Assisi was magnificent/magical...I think the trip to Orvieto was "overkill" (the pilgrims were hot and tired by that time). All in all...it was a true blessing. We were blessed so many times.
God Bless everyone @ 206 Tours, Fr. Mickey
From: Marie E. H.Sent: Wednesday, June 25, 2008 3:12 PM
Subject: Marie Hankins Tour #3 June
I just want to let you know that I enjoyed my trip to Lourdes and Medjugorje. We did the tour where Bernadette lived. Doing the procession was great.
Being in Medjugorje was wonderful. It was like coming home. I stayed in the same house, Ana Pansian, where I stayed 4 years ago, and had the same tour guide, which I was very happy about that. Slavenka is an excellent guide. I got to see and have my picture taken with Vicka.
It was a good trip. And I didn't even lose my luggage.
Thanks for all the good arrangements.
From: Barbara F.
Sent: Monday, June 23, 2008 2:35 PM To: email@example.com Subject: pilgrimage
Just wanted you to know that everything went perfectly on our trip. I must say that Paul was wonderful in making our last minute trip possible...he went above and beyond the call of duty and didn't even act "put out". He is a very special young man.
Our accomodations in Vienna were also very nice and right across the street from the railway station.
Thank you again for making our trip possible.
Love and prayers,
From: Louise L.
Sent: Saturday, June 21, 2008 10:21 PM
To: Rinda Kanidinc
Subject: Medjugorje - MAY
My trip was just grand to say the least. I did not return home until June 5th as I had extended my stay longer in Medjugorje.
All my flights worked out fine. The one in Munich to go to Zagreb was cancelled but they put me on a later flight which still gave me time to make my connection to Dubrovnik.
I thoroughly enjoyed staying at Iko's pansion again. They are very gracious hosts. Slavenka was my guide for 3 days and she is always very professional but very friendly and helpful.
I am hoping to travel with the 206 Tours again and hope that there will be a group to travel with me.
Thank you for all your help and consideration in making my entire trip a success. It was wonderful visiting my grandchildren in Brussels and my daughter in Augsburg, Germany. I can't thank you enough for all your careful planning for me.
May God Bless the 206 Tours and all its staff members.
Louise L., Ohio
From: marian S. Sent: Tuesday, June 17, 2008 3:29 PM
To: 'Jennifer Pinchasick' Subject: In Appreciation
Tuesday June 17, 2008
In appreciation and thank you Fatima Portugal: Tour #36.
I want to thank the personnel at 206 Tours for a wonderful travel experience.
All the arrangements were great. The hotel in Lisbon was comfortable and had great food.
The tour of Lisbon was enjoyable and informative, and the guide was very knowledgeable.
The Guide Jesus was excellent. He knew his history. He cared very much about his travelers and went out of his way to be of assistance. There was a balance between tours, prayer and time for sightseeing.
The hotel Santa Maria in Fatima was superb. The staff was caring and went out of their way to fulfill requests for assistance. After the tour group left, they treated my friend and I as if we were royalty, meeting our every need.
The food and service were superb, I rate this hotel as a five star hotel.
We met people from many different countries: Australia, Germany, Austria and England.
The persons in our group became friends in a very short time.
The weather in Portugal was wonderful, sixty five to seventy five degrees.
It was great to have just a few plane transfers.
The atmosphere in Fatima is reverent and peaceful The processions and ceremonies are inspiring, and it’s awesome to be in the places where the apparitions took place.
Suggestions: Travel on another day other than Sunday. Traveling on Sunday does not allow attendance for Mass and it is so important to keep the Sabbath day holy. Use electronic tickets instead of paper tickets. Then tickets are less likely to be lost.
Thank you for a wonderful blessed trip. Fatima touched my heart and my inner spirit.
I look forward to traveling to Poland in the summer of 2009.
May 29, 2008
Kristin Ryan Shea
333 Marcus Blvd
Hauppauge, NY 11788
Dear Ms. Shea,
Our pilgrimage with Gloria Saulog on May 11-20, 2008 to the Holy Land was great. Best of all our Tour Guide, George A Said, was superb. He was excellent. So far, he was the best tour guide we have encountered. Joseph, our driver, was also great.
With Gloria, George, and Joseph in our tour to the Holy Land, our pilgrimage was so memorable. Our stay in the Holy Land was something we will treasure all the days of our lives.
From: Colin Sent: Sunday, June 08, 2008 9:48 AM
To: Milanka Lachman Subject:
I would like you to know that the trip we made to Europe last year was a very holy and meaningful experience
and it also gave us the opportunity to meet some lovely people. Both tour guides were most helpful to
Mary who had to have a wheel chair for most of the time.
Best wishes from us both.
From: Rev. Neil B.
Sent: Wednesday, May 28, 2008 2:27 PM
Greetings from West Virginia! Our trip to Medjugorje was very good once we were able to get out of West Virginia and Washington, D.C. We encountered some unusual snags with weather, mechanical problems, and being promised seating arrangements that never materialized. I don't think that I have ever had a pilgrimage where there was not at least some type of snag. It is all part of the experience even though we may not like it at the time. All in all, our group from here did get split up into two groups and we lost one day. The weather cooperated and the groups were also able to see Vicka and be present for Ivan's first public apparition before we left. I would say that seeing four
out of six visionaries was certainly a blessing even though we were staying with two. Miraculously all of the medical supplies, made it without any problem and no bags were searched or items confiscated.
It was indeed wonderful to be with Mirjana and Jakov. Both did grant us private sessions with the group of 58 although Jakov is still very shy and reserved.
Peace and Goodness,
From: Celina S.
Sent: Monday, June 02, 2008 5:40 PM
To: Billy Ryan
Subject: Italy – May - Consecrated Virgins Pilgrimage
I enjoyed every minute of the pilgrimage. The hotels, the tour guides, and the bus driver made it possible to relax and enjoy the moment. The food was an experience for me but I enjoyed each meal to the fullest, and even the deserts.
Thanks for providing window seats all the way, as I flew from here to there, and from there to here! My Only * problem was having to spend the night at the airport terminal. Flights were delayed due to “mother nature and her decision to change the weather” …. Otherwise, I enjoyed the well planned trip….from here to there, and from there to here. Keep up the great work!!
From: Ann G.
Sent: Monday, June 02, 2008 1:28 PM
To: Billy Ryan
Subject: Italy -Consecrated Virgins Pilgrimage
Thank you for the wonderful pilgrimage!
I enjoyed every moment of it! The blue 206 Tours bag was fantastic and extremely helpful!
I so enjoyed Assisi and all the other stops on our way. I kept you in prayer also.
Gaia, our tour guide, was the BEST, as was our driver.
I have NO complaints whatsoever!! Thank you for all you did to make it wonderful.
From: Cora G.
To: Medjugorje promoters e-mail
Sent: Jun 1, 2008 11:43 PM
Subject: HOLY LAND TOUR #111 MAY 11-20, 2008
I just want to know if you received the note I sent you May 26,2008. Enclosed with the short letter I composed in a hurry attesting to the excellent tour guide (George Said) and bus driver (Joseph) you had provided us on our latest pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Below the short note are the signatures of the members of our large group 43 people who were as happy and satisfied for the excellent service that George and Joseph rented us. We could not have better people - courteous, patient, respectful and just plain nice people. We highly recommend them to future pilgrims to the Holy Land.
The group, my sister, Gloria and I would like to thank you very much for listening and answering to our needs for a better tour guide.
We now plan for our next pilgrimage to Greece and Turkey, to follow the footsteps of Saint Paul. I checked your 2008 catalog but I did not see any mention of these two countries together in one tour. Please let me know if you have design an schedule for these two countries for next year or the next year 2010 sometime in March or November. Some members of my own group here Southern California have express interest in this particular tour.
We would like also to thank Kristin for her patience, and understanding in working with us to make this pilgrimage a success.
Hope to be touring by booking with your company again...God Bless...
Sent: Thursday, May 29, 2008 5:04 PM
Subject: Consecrated Virgins Pilgrimage to Italy
...the driver, Massimo was wonderful, good sense of humor, kind and very helpful...compassionate, patient.
Gaia was extraordinary!!! She fit in so well, related to everyone as if she were a member of our 'family'...
she was funny, and informative, helpful and enthusiastic...she and I took one of our women to the hospital...
and we all laughed and tried to see the bright side of things. She (and Massimo)...she was so reverent
in the sanctuaries we visited...incredibly patient and supportive...I don't know if she actually works for you but she is a gem.
Isabel was marvelous...so helpful to everyone, always smiling and patient and kind...
the Only * problem...and it was a major one...was that there were no facilities, no support for those who could not walk well...Italy does not seem to make provision for their handicapped...the walks were long, often over wet, cobblestoned streets...one woman fell and hurt herself...I enjoyed the walks thoroughly but others had a very difficult time and often had to take taxis...an added expense...but again, that is Italy but it is a good thing to keep in mind...
But it was beautiful for me...I'd lived in Italy, studied in Italy and it was good to be there...I'd never been to San Giovanni Rotondo or Pietrelcina and that was good...beautiful and sacred...thanks for all you did....it was a blessed time ....
Sent: Thursday, May 29, 2008 4:03 PM
Subject: Thank you for a wonderful pilgrimage
I want to thank you for all the energy, time and dedication you gave us along the pilgrimage. You truly did “above and beyond” the call of duty and myself (and I believe the group) are truly grateful. You are a spiritual young man who works from his heart, a very special blessing.
I send you and your family love and prayers. With much appreciation to have had you be our “guide” (in many ways).
Thank you. Peace,
From: Dr. Magalis A Sent: Thursday, May 29, 2008 2:51 PM
To: Billy Ryan
Subject: Consecrated Virgins Pilgrimage
Dear Mr. Ryan,
The pilgrimage was a great and complete positive experience to me. Isabel Bettwy did the best
for us during the journey and we were so comfortable with her way to be there for us.
I have to say thanks to you !
Dr. Magalis A
"Before all things else wisdom was created, and prudent understanding
from eternity..." Eccl.1,4
From: Fr. Bruce Sent: Thursday, May 29, 2008 9:27 PM
Thanks for an opportunity to participate in another terrific, spiritually uplifting pilgrimage. I was privileged to celebrate Masses for our groups at some of the most incredible spots. We had great guides who gave us more than was really required. Bus drivers were outstanding and accommodations were top notch.
Sent: Wednesday, May 28, 2008 10:08 PM
To: Rinda Kanidinc
Subject: Re: The Holy Land and Rome - MAY
My father and I had a WONDERFUL pilgrimage. We were especially blessed by our tour guide in Israel, George Said. He was knowledgeable and really helped bring the Gospels to life in the Holy Places we visited.
Having a Palestinian Roman Catholic as our tour guide also taught us a lot about the issues facing the Holy Land. Very informative. I am sharing what I learned with my friends and family at home, and asking them to keep the Holy Land in their prayers
In Rome, all of our pilgrims in attendance for the Papal Audience were blessed with the privilege of shaking Pope Benedict's hand. That was an amazing experience that none of us expected!
The pilgrimage was the experience of a lifetime and I thank you so much for how smoothly everything went and how well organized things were
God bless you and 206.
From: Jo and Bob S.
To: Rafael Villongco
Subject: Medjugorje Pilgrimage with Rafael M. Villongco- May 12-20,2008
Date: Mon, 26 May 2008 18:15:09 -0400
This pilgrimage was such a remarkable trip, you do so wonderfully at
arranging everything and Slavenka is the absolute best guide ever.
Jo and Bob S.
From: Maria A.
Sent: Thursday, May 22, 2008 11:31 AM
To: Cara Manise
Subject: Re: Feedback for May 12-20, 2008 Pilgrimage to Medjugorje with OLQP
THIS WAS MY 3rd Medjugorje Pilgrimage with 206...Penny as well as Fr. Tony & Fr. Chris
made it " personal "& more than that their 'Spiritual' sharing added to my own
"Awesome Experience" this time!!
God Bless 206!
From: Ruthie C.
Sent: Friday, May 23, 2008 9:54 AM
To: 'Cara Manise'
Subject: Feedback for May 12-20, 2008 Pilgrimage to Medjugorje with OLQP
The trip was so amazing; I want to go back today!!!
Penny is the greatest.
This is my second trip with you guys, I went to Our Lady of Guadalupe in Dec. of 06.
206 is great, no worries there! Thanks a lot!
From Charles H. To Slavenka
Sent: Monday, May 26, 2008 4:14 AM
Subject: To a Lovely Lady
My Dearest Slavenka;
You will always be an outstanding Lady to me, you are the most outstanding
and most spiritual- tour- person I have had in my three tripe to you most beautiful country.
Dubrovnik was the icing on the cake. If I could I would like to spend time and roam through
that old town at my leisure. To be able to celebrate Mass at St. Blaise's church was more than I expected.
I felt closer to my beloved Barbara while there, she must be with him in heaven.
Thank you for your kindness and the help you gave me while climbing Apparition Hill.
I love you in Gods Name
From: Anna A.
Sent: Tuesday, May 27, 2008 10:15 AM
To: Anna Acquisto
Subject: RE: Feedback for May 12-20, 2008 Pilgrimage to Medjugorje with OLQP
Hello to all and Blessings from Medjugorje for all of you. I believe I am still so uplifted from the beautiful experience of our journey to Medjugorje. I am 110% happy about everything...all the people on the trip...the flights....our tour guide....his beautiful family...the great food....and everyone on our journey was such a Blessing to me....to have 2 Catholic Priest with us was in itself awesome. I personally have been on 2 other foreign pilgrimages so I know what they are like....The Schedule was Great....seeing this beautiful Country where Our Lady has Appeared to me was all that I could have wanted.
She is doing better and said she can’t explain it but that Our Lady has touched her and she is on the road back to health.
I want to thank you all and I will DEFINITELY be interested in the Next Pilgrimage....there are so many places I would love to see....May Jesus and His Mother Mary Pour Out Many Blessings on you and yours....Most sincerely, Anna
From: Joanne T M.
Sent: Thursday, May 22, 2008 12:05 PM
re: St Francis Center for Spirituality group to Portugal, Spain and France (April 2008)
Thanks so much, Milanka - the driver and the guide were excellent and all the hotels and accommodations were great.
The last hotel, the Alba, was not quite up to the standards of the others and we ate together in a little room reserved just for group- but I understand that this was unavoidable.
Our group got along well together and do wish to travel with 206 again - I just don't know if a 2009 would be cost prohibitive for our group of people.