Thursday, September 4

VACATION JULY '08

This is the Canadian side
also calleld the Horseshoe falls.
View from our hotel window.

NIAGARA FALLS
I’ve been itching to visit the falls, it’s been years and years since I was up there. Sam said we could go, and then gave me the joy (sarcasm) of finding us a hotel. I asked what the limit was on room rate. He was more worried about finding a good hotel with an awesome view than cost. I was so excited to hear that.

We stayed at the Embassy Suites Falls view hotel http://www.embassysuitesniagara.com/ in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. We were on the 31st floor out of 41, and we had the most magnificent view and room ever imaginable.

We got there on a Sunday. Once the bell guy got us in our room, we just pulled the comfy chairs up to our way extra large window and watched and awed from the room with the view. (They mostly all had exceptional views). Eventually, we were able to pull ourselves away from the window to get unpacked and organized. Time to venture out. We then made our way down to the falls. It wasn’t exactly easy to get there, we walked because it was way too close to drive, but just the path we had to take was sorda a zigzag route. We had to go up to go around the corner to go down to the observation area. We even got kissed by the mist as we approached it. :-)

Sunday was fireworks night. We watched them right from the comfort of our room! After the fireworks was the light show. They have lights on both the American (Bridal Veil Falls) and the Canadian falls (a.k.a. Horseshoe Falls). The lights would change color and then various other colors would chime in and it was just great! Every night we enjoyed sitting in our comfy chairs watching the water, people and of course the lights. The light show is every night but if you’re planning to see the fireworks you best do a bit of research before you go. They are not every night.

The next day we went to Clifton Hill, toured Ripley’s Believe it or Not, a wax museum of famous actors/ actresses, entertainers and famous people. We even rode on a ferris wheel that was 175’ high!

We stayed 2 more nights and on our second full day we took a tour with a group of about 40. We were whisked to the front of the line for the Maid of the Mist, behind the falls tour, The Niagara Fury movie, The Skylon tower, and The Butterfly Conservatory. That’s just some of our highlighted stops. Every stop that included a line, we were at the front. I highly recommend going to Niagara Falls at least once in your life and go while you can still get around; there is a lot of walking.

This was a great way to celebrate our 20th anniversary; after all, we honeymooned there.

Here are some pictures we took:


I was so excited to see a black squirle because I saw one in my own back yard and when I came back with the camera it was gone. Black ones are not at all common where we live. Even the park ranger said he never saw one here.



I'm not sure what he is finding so funny. Is he trying to get rid of me after 20 yrs.?









They change the flowers on this working clock at the start of each season.










A magnificent view from our window of the American Falls.

2 comments:

Sam said...

I really like the first picture... I want to go back in the winter to see the Falls then...

Lori said...

I am now anxiously waiting for winter. Never thought I'd say that.