So we went on a day trip to Niagara Falls on Monday… what a great day, simply splendid!!
First of all we hit Brock’s Monument. We indulged in all sorts of history, and snuck in a try of some jackets I’m pretty sure we weren’t supposed to touch! lol Sir Isaac Brock led the last attack of Canadians, British, Natives against the States – in the war of 1812 and he died…but they ended up succeeding… giving Canada and the States nearly two hundred years of a peaceful border… come 2012… the longest ever. He is buried beneath this monument…. although… maybe not. In 1840 the original was destroyed by a terrorist bombing and they rebuilt it..so maybe he is still at the original location, which was much closer to the edge of the ravine – where the Americans tried to invade. And Laura Secord walked for 18 hours to warn her husband of an impending attack here…. I never knew that. Why do we make Laura Secord chocolates? lol What is the relationship there???
Next we meandered over to Niagara on the Lake for lunch… simply lovely! There was a statue of George Bernard Shaw at the restaurant we ate at called Oban Inn…. just a lovely place.
But this was my most favourite thing about Niagara on the Lake. lol
Next was the flower clock…but I must say that this sign was pretty good too. lol We were heading towards one of the bridges to the states. lol I’m not sure why, but the idea of cycling to the States tickles me. lol
From there we headed over to the Butterfly Conservatory. Well, that was odd. Such beautiful butterflies, all colors. Some would come and sit on humans….overall? Too many for my liking… there were bazillions of them flying all over… into you, around you… a little creepy. lol But they grow them there and they’re quite beautiful. We even saw two blue ones mating…little afternoon delight. 😉
Next was – yay – Niagara Falls!!!! And we did the Maid of the Mist! What a glorious, powerful experience. I’ve been in Canada since I was 8, a couple of years. lol And I’ve never done this! I highly recommend it for anyone that loves nature and the power of water…it was a little overwhelming in it’s beauty… and well worth the waiting and walking to get in there..even worth the money. 🙂 To be honest it wasn’t a long wait.. the boats went out every 15 minutes. This is only some of the water – the rest is going into hydro power… the area is steeped in history… a simply wonderful experience.
Now this used to be the old hydro system…but it’s not used now…so much. And it’s something you don’t see when you are in Canada looking over at the falls. I never knew it was there, all these years…but I guess the folks in the states see it all the time. The States tried to do the same thing further on down the falls, but the land always collapsed, and so they never could maintain a power source from the falls.
After this we hit the Skylon…but it was closed for lunch…it’s a restaurant that turns as you eat and you overlook the falls.
Since this was closed we headed over to the main strip of the falls… some very interesting things we did discover. lol
We got pix of ourselves on a Harley here… lol WE WISH!!!
And then it was time for a wind down – dinner and a drink…and just in time as it got chilly then! And apart from the service sucking big time, it was still wonderful!