Well I hope everyone is ready for Christmas as it is soon upon us. I wish you all a merry one!
I've slowed down blogging quite a bit due to data requirements at my new home and also due to time. I am just too busy to get on the computer as much as I used to, but as I've said before, this blog is such a great way for me to keep up with activities in an easy to access scrapbook that I will somehow continue to blog. Today's post and the next two are about a mini vacation to Niagara Falls with one of my daughters and her daughter (my granddaughter).
Liz's last little vacation before flying to a new home and job in Germany was a mini trip from Louisville, Kentucky to Niagara Falls, New York (and Canada). Liz invited me along for the ride and we all had a good time.
I really didn't pick an order to post these photos so will try to keep track of what is what for you. The first three photos were all taken from the American side of the falls. Unfortunately my camera's battery died so I did not take as many good photos on the American side as I did on the Canadian side. The rest of the photos on this post were taken on the Canadian side of the Falls. I must say the American side of the falls was way more user friendly as far as walking trails and accessibility to the falls, but the Canadian side had much better views and more things to do. The above picture shows the Canadian gate that accessed by pedestrians. Liz, Everleigh, and I used a different gate when we drove over to Canada. You do need a passport to venture out of the United States even to Canada. In today's age of terrorism and what not security has gotten pretty tight so be sure to have your passport in order and obey all rules when traveling.
My family and I had visited Niagara Falls back in the spring of 2007 when we all drove to Maine for a short vacation and visit. Niagara Falls was about the midway point along the very long route. It was so exciting to actually see the falls in person! And, I was able to cross something off my bucket list. Well, this second trip was specifically to see the falls and I must say that driving up to Niagara in one day from Tennessee via Louisville to the Falls, was a long journey but well worth it and easily doable.
Being a gardener my focus is always on the plants and gardens. You'll see a few pictures of some examples in these posts. The above picture shows the floral gallery on the Canadian side. We did not visit it but it looked quite interesting. Our trip to Niagara Falls was in November. At this time of the year in New York most touristy things are over with for the season since the weather turns very cold and the leaves are mostly gone from the trees. Nonetheless, there were quite a few tourists visiting Niagara Falls. We saw a lot of people from India and Asia on our visits. It was really nice to talk to the visitors to our country and get their opinions on one of our national treasures; Niagara Falls.
I am not sure what this building is or was. It was obvious it was abandoned. I liked the old world look of it. The American side of the falls did not have a lot of old world look buildings in my humble opinion. Having lived in Europe for many years I enjoy castle looking majestic buildings like this.
How can we go to Canada and not see Canada Geese?
I always thought the city across from Niagara Falls, New York was Toronto, Canada. Not! This city is actually-ready for it?- Niagara Falls, Canada! Both Toronto and Niagara Falls are in the province of Ontario, but they are not one and the same. That was a good geographical lesson for me.
Just look at that mist coming off from the falls! This is the upper side of Horseshoe Falls. This part of the Niagara Falls is on the Canadian side and is shaped like a horseshoe whereas the first picture of this post shows the American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls. All of the falls here are known as Niagara Falls. For more information about the falls visit this website for some very interesting facts. While at the falls there is also an interesting movie on the American side that shows a lot of the history of the falls.
This is upriver from the falls. Look at those rapids!
The gardens around this tram area raising tourists up to the city were very colorful. I am not a fan of burning bushes but this one lives up to its name beautifully. It is the brightly colored red shrub in front of the building.
Hostas, cannas, and several annuals were still hanging on to their leaves in Canada. It was delightful to see these gardens even in the fall. I mean after all, it is not all the time they look all fresh and new and colorful but even in this state of going to sleep for the winter I thought there was a lot of beauty....
in the garden....