Friday, July 13, 2007

Views of Niagara falls

The highlight of my Canadian holiday was the visit to Niagara. We spent three nights there exploring the surrounding area. We stayed in the Skyline Inn and although this was not one of the hotels overlooking the falls it was in a very convenient location as both falls were only a short walk away. The walkway you see in the picture leads from the hotel to an indoor waterpark and although I didn't go, my friend took her son and he really enjoyed it. I think my grand children would have loved it.
The hotel has recently been refurbished and they have created these little sitting areas as a focal point with the rooms leading off. We had rooms on the top floor, basic but perfectly comfortable. Every evening this area was bustling as they showed a family film. This was very popular with the children and it was safe for Cameron to go down by himself as we could keep an eye on him from above.

I am not sure what I was expecting but I think if I'm honest I was not anticipating finding a mini Las Vagas. Lots of neon lights, games, rides, casinos and haunted houses (and much more). I know that everything is designed to make people part with their money and without wishing to offend I think a lot of the shops are a bit tacky and some things are over priced, while other things (like crocs) are cheap compared to England. I didn't go into the Casino but Kim and Tina had a little flutter and I gave them $10 to loose. Well I would have been pig sick if they had won the jackpot!! While they were learning how to play the slot machines, Cameron and I were finding our way around a maze. Luckily, Cameron (10yrs) was good at navigating as I was blindly following him. Apparently the average to find the four challenges and the way out is 12 mins and we did it in 10 mins so Cameron was really pleased. Left to my own devices I would probably still be in there!! There's such a lot that is aimed to appeal to children and although there were discounts it would be an expensive place to visit with a family.

Now I really fancied sitting on this Harley but didn't think my daughters would approve!!
There was a lovely collection of cars on display outside Planet Hollywood. I wanted a photo of Cameron with the car used in the Bonnie and Clyde film but this was the one that took his fancy!
The Skywheel looks very attractive when it's lit up at night. I was quite pleased with this photo.
The Skylon Tower looks quite impressive but we didn't venture up this 775 ft tower. However I'm sure that the revolving dining room and the views would be spectacular (it rotates once every hour- maybe I'll get to do this next time I visit!!).

This photo shoot with the Mountie was taken on the street where there was a HardRock Cafe and a Hershy's. I did buy Embee a few diabetic chocs but resisted everything else. Before you point it out cheeky little Cameron is giving Tina 'bunny ears' well that's what he told us!!

The best part was seeing the falls up close on 'Maid of the Mist' boat trip as you can see they give you a plastic cape which helps protect you from the spray.

I took quite a few photos and have put them into a little slide show as I didn't know which to choose. The last few slides taken at night are not very clear as we were quite a long way away and the coloured lights on the falls do not show up. They put on a firework display twice a week which was very entertaining but again my camera did not really capture it very well. However I have included a couple of photos. Oh yes, we went over the border into Buffalo, USA and you will also see the Rainbow Bridge on one of the slides (will tell you a bit more about that later).

I was disappointed that we did not get to visit the cave behind the falls. Tina and I tried on our last morning but the waiting time was so long we couldn't wait as we had booked a Jet boat ride (will tell you about that on another day).

The falls are spectacular and I'm so glad to have been able to been able to experience them first hand-so let me know what you think!!

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At 13/7/07 13:53, Blogger Anvilcloud said...

I'm glad that you enjoyed yourself, but tacky is a very mild word for Clifton Hill. :)

At 13/7/07 15:33, Anonymous nikki said...

It has been years since the last time I saw the falls. Touristy stuff is always tacky.

At 13/7/07 16:23, Blogger john.g. said...

I think you would look good on the Harley. Need a load of tattoos first though!

At 13/7/07 16:24, Blogger Beccy said...

I think you should have got on the Harley. Fancy using your daughters as an excuse!

Great slide show.

At 13/7/07 16:39, Blogger ChrisB said...

AC I didn't want to be rude to Canadians!!

nikki tacky or not it didn't stop me looking!!

john yes there was a tattoo place and I did consider it!!- (joke)

beccy you know me better behing the camera and I might have got stuck-but don't tell anyone that!

By the way why have you not had a guess in the other post??????

At 13/7/07 17:08, Blogger Emma in Canada said...

Love the slide show and the song to go along with it. I've never been to the Falls so I had no idea there was that tacky area. Not surprised of course!

At 13/7/07 20:42, Blogger Sam said...

You know nothing would give me more pleasure than seeing you on a Harley, so shame on you for using Meccy and me as an excuse.

Hmm - you are planning a revisit. But I thought you didn't want to return to places you'd already visited. Unless its called Ireland, Canada or Cornwall.

Is it just San Francisco you don't want to return to?

At 13/7/07 21:02, Blogger my4kids said...

Great pictures and I agree with the others the music is great with the slideshow. There always has to be some tacky place near a tourist attraction like that!
I think you should have gotten your pic on the harley also!

At 13/7/07 22:11, Blogger ChrisB said...

emma the rest more than made up for it.

sam If I ever go again it would be to go to see a different area. Remember I have been to SanFran twice and I am hoping to come again.

my4kids I regret not having my pic taken it would have given everyone a good laugh!!

At 13/7/07 22:20, Blogger Beccy said...

Sam since when am I called Meccy although I do agree with you entirely.

Ouch that was a bit below the belt. I guess if you could get 1p flights to SF it would be easier to visit plus mum has no company there when you are at work. She's been talking about coming all year but wants to come when you are free to see her (ie at thanksgiving).

At 13/7/07 22:35, Blogger Asha said...

Hey! I wanted to see you riding that motorbike Chris! It would have fun:))
Pics are beautiful.
That Skylon was closed for maintenance when we were there,we missed it too.
Looks like a great holiday.

At 14/7/07 02:21, Blogger willowtree said...

I love Niagra Falls.

At 14/7/07 03:19, Blogger Sam said...

Beccy - she told me she didnt want to come again because she had already been and that if she did come I have to take her away for the entire weekend. Plus I have been offering her my airmiles the whole time but she refuses.

At 14/7/07 07:57, Blogger Pamela said...

I loved your slide show -- and the music. Remember watching the Andy Williams show as a young person.

I haven't been to the falls. Told the hubby a few months ago we needed to after I watched the special on Discovery.

They didn't tell us about the tacky tourist part. Can I just skip that?

At 14/7/07 08:50, Anonymous Deborah said...

You've made me all nostaligic - we got engaged there! ;-) Glad you enjoyed!!!

At 14/7/07 09:57, Blogger ChrisB said...

asha how long ago did you visit?

willowtree I was really disappointed about not making it to the caves so thank you for sending the picture. It looks a lot larger than I imagined!

pamela you can sort of ignore the OTT bit; there are plenty of places well worth visiting just a short drive away.

deborah glad to bring back some romantic memories for you.

At 14/7/07 16:15, Blogger The Artist formerly Known as Purpleworms (!) said...

I would have loved to see you on the Harley! (Check out Mindy's blog for the toy tattoo maker - (buy one for your next trip)! I would have like the Bonnie and Clyde car too! Great pictures! You look like aliens in those plastic rain things!

At 14/7/07 16:34, Blogger ChrisB said...

wendy- I've read Mindy's post and yes a tatoo gun could well be a 'must buy' for anyone thinking of riding on a Harley.

At 14/7/07 16:39, Blogger ChrisB said...

wendy meant to say I LOL at the alien comment you are so right!

At 14/7/07 20:45, Blogger Steffi said...

Wonderful pictures of a great trip again!Very nice and I enjoyed to read!

At 14/7/07 20:56, Anonymous Robin said...

Your slide shows give a great representation of the area (I've never gone...). My hubby said the area surrounding the falls reminded him of Myrtle Beach (think Vegas on the SC coast).

I on a Harley would've been great fun for EVERYONE (and a video of you getting on and off ;) ).

At 14/7/07 21:14, Blogger Barbara said...

I've been to Niagra Falls and did go into the cave but we didn't do the Maid of The Mist tour.

At 14/7/07 22:56, Blogger ChrisB said...

Steffi i am glad you are enjoying my trip.

Robin I googled Myrtle beach to see some photos so I see what your hubby means. It all seems a lot more concentrated at Niagara.

Barbara I enjoyed the boat trip by the falls- wait till I tell you about the jet boat ride!!

At 15/7/07 05:30, Blogger Kila said...

Great post, very interesting, thanks for sharing. :)

At 15/7/07 22:46, Blogger ChrisB said...

kila thanks

At 17/7/07 20:15, Blogger elena jane said...

fabulous slide show, great music! i would have sat on the harley, but i could just go down the street and sit on our neighbour's (and i have the tattoo already, haha).
love the giant hershey's sign, wicked!! :D
haven't been to niagra since i was a child, brings back good memories. we keep talking about driving up there with the kids, maybe in a few years. mine would love the maid of the mist!! :)

At 17/7/07 23:04, Blogger bichonpawz said...

Ah! The memories I have of Niagara Falls! We often went there for short trips as we can get there in just two fact, it was our Valenentine's Day GetAWay for several years when we were first married. The place has changed so very much over the years. It has become much more commercialized! Or tacky...whichever you prefer...LOL! The food at Planet Hollywood is very good...Hard Rock is ok. We haven't stayed at that hotel since they remodeled. In fact, our last trip there was about four years ago. The tradition conditions daughter and her boyfriend go for romantic weekends. Enjoy your little visitor!


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