Water Spectacle

Back again for another day at Niagara Falls and the sun shone brightly all day.  So we have another three gazillion photos of water but this time with some fantastic rainbows in them!

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We took a trip on the Maid of the Mist, which is the boat that sails right up to the foot of the Falls and affords some spectacular views from an alternative vantage point.  The powers that be very kindly provide disposable rain macs to protect you from the elements, however once you are close to the Falls it starts to feel like you’re in a washing machine with a small carrier bag for protection.  The husband had a great Marilyn Monroe moment with his mac before harrumphing and tearing it off.

We thought the boat ride was amazing, however we definitely saved the best till last, with the Journey Behind the Falls.  Once again, you are provided with a miniscule piece of plastic with which to defend yourself from the elements.  This time, standing on a rocky outcrop at the base and slightly to the side of the Falls, it’s so windswept and soaking that you’re dreaming wistfully of that time you were on the Maid of the Mist boat trip when it was so much drier …. I have no idea how the camera survived this particular outing as both I and it got a face full of water several times.  It was well worth it though!

In non-water-related news, it turned out that today was day of the Gran Fondo bicycle race, which is a 125km road race with the finish line right by the Falls.  We were there to cheer on the finishers, with the fastest one making it over the line in around three hours fifteen minutes.  Wowee.  And ouch.  We showed our support by lying around in the sunshine and listening to the free concert.  We also got to see some Canadian police and their motorbikes up close (I was a little bit braver as they don’t fill me with feelings of fear and impending doom like the US police do).  With their sparkling gold helmets and shiny black knee high boots they all look like members of the Village People too.  Not that I told them that.  I’m still not quite that brave.

I was highly excited to find real actual proper British Cadbury’s chocolate in one of the souvenir shops (made in Cheshire, not an American or Canadian imposter) but not so excited to see it cost $8 for a pack of biscuits!  However that seemed quite good value when compared to the Flake for $4.  Are people really willing to pay that much??

Anyway, that outrage was swiftly put to one side as we ended our stay with a lovely drink and meal in a restaurant overlooking the Falls as the sun went down and the lights came on.  It’s been a memorable couple of days for my first trip to Canada, a country of lovely people and overpriced chocolate.

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