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Old 05-16-2011, 04:45 AM   #16
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We headed on board the Miz Kim and got our seats, near the front. At this stage, DS must have grabbed the cameras….because….




…neither DH nor I could have taken this shot.


We also seem to have gotten a whole heap of pictures of DS' new Jibbitz that we picked up at the gift stores….




.…plus this great shot of the view looking out of the boat…




….some of the wonderful ambience on board…






…and a lovely bahookie shot that I would have been proud to call my own.





But it wasn’t all lost…I found this one in the collection. Sure shows what a pretty city Toronto is on the Lake.





We headed out towards our destination…




…where we disembarked and walked around to take a look-see.







We were very taken with Toronto Island, particularly with a 7 year old in tow….




…because….





…after money changed hands, we went on a couple of the hair raising rides on the island…





(DisneyWorld eat your heart out!)



DS was clearly scared of losing his crocs….and new jibbitz…so he opted to play it safe.





There seemed to be lots to do on Toronto Island.







Enjoy this shot…it’s one of the super rare shots that involve food in this set of holiday snaps!




And then it was time to head back…where DS clearly got behind the camera again.





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By this stage, we were all starving and we decided to go check out Chinatown.



We got on the street car for that promised ride…




….and got off at the appropriate stop.






I figure this must have been DH behind the camera.



(What I wouldn’t give for my bahookie to be that size again!!)


As expected, we found our cheap eats in Chinatown.




It was then time for us to get on our bikes and head on out so that we didn’t get too behind in our schedule.



(I suspect this was taken by me.)


Time was definitely marching on!




With the earlier shot of the parking lot, we managed to make our way back...and had a minor heart attack....it was not easy to get back into the car parking lot.
We eventually had to knock on the door of the office building and convince the security guard on duty to let us in...and show us how to get down to the car parking lot!


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Hey, I can see my house from there!

Just kidding...but too bad we didn't know eachother back then. Niagara Falls is about 20 minutes from our house....we could have shown you around.

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I have not been to Toronto and so I'm enjoying seeing it through your eyes. Love the photo of you and DH! And how you managed to get to the Chinatown!
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I have not been to Toronto and so I'm enjoying seeing it through your eyes. Love the photo of you and DH! And how you managed to get to the Chinatown!
I'm told there's a sixth sense with 'you lot'

PIO....me thinks you have a a*** man in your DS . Not that it's rare

We didn't go to the top of CN tower. Interesting photos.
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Just kidding...but too bad we didn't know eachother back then. Niagara Falls is about 20 minutes from our house....we could have shown you around.

Anyways...I'm joining along....

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You know....it was my MUM who mentioned that Toronto had one of the larger Chinatowns in North America!

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I think you might be right about DS. He definitely takes after his mum in this regard....

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Old 05-18-2011, 11:32 PM   #24
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Niagara Falls – Smoke on the Water!

Niagara Falls – Smoke on the Water!

We’d had a pretty good day’s Fast Pass through Toronto and it was definitely time for us to move on the main reason we’d come to Toronto. DH and I had been to Niagara once before when we were backpacking round the world, but we hadn’t spent any time there other than to see the Falls, grab our tourist pictures and head on out with the people we were with. So, we were looking forward to being able to spend a couple of days in the area.

The drive from Toronto to Niagara Falls didn’t take that long….all up, it probably was only about 1.5 hours on a Sunday. But the traffic?? It reminded me of driving between Los Angeles and San Diego...pretty much flowing bumper to bumper.

We had chosen to stay at the Hampton Inn, which was in the Clifton Hill area of Niagara Falls. We chose to stay there for two reason – price of the room, which included breakfast, and free parking.

We seriously did debate staying at one of the hotels with a view of the Falls towards Lundy Lane but in the end, given the amount of time we actually spent in the hotel room, this turned out to be a good decision. From memory, I think we paid CAN$120 for the room. The hotel was nice and we were provided with a room in the older part of the hotel. I only had one complaint…and that was that the hot water would suddenly turn cold if someone else was using the water elsewhere in the hotel.


Once we had settled into our room, we headed out to catch a glimpse of the main attraction. It was an easy 10-minute walk from the hotel down Clifton Hill…




… towards Niagara Parkway and the Rainbow Bridge, where we could see the American Falls.



(Check out the Rainbow!)



We were another 10 minutes from the Horseshoe Falls. This picture was taken along Rainbow Bridge.



(Smoke on the Water….)



We opted for dinner first.





We’d timed our arrival for a Sunday night, where there was a 15-minute firework show planned.



(…and fire in the sky)


The Falls are lit up at night; and the more intense colour can be seen on the American Falls.





I’d done enough research on the various attractions and activities in Niagara to know that I needed to buy an Adventure Pass, which at this time was about CAN$45 for an adult. It got us entry to Behind the Falls, Maid of the Mist, Whitewater Boardwalk, the Butterfly enclosure at the Niagara gardens and unlimited travel (for 2 days) on the People Mover Bus. And that is exactly what we planned to do the next day!



It was a beautiful sunny day the next day and we headed on down towards what turned out to be an incredibly full jammed-pack day. Last night when we were orientating ourselves, DS saw a number of things to interest him in Clifton Hill.

For anyone that has not been in the area, Clifton Hill is one of those major money pits for tourists in the world. It’s not many areas that can boast the likes of 3 or 4 wax museums, 3 video arcades, 2 miniature golf and 5 haunted houses in a 1 mile square radius. And this does not include the indoor water park, the skywheel, Ripley’s Believe it or Not, the Guiness World Records museum nor the big chain restaurants or the souvenir shops that line the streets!




DS had decided that he wanted a ride in the SkyWheel.





When we checked out ticket prices, it turned out that for a couple more dollars, we could buy a bundled deal. It is definitely a case of right vs left where the bundle tickets are concerned. So, we bought the tickets to about 5 attractions on this side of the street and got on for the views.







The American side of Niagara....




And if I’d realized when I bought them what those bundle tickets meant to our timetable, I probably wouldn’t have been so ready to part with my money!


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The Maid of the Mist


There’s the original Canadian Maid and there’s the Maid-come-lately on the American side. Whichever one you choose to go on, you’re gonna to get W-E-T.




Once upon a time, they handed you big heavy SMELLY re-used blue oilskin sou’westers to wear. Now, you get these to use and keep.



(That’s Rainbow Bridge in the background).


Check out the soupy suds in this picture! Sure isn’t a very appealing view, is it?




We were heading in there…




…past the American Falls first…




…and a (foggy) glimpse of where we were heading to next.




Even the camera got W-E-T.



(more gratuitous bahookie shots)


Anyone for Singing in the Rain?




And this is going to be such a fashion statement shot sometime in the future!




We finally got to the destination and held stationary there for about 5 minutes.



…before it was time for someone else to have their turn.




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Behind the Falls and more


The Behind the Falls attraction is located at the Lundy Lane end of Niagara, or nearer the Fallsview hotels. We caught the bus over to this end…yes, we could have walked.

It was then our turn at yellow; and again we got another souvenir to wear and keep.





This time, we were heading underneath in long tunnels….




…to behind the falls…





(I don’t think the cleaners have been doing a good job here. Look at that slime!)



We headed out on the platform to check out the view.





…and to take a corresponding shot of the Maid from the platform.





DH decided that he would brave his head to the elements.



(I don’t think his ‘hair’ got w-e-t….much)



We emerged from the tunnels and took the chance to get up close and personal with the Horseshoe.



(There really is a significant amount of smoke on the water!)






The funicular is located at the Lundy Lane end of town. I cannot remember if this was part of our Adventure Pass ticket or not but we did end up catching it up to the top and back down again. I suspect that it must have been included in the Adventure Pass…because I don’t want to believe that I forked out MORE money to do this attraction!






(More views of the falls!!)



And it was time to head towards the Butterfly enclosure.
We caught the bus to the Niagara gardens, which are located about 15 minutes down the road.





Moving from the heat of the outside to the humid heat of the inside was a challenge that we all managed to bear...particularly when such pretty butterflies were flittering around for us to enjoy.











And I am pleased to say that we have the opportunity at another rare species here…



…a glimpse of food porn!




Time for our next exciting destination…





You go down this really old elevator….and come out in another tunnel…





…keep on walking and eventually, you get out to the Niagara River….





….and Boardwalk.





The scenery is stunning!







Feel like a swim?



(You first!)




By the time we finished all these activities, it was late afternoon. We came out and caught the bus transport back to Clifton Hill.




Our day was not over….not by a long shot!


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Somewhere over the Rainbow…bridge, that is


We decided that we needed to head over to the American side of Niagara. You’ll need your passports for this! And we moseyed on down to Rainbow Bridge.




On Rainbow Bridge, you’ll cross the border. DS decided he needed to camp on both sides.




Father and Son in different counties!






We made our way to the viewing platform







For yet more breathtaking views....









And got up close and personal again…this time with the American Falls.







Before heading back across the border crossing (which cost 25 cents) towards Canada.







But wait….there’s more!



Remember that bundle ticket of attractions that we bought earlier in the day? It might have been way past 9 pm at this stage but we were all determined to use the tickets to the fullest.





(I’ve always thought that she was gorgeous…just a little bit too plastic for my tastes.)





(Do you see the Light? It’s Dark and we’re wearing sunglasses!)





(Cowabunga!)





(I’ve been frozen for 30 years. I’ve got to see if my bits and pieces are still working.)





(Look Ma! I sooo blend into this set!)



We headed into one of the video arcades where DS had a whale of a time. And then it was time for this.








It was close on 2 am in the morning when we finally got back to the hotel room!



The next day, we took a slow…very slow…and out of the way detour past Niagara-On-The-Lake. It is where the Niagara River empties out to Lake Ontario. This is one pretty little town but we were all too tired to spend any time here.






Besides, we had a plane to catch in Toronto to our next destination!



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I've never been to those falls, but those are just beautiful...
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Love the shots from "above" behind the falls and from the viewing platform and rainbow bridge.

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All that in one day? Amazing!
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