Monday, September 26, 2011

Eastern Canada - Niagara Falls to Lancaster Pa.

Yesterday we travelled from Ottawa through Niagara on the Lake (beautiful spot), then took a helicopter flight over Niagara Falls which was a buzz, before ending the day in the honeymoon capital Niagara Falls.  Niagara on the Lake was extremely pretty and very historic with little boutiques throughout the main street, lovely gardens and a lovely old hotel - The Prince of Wales which was built in the late 1890's and retains the elegance of those times with beautiful decor and furnishings and we spent some time just taking in the ambience while we enjoyed a cappucino and biscotti.
The elegant Prince of Wales Hotel
Paddy takes coffee in the elegant setting of the Prince of Wales Hotel
The unique door handles of this elegant hotel
Lovely gardens were all along the main street of this pretty town
Then it was onto our helicopter ride over the falls - 6 people per chopper and only a ten minute flight but it was really the best way to see the falls which are awesome.

Looking straight down at Horseshoe Falls
We finished the day by taking a trip on the Maid of the Mist right to the base of the falls and very wet.  We were all decked out in blue ponchos and packed onto the boat like sardines all pushing to get the best vantage point for photos.  Silly really since the mist is so heavy you wouldn't bring your camera out anyhow and we've had a few dead cameras today.  We were on the 23rd floor of our hotel with a view of the falls with only the Casino the mar the view.  Awesome!
No description really needed.
You can see the mist in the distance which felt like rain.

Today we faced a 600km drive with only a couple of toilet stops and a late lunch - not much to comment on just some pretty cottages and a Honda Goldwing which had been converted to a trike after it's owner broke his hip.  We've entered Amish Country and tomorrow we'll find out more about these unusual people which should be interesting.

One of the pretty cottages along the way 
See Geoff, we can have a Goldwing trike like this when we get old and decrepit - but not yet.

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