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Niagara Falls

How many of you are now saying . . . slowly, I turned?

Anyway. Let’s take a closer look at the 2 days we spent in Niagara Falls.

We stayed at the Hilton on the Canadian side on the 43rd floor. We paid for a premium view and, as you saw yesterday, it delivered. I spent a fair amount of time staring out the window at the view; it really is mesmerizing . . . both day and night.

We had dinner at Table Rock Restaurant one night and it was fabulous. Because it’s still the off-season I was able to get reservations easily and we had a seat by the window. We went at dusk and the sky turned all kinds of lovely shades of pink as the sun went down. The food was very good and the service was exceptional but, let’s face it, you go there for the view.

Table Rock itself is a pretty cool situation to explore. Lots of shops with both unique and run-of-the-mill souvenirs. Several different places to get food, from the fancy sit down restaurant where we went to a coffee shop, a pizza and wings shop, and a sandwich shop. It’s a good place to learn more about the falls and start exploring.

We took the boat cruise into the mist. It was 20 minutes long, pretty rocky, and VERY wet. They give you those ponchos for a reason, friends! As we climbed on board one of the crew said, “enjoy your cold shower” and that’s about the most accurate description there is of the experience. It’s also totally worth it. You get to see sections of the falls that you just can’t see from land because of all of the mist and spray. And they are even more impressive up close.

We took a selfie after it was over and we are wind blown . . . and damp.

And we had a beer while we regrouped and planned the rest of the day.

We drove out to Niagara-on-the-Lake and then it all went down hill because . . . while sitting at a bar eating nachos and drinking a margarita . . . I finally had to admit that I felt . . . not right. And shortly after that I said to Dale . . . we need to And shortly after that . . . I succumbed to a stomach bug.

I was pretty miserable for about 6 hours, felt very sorry for myself for missing out on the rest of the things we had planned to do, and luckily recovered and felt mostly normal by morning. What a way to end our 2 days in Niagara Falls!

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  1. Boooo! So sorry you caught the bug Carole. Better toward the end of the adventure right? Your photos are great!

  2. Oh yuck! So sorry about the stomach bug. But, fabulous pictures and glad you had such a good time up until….

  3. We loved Niagara Falls. We took my MIL and stayed on the Canadian side as well as at the Hilton. I had been told about the light show at the Falls and was thinking, so what? Well, I was mesmerized and it is my fondest memory. It is such a great trip.

  4. I have not been to Niagara Falls since my oldest was 3 months old!! (35 years ago for those wondering!) We did not take the boat tour (because 3 month old) but I loved everything about those falls! I am soooo sorry that you got a stomach bug though… that just sucks! I am glad it was short-lived though!

  5. Niagara Falls sounds lovely, even if it was a bit damp and windy up close. Sorry to hear about the stomach bug, but at least it was a quick recovery.
    My kids will probably never visit Niagara Falls again. We went about 20 years ago, and at one point walked over the pedestrian bridge to the Canadian side. On the way back, border agents stopped us because we didn’t have any identification for the boys. They wanted us to drive home to NJ while the boys remained “in custody” to get their birth certificates but eventually, two children crying hysterically along with a very distraught mother helped change their minds.

  6. I am so sorry to hear that you fell ill while on your trip — a stomach bug is terrible anytime but seems especially cruel to have while on vacation! I’m glad that if you have to catch it, it was at least toward the end of your trip, after you’d already had some fun, and that you recovered quickly.

  7. Getting sick on vacation, away from home, is such a bummer. Glad you recovered quickly and didn’t miss out on the falls.

  8. Oh, what FUN! I’ve been to the falls a couple of times . . . but I’ve never taken the boat ride! I really, really want to do that next time I go. (Tom has never been . . . it’s on our list!)

  9. Oh, bummer! So sorry you were sick, Carole! Looked like a great vacation up till then!!

    The photos of the falls from your room reminded me of the trip I took to Las Vegas with Sharon. We had a room at Planet Hollywood — a high floor & with a view of the Bellagio fountain. It was so fun to watch (we could hear it a little, too, but thankfully they stopped that at around 11 pm).

  10. So sorry you were sick on your vacation!
    I’ve been to Niagara Falls a couple of times, but I haven’t been there since the early 1970s! The sights are truly amazing!

  11. Oh, Carole, I am sorry you got the bug! The only upshot is that you were aware enough to get back to your room before you fell ill. I’m glad you had some fun before you got sick.

  12. Went on the Maid of the Mist when I was about 5, and I remember the ponchos! Did not have a stomach bug, but did have a grievously skinned knee from learning to ride a two-wheeler. It and the poncho were not compatible.

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