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Date: 17th October 2017


Our next destination was Niagara, the Falls and a small town called Niagara on the Lake.

The Niagara Falls are glorious whether viewed from the Air - which I did - dry-ish land - or from the River.

I was fortunate enough to make a helicopter ride over the Falls which showed clearly the horseshoe bend in the river which gives rise to the ‘dual’ falls. Back on dry-ish land the Falls were equally spectacular with the added roar of the water. I say dry-ish because there’s one spot where the spray from the Falls is like fine rain. Some of our party chose to go on ‘Maids in the Mist’ river trip. This is an experience where the river boat approaches the Falls and all on board get soaked despite the wet weather gear which is provided. I found it highly amusing to see the river craft - on the Canadian side all the passengers wore red rainproofs and on the American they were all in blue - the river separates Canada from America and both sides ‘show the flag’ so to speak.

We had unseasonal hot weather and the spray from the Falls was very welcome. All of us had looked up the weather in advance for the whole holiday and had packed accordingly with layers of clothing. Turns out I’d have been better off with the clothes I took to Croatia. Half my clothes never left the case and I was ringing the changes with the same lighter clothes from beginning to end of the tour. Mind you I’m not complaining. We only had rain once in 2 weeks and that was overnight.

We moved on to what must be the most stunningly beautiful small town I’ve ever experienced - and I’ve seen some super ones in the Blue Mountains of Australia. Everything in the town was like walking in a paradise of immaculate flower beds, hanging baskets and iconic craft shops. Obviously it is a great tourist attraction but even the tourists couldn’t spoil the wonderful atmosphere of Niagara on the Lake.

I must write a few words about coffee in Canada. I like proper coffee which is flavourful and not bitter served in china - cup preferably but mug acceptable. Not only was most of the coffee served in cardboard cups wherever we went but it was pretty lousy. However in Niagara on the Lake we asked a storekeeper where we could get a good cup of coffee and were directed up a side street to Balzac’s - the coffee was excellent and the decor fascinating - some of the chairs and ‘sofas’ were constructed from old cabin trunks and suitcases - and it was served in a cup and saucer - Bliss.

Niagara and the 'Maids in the Mist' boats


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