Nigara Falls and winery

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At Niagra falls
We decided to go see Niagara Falls today, since Kevin had never been there before, and I was there more than 20 years ago (from the American side). The Canadian side has better view!

It's a pretty long drive, about 2 hours, going through Toronto from the east, around Lake Ontario on its west shore and crossing a canal linking Lake Erie and Ontario, we arrived at Niagra Falls a little after noon. Our hosts Amy and David had not been here a few years and were amazed at the new hotels which sprang up along the hill overlooking the falls. We parked and walked toward the thundering falls, and a big mist which was water blowing from the falls. At times, people would get quite wet! We got a great view of the Horseshoe Falls, and could see the "Maiden of the Mist" tour boat with people wearing blue rain coverings just below the falls.
Looking toward the American Falls on the left and the Horseshoe falls on the right
The other side of the falls is the American side, and also the American Falls, a smaller waterfall (still big by other standards, but small by Niagra standard) on the other side of the (now) Niagra River. The weather was great, and although there were plenty of tourists it was not a very crowded day. We walked along the side of the river overlooking the falls taking photos, and then walked back. We chose not to get ourselves too wet by going on the boats, or to the lower platform, which we could see from the distance. Since the water was being blown so much by the wind, we figured you couldn't see much except white water falling down, over you at the lower lookout point.

Afterwards, we drove along the Niagra River, to the small and charming town of Niagra-on-the-lake, Where we had a very good lunch at one of the local restaurants.
The brave Maiden of the Mist going toward the Horseshoe Falls and getting very wet!
Then we walked around town a bit, many tourists, but still a very pleasant town to walk around.

Our next stop was a winery, this one called "Peller Estates" nearby. It turned out that the geography around the lakes here formed a good environment for grapes and wineries are aplenty. The country side is very pretty, and wineries all seemed to have grand chateaux now. We did some wine tasting, and ended up with some special "ice wine". Not being all that knowledgeable, this was the first time I had tasted the "ice wine", the grapes have to be left on the vine in the winter, to be picked at -10C, and squeezed while the grapes are still frozen. The ice wine is a very sweet dessert wine, but it also has many flavors, not just sweet. The one we got had some flavors of Lichee and other fruits. Very good, and expensive, but we didn't like the most expensive ones, so sometimes it doesn't make sense to just go with the price.

We headed back to Toronto and had really bad traffic (which seemed to be quite normal for locals), and joined my college friends for a small reunion, we had dinner at a Chinese restaurant, but I don't remember much about the food, because I haven't seen these friends for more than 30 years! And we had a lot to talk about.
ted332 says:
Truly one of the best places to see in the U.S.!
Posted on: Mar 29, 2008
ys484 says:
My mother has been to Niagara Falls twice.
How lucky she is!
Posted on: Mar 29, 2008
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At Niagra falls
At Niagra falls
Looking toward the American Falls …
Looking toward the American Falls…
The brave Maiden of the Mist going…
The brave Maiden of the Mist goin…
The right side showing the people …
The right side showing the people…
The huge spray from the Horseshoe …
The huge spray from the Horseshoe…
The American Falls and the border …
The American Falls and the border…
A George Bernard Shaw statue in th…
A George Bernard Shaw statue in t…
People enjoying a sunny afternoon …
People enjoying a sunny afternoon…
Tourist on horse carriage in Niagr…
Tourist on horse carriage in Niag…
Street of Niagra-on-the-falls
Street of Niagra-on-the-falls
Niagara Falls
photo by: portia