Niagara Falls was fabulous, as always, but less enjoyable than usual simple because of the heat. And because it's more economical to walk everywhere (taking your car out of the paid hotel parking to further pay for parking closer to the Falls is not feasible) but the Falls are down the hill (big hill) and the hotels are up the hill (even bigger hill)
And the hotel we stay in (the Embassy Suites) is at one end of the Falls (near the Horseshoe Falls) and the tacky tourist attractions (aka Clifton Hill) is at the other end (near the bridge to the US)
Add to this the surgery this past Friday and the caveat that I sponge bath for the first few days post surgery makes for an uncomfortable and sticky (stinky?) me.
Next time we go we'll make sure the kids have passports. The truth of the matter is, the US side of the Falls is much nicer, not as tacky and touristy and the park is gorgeous. I'd have liked to spend the day on the US side but that wasn't an option this time.
There was a family staying at our hotel. It was a Mom, Dad, Son and Daughter. They were the cutest freakin' family ever. The first morning I saw them at breakfast they were all wearing matching orange polo golf shirts. I dubbed them the "Matchy Matchy Family". The next morning at breakfast I saw them again, this time wearing matching mint green golf shirts. How cute.
I told Emily that next payday I was going to go and buy our family a set of matching golf shirts in every colour of the rainbow so that when we go away in August we can be the "Matchy Matchy Family" too. She was not impressed and promised to be the lone resister - if we wore red, she'd wear blue. Talk about lack of family unity. Can't blame her.
Anyhow, here's some pics of our trip. Not the greatest pics. It was too hot to really spend the time taking pics like I wanted to and the mist from the falls was all over the lenses.
My gorgeous family
The Horseshoe (Canadian) Falls
The Niagara Apothecary (made famous by the artist Tricia Romance)
At the Butterfly Conservatory
The American Falls with the Maid of the Mist going by.
The view from our room. I actually paid for a city view room (it's much more expensive for a fallsview room) but they gave us a free upgrade so I wasn't about to pass it up. The downside was that we were on the 30th floor, not good for someone who is afraid of elevators.