Sunday, September 15, 2013

niagara falls {alternately titled: canada, eh?}

The stars aligned and the hubs and I were able to take a trip together to see Niagara Falls. I had won two plane tickets, the hubs had enough hotel points, and my mom was available for babysitting!

Our plane took off on Thursday and we returned Sunday, so we had the rest of Thursday, all of Friday, and all of Saturday to explore. Thursday we stayed in Buffalo where our hotel was and went to their military park along the Erie Canal. It rained for a little bit, but quickly cleared up.

Friday, we dug out our passports and headed to Canada. I was a little disappointed that they didn't stamp them. Apparently you have to ask?

It was overcast, raining off and on this day too. So we darted in and out of antique shops on our way to Niagara Falls on the Lake.

The entire trip we kept spotting signs of South Carolina. Our rental car had a SC plate, we saw this boy scout uniform in an antique shop in Canada, and there was a sticker of the SC flag on a pole at a restaurant we had dinner at.

When we were in Savannah, the hubs had spotted these candle center pieces made out of wine barrels. He loved them, but not the price tag. Wouldn't you know we found them in Canada for half the price! He was very excited ha. We purchased one and then shipped it home.

We were told the best pictures of the Falls were from the Canada side, so of course we checked it out.

We also made sure to stay until they lit the falls with all the pretty colored lights. We had dinner at a place called Edgewaters that provided the best seat in the house. Not to mention I had pulled pork mac and cheese! So good.

Saturday was beautiful and sunny with white fluffy clouds in the sky. We started with a trip to the aquarium. I highly recommend this one. They have lots to look at plus a sea lion show.

We then went to see the Falls from the NY side. Because of the sun, there were rainbows everywhere you looked. It was so pretty. We also went on the Maid of the Mist boat tour that takes you right up to the bottom of the falls. It was pretty magnificent to see them from all angles like we did. I highly recommend it. I do not recommend taking your 6 month old baby on the boat tour though. There was a couple that did and he screamed the entire time. I felt so awful for that poor baby.

We ended Saturday early with pizza in bed at our hotel and football watching. Our flight home was at 7am which meant we got up at 4am to start the trip home. It was a great experience and I'm glad I can check it off the bucket list!

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