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Day Trip to Niagara

Canada - Niagara Falls

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My first visit to Niagara Falls was back in the cold of November 2013, being stuck on the American side. Whilst you can walk between the falls and get right up close next to them, the way the falls are laid out means you don't really get to see them very well. I had at that point planned to quickly cross the border, but being short on time I decided this would have to be for some point in the future.

After then thinking more about visiting Canada itself, I decided it would be nice to see more of the country anyway, and with the opportunity at hand, booked the trip, and made an excursion to the better side of Niagara Falls part of it.

After a day of exploring Toronto with Halina, today Fara and I headed by ourselves to the waterfalls, and after a 2 hour coach trip arrived at the northern end of the border town. Being unsuccessful in navigating the buses, we walked along the Niagara gorge with views of the USA, before finally approaching the waterfall itself. And it soon became clear just how much more impressive it is to see it from this side.

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

From the Canadian side, the whole falls structure becomes like an auditorium, and with it being a beautiful sunny day we enjoyed the light spray emerging from the crashing water, as we walked down towards the edge of the waterfalls themselves.

Overlooking the border bridge and the American Falls

Overlooking the border bridge and the American Falls

Other than the falls themselves, there wasn't an awful lot to see and do in the town - we had decided against crossing to the American side anyway, and didn't see a massive benefit of going on the boats, and so instead headed to grab some food, avoiding the much ruder Americans that had crossed the border, as opposed to the Canadians who were incredibly friendly.

And that's pretty much where today's story ends. We headed back to Toronto before our onward travel to Ottawa the following day.

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Posted by kmmk17 10:32 Archived in Canada Tagged waterfall border wet niagara Comments (0)

"I Need Meat!"

Lake District

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Having started University just a month previously, as an ice breaker we were being taken to the Lake District by coach.

Driving up the A1 to Scotch Corner, we then cut across the country to end up in the Lake District, and began the following day with a trip to do some sampling at St. Johns-in-the-Vale, where the farmer came along with his shotgun and wife on a quad to kick us off the land.

Derwent Water

Derwent Water

The evening was spent walking up a hill to get a view over Derwent water, followed by a game of Chocolate Roulette with some dodgy out-of-date chocolates I had found at home.

Grasmere

Grasmere

The next day was spent first in Grasmere for some traditional village tourism, before making out way on to Workington to see some of urban communities; whilst the last full day of the trip was spent in Honister.

Honister

Honister

After lengthy days and getting no meat in any of the food all week (with the uneaten food being served back up the following day), in our luxurious location where there wasn't even a shelf, by the end of the week the cold weather had made everyone feel drained.

Blackpool Beach

Blackpool Beach

The final stop at Blackpool was sold to us as a bit of relaxing fun, but the weather and tasks in the morning had meant that almost everyone couldn't care less and just wanted to get home into the warm.

Posted by kmmk17 17:00 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged lakes lake_district water hills scenic wet Comments (0)

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