Today we woke all gloomy as we had to leave the pretty waterfalls behind, even the weather was crying. We were also gloomy because it was another Greyhound and border crossing day. We get an hour earlier bus out of Niagara falls headed for buffalo USA, where we get our bus to NYC. Sounds great, pity it took us over an hour to get into the border crossing and almost the same time to get through customs and immigration – again take the bags off the bus walk the building put bags back on bus continue trip. So we arrive in buffalo after our scheduled departure, and wait for the next bus. So the bus arrives and off we head with an arrival time the same as on our ticket – what the? How can that be we are at least an hour behind … We put it down to …. Its greyhound !
Soooo after 11 hours, oh yeah we are feeling good – not, we arrive in NYC only 20 mins off schedule. The highlight of the day, well maybe there were two; 1) when we stopped at Syracuse there was a “subway” so we got to eat al food for lunch and 2)having already been in NYC we knew our way around the tickets and subway and man does it make it easier, we got off that bus cruised through the subway like locals! Oh okay there are 3 highlights, we had the yummiest apple pie and cheesecake in a diner on the upper west side for dessert after 11 hrs on a bus we deserved it! Mmm mm yummy.
Another glorious day at the falls, a sleep in and a walk down to the falls to ride “the maid of the mist”, a tourist boat/ferry that has been leaving from both sides of the falls since 1846. After dressing up in our pretty blue poncho’s and getting wet in the falls we headed up into the very strange main street, a kind of cheap Vegas come carnival spectacle that doesn’t fit the beautiful scenery at the bottom of the street.
We had dinner at a lovely steakhouse “Montana’s” – yummy ribs after walking the restaurant strip for about 3/4 an hour looking for an ATM. We have one of those travelex visa cards (that isn’t a visa but more like a debit card) that you can get in different currencies (ours is US),which I might add is fantastic and we have no problems to date, but no tonight when we have a schedule – fireworks at 10pm – we can’t find one that a)either works, b)isn’t charging $3 for the transaction and only only $60 to be taken out! We do eventually find an ATM and obviously make it to dinner.
We do however only just make it to the fireworks on time, and they were pretty decent, so we got some pics there too, just in case we didn’t have enough.
Today was a great day! We took the bus to Niagara falls. We were supposed to stay at the hostel there, however yesterday during our lazy arvo I was checking our reservations for the next few places and realised that somehow I had only booked for 1 person … Oops, must thought I’d loose the old girl in NYC oh now that’s just nasty 🙂 …. At the same time we realised that the dorm bed in the hostel was $40 bucks a night what! No way were we paying that. So I looked up a couple of the hotel sites we had stayed with when we had the car, and found the holiday inn was only $10-15 (sat night slightly higher) for our own room and closer to the falls. So we booked that and were we happy, you could literally see the falls from the gutter (not that we were in the gutter mum)! After dumping our bags we headed (I think it was almost running) down the road to the falls, stopping at the Skylon tower – I know we are complete suckers for towers but that was kinda our holiday thing, instead of magnets or keyrings we would do all the towers. This one didn’t disappoint, it was awesome, the view was amazing and there were even little markers so we knew what we were looking at – not the falls you comedians, the town and surrounds.
So having exhausted the tower views for long enough (and a few pictures on the camera card) we headed down to the falls. Its really pretty there is a road that goes up along the falls and alongside the road is a park. There is a nice wide footpath all the way along the falls so plenty of space for all to view. The falls are excellent and yes they really are better in Canada – why? Because you can’t see the whole falls from the USA side.
We stayed and admired the falls for awhile and took plenty of pretty pictures and video and then headed back to the hotel for showers and dinner. The falls were not as tall/high as we thought and didn’t make as big as a roar as we thought they might but they are still very mighty and beautiful.
After dinner we headed back to falls to see them lit up in pretty rainbow colours. They did look good and I think we got some good pics, but we both prefer them by day.
Today was a bit clearer so we decided to go up CN tower – the world’s largest freestanding structure, but first we needed to fill our tummy’s, so we headed to what has become almost home here in the east “richtree” food courts for yummy omelete and the biggest hot chocolate ever, you could almost swim in the bowl, it was quite ridiculous really. So with full tums up the tower we went. Hmmm, what a waste, is all that I will say on this all ages forum (read into that what you will). There are no markers so you don’t know what you are looking at, the open air observation deck has tiny chicken wire from ledge to roof angled so you can’t see a damn thing – a waste of time and money! So after the tower we headed for more tranquil areas – the waterfront. Its quite lovely really, the little boardwalk along Lake Ontario, though a few more cafes and restaurants would really pick it up. So now all calm and relaxed we headed back into the city under Union Station, where the skies opened up on us, so we made a mad dash back to the hostel for a lazy evening and packing.
On a cloudy grey day we set off to explore Toronto which turned out not to be much. We walked past union station, CN tower (too yucky too go up), rogers skydome (baseball stadium), up Memorial row to queen’s park, then back through the city and shopping centres. We headed back to the hotel, grabbed our warm gear and headed back to the ball stadium baseball at Rogers skydome with the obligatory hot dog for dinner. The game (toronto bluejays vs cleveland indians) was excellent – loaded bases home run and a win by the indians – yay!