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// SEPTEMBER 2009
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The Niagara Falls


24th of September
The highest tower in the world???

We left Ottawa behind us and started towards Toronto, the biggest city in Canada, with its super modern architecture and the emblematic tower of the Canadian Railway Company, the CN Tower.
The weather felt like summer, but nature had started taking already autumn colors, with all the shades of yellow and orange.

We arrived at Toronto, at the North Shore of the Ontario Lake. It is a metropolis with cosmopolitan character, due to the great number of immigrants from Europe and Asia, after the Second World War.

The CN Tower, which is of 553mt height, is one of the tallest towers in the world, while the Harbourfront Centre is full of shops, restaurants and cafes, which were created after the transmutation of the old storehouses at the port.



 

Our promenade to the Harbourfront Centre led us to the Bar Watermark which was preparing a party for the Guinness beer, that very same afternoon. We had our coffee, enjoying the views to the lake and then continued our strolling to the Queen Quai. After having visited the Harbour Square, one of the most important sights of Toronto, we said good bye to the city.


French atmosphere!!!

We continued towards Niagara on the Lake, which is often described as the most beautiful town in Ontario.

It is a very well preserved village of the 19th century, in the heart of the wine producing area of Ontario, at a point where the Niagara River meets the Ontario Lake.
With its purely French atmosphere, with the luxurious restaurants, the fine architecture, the boutiques, the fancy hotels and its historic monuments_ located only a few minutes away from the Niagara Rivers_ the place is an idyllic location, if one wants to have an authentic feeling of the area. 



The Niagara Falls!!!

We arrived at a very small distance away from the Niagara Falls, first to the Canadian side of them and then to the American side.
Here, the waters of the Niagara River are precipitated from a precipice of 50mt height, at a 675mt length on Canadian grounds and at a 330mt length on American grounds. We are talking about a huge crucible which shallows the water running from all the sides, creating an unbelievably fascinating rainbow.

We drove downhill, towards the Niagara Park Way, so as to see the impressive “horseshoe of the horse”, which is created by the river. It is the exact point where millions of gallons of water are poured into a huge basin.
We approached the Table Rock Point, the best point of observation. 
At the far end, we could see the Rainbow Bridge, where from one may cross the borders from Canada to the USA.
That was the best spot for a little brake. We had taken our supplies of burgers and French fries from Applebees, which we had found on the way.

Pick nick with views to the Falls.

People, who were passing by, were stopping and looking at us. Some of those were asking where we had gotten the burgers from. So strange, that none had thought of doing that before. After all, we were pioneers in everything, it seemed!!!

Everything was sunk into humidity and steams.
A huge cloud went up and darkened the whole area.
“If only we could manage eating our chips before they start softening by the humidity”, I was thinking…



Gangsters crossing the borders…

After finishing our pick nick, we started our journey again, in order to cross the bridge and enter the American grounds, in the state of New York.
It was the first time that we would cross the borders in between Canada-New York by car. I had thought of a new role: gangsters who cross the borders, so as to avoid the arrest…
All those American movies of action, which we had watched, had left their indelible mark on us.

I think that my heart’s crazy drumming, for as long as we were waiting at the queue, must have been heard until the other side of the borders. I wanted to feel guilty about something, so as to really live my role, but the only “crime” I could think of was the outrageous audacity, when it came to choosing travelling destinations, the criminal repetition of it and the fact that I had stolen Christos’ heart since many years ago.

They didn’t consider us a threat, so they let us cross the borders...

It was a little disappointing…
It was far too simple…
As if anyone could do it…
But then again, they could not possibly know at the time, that they would never be able to get rid of us, for the rest of our lives…
It was, only, our first journey…We already count seven, by now…


Unfamiliar and unique feeling!!!

We moved towards Coat Island. It was a bridge right above the river, at the Terrapin Point, with the water flowing underneath us.
The steamy cloud is even more impressive from this side. Moreover, the way that the waters fall into the basin of outflow is absolutely amazing.
The views were spectacular, while we were approaching to the crucible.
You get the feeling that you are at a piscine in Santorini, with views to the caldera, where the waters of the Aegean Sea disappear into the depths of the horizon.

I think that this amazing picture compensated for everything.



It was our first visit to falls of such size. Unfamiliar and unique feeling…
But, in the future, there were many more to come, even the most well known ones of Africa and South America.

It was late afternoon and the sunlight had started fading. Soon enough the whole area would be lit. We were longing for the appearance of the moon. Without succumbing to the challenges of the little squirrels, which were searching everywhere for food, while they were set to taste clothes and leather, we completed our visit to the falls. Afterwards we went for dinner and returned to our room.

We slept at the hotel Sheraton At The Falls
New York was waiting for us, the next day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Country: United States
Date: 2009
Route: Canada - United States of America
Cities: London, Vancouver, Three Valley Lake, San Francisco, Monterey, Pacific Coastal Highway 1, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Torrey, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon , Santa Fe, Denver, Ottawa, Niagara Falls, New York, Boston, Quebec, Montreal
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Country: United States
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Route: Canada - United States of America
Cities: London, Vancouver, Three Valley Lake, San Francisco, Monterey, Pacific Coastal Highway 1, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Torrey, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon , Santa Fe, Denver, Ottawa, Niagara Falls, New York, Boston, Quebec, Montreal
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Country: United States
Date: 2009
Route: Canada - United States of America
Cities: London, Vancouver, Three Valley Lake, San Francisco, Monterey, Pacific Coastal Highway 1, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Torrey, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon , Santa Fe, Denver, Ottawa, Niagara Falls, New York, Boston, Quebec, Montreal
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