Thursday, June 28, 2007

Oh! It's My Birthday today.

I was born at 10:20AM, in Scarborough, ON
in 1963

for those into Birth Charts.

I don't have Birthday celebrations planned for today.
Tonight we are going to a fundraiser being put on by Cam's Drum Teacher for an animal adoption rescue.

My Parents and Cheryl and her Husband, and Alex and hopefully Amber, and Cam are coming for dinner on Saturday.

Carl and I went to Niagara Falls for the day on Monday.
That was my Birthday outing:



To get to Niagara Falls from the Toronto area you have to drive through Vineland. Vineland is part of Ontario's Foodland, and it is the land of the basin that contains Niagara Falls.



The temperatures here are more moderate in the spring, and are perfect in the summer so we can grow grapes and fruit in this area. It is also called Fruitland.

Our Ontario wines are created here. And our very special Ontario Ice Wine. Ice Wine is a very sweet and fruity wine. It is only sold is tall slim bottles, and it is very expensive. Ice Wine is like dessert wine. It goes well with a robust coffee and dessert, and can also be the sweetness of a light dessert combination.

Once we pass the tall ship wreck that is beached at Prudhommes Landing we are getting close.

On the top tier of the cliffs overlooking the falls is where the big hotels are located. Along with the hotels the Fallsview Casino and Hotel shares this perch too.
This is the lobby of the casino.
Outside the Atrium of the Casino is this lovely fountain.
This young boy had a blast in the water.
His Mom and Grandparents were laughing so hard they couldn't breathe!






From the lovely walking paths surrounding the casino I could spy the falls.
This is a view of the other big hotels and the Minolta tower.
At another crow's nest I spot the falls.

We got ready to take the incline railway down to the souvenir and attraction shop, and I snapped this pic

See how tiny the people are!

The pics above have been of the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. They are called the Horseshoe Falls. The pic below is of the American side Falls, called the American Falls. The bridge there is the border between Canada and the USA.
The boats are the Maid of the Mist fleet









I could not have wished for a better photo day. It wasn't too busy with tourists and the rainbows were perfect!

The Skylon Tower
The Gorge being overlooked by the Giant Ferris Wheel
Carl is gazing into the mist

Me posing in the clothes I wore in yr 2000!
The Incline Railway
Take a ride up with us!:




Ahhh Timmies Coffee and Knitting after a day of site seeing and gambling!


This is the famous Clifton Hill area.
The big attractions are haunted houses, wax museums, and Ripley's Believe it or Not.

It was an awesome day! It ended kind of weirdly though.
Carl and I were in no rush, so before we headed home we decided to cruise around town a bit to see what the rest of Niagara Falls would be like.
We followed the signs for downtown.

We came across this area that started out with a divided road with a decorated median in the middle.
The streets were a bit old fashioned,but the architecture was lovely.
Every storefront was empty. And only a few businesses actually existed.

It was like we were in a suspense movie like the one that showed the morning after an atomic blast. All buildings...no sign of life.

The downtown was barren.
The perfect place for a movie shoot, but a sad statement on what tourism growth really means.

Carl has updated his blog too! To go to his blog go here

6 comments:

RUTH said...

Always happy to wish a fellow blogger Happy Birthday. Great photos!

gen said...

happy birthday!

Teena said...

Happy birthday! Happy birthday!

We were just in Niagara Falls two weeks ago and had a lovely day too! I hope you didn't lose $200 like I did :(

Lynn said...

Thanks for all the birthday wishes!

Mother of Invention said...

Happy belated B-day, Lynn! What a fabulous day and excellent pics! We forget what a national treasure Niagara Falls is and seldom go there.

Caledonia said...

Happy Belated Birthday, Lynn! I would love to see Niagara Falls one day. Your pics are fabulous, esp the rainbows.