Nom de Plumage

November 21, 2011

Niagra Falls

Filed under: Travel Journal — nomdeplumage @ 8:08 pm

We woke early after a good nights rest to have a lazy breakfast of left over’s from yesterday’s lunch. My anticipation to leave for Niagra Falls was evident to everyone and still we did not leave until 10:00am. The drive was only an hour and twenty minutes through heavy traffic. Honestly, I had no expectation of what the Falls would be like and other attractions. So to my utter astonishment, when we finally arrived, I was blown away but the spectacular scenery and multitude of attractions. We drove along the main road and past the falls to find the elusive car park. Tourists were everywhere. The weather was perfect. Against the backdrop of a stunning blue sky, the falls sprayed their brilliance and cooled the air from the heat. The five of us walked the main tourist path that ran parallel to the falls. In front of us, there was a casino, hotels, shops, restaurants and attractions for the whole family. I was so excited and looked forward to exploring all this and more, when the two men announced after thirty minutes, that we were leaving. Shocked and disappointed, Lila came to my rescue after seeing the look of despair on my face, to give me more time to explore. So the men left to go and visit friends that lived nearby, leaving us three women to continue sight-seeing. This lasted all of 30 minutes, before my cousin announced that her leg was hurting and it was game over. Travelling from so far away and given this once in a life-time opportunity to visit an awe inspiring sight that mother nature has provided, only to have it cruelly ended within an hour. I was given no chance to explore and had to be contented with seeing the falls itself. Connected by a bridge, Canada and America share this wonder. The Canadian side is bigger and more beautiful. But it was s surreal feeling to look beyond the falls and there lay the US.
We followed the men to their friends beautiful home. Wonderful hosts, they provided a wonderful fare of many delights. We ate to our hearts content and I felt very welcome and enjoyed our hosts hospitality and kindness. By late afternoon, Dura decided that we were leaving and would be making the long drive home to Montreal. No amount of persuasion on his friends behalf would change his mind. So with fond farewells, we made our way home. I could not sleep even though I was tired because I was fearful that Dura would fall asleep at the wheel. Rightly so because in a matter of a few hours, we stopped for a strong dose of coffee and a power nap. As I tried to get out of the car, my sandals slipped on the bitumen and down I went, landing on my left big toe. The pain was incredible and I knew that the nail would blacken and fall off (it did!). We arrived home at 1:30 am, safe but very tired, we all made our ways straight to our beds for much needed sleep.

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