Sunday, June 12, 2005

Pictures from Toronto and Niagara Falls

I've updated our Homepage with pictures from Toronto and Niagara Falls.

Niagara Power Station

I forgot to mention our stop at the Niagara Power Project Visitors Center. It's a free exhibit center built on top of the hydro-electric plant on the American side a few miles away from the Falls. They're set up mostly for kids, but anyone who's interested in electricity or science would probably enjoy a visit.

Saturday, June 11, 2005

Toronto and Niagara Falls

We thought it might be fun to go to Niagara Falls to celebrate our eleventh anniversary. Our old friend from Price-Waterhouse, Maureen, lives in Toronto, which is not too far away from the Falls so we decided to visit her on the same trip. We flew into Buffalo and rented a car. Since the weather was pretty good, we stopped on the American side of the Falls on our way to Toronto. Amazingly, there was a short line for the Maid of the Mist boat, so we jumped on board. It was a fantastic ride, right up to edge of the Falls. There's also a nice park area around the Falls on the American side so it's worth spending a bit of time walking around. We got to Maureen's place in time for dinner. It was great to see her again. She's embarked on a new career as a novelist. Watch out Danielle Steel! We enjoyed a few days as guests at Maureen's house. She took us out to the local Greek restaurants and showed us around town. We had a good time at the lakefront area and the renovated Historic Distillery District, which had a special dog show event over the weekend. My favorite tourist attraction was the CN Tower with the revolving restaurant, where we took in the spectacular view as we enjoyed lunch. On our way back to Niagara Falls, we had an afternoon stop in the little tourist village, Niagara-on-the-Lake, which had been recommended by friends. Then it was back to Falls. We stayed for a couple of nights on the Canadian side at the Doubletree Hotel. We loved the view from the Edgewaters Tap & Grill. For something a little different, we recommend Cafe Tu Tu Tango, which is a quirky sort of tourist place, fashioned after a Spanish artist's loft, but with silly cocktails and a variety of interesting appetizers. (They have restaurants in various tourist places like Anaheim and Orlanda, but I'd never heard of them before.) A magician walked around doing various tricks to entertain the diners. Of course, the highlight of the trip was viewing the Falls, especially at night. Happy, eleventh!