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  • Day21

    Niagara Fälle und Klapperschlangen

    May 19 in the United States

    Ich war ein bisschen skeptisch ob man sich die Niagara Fälle wirklich anschauen sollte oder ob das nicht einfach eine Riesen Touristenfalle ist, aber da es uns von all unseren Gastgebern empfohlen wurde, haben wir zumindest einen kurzen Stopp gemacht. Und das hat auch ausgereicht! Die Fälle sind extrem beeindruckend. Aber drum herum ist eine für Amerika typische „Erlebnislandschaft“ mit Casinos, einem Aquarium und tausend Hotels entstanden (sah bisschen auf wie eine Mini-Version von Las Vegas). Das nimmt dem ganzen den Charme. Da wir noch in der Nebensaison waren war zudem alles wie ausgestorben. Das wirkte teilweise schon fast wie eine verlassene Stadt ... gruslig. Wir sind also einmal den Fußweg an den Fällen entlang und dann weiter ins beschauliche aber nicht weniger touristische Städtchen Niagara on the Lake (noch auf der kanadischen Seite des Niagara Flusses welcher die Grenze zur USA darstellt). Wir haben dort ein super süßes Bed & Breakfast gefunden, von einem SEHR motivierten und gesprächigen Pärchen um die 50 geführt. Dort hatten wir das beste Frühstück der Welt. Mit viel Liebe wurden French Toast, Brot und Muffins selbst gebacken. Die Marmelade war selbst gemacht. Es gab Obst und Saft bis zum Abwinken und alles nur für uns 2! Währenddessen wurde mit einer Landkarte um uns rum gewuselt und viel zu viele tolle Stationen genannt die wir noch ansteuern müssten ohne dass wir Zeit dafür hätten. Wir fühlten uns sehr umsorgt. Waren dann auch noch bisschen im Städtchen spazieren das mitten in einer bekannten Weingegend liegt und haben bei super Stimmung im Irish Pub ein klasse Dinner genossen. Da uns die Gegend aber ein bisschen zu „bemüht“ erschien haben wir uns für unser letztes Wochenende des Urlaubs noch einmal etwas bodenständiges im Grünen gesucht. Auf 3/4 der Strecke nach New York mitten im Nirgendwo in Pennsylvania sind wir bei einem Hippie-Pärchen im Worthington State Forest untergekommen. Herrlich entspannt! Wir waren nochmal wandern inkl. Klapperschlangen-Sichtung und haben gefaulenzt. Danach ging es am Montag wieder nach New York. Dort haben wir uns schweren Herzens von „Herbie“, unserem super komfortablen Mietwagen trennen müssen. Der war uns ein treuer Begleiter. Auf Empfehlung von Nils sind wir noch einmal durch SoHo und NoHo geschlendert und haben im East Village noch eine wahnsinnig gute Pizzastube aufgetrieben. Zum Abschluss gabs einen Drink auf dem Dach unseres Hotels mitten in Manhattan mit geiler Aussicht. Heute Morgen dann ausschlafen (Checkout war glücklicherweise erst 12 Uhr) und dann entspannt zum Flughafen. Der war echt gut ausgebaut mit tollem Essensangeboten und Tablets an jedem (!) Sitzplatz sodass es sich dort aushalten lies. Der Flug war easy und nun sitzen wir im Flixbus heim. Gleich zuhause, juhu!
    Geile Reise! Ende und aus :)
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  • Day94

    Cave of the winds

    July 6 in the United States

    Today we went to Niagara Falls and visited the cave of the winds. We got to walk around at the bottom of the falls and get soaking wet. We thought Brandon would love it but the first thing he said was where is my towel?

    After that we went to Adrianne's ice cream and enjoyed delicious ice cream.

    That night Elisa has her first of the reunion gathering and her and Jackie went to Turners bar. There was about 20 people there and stayed for a couple hours.Read more

  • Day45

    Chasing Waterfalls

    August 12, 2017 in the United States

    Despite having visited Niagara when I was 14, on finalising my itinerary it seemed daft not to stop by this natural phenomenon on the way back to NY. I'd booked myself into the HI Hostel which was in a very sleepy part of town about 25 minutes walk from the falls but conveniently less than 5 minutes walk from the train station.

    Steve and Monica very kindly dropped me down to the station in downtown Toronto. I was really sad to leave their warm family home but was also starting to feel ready to return to my own family home back in Gloucestershire. I've been pretty good on the homesickness front to date. I've been far too busy to really have time to experience it. However I did experience my first bout of utter loneliness today. I'll get to that later.

    Niagara was a short train ride away and once I'd dropped my cases at the hostel, I set off along the river towards the falls.

    I still found their sheer size and power mesmerising and was glad I'd made the added stop to my trip. I'd resolved that I wouldn't be doing any of the tourist activities as I'd either done them previously or had heard bad reviews - 'Maid of the Mist' for instance is notorious for being an overcrowded soggy boat ride on which you cannot easily take photographs. As you can probably imagine that didn't really appeal to me. However, I was not expecting to discover two new attractions which did draw me in. One was a zipwire which ran down towards the horseshoe falls for about 2000 ft and looked appropriately frightening. Another was a big wheel which overlooked the falls from the Vegas style strip further back from the river. In a quandary, I sent Dad a text asking which I should do. His response was simple - 'BOTH!' As most people know I don't often go against my Daddy Beard's advice so both I did. The zipwire was phenomenal. It was actually my first zipwire ever so it was a little frightening on a number of counts but I felt exceedingly safe and was glad to have done it. Having done this in the late afternoon I opted to leave the big wheel until after dark.

    I was on one last mission before leaving Canada the following day, this was to finally experience the supposed Canadian delicacy which is 'Poutine'. It's essentially just chips, cheese and gravy and sadly I was a tad underwhelmed. However, at least it could be ticked off the list!

    Once the sun had finally set I stood and got hypnotized by the cascading torrents illuminated in the dark for a while and then ventured towards the wheel. This was when the loneliness hit me. Unusually there were very few English speaking tourists at Niagara so aside from the lovely family of 3 that I shared my zip wire experience with I'd barely conversed with anyone all day. The only other acquaintance I'd made was the gorgeous husky 'variant' called Grey Fire (GoT fans will appreciate that name more than I did). Not only did he let me make a big fuss he unusually (apparently) settled down next to me. His owners were much amused and told me I must have a likeable demeanour as he very rarely settles down with anyone. If I could, I'd have taken him home.

    It transpires being in a big wheel gondola on ones own is a step too far on the loneliness scale. Disneyland was fine. Big wheel felt a little sad. Still, I've no regrets as the views were breathtaking and the loneliness only lasted 5 minutes. I don't think it helped that I was wearing a pink anorak and my polka dot straw hat and so felt extra special.

    Having done both attractions and eaten my poutine I headed back to the hostel for bed. This would be my very last hostel on the trip. Thankfully I had very friendly australian company in my dorm of 4 and the hostel was very homely and helpful.

    The countdown to my journey home was upon me but there was still a fair distance to travel.
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  • Day21

    Niagara Falls

    May 10, 2015 in the United States

    After a 'continental breakfast' of sugary muffins and coffee served in the reception/quickie mart of our motel we took the short stroll down to see the Falls. It was 9:30am but it was already hot as we made our way through the typical tourist town make-up of restaurants and souvenir shops as well as a heli pad for helicopter tours of the Falls. Like Joey in 'Friends' we took a moment to 'get in the map' but the Falls were pretty hard to miss with the spray of their cascading waters hissing in the distance.

    Being in the U.S. we naturally came upon the American Falls first with the Canadian Horseshoe Falls in the distance but largely out of sight due the mist of spray coming off it. We purchased tickets to take the 'Maid of the Mist' boat ride that takes you as close as is safely possible to the base of both Falls (we laughed when the adolescent male ticket attendant with braced teeth commented 'you're accent is awesome' to Alex as we paid).

    Looking down from the observation tower we could see tiny people clamber along walkways from the lifts that would take us to our boat. Down below was also the walkways for the Cave of The Winds tour that unfortunately we were just outside of season for due to the walkways requiring repair after yearly harsh winters and the constant battering they receive from the Falls.

    Once down at the boat we were issued with blue ponchos to keep us dry (you can see from the photos they are very fetching and Alex particularly liked his). This was a natural selfie moment for all with Kim helping a family get a picture of themselves all together.

    As we approached the Falls the 'oohs' and 'ahhs' turned to shrieks as water sprayed down onto the deck and we were enveloped by the mist. The ponchos were definitely necessary! Soaked by the end, the views and experience were incredible and we'd highly recommend it to anyone going to see the Falls.

    We explored the rest of the State Park with its islands and outlooks around the Falls. Three small islands, The Three Sisters, are named after the daughters of General Whitney who are believed to be the first European settlers to explore the islands in the 19th century. Not such a big deal looking at the size of the islands or the distance between them when you're crossing the now connecting bridge but the current is obviously strongly and there is only one way you'd go if you fell into it.

    We also went food shopping (really exciting but necessary). We noticed both in the State Park and in town how we felt like we were the only people walking anywhere with tourists taking a bus around the State Park and residents driving around town. The town was eerily quiet as it was Sunday as well as Mother's Day in the U.S. Rows of dilapidated timber framed homes stood silent with only a chained dog, an old man on a porch and some children playing in the distance showing any signs of life.
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  • Day21

    New York to Niagara Falls by Amtrak

    May 10, 2015 in the United States

    New York was wrapped in a cool smog as we walked to Penn Station to take our Amtrak train upstate to Niagara Falls. Now we know our backpacks are heavy but when do you really appreciate how heavy? Carry them for over 1 mile on a mostly up hill gradient. A good morning workout.

    Fighting fit entering the station, we caught our breath standing in line with some very large Americans before filing down into the depths of Penn Station and onto our train. The train's distinct aluminium carriages gave the impression we were boarding a silver bullet to our destination. However this analogy ended when our conductor informed us that we'd be running an hour late due to speed restrictions of 25mph in places due to track regulations.

    As we left New York the smog lifted and the skies opened. Conifers and maples clipped past as we bobbed along the tracks. We rolled through towns of timber clad buildings and farms with traditional red barns.

    Despite the journey's length it was a clean, comfortable and friendly experience, contrasting somewhat with UK train travel. The conductor even performed a magic trick. I never saw that on Southeastern rail but maybe that's a good thing?

    There was an amusing interaction between with the conductor and a neighbouring passenger, which we will not be able to do true justice through this blog. However the passenger was possibly (but not certainly) Indian with a heavy accent (think Goodness Gracious Me/similar stereotypes) who became confused by the very helpful but perhaps over-informative conductor regarding the number of stops, direct of the train and arrival time to Niagara Falls. This led the conductor having to repeat the whole saga several times as the passenger became more confused 'how many stops? An hour late yes? Turning around? Not back to New York no? Oh dear. But going to Niagara yes?' to the point that the conductor, clearly exasperated, simply said 'we'll get you there' before making a hasty retreat. Meanwhile we were quietly giggling away. Recalling it now, it might have been at this point that the conductor did his magic trick as a likely distraction tactic. Kudos to anyone who can confuse a Southeastern rail conductor to the point that they have to perform a magic trick Paul Daniels stylee to get away.

    As the day was ending as we arrived at our motel but Kim still felt like she was still in motion from the repetitious roll of the train.

    When you have a long train ride you have time to listen to lots of music so here is a New York and upstate inspired playlist with a song for each hour on the train (if you've got Spotify or download it for free then click http://open.spotify.com/user/somebodyalreadyhasit/playlist/3WOHUqnIhKe8YX7iJAx7XN)

    Ryan Adams - New York New York
    Beastie Boys - No Sleep Till Brooklyn
    The Ramones - Blitzkrieg Bop
    Run-DMC - It's Tricky
    Stevie Wonder - Living for the city (full version on Innervisions album)
    MGMT - Electric Feel
    Grizzly Bear - Two Weeks
    The Rapture - No Sex For Ben
    Big Country - In A Big Country
    Trevor Jones/Last of the Mohicans soundtrack - The Kiss (the film is set in 18th century upstate New York)
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  • Day34

    Niagara Falls, New York

    May 13, 2015 in the United States

    Auch wenn das Wetter (mal wieder) nicht auf unserer Seite war, aber die Niagara Fälle muss man schon gesehen haben. Danach ging es direkt weiter nach Detroit zu Tante Hanni. Mal sehen was uns dort erwartet....

  • Day2

    Bezoek aan de Niagara falls

    September 9, 2010 in the United States

    Na een verkwikkende nacht in een boxspring bed naar beneden voor ons Amerikaans ontbijt:
    toast, confituur en muffins. Even de benen strekken om de omgeving te bezichtigen. We liggen op de scheiding tussen het hippe downtown en de oude wijk van Church street, drie kerken en een wat verkommerde buurt.
    Toronto is de grootste en 'meest Amerikaanse' van alle Canadese grootsteden en bezit de hoogste wolkenkrabbers van Canada. Deze metropool met zijn vele facetten behoort tot de belangrijkste centra van de Noord-Amerikaanse zakenwereld, en herbergt de grootste beurzen van het continent. Overal zie je winkels en kantoren: boven en onder de grond achter modern
    glas en staal, of achter historische façades.
    Wij bezoeken Eaton Centre één van de ondergrondse koopcentra's. Er is zo'n 30 km ondergronds stratennet onder Toronto. In de winter kan je vanuit je (evt) op de ondergrondse straten gebouwde appartement naar de subway of de trein wandelen en 500 km verder in Montréal naar je werk wandelen zonder bovengronds te komen. In de winter verwarmd en in de zomer geairconditioneerd.
    Soms kan de sneeuw 1,5m hoog liggen! De steden zijn zeer goed uitgerust met sneeuwruimers, op enkele uren tijd is de sneeuw op hopen geschept tussen de rijweg en het voetpad. Volgens,Albertina, onze gids moet je er wel bijna over kruipen om bv een parkeerticket te nemen!
    De gebouwen zijn ook stormproof gebouwd, zeer stevig gefundeerd en met een bovenbouw die vrij meedraait met de wind. Tussen de daken van de ondergrondse straten en het voerpad wordt 0,5m opengelaten voor waterafvoer als de sneeuw smelt. En de bedrading is bovengronds omdat men van oktober tot mei niet in de grond kan graven, ook niet om herstellingen uit te voeren aan het electriciteitsnet!
    Na onze bezichtingenstour rijden we naar de Niagara watervallen.
    Onze chauffeur heet André en is een Franssprekende Canadees, maar ons Europees Frans is geen Canadees Frans! vergelijk het een beetje met ons Nederlands tegenover het ZuidAfrikaans. Een goede chauffeur netjes in het pak. Een uurtje of twee later kwamen we aan de Niagara aan en schepen we meteen in op de 'Maid of the Mist' voor een tochtje naar de voet van de horse show falls. Allemaal in een blauwe regenjas.
    De 58 km lange Niagara rivier, die van Lake Erie in het zuiden naar Lake Ontario in het noorden vloeit, stort zich over drie watervallen in de diepte. De hoofdzakelijk aan Canadese zijde gelegen Horseshoe falls razen van 52 m hoogte naar beneden over een breedte van 675 m. Daarnaast heb je de American Falls op de Amerikaanse bodem, die door het eiland Goat Island van de Horseshoe falls gescheiden zijn. Het naburig gelegen kleine eiland Luna Island vormt op zijn beurt de scheiding tussen de 56 m hoge en 328 m brede American falls en de kleinere Bridal Veil Falls.
    Na onze boottocht een half uurtje vrij om boven rond te wandelen en onze lunch stond te wachten in Edgewaters Tap & Grill. Een lekkere champignonsoep, vis met puree en groenten en een Tiramisu. Alleen het glaasje wijn aan 7 C$was nogal prijzig.
    Nog even naar de Wirlpool Bridge omdat er enkele mensen met de helikopter over de falls vlogen en dan de bus in richting Niagara om the Lake waar we spijtig genoeg alleen maar doorreden.
    Omdat het verkeer nogal tegen kan zitten reden we terug via de interstate, die hier anders genoemd wordt maar hetzelfde is, langs het peninsula naar Toronto terug. Het stuk langs het Ontario meer dat naar de USA gaat noemt men zo, peninsula, omdat het aan de andere kant begrenst is door het Erie meer, hier ligt de meest vruchtbare grond en de zachtste temperatuur. Men kweekt hier fruit en druiven voor de wijnfabricatie.
    In Canada zijn 7 groeizones, aflopend in begroting en temperatuur zit Toronto op 5, veel loofbomen en vruchtdragende gewassen. Montréal zit op 4, Quebec op 3 dus meer naaldbomen en Percé ons verste doel op 2, later zien we wel wat dit wil zeggen.
    Door de file kwamen we nogal laat aan en viel ons bezoek aan de CN toren weg. Even verfrissen en dan spare ribs gaan eten beneden het Hilton hotel, 4 blocs verder. Rustig terug gewandeld en iemand de ATM gewezen, dan naar de kamer om onze foto's te sorteren, dagboek te schrijven en naar bed.
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  • Day0

    Niagara falls Ort

    May 23, 2010 in the United States

    iagara Falls ist eine kanadische Stadt in der Provinz Ontario mit einer Bevölkerung von 82.997 Einwohnern. Sie liegt am Niagara River gegenüber der gleichnamigen US-amerikanischen Stadt Niagara Falls im Staat New York.

  • Day2

    Niagara Falls, NY

    August 3, 2013 in the United States

    Geo: 43.0955, -79.0559

    Weather- 77 and sunny
    [PHOTO_ID_L=niagara-falls-movie.jpg] We had a great first day of driving. The kids worked on their first location in the book I made for them. Believe it or not they liked it. Then they watched a movie about Niagara Falls (twice). Nice intro to where we were going. They got excited when they saw things when we got there. What a great visit to Niagara Falls, Ontario . We arrived around 7 PM to the Marriott Gateway Fallsview. It is a very nice hotel. We did not have a fallsview room but[PHOTO_ID_R=hotel-with-a-view.jpg] every window in the place has an incredible view. We stepped out of the front door and could almost feel the mist from the Horseshoe Falls. There is a beautiful walkway and park above the waterfront that takes you to the road that leads to the o. The Falls are amazing. The amount of water and power is extraordinary. We walked all the way to the top of the Horseshoe Falls. On the way there was a downpour. We had a blast in the 5 minute downpour and enjoyed the rest of the walk. We had a late dinner in the hotel. We watched the fireworks from the observation deck in the restaurant. What a great start to our trip.Today we are learning the best way to get across the border to the US on the Rainbow Bridge.. What a nightmare and it is only 8:30 AM. Here is a suggestion, get to the Hard Rock Cafe downtown. [PHOTO_ID_L=falling-rain.jpg] There is a park a block away where you can turn around and get into the border line via a stop light. DO NOT take 402. Massive one lane backup. Paul's aggressive driving took us through the Falls lane to Hard Rock where we figured out a better way. Most people are still sitting in the other line. Ugh. We are going to do the Maid of the Mist and the Cave of the Winds (hopefully) on the New York side. We wanted to get across the border and beat the crowds to these places.
    We are finding that this trip not only has learning experiences in regards to the places we visit but teaching moments for life. For instance, hotel etiquette. We don't go to hotels often if at all. We usually rent houses. So the kids are learning that there are lots of people around and we need to be quiet and respectful. We are also learning how to...well, BE QUIET when there are other people in the room trying to sleep! We won't mention which child (ben) couldn't lay still (ben) and sounded like he was running a marathon in the sheets. Paul and I laid there quietly at first. It got so ridiculous that both ended up laughing hysterically which then wound them up again. Then that child (ben) ended up on the floor next to me "ah-hemming" to get my attention because he and the other boy (Matt) couldn't share the wonderful down comforter. It took one mommy threat to get another room for them and all went quiet. Either Paul heard nothing (zzzz) or he was in avoidance mode. Oh yeah, and this morning the first child mentioned (ben) graced us with his version of a rooster wake-up call at some unGodly hour which he conveniently doesn't remember. Phhffft.
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    I will update our day in the next post. Thanks for reading.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Niagara Falls, نياجارا فولز, نیاگارا فالز، نیویورک, IAG, ナイアガラフォールズ, 나이아가라폴스, 14301, Ниагара-Фолс, Најагара Фолс, Ниагаро Фолз, Ніагара-Фоллс, نیاگرا فالز، نیو یارک, 尼亞加拉瀑布城

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