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Published: November 20th 2012
photo of tower
We took the next photo from the top of this tower.
Hi, All --
Considering that Bob and I got married on this trip, it seemed appropriate that we spend a little time at Niagara Falls, that well known honeymoon place. I wonder if people still honeymoon there . . .
The Maid of the Mist vessels, and we could see four -- two on the Canadian side and two on the US side, have been transporting people under the falls since 1854. The first Maid started as a ferry service between the Canadian and American sides in 1846, but after the first Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge was built at the site, the Maid became a tourist attraction instead.
Not only did we spend time at the falls, we also visited the Niagara Botanical Gardens, although most of the flowers had faded away by the time we got there this past October. But the Butterfly Conservatory was in full swing -- as the next blog will show.
We also drove to the pretty little town of Niagara-on-the-Lake where they hold a Shaw Festival from April through September each year. And one day we spent some time watching a huge tanker come through one of the locks on the
Welland Canal which goes between Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.
The foot bath in the large Welcome Center at the Falls puzzled us at first. We thought it had something to do with people getting their feet wet while watching the Falls too closely. Then a woman who works at the Center explained to Bob that some public buildings in Ontario are required to provide these foot baths in the restrooms for those of the Muslim faith. And then she added, sounding a bit resentful, that these same buildings could no longer have Christmas decorations. We looked this situation up on the internet but couldn't find anything except that some US college campuses, particularly in the west, are now providing the foot baths. As the world turns.
I hope you like butterflies. That's the next blog.
Paula & Bob
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