Niagara Falls – Day 2

We rose a little later this morning – the bodies needed to slow down a bit after a few days on the go. With a couple of late nights and a few early starts it was time to honour ourselves and stay in bed for a little longer.

After getting ourselves ready for a day of touring around Niagara Falls we walked across the road and ate breakfast at an “all you can eat buffet”.  We don’t eat much for breakfast and this morning was no exception.  I think we would have been better to eat in the room or somewhere else.  The meal was pretty average breakfast when it was all said and done.  However, we achieved the aim of placing something in our stomachs so we figured that this was a good start to the day.

The plan for today was to “shoot and video” the falls and some of the surrounds so after cleaning our camera gear in the room we headed out in search of a Starbucks – not too hard to find in Niagara!  Our “mission” was accomplished after a short walk from the hotel.

It was nice to sit down for a while in Starbucks and during our time there The Princess and I reviewed some of the basic lessons we had learned during our recent photography courses.  I was able to help The Princess with some of the “exposure triangle” considerations and she took some shots of me to consolidate these lessons.

We started off our walk today by taking in a very low density tourist area and this walk took us past the beautiful Carmalite College and Spiritual Centre then down the “long way” to the botanic gardens area before walking to Dufferin Islands – a small island group that sits on the southern side of the Niagara River.

From Dufferin Island we walked back along river bank and past the old hydro’ power stations.  With no particular agenda we enjoyed videoing and photographing the sights and sounds along the river bank and of the river itself.

We arrived back at the area of “Journey Behind The Falls” and took some time out to enjoy a nice feed of sushi in the dining area.  We had returned to the “tourist center” of Niagara Falls and it was rather crowded in this tourist attraction venue – to be expected in summer!

After lunch we walked along the top of the cliff top and down to the Maid of The Mist for an “up close and personal” journey to the base of Niagara Falls.  Fortunately the lines were not too long so after about 30 minutes we were boarding the boat for what turned out to be a very wet view of the falls.

We shot quite a bit of video of our experience of being under (literally) the falls and you can take a look at it on our video gallery.  Needless to say, we ended up very wet despite having raincoats on and taking precautions with our gear.  Part of the fun – an it was a lot of fun!

After drying out a bit we decided to go and sit in the sun at a nearby Starbucks.  Again, we didn’t have any agenda so we enjoyed sitting in the sun and drying off the remainder of our damp clothes.

The Starbucks we chose was located at the base of the Skylon Tower and we had decided to take the trip to the top of the tower for some “bird’s eye” views of the falls and the surrounding area.  The lovely girl in the boot (Samantha) provided an excellent service and before we knew it we were on our way to the top of the highest point in these parts.

The views from the top of the tower were spectacular and we were glad that we had carried an array of lenses with us in the camera bag.  We had a great time swapping of lenses and taking a lot of photos as the sun dipped down lower in the western sky. I had borrowed a friend’s fish eye lens for the summer vacation and came in very handy for the bird’s eye shots from the tower.  You can take a look at some of our shots on our Flickr gallery.

From the Skylon tower we walked back to the hotel through the casino – a relatively short walk considering the distance we had covered during the course of the day.

After a quick change and freshen up we headed across the road to My Cousin Vinnys – an Italian restaurant that had a great street appeal.  We were not disappointed with our choice of dining establishment.  The service was excellent and the live music made for a great backdrop to the fantastic food and tasty wine.   We really enjoyed our night out – a warm summer night with great music, excellent food and, of course, a stunning dining partner!

The short walk (across the road) had us back at the hotel around 10.30pm.  We took time to pack our suitcases and “regroup” for our early morning departure tomorrow.

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