609. Thursday 10th May 2018. Niagara Falls, Mississauga and Charlottetown PEI…

AS LONG TIME READERS WILL KNOW i USUALLY POST THESE PAGES DATED EACH SUNDAY NIGHT. DURING OUR CURRENT TRAVELS WE WILL SEE AND DO LOTS OF INTERESTING EXCURSIONS. I HAVE THEREFORE BROKEN DOWN THE POSTS TO A FEW DAYS WHICH ARE RELEVANT TO EACH OTHER. IT IS ALSO EASIER WITH LOTS OF PHOTOS ESPECIALLY WHEN WE ARE WORKING ON WIFI AND  ONLY HAVE LIMITED DOWNLOADS/UPLOADS AVAILABLE. 

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Niagara River seen from the train while crossing Friendship Bridge.

Wednesday 9th May

Oh what a blissful nights sleep in a delightfully comfortable bed.

We went to a place called All You Can Eat Breakfast $7.99. We also had a cup of coffee for Donnis and a cup of tea for me. I expected to pay $16. The bill which now included the tax and $2.99 each for a cup of tea and coffee and I ignored the tip came to almost $26!

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Canadian Falls lit at sunset.
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American Falls at sunset.
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Looking at Canadian Falls from the top of Murray Street.

There are a myriad of things to do at Niagara such as a boat trip to the bottom of the falls,

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People lining up to wait their turn on the Maid of the Mist cruise. On the Canadian side the plastic ponchos are red while on the American side they are issued with blue ponchos.

a walk behind the falls, a jet boat trip, a helicopter ride, a ferris wheel, a huge tower

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Tower with revolving restaurant .

and so many more I cannot name. We opted to just walk around and enjoy the view as getting in a queue would perhaps put us at risk of missing our bus connection. Interesting to see as we walked along the snow still piled on the rocks above the waters edge.

Special note about Tim Hortons   http://www.timhortons.com/ca/en/index.php?gclid=Cj0KCQjw28_XBRDhARIsAEk21FhNbjloI4WFXJpewHxH8l9-Ly2vafLPO6IKA8qnsQt4g44v3HEvF9QaAsmUEALw_wcB   which is a fast food coffee and doughnuts type of place.

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View of American Falls from Tim Hortons

They also do breakfasts, soups, chilli’s and salads. Even better they now have espresso coffee which they have come to realise there is more and more demand for a good cup of coffee. We had a simple lunch and know that like McDonalds their food is consistent as are the prices (plus tax). Three years ago they only had the typical dripolator type insipid coffee but gradually their restaurants are being upgraded to include a fresh espresso machine or a push button espresso machine. Either way it is an improvement.

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This neat and happy couple were spotted at Canadian Falls.
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Walking down Murray Street with American Falls in the background.
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At first I thought this sign was an exaggeration until I experienced it for myself. The sight of snow still on the banks of the river wee a reminder too.
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Passengers on Maid of the Mist having fun getting wet from a chilling spray.
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A heart stopping bridge taking walkers to the edge. Within the building are elevators which take visitors to the attractions below.
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American Falls seen through wrought iron panels of the safety fence.
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American Falls with a Maid of the Mist boat heading towards Canadian Falls.
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American Falls with a bridge joining the American Niagara with the Canadian Niagara.
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Canadian Falls up close.

We collected our bags from Wyndhams and caught a cab to the bus depot for our next accommodation at Super 8 at Mississauga.   https://www.wyndhamhotels.com/en-ca/super-8?tel=8005360719&iata=00065402&cid=PS:SE:20160201:GGL:TM:SECA:Exact_Trademark   This hotel chain is part of the huge Wyndhams group but with accommodation on a slightly less bells and whistles basis. Many provide a simple breakfast included in the price. This one had the benefit of being close to the Toronto Pearson International Airport.

I have made a conscious decision that where we need accommodation we will try for hotels in the Wyndham group. Like McDonalds and Tim Hortons they are consistent. Our room contained two Queen sized beds but tonight, again, sleep eluded me except for the two hours before  we were due to wake at 5am. It is the syndrome of setting an alarm which signals my brain to worry about the alarm not working.

Grrr!

Thursday 10th May

The alarm went off as it was intended to do. We quickly packed and a cab picked us up at the front door as scheduled.

At the airport we queued to get a boarding pass and were slugged an extra $55 by Air Canada for luggage. Every other ticket on Air Canada includes luggage. The flight to PEI – Prince Edward Island – does not. Next we queued in the most frustrating security arrangements I have ever encountered. The queues were slow moving and people treated like cattle. I saw one woman step forward slightly out of turn when she was pulled back by a security person and held until another dozen people passed by then allowed to proceed to the scanner.

Somehow we survived despite having to remove some clothing and pull things out of our carry on bags to pass through security. Phones and laptops and tablets had to be removed from bags.

Afterwards we had time to queue again for a bacon and egg croissant and a cappuccino from Tim Hortons before finding our way to the boarding gate to find the flight would be an hour late.

We arrived at Charlottetown PEI at around noon and were met by Alecia and some rain. In the brief look around  I was amazed at how big this town is. I noted the houses, in the majority, are of a simple design of a square box like two story weatherboard. Charlottetown, like many of the places we have visited in Canada and the USA are painted in subdued tones of grey, charcoal, brown drab green or cream. We stopped for lunch at a local hippy coffee and healthy food place. That is one of those places which serve up lots of boiled beetroot, bean sprouts, brown rice, lentils Quinoa and kale and pretend it is tasty. From there we  travelled to Alecias home where I caught up on some missed sleep before dinner.

All going well we will have caught up on our sleep by tomorrow morning. I think we will declare a day of rest and sleep whenever we feel like it. Oh and of course get some washing done.

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