Spending the day at the Falls

Being very close to the border of the USA, Niagara Falls and the Niagara River actually are the border between the two countries. this meant, we travelled on foot from Canada to the USA to go see the falls from the USA-side as we heard this was a nice view as well.

And it was!

It is safe to say though that the Canadians have the best view, but the Americans have the most thrills. You can walk in the mist of one of the smaller falls at water level, there are multiple other attractions and there is of course the boatride from the shore to the Horseshoe falls. Which gets your pretty wet.

Passing the border on foot actually is really easy. The border officials and TSA security personnel at the USA/Canada border are really friendly and upbeat. Going through the gates was not as bad an experience as the same people on an airport are. If you must cross into the USA: do it on foot! It is a much more pleasant experience. 🙂

We just went back to the USA as the sun was over on that side in the morning, making for better views of the falls as we were not facing the sun with our camera. Of course, we are dependent of the sun with our cameras and went back to Canada as the sun progressed through the sky.

Horseshoe Falls are the biggest of the two falls which make up the Niagara Falls. The other is also known as American Falls. The border is in Horseshoe Falls.
Due to some reason unknown to us, today (Sunday) there are fireworks planned over the falls! That is just our luck! How awesome is that! While the Falls themselves are illuminated from the Canadian side, an amazing display of fireworks is about to be displayed. And we are there to witness it.

Niagara Falls is a really touristic place. The canadian side is littered with highrise hotels and even a few really tall (revolving!) restaurants and hotels.If you are able to see through it all, there’s even a really gorgeous set of falls on display. They must really be one of the great scenic natural features of the northern part of the American continent.
If you are in the vicinity, go there!

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Heading to Canada

Today was a particularly long day, which mostly consisted of waiting. And then some.
First of all, we had to get from our hotel to 42nd street, where our bus to Newark Airport was destined to leave. This meant we had to travel with a subway train (6) to Grand Central Station.
We got off the subway and waited a little bit for the bus to leave to Newark.

Our tickets said that the flight was being carried out by United Airlines Express, which meant we had to Get off the bus and check our bags at terminal A. Unfortunately, this was not the case. As we found out a little while later after we checked our bags.
So, we were off to go to terminal C.
The only problem was that the Airtrain which rides between the three terminals at Newark was not running at all. And you cannot walk from A to C. Bummer.
Eventually, we persuaded a bus driver from a hotel to take us from A to C. We owe this guy a big thank you!

During every step above, we waited. And did some more waiting. It was quite the process.
Arriving at terminal C, we went through security (taking off our belts, shoes and getting virtually every device out of their bags and pockets) and went for breakfast. We were quite hungry by then!

After settling in at gate 95X we waited for about 75 minutes only to find out the plane did not leave it’s previous destination yet! So we waited for more than over an hour extra. Finally, around 1:45PM we left Newark. We left our hotel at 8:30AM.

There were some bright sides to this story. We travelled through the air for about 1 hour in a Dash-300 TurboProp plane! That is quite something else compared to all the jet planes!
The pickup of our rental car also was easy fast and a nice experience as we did not get the car we ordered but were silently upgraded to a Volkswagen Jetta. Yes. A German car. With a 2.5 litre US engine. 😉

Tomorrow, we’ll travel from our hotel to the falls. Let’s see what this place has in store for us!

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